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40 of the Most Timeless Cars in Automobile History.

You don’t have to be a mechanic to understand that people really love their cars. Ask a hundred different people what their favorite vehicle is and you are unlikely to see the group come to a consensus. In order to do justice to the automotive fandom, we decided to take a close look at 40 of the most amazing vehicles in motoring history. Did your favorite care end up on our list?

Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 was built by Ford in order to compete with the team at Ferrari at Le Mans. The GT40 was an iteration of racing vehicle that completely changed the game. The Ford GT40 showcased American muscle during its takeover at Le Mans. A fully restored 1966 MK1 will run nearly $4 million at auction.

Mazda Miata

The Mazda Miata is a powerful little machine, make no mistake about it. The Mazda Miata features rear-wheel drive, precision steering, and the comforting sound of the shifter with every shift. The Miata MX-5 is still one of our favorite cars to drive to this day.  If you want to bring home an MX 5, you’ll only need to pay around $27k for a new model off the lot.

Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type is one of our personal favorite cars on the planet. The V12 power coupled with the low-to-the-ground body makes the Jaguar E-Type fly down the road. The roadster may be more popular than the coupe version of this car, but we wouldn’t decline the opportunity to drive either!  This legendary car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in three consecutive years.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

The 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic looks like it was pulled straight from the streets of Gotham. This gorgeous vehicle is known for its long hood, gorgeous curves, and sheet metal finish. If you want to get your hands on a Type 57SC, you are going to need to spend somewhere north of 30 million dollars. As one of the most expensive vehicles on the planet, the Atlantic 57SC is certainly a keeper!

Austin Healey 3000

If you love roadsters, you are going to love the Austin-Healey 3000. Sleek lines give way to rounded curves and the sparkling chrome grille seals the deal for the Austin-Healey 3000. This vehicle was produced throughout the 50s and 60s as the 3000 underwent numerous adjustments. This vintage classic car is now hard to find as production ended in 1967 on the model.

BMW M1

The notable BMW M1 was developed by BMW from 1978 until production ended in 1981. This is the first mid-engine vehicle that BMW ever mass-produced and only the second i8 hybrid sports vehicle, as well. While only 500 models were ever built, they are still coveted by collectors around the world.

Nissan Skyline GTR R34

When you look at the Nissan Skyline GT-R, what comes to mind? Originally developed by the team at Prince automobile, the Skyline would eventually be released under Nissan-Datsun. The Nissan Skyline GTR r34 is a dominant racing vehicle that has enjoyed circuit course victories all over the planet, including notable success in Japan.

BMW 2002

BMW has made a business out of crafting small yet entirely capable vehicles. The BMW 3-Series is probably considered one of the most famous lines from BMW of all time. The 20002 features 130hp under the hood inside a light and lean body perfect for hitting the road. Racing fans will respect the BMW 2002 for its finish at the 1970 Nurburgring 24-Hour Race.

1948 Tucker Torpedo

The 1948 Tucker Torpedo is a throwback to the 40s and 50s in every sense of the word. The Tucker Sedan was developed by Preston Tucker as a way to innovate and disrupt the automobile industry. Only 51 models were ever produced and conspiracies are surrounding the vehicle as to why. For our part, we’ll just enjoy looking back on this beautiful throwback.

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 hit the road for the first time in 1992.  The vehicle was produced by the team at McLaren Cars until 1998 within which 106 models were produced. The F1 McLaren would set the top speed record for production cars in 1998 as Gordon Murray helped his car to reach 231 MPH.

Ferrari F40

If you pride yourself as being a real ‘driver’ then you need to find your way behind the wheel of a Ferrari F40. Built to be light, lean, and faster than heck, the F40 overpowered everything else on the road back when it was first introduced. Of course, the rear wing pulls in attention but the overall sleek build of the body is the real prize here.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe is more commonly referred to as the CT. The Corvette Sting Ray was in production for over two decades thanks to the timeless nature of its sleek and elegant body. As one of our favorite American cars, you can’t go wrong with this exotic sports car.

Acura NSX

1st Generation NSX & 2019 NSX

The Acura NSX was first introduced to the adoring public in 19990. As one of the most advanced super cars to ever hit production, it was easy to see why the NSX was and still remains so popular. The light frame coupled with the powerful engine makes the Acura NSX seem like it is literally flying down the street. 

Jeep Willys

It’s not hard to see what car collectors find appealing about the Jeep Willys. Originally known as the Willys-Overland MB, the Jeep Willys was produced for the United States military during World War II. Nobody can quite pin down where the ‘Jeep’ name came from, but the Willys set the standard for all Jeeps to come.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

There is something classic and timeless about the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Introduced to the buying world in 1955, the 300 SL quickly flipped the script on what drivers expected out of fast roadsters. Once considered the fastest car on the road, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has a history to be proud of. You’ll need to spend nearly $750k to purchase a restored 300 SL for yourself!

1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The Alfa Romero has a special place in automotive history due to its gorgeous design. The Alfa 33 was developed as a road version of the legendary Tipo 33. The Alfa 33 could hit 60 MPH in just 5.5/seconds before topping out at 160MPH. Only 17 Alfa 33 Stradale models ever hit the open market.

Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder

As roads improved throughout Europe in the wake of WWII, the team at Maserati decided to develop a car that could capitalize on the infrastructure. Introduce the Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. This absolutely gorgeous car rivaled the best Aston Martin and Ferrari comps of the time. More than 2,200 cars were produced during the Vignale Spyder’s production run.

1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

If you ever want a straight shot of ‘coolness’, find yourself an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. This stunning Italian vehicle features a touch of British sophistication. The rounded body and 314 horsepower beneath the hood will turn the Zagato into a blur on any road. If you want to purchase an Aston Martin DB4, prepare to spend close to a million bucks.

Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is significantly more than just a visual punchline. The Beetle is considered one of the most recognizable cars on the planet. Thanks to the rounded design and compact build, the Beetle quickly established itself thanks to its unique offerings. While the Beetle has gotten better with age, they are still a tough sell for many folks.

1967 Pontiac GTO

Otherwise known as the Judge, the 1967 Pontiac GTO is a timeless piece of automobile history. Introduced to the world with a split grille and monstrous V8 engine (335 HP, 441 lb/ft V8 engine), the 67 Pontiac GTO quickly became a car that American drivers could rally around. 

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the most popular cars among the rich and wealthy for a reason. This OG British luxury vehicle manufacturer first hit the road in 1925. Since then, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has become a titan for their brand. Beloved for its iconic grille and elongated snout, who wouldn’t want to sit behind a Rolls-Royce Phantom?

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

One of the finest designs in the Ferrari/Pininfarina catalog, the 250GT Berlinetta SWB made a name for itself at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960. Nowadays, the Berlinetta SWB is known for its aesthetically pleasing body style and the V12 seated beneath the hood. As one of the top competition cars of its era, you will have to pay a pretty penny to get your hands on this vehicle.

Porsche 356 Speedster

Produced by Ferdinand Porsche, the Porsche 356 is one of the first production models in the company’s history. The 356 was built in both a speedster and coupe model during its production run from 1950 until 1965. Considered a lightweight and nimble vehicle, the 356 scored high marks at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 356 coupe was originally sold for just $3,750 when it was first released.

Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender is the ultimate SUV and for that reason deserves a spot on our list. The Defender has been shown capable of handling just about anything. Unfortunately, the Defender rounded out its production in the 90s, though the car is still as popular today as it has ever been.

Toyota 2000GT

If we are going to be discussing timeless vehicles, how can we skip the Toyota 2000GT? This beautiful vehicle was first introduced to the world in 1967. Popular from the get-go, the Toyota 2000GT would enjoy a production run of just 351 models. The 2000GT showed that Japan could compete with Europe and America when it came to developing amazing and exotic sports cars.

Aston Martin DB5

For most of us, sitting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5 will be the closest we get to feel like James Bond. The Aston Martin DB5 made a name for itself in ‘Goldfinger’ before standing on its own credentials. This grand tourer was in production for a three-year period from 1953 to 1965. As one of the rarer and more recognizable cars on the road, the DB5 is a must-have for wealthy car collectors!

Acura Legend

The Acura Legend gave Japanese motofans something to gloat about. When the Legend was first introduced, the market had been currently under the domination of German car manufacturers. Noted for its clean V6 engine and responsive steering, the Acura Legend earned a reputation for itself all over the world. The Acura Legend is still sold today, though American buyers will recognize the vehicle under the name Acura RL.

Lamborghini Miura

Where the Countarch was blunt, the Miura is smooth. This sleek sports vehicle sports a Bertone design and a mid-engine V12. The two-seater setup makes this the perfect car for a date night while the eyelash headlights are sure to catch your significant other’s attention. As one of the true classics on our list, we have to take a moment to celebrate the Miura!

DeLorean DMC-12

Great Scott, it’s the DeLorean DMC-12! The DeLorean may best be remembered by its appearance in the legendary ‘Back to the Future’ movies, but the car holds its own even outside of Hollywood. The steel body and gullwing doors make the DMC-12 memorable nearly instantly. While the creator of the DMC-12 may have been a criminal, he still made one fascinating vehicle.

Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 holds the mantle of Supercar with esteem. Originally released in 2005, the Veyron EB has been upgraded to reach a maximum speed of 268 MPH, assuming you bought the SuperSport iteration of this vehicle. If you are going maximum speed, understand that you will run through an entire tank of gas in under 13 minutes.

AC Shelby Cobra 427

The AC Shelby Cobra was introduced to the automotive world in 1962. Carroll Shelby had approached Ford Motor Company in order to install the powerful 520bhp, 427V8 engine in the AC Cobra. This raw power helped the AC Shelby to cement itself as one of the best British sports cars to ever be made.

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is no longer a car that most people can even dream of. Worth more than $20 million, the 250 GTO might be something we have to get comfortable with from afar. The 250 GTO featured a 3L V12 engine underneath the iconic Ferrari hood. Considered to be one of the finest designs in the Ferrari catalog, who WOULDN’T want to be caught behind the Ferrari 250 GTO?

Lamborghini Countach

The legendary Lamborghini Countach may not have the name recognition that other Lambos possess, but wow does it look good. The Countach was produced in Italy from 1974 until 1990. First introduced in 1970, the Countach would undergo several prototype evolutions before hitting the market in 1974. In prime condition, a ’74 Lamborghini Countach can sell for more than $300k.

Classic Mini

Created by the team at BMC, the Mini became the flagship model of the brand. Analyzed by Ford Motor Company, the Mini turned out to be a great investment for buyers and a poor investment for BMC. While the classic Mini isn’t priced beyond comprehension, you’ll need to prepare close to $50k for a fully restored model.

Audi Quattro

The Audi Quattro rose to fame in the 80s when Audi made a push to bring their vehicles to the United States. Born from rally car roots, the Quattro was a shock to the system to buyers everywhere. The hardy build and rally car roots made the Quattro a rugged and revered road car for every occasion.

Citroen DS

Produced from 1955 until 1975, the Citroen DS was manufactured by the French company, Citroen. The classic build of the car was made more unique by the abrupt slope at the rear of the vehicle. As the first vehicle to sport front disc brakes in a production car, the Citroen DS was a revolutionary vehicle for a number of different reasons.

Volvo P1800

The Volvo P1800 was first built in 1957 in response to the rapid spread of popularity among Swedish sports cars. The Volvo P1800 was almost shelved before it was released due to problems with Karmann, the original automaker behind the vehicle. The P1800 would roar to life under the care of Jensen motors.

Porsche 911

When you look at the Porsche 911, something inside of you stirs. The Porsche 911 has been a mainstay in the upper-class world of racing, rally, and automobile competition. In 1999, the Porsche 911 would land at 5th on the list for the title of, ‘Car of the Century’. More than one million 911s have been produced since the vehicle was introduced in 1963.

Datsun 240Z – 289Z

Often compared to the Jaguar E-Type, we feel like the Datsun S30 stands on its own. Created in the 70s, these low-cost cars became instant classics for buyers of every status. Hitting 60 from 0 in under 8 seconds was impressive and the top speed of 120mph made the Datsun acclaimed.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is definitely not a household name, but how could we not include it? The Golf made its way to American shores in the 70s. As the first real German-produced hatchback, the Golf had a lot going for it at the time. Volkswagen has continued to work on this vehicle with the 2020 Volkswagen Golf released at a $24k pricepoint.

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Diver Makes Stunning Ancient Find Off Florida Coast: ‘Very Rare’

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A diver in Florida recently made an incredible discovery while exploring the waters off the state’s coast.

Kyle Lundberg, who studied marine biology at the University of South Florida, was diving off Manasota Key, about 90 miles south of Tampa, when he stumbled upon an ancient mastodon tusk. He found this remarkable relic back in April while searching for fossils.

The tusk, which hasn’t been dated yet, could be millions of years old. Although he’s only 29 years old, Lundberg has been scuba diving for 12 years and has been hunting for fossils since he was “old enough to walk.”

“My dad would take us out to construction sites all the time to look for fossils as a kid,” Lundberg shared. He mentioned that while finding small pieces and chunks of tusk is common, discovering one as large and well-preserved as this is very rare. Tusks found in Florida are usually very delicate and often crumble apart.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), American mastodons went extinct around 10,500 years ago. Their fossils have been discovered across North America and Central America, from Alaska to Mexico. Despite what some people might think, mastodons are not the same as mammoths, though they are related and share a common ancestor with mammoths and elephants. Mastodons could grow as tall as 10 feet.

The NPS explains that while mastodons have been around since 4 to 3 million years ago, mammoths didn’t arrive in North America until much later, during the Pleistocene ice ages, which spanned from 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 years ago. Mastodons did live alongside mammoths in many areas, but all of these large creatures went extinct by about 10,500 years ago.

Lundberg has some advice for aspiring fossil hunters: remember to get a fossil permit. In Florida, these permits only cost five dollars each. “My best tip is to get out and explore and keep your head down,” he said. “This stuff is out there and all over the state.”

As for what will happen to the ancient mastodon tusk, Lundberg plans to keep it unless experts decide it is important enough to donate. “I plan on keeping it, but I do have to report it at the end of the year to the Florida Museum of Natural History,” he said. “If they deem it scientifically important, I have to donate it, but that is very unlikely.”

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Daring Rescue: Duluth Firefighters Save Dog from Frigid Lake Superior

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In a heart-pounding rescue mission on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a brave dog found himself in a perilous situation after leaping into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The daring rescue unfolded amidst eight-foot waves that crashed against the shore, creating a challenging environment for both man and canine.

The intense situation began when the adventurous dog managed to slip out of his leash, enticed by the allure of a chilly swim. Unbeknownst to the canine, Lake Superior’s vast expanse presented a danger he hadn’t anticipated. The situation quickly escalated, prompting the owner to dial emergency services.

To pinpoint the distressed dog’s location, dispatchers utilized cameras on a life bridge, offering a bird’s-eye view of the unfolding drama. The dog, buffeted by the relentless waves, struggled to stay afloat as firefighters donned specialized ice suits to brave the frigid waters.

These ice suits, designed for extreme cold-water rescues, provide a crucial barrier between the icy environment and the rescuers. Comprising layers of insulated materials, these suits not only keep firefighters warm but also offer buoyancy and protection against the harsh elements.

As the brave firefighters plunged into the turbulent waters, the dog faced the dual challenges of the waves and the numbing cold. Despite the difficult conditions, the rescue team, guided by the worried owner who remained on the shore, managed to locate the struggling canine.

The dog, large and frightened, repeatedly disappeared beneath the waves, making the rescue a daunting task. Through effective communication between the owner and the firefighters, the team successfully secured the dog by the collar, preventing him from slipping away.

Once the dog was safely in their grasp, both the firefighters and the canine were brought to safety aboard a waiting boat. The dog, now shivering and scared, received prompt medical attention. After warming up, the resilient pup even leaped happily into his owner’s car, a heartwarming conclusion to a potentially tragic event.

The Duluth Fire Department, often questioned about responding to animal-related emergencies, emphasized the significance of such actions in a Facebook post. They highlighted the deep bond between pets and their families, explaining that in their experience, if emergency responders did not intervene, well-meaning bystanders might take unnecessary risks.

The post also revealed a chilling detail: one of the dog’s owners had considered jumping into the treacherous waters. The fire department strongly discouraged such actions, emphasizing the importance of leaving water rescues to trained professionals equipped with the necessary gear.

“The Duluth Fire Department wants to stress to the public the importance of not putting yourself into a situation you are neither trained nor equipped to handle,” the post warned. “Given the wave and temperature conditions in the canal last night, anyone entering the water without the proper training and equipment would most likely have ended in tragedy.”

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Teenager Sam Sieracki Soars to New Heights, Solving Rubik’s Cube in Free Fall

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Seventeen-year-old Sam Sieracki has etched his name into the Guinness World Records by solving a Rubik’s Cube while skydiving over West Australia. Jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet, Sam achieved the remarkable feat in just 28.25 seconds, breaking the previous record of 30.14 seconds held by Nitin Subramanian of the United States.

In a daring display of skill and concentration, Sam described the intense experience of solving the Rubik’s Cube in free fall. “It’s really intense. It’s very loud because you’ve got all the wind in your face,” Sam explained. “So it’s a lot harder to concentrate than if I’m just on the ground solving it… my record on the ground is a lot faster than in the air – it’s about 6.5 seconds.”

Despite facing challenges in the sky, Sam, who is both a speed-cuber and a skydiving enthusiast, tackled the feat with enthusiasm. It took him five attempts to surpass the previous record, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Sam, who has been attending speed-cubing competitions since 2017, expressed confidence in breaking the record but admitted that the challenge proved to be more demanding than expected. “Having attended speed-cubing competitions since 2017, I was confident about breaking the record, but it ended being far more challenging than expected and took me five attempts to achieve,” Sam remarked.

The teenager’s passion for both speed-cubing and skydiving has been a driving force in his pursuits. “I decided that I want to be a solo skydiver, so waited impatiently to turn 16 … so that I could become a licensed skydiver and go by myself,” Sam shared. “Since then, I’ve gone up to Jurien Bay every school holidays to do a few jumps, and am now up to 80 jumps in my second year of skydiving.”

Acknowledging the support of his loved ones, Sam expressed gratitude to his biggest fans and supporters, his mother and girlfriend, who encouraged him to break the world record. As a self-proclaimed rookie in the skydiving world, Sam doesn’t set grand goals but aims to continue improving his skills with each jump, all while enjoying the thrilling experience.

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Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

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A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers

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When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.

After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.

Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.

On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.

Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.

Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.

Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.

Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.

The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.

Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”

Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”

The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.

“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.

He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.

“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.

The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.

We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”

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