Ten of the world’s most amazing cars and their amazing qualities
Cars are the most versatile of products with the ability to undergo recycling, overhauling and hardware changes. But apart from the fast Lamborghinis, the Jaguars and the Porsche, there have been cars both in the past and present, which have made the world stand up and take notice of their extraordinary qualities. Here are the top ten amazing cars and their astounding qualities.
1 Mclaren F1
The McLaren F1, was released in 1993 as the brainchild of car designer Gordon Murray. Manufactured with technical help from McLaren, it was to become the world’s most expensive car with a price tag of $857,000. Its speed featured a fast 243 mph.
The McLaren F1’s entire body was made from carbon fiber. Its interiors were thinner than other cars by 50%. Gold leaf, a well-known heat conductor was used for lining its engine bay. Every inch of the car was implemented through careful R&D. All the dials in the car contained stainless steel instruments where the tachometer was handmade. The 3 seat configuration ensured a driver had enhanced control over driving.
2 Lamborghini Countach
‘Countach’ when translated into English means “WOW! The Lamborghini Countach was designed to wow the world with its amazing design where the driver is pushed right to the front of the car, a technology still followed by racing car manufacturers of today.
Built in 1974, it was however compromised by its compact features making it difficult for taller drivers. Comfort was not a plus point with the Countach and the cars interiors became too hot. However none of these setbacks made a difference where the car itself was a marvel which pioneered the concept of swinging scissor doors opening upward.
3 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman Limousine
What did Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong II, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro have in common? Simple, it was Mercedes-Benz extravagant Limo, the 600 Pullman Limousines.
Nicknamed “the grosser”, it was known for its hydraulics and it ran on mineral oil. With a cabin pressure of 3200 psi, it was so fast that you could break an arm for not being careful. With a switch on the driver’s side costing $11,230 to replace, this was one expensive car
4 Ferrari 250 GTO
In 2014, Ferrari made history when its 62 model of the 250 GTO auctioned for a cool $ 34 million.
The Ferrari 250 GTO was built in response to the international automobile federation’s declaration in 1962 that awards for best cars world only include those produced for the masses. Ferrari replied with the 250 GTO. It built only 36 with special aluminum bodies. What was strange about the aluminum sheeting was that it had been beaten by hand on pieces of wood. Thus every 250 GTO is different from each other.
With distinct engines featuring 295HP, the 250 GTO was automobile art and worthy of replacing a Picasso.
5 Citroen DS
The DS debuted in 1955 and has the uncanny ability to adjust to circumstances. The biggest example of this feature actually saved Charles De Gaulle’s Life. In 1962, assailants in a bid to assassinate the French leader fired on his Citroen DS bursting its tires. De Gaulle was saved by its unique suspension adjusting to the problem enabling the car to drive away at high speed.
The Citroen DS was well known for its smooth suspension and innovative technology that used both pneumatics and hydraulics in the hardware of the car rather than the conventional springs and shock absorbers. Of all the amazing cars, this was the one with history.
6 Dodge Viper RT/10
The body builder of all cars, the Dodge Viper was first put on display at the Detroit Auto Show in 1989 as a concept car prior to production.
When it was produced in 1992, the Dodge Viper sold at an affordable rate of $55, 00. Here was a muscle bound car that became legendary in nature. Simple to the core, the Dodge featured a huge engine and the label of being the world’s strangest car.
7 Aston Martin Lagonda
Though not famous for its looks, the Lagonda was the first car to feature the digital and touch sensitive dashboard. Manufactured in 1976, it underwent several changes till 1990. Its voice recognition capacity made it a great success in the Middle East where the Lagonda did extremely well.
8 Stout Scarab
Designed by William Bushnell Stout in 1935, the Stout Scarab claimed to be the world’s first family styled car or rather a minivan. The Stout Scarab could adapt to any user’s need featuring a built-in controllable thermostat and a table configured into its rear seat. It was a marvel of aerodynamics but extremely expensive priced at $ 5000 in 1934. To make the model even more unique was the fact that only 9 were produced.
9 Morgan Three wheeler
An English automobile, this car proved to be almost quirky in its design. Brutish manufacturer Morgan was known for its production of three wheelers. Even its modern day three wheeler bore little resemblance from the past. Built to feature a variety of designs and leather options it used airplane styled instrument gauges. However what set it apart from all other vehicles is the manufacturer’s choice of its dash wood frame over metal.
10 Reliant Robin
The biggest catch about the British manufactured Reliant Robin was that it actually keeled over. You can well imagine the consequences from a car with such a feature but the uncanny fact about the Reliant Robin was that it turned out to be among the safest cars in the UK.
Typical of its manufacturer’s designs, the Reliant Robin was built as a 3 wheeler earning the classification of a motorcycle rather than a car. Truly among the most amazing cars due to its infamous feature, the manufacturers tried their best to keep the Reliant Robin as safe as possible.