We are a little conservative in thoughts when it comes to picking our favorite things. And especially when it comes to choosing our favorite vintage cars that are also the most popular over time; it becomes a little more difficult to decide. Looking back in time, there are many beautiful and immensely popular cars that can fit the slot of the most popular vintage cars, but we have here handpicked the top 10 most popular vintage cars for your liking.
The Austin-Healey 100, the classic car that it is, was built by Donald Healey as a sports car in 1953. The car was developed for the London Motor Show, where it impressed Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin who looked at it as Austin A90’s replacement and ordered Healey to build it in quantity. The two-seater vintage car was powered by a 2660 cc, 4-speed transmission engine and managed to reach 100 mph, from where it gets its name the Austin-Healey 100.
With Mercedes’ best craftsmanship and engineering, only 26 models of the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster were ever created. Designed in 1935 for the Paris Motor Show, the 540K was a special extension of the company’s 500K and featured a 5,401 cc straight-8 cylinder engine. Mercedes-Benz 540K two-seat roadster was undoubtedly the German Automaker most beautiful super-car ever.
Dodge Challenger, first produced as SRT8 in 1959, marked the beginning of an era of three different generations of automobiles that Dodge would market from the Chrysler division. The limited edition 1959 Dodge Challenger SRT8 set the standard for classic muscle car and was available with a six-cylinder or V8 engine in a strong built two-door body.
When you talk about classics, you can’t miss the Ferrari. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta or the GT short-wheelbase Berlinetta (SWB) was first shown at the 1959 Paris Salon and it production began in 1960. The car with 3.0 liter V-12 engine was as popular as it can get amid the prancing horse fanatics from the word go. The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was designed in both sports and luxury models to lure all kinds of customers.
The third and the last of Rolls-Royce’s 40/50 hp models, the Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental was a limited edition car from Rolls Royce. Only 281 Royce Phantom II Continentals were produced with 4-speed manual transmission. The popularity of Phantom II Continental can be judged from the fact that the classic was featured in movies including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Yellow Rolls-Royce.
356 Carrera 2 was Porsche’s one of the first production automobiles, which marked it success and popularity with it lightweight design most technologically advanced engine for a sports car. The car was a rear-wheel drive, two-door spots car, which was produced in the 1960’s. Specially designed for racing purposes, the 365 Carrera 2 was immensely popular with the racers.
Ferrari GTO (Gran Turismo Omologata) is vouched by most car fans as one of the greatest Ferraris ever made. It was so great a Ferrari that a buyer required a special permission from Ferrari owner, Enzo Ferrari to own one of these. Only 39 Ferrari GTO’s were ever built since it production began in 1962. Described as the top sports car of all time, the Ferrari GTO was really every car fanatic’s choice, and still is.
The iconic Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage, built in America in 1968, was the first real lightweight racing car, which challenged the Ferrari’s domination in long-distance races. The first three versions of the V8 engine powered Ford GT 40 were developed in collaboration with the British, while the forth version was wholly an American build. The car with it successive Le Mans victories became the car of every speedster’s dream.
The first car in a series of production is definitely good, but the last one is the best. This is what the Ferrari 330 Testa Rossa – the last Testa Rossa built by Ferrari. The succor to 250 Testa Rossa, this V12 engine powered Ferrari was built in 1962. The Ferrari 330 TR was also the most sought because it was the only 4-liter Testa Rossa built, and was Ferrari’s ultimate front-engine race car.
Billed as the most popular car in the world, the Aston Martin DB5, since it featured in the James Bond’s Goldfinger in 1964, became every schoolboy’s dream. The luxury grand tourer, Aston Martin DB5 was made by Aston Martin and designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera – Italian coachbuilder in 1963, and is also regarded as one of the most beautiful Aston Martins ever built.