A real drivers delight. Heritage choose their top 5 classic sports cars.
B -Roads, nice weather but what car would you love to be driving? Here at Heritage Classic Car Insurance we have chosen 5 classic sports cars to feast your eyes on.
The most beautiful car in the World. According to Mr Ferrari and who wouldn’t agree. The Jaguar E Type was indeed stunning from every angle even under the bonnet with the XK engine. The phenomenal Jaguar E Type was launched at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961 with admiration from the press and public alike. Performance was impeccable with 265bhp from the 3.8 litre engine and a claimed 150mph top speed. The E-Type gained torque with a 4.2 litre upgrade in 1964 and in 1965 a 2+2 model was released for the sporting family.
10 years in the E Type had further development with the introduction of a V12 engine.This allowed extra bhp aimed specifically at the American market with some success. Quicker than a Ferrari at half the price who wouldn’t want to own a Jaguar E Type.
The face of Porsche for over 50 years was a direct replacement for the 356 model. Back in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show the iconic 901 or 911 as it was known when manufacture started was Porsches sure bet to longevity and from today’s history looking back it certainly was. Starting with a 2.0 flat six air cooled engine developing 128bhp the mighty 911 wasn’t so mighty in its earliest form. Constant revisions soon came with a 911S model and a 2.2 litre and then a 2.4 litre version with 190bhp for 1972. The same year saw the homologation special arrive known as the 911 Carrera 2.7 RS which fetches huge values today.
The 911 range continued to grow through the seventies with the advancement in technology and the need for more power the 911 Turbo delivered exceptional performance and road holding. Today the Porsche 911 still lives on and still remains the face of Porsche.
The instantly recognisable sports coupe from Mercedes was the first ever fuel injected production car. Sitting on a complex space frame chassis the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing has long been regarded as the first true super car. The 300SL had its engine installed at a 45 degree angle which allowed the body to be lower this certainly helped with performance with aerodynamics in mind and was one of the reasons why it did so well in motorsport. Another reason was its durability. The Mercedes 300SL would outlast its opponents in a race as Mercedes built them well.
The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is today one of the most iconic classic sports cars ever made and was very much a car ahead of its time in some respects. With current values through the roof these iconic sports coupes can only be admired from afar. Unless you have a spare cool million lying in the bank.
Every aspiring British spy’s dream car. The Aston Martin DB5 is as famous as 007 and one of the most iconic cars ever produced. The DB5 was given a license to thrill with its 4.0 litre all aluminum engine producing 282bhp propelling the sports coupe to 145 mph. Astons fifth incarnation of the DB series had a brand new robust ZF five speed transmission and three SU carburetors as well as twin fuel tanks and all round disc brakes. With constant revisions the DB5 stayed current through its 2 year life span making way for the DB6 in 1965 which remained very similar mechanically speaking.
Apparently Sean Connery’s Bond was supposed to drive a Jaguar E Type but Jaguar wanted the film company to buy the cars and so a telephone call to Aston Martin secured their place in history.
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The trade mark of all super cars is a mid engine design. Well the Lamborghini Miura was the first to demonstrate this at the Geneva Motor Show before a stunned audience amazed by the shark like predatory design by Marcello Gandini who was only 25 years of age.
The Miura was named after the fighting Spanish bull which was very appropriate for Lamborghini and was soon declared the fastest car in the world at the time. The Miura was quicker than anything Ferrari could produce and its sleek sexy design surpassed the beauty of any design by the boys at Maranello. The battle between Ferrari and Lamborghini still goes on today and we could say it was started by Lamborghini and took Ferrari until 1973 to produce a rival. Today every super car produced has to be said to be related to the Lamborghini Miura.