Luxury? Speed? Iconic design? What do you think are the best ever cars?
Time Out Doha staff
January 25, 2015 12:25 PM
With the Qatar Motor Show coming up from February 6-10, we thought there was no better time to get us all daydreaming about owning one of these cars one day. Some are based on sheer luxury and brilliance, a couple of them on affordability and some on the way in which the car model changed the motoring industry forever. Disagree with these choices? Write in to the magazine to give your top ten.
To see some supercars in the flesh, make sure you head to the Qatar Motor Show. Taking place at the QNCC, the event will showcase top-end cars as well as more practical and affordable options. What’s more, there will also be plenty of additional information to get you out and driving around Doha. QNCC, Al Gharrafa, www.qatarmotorshow.gov.qa (3340 5808).
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coming in at number ten is an incredible modern day classic. Only 500 versions of this car were ever made and the model is a total style icon, powered by an incredible-sounding 4.7-litre V8 engine with a Formula 1-style gearbox. It is thought by many people to be the most attractive modern day car produced since the Jaguar E-Type. A limited run ensured this model achieved instant classic car status, with its value now more than the US$299,000 it cost upon its release in 2008.
The 8C Competizione put Alfa Romeo back on the map for exclusive supercars of great beauty, best shown by the exclusive paint colour of 8C red, with full-black leather and tailor-made luggage kit.
Ford Escort Cosworth A true piece of powerful British engineering, starting from humble beginnings until Cosworth got hold of it and put a four-cylinder turbo charged engine under the bonnet, producing over 200bhp. A clever four-wheel drive system was also fitted to enable all the power to be used properly.
A car that put fast Fords back in the game, the Escort Cosworth is a straight-forward model offering every day usability with sports car performance.
The values of this car is still going up, with good examples worth far more than when they were new. But this Ford is becoming a true classic and is worth the money for the practical, fast motoring it provides.
Porsche 911 A car thought by many to be the ultimate example of its kind and a model that has lasted longer in production than any other sportscar in history, the 911 is still going stronger than ever.
A late-1980s turbo example is thought to be the most sought after, offering four-seat practicality with exceptional performance.
Available as a coupe, targa or cabriolet, the late-80s era model is fitted with a stunning-sounding 3.3-litre flat six engine that many tuners have got running close to 500bhp. This car is not for the faint-hearted and must be driven with respect as it can be a total handful.
A coupe in guards red tends to be one of the most popular specifications, especially when it’s further enhanced by linen and leather trim.
Values of these turbo cars are rising very quickly indeed and this will only continue.
Audi Quattro Turbo A car made famous for its rallying pedigree, the Audi Quattro Turbo is powered by a five-cylinder turbo-charged engine and offers four-seat practicality with rally car looks.
This model was the first four-wheel drive car to compete in the World Rally Championship, which it took by storm, and a car that many thought was way ahead of its time when it was launched in the early-1980s.
It looks best in tornado red with a full black leather trim, and is even more desirable with the later 20V turbo engine. This modern classic is rising in value at a rapid rate and is a real piece of motoring history. Even today, the Quattro name is used by Audi, proving how influential this car has been.
Ferrari 355 This car arguably turned around Ferrari’s fortunes, largely because it was usable as an every day model, something which Ferrari had never really managed before. Powered by a 3.5-litre, five valve per cylinder V8, it also had the option of a manual gear box or a race-devised Formula One-style paddle shift gearbox, which, for the mid 1990s, was a big advancement in technology.
This car was offered in three different forms: a fixed-head coupe, a targa or a convertible spider version. The sound this car makes is simply stunning, and it has the performance to match.
Best seen in traditional Ferrari red with cream leather and as a coupe, the value of this classic is continually on the rise.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport This car is an incredible modern day engineering achievement. It is the fastest road-going car ever to be produced, with the highest top speed – a staggering 407kph.
Due to the exorbitant cost of producing the mind-blowing Veyron, it is unlikely that it will be beaten when it comes to the high-speed statistics.
The Veyron Super Sport model produces incredible performance and stability, both on the track and road. To many, this car will never be bettered in any shape or form.
To get your hands on a new Veyron, you’ll need in excess of a million dollars. And even if you have the money, you’ll still have to join a long waiting list.
Jaguar E-Type The ultimate British performance car and the vehicle responsible for speed limits being introduced in the UK.
It was on the market for nearly 15 years, and was available in both coupe and convertible forms, powered by Jaguar’s 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine. During the later years, Jaguar put the famous 5.3-litre V12 engine in the E-Type, with both manual and automatic transmissions.
Thought by many to look at its best in Series 1 Roadster form in ‘old English white’, early E-Types are very valuable and worth a small fortune.
A beautiful looking car from all angles, the E-Type was unusual in that it was an affordable model, costing far less than its exotic Italian rivals.
McLaren F1 This model was a true motoring revolution when it first appeared in 1992. It was powered by a 6.1-litre V12 engine that was capable of doing nearly 400kph.
The McLaren F1 was made even rarer by the fact the driver sat in the middle of the car, not on the right or left-hand side. This idea, however, has never really caught on.
It was a hugely expensive car that was only for the very rich, and brave, drivers. Rowan Atkinson, of Mr Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English fame, still drives an F1 as his every day car.
Only 106 McLaren F1s were ever produced, which adds to this car’s prestige. It is a true icon today and you’ll need almost bottomless funds to purchase one for yourself.
Ferrari 250GTO We’re getting to the very best now with this incredible Ferrari. It was arguably the most desirable car in the world when it was on the market between 1962-1964, with a total of only 39 ever produced.
The 250GTO was initially powered by a 3.0-litre V12 before the introduction of a 4.0-litre V12 in the later versions, which produced an incredible 300bhp. It’s a machine to marvel.
This car was so exclusive that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the company, had to personally approve the sale to each buyer. As so few were produced, the cost of the car was understandably high. At launch, in 1962, this car cost US$18,000, which in those days was a staggering amount of money.
It was an incredibly advanced car for the time, and by all accounts a reliable machine.
The Ferrari 250GTO will remain a true piece of motoring history. With so few examples available, it’s almost impossible to predict current market value.
This is a truly beautiful car in every way, and it’s hard to argue against it looking best in traditional Ferrari red.
Aston Martin DB5 This is the ultimate British sportscar icon. It was made even more famous by James Bond, first appearing in Goldfinger in 1964 and reappearing with Daniel Craig in 2012’s Skyfall.
It was powered by a 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine, which produced 282bhp and achieved 0-60 in a time of eight seconds. A manual gearbox and a three-speed automatic transmission were available.
The DB5 was offered for sale primarily in coupe and volante (convertible) forms, plus a very rare ‘shooting brake’ version. It was produced from 1963 to 1965 and only 1,023 were built.
As you could probably guess, the DB5 is a very valuable car on today’s market, and has been rising in value rapidly over the last few years.
Almost everyone wants a DB5 finished in metallic silver to look like James Bond’s car. Manual transmission and the coupe version are probably the best specifications.
This is the ultimate British sportscar and one that every schoolboy wanted to own, thanks to a certain 007.