We’ve already unpacked the top 10 worst cars of all time, so now we’ve taken it upon ourselves to go in the other direction and determine the best vehicles to ever hit the road. It can be a bit of an ambiguous task to measure, because what really merits a car as the “best”, anyway?
Popularity? Price? Performance? Look? How about all of the above!
That’s the factors we’ve considered to bring you our definitive list of the 10 best cars in history. Enjoy!
10. 1989-present Mazda MX-5 (MK1)
Mazda divided sport car enthusiasts with its sexy RX-7, thanks to its inbuilt rotary engine. For all the rotary lovers out there it was heaven, but, unfortunately, for the majority of rotary haters it was less than magical.
So what did the Japanese manufacturer do? They bounced back magnificently with their MX-5 in 1989. This supercharged two seater convertible is the best-selling of its kind in the world, thanks to it being a dream to drive, having a hot look, and coming with reasonable price tag.
9. 1964 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is more than a car; it’s an icon. In particular, the first generation of these beautiful muscle cars released in 1964 are worthy of history books. It was the original pony car – defined as a hybrid coupe sports car with a longer hood and shorter rear deck – and inspired the likes of Chevrolet Camaros, Pontiac Firebirds, and more.
Basically, this baby belongs on every “best cars” list, no arguments.
8. 1973-present Caterham 7
Caterham stripped everything back to the basics and proved you don’t need to go overboard to create a genuinely enjoyable driving experience with their 7 model. This is donned as the “racing car for the road”, and allows your everyday Joe to enjoy the thrill of speeding along in a super lightweight and brilliantly responsive set of wheels.
If they were to ever make a car that handled so well it was almost like it was reading your mind, the Caterham 7 would be it.
7. 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670SV
OK, this one isn’t making the cut because it’s a budget friendly family car. The Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670SV is a super expensive, super-fast, but super fun vehicle that is everything you want out of a sleek sports car. Not to mention it has those fancy doors that go up, not out!
They stopped making the Murscielago’s in 2010, but not before creating the beauty that is their 2009 model. It was 100kg lighter than its predecessors, while still managing to punch out up to 493 kW at 8000rpm. Boom!
6. 2005 Pagani Zonda F
Another car that makes the cut thanks to its super speedy performance (and super-high price tag), the Pagani Zonda F proved to be as incredible to drive as it was to look at. It was named after Juan Manual Fangio, a renowned Formula One driver, and you can really see why.
The 7.3 litre AMG V12 engine can produce up to 443kW clocking in at an impressive 6150rpm. Fast enough for you?
5. 1959 Austin Mini
Moving away from the sporty supercars for a minute, the 1959 Austin Mini is undeniably one of the best vehicles ever made for revolutionary and iconic purposes alone. It did what Smart Cars failed to do years later; create a small unit that was fun and attractive to a heck of a lot of buyers.
This extends to all the Minis really – Coopers, BMCs, Morris’, Rovers – whatever floats your (very tiny) boat.
4. 2005 Bugatti Veyron
After that brief sabbatical, let’s get back to the flashy sports cars, shall we? And what better way to do so than with the Bugatti Veyron. This car was made for all those people that were thinking, “hey, I never have the need to travel 408km per hour, but I sure wish I had the ability to with just the push of my accelerator foot.”
Really, these incredibly powerful beasts should come with more than one warning label, but luckily their price tags stops every man and their dog zipping around in a Bugatti Veyron at the speed of lightning.
3. 1908 Ford Model T
Throwback time! Way back to one of the golden oldies: the Ford Model T. First off the rank in 1908, this one makes it so high in the list because of what it meant to the motoring industry.
Although there had been cars around before the Model T, this was the first one that actually was reasonable for a mass customer base to buy. It drove the revolution of people regularly driving which we take for granted today, and it also made manufacturers start thinking about ways to keep improving vehicles.
When you think about it, who knows if any of the other cars on this list would even exist if Ford hadn’t started it all with their classic Model T.
2. 1938-present Volkswagen Beetle
If the term “sells like hotcakes” is accurate, then consider the Volkswagen Beetle to be a stack of delicious fluffy pancakes covered in maple syrup. VW has been producing these little beauts since 1938, and they still remain to be one of the most beloved vehicles of all time.
From their unique, beetle-like design, through to the myriad of colours you can now buy them in, there’s no question as to why there’s no chance of this iconic car to go off the market any time soon.
1. 1964-present Porsche 911
Porsche is considered as the flagship of brands amongst other vehicle manufacturers, and the 911 is their elite model. Since 1964 they’ve been making these magnificent 2-door sports cars, and they don’t look likely to slow down any time soon.
So what makes these so good, and so worthy of our top spot? They have all the factors going for them: they sell incredibly well, they perform and handle like a sports car without being overly flashy or even too expensive (when compared to some others), and they really are regarded as the sports car to compare all others to.
In short, Porsche have created more than a car with their 911, they’ve created perfection.
Even if your car doesn’t make the cut of the best vehicles out there, Are You Selling can still help you when it comes time to sell your car. Talk to us today!