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The Greatest Classic Supercars of All Time

Updated on January 9, 2016
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What is a Classic Car?

It is possible to interpret differently, but to me, a classic car is an old but still popular vehicle which was built in the 20th century and exists till today. There are thousands of great cars that deserve our attention, however, this article is about the best of the best classic supercars which are known for their perfection, superiority and entirety of unique aspects (power, suspension, torque, aerodynamics, weight, etc.) that were overwhelming back in the days and fortunately, are now.

Ferrari 512 TR
Ferrari 512 TR | Source

Specifications:

Engine:
4.9 L F12
Power:
390 hp
Top speed:
314 km/h (195 mph)
Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.9 s
Torque:
491 Nm
Weight:
1473 kg (3247 lbs)

5. Ferrari 512 TR

The Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR, produced in 1984 - 1991. Because of its powerful 4.9 L flat-12 engine, this car can go as fast as 428 horses combined. What is more, it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in just about 4.9 seconds. But these numbers do not really matter that much because what is more exciting about this classic supercar is the design. The first thing you notice about it is the side intakes. Although they give the car an aggressive look, they still have a functional purpose - to draw air and cool the side radiators, generate stability by decreasing aerodynamic lift at its rear. That explains why the 512 TR does not need a rear spoiler. Apart from that, the car had been repeatedly featured on many covers of popular magazines, but that is not surprising at all, considering every detail, engine and the design of the Testarossa.

Ferrari 275 GTB
Ferrari 275 GTB | Source

Specifications:

Engine:
3.3 L V12
Power:
300 hp
Top speed:
256 km/h (159 mph)
Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.5 s
Torque:
314 Nm
Weight:
1208 kg (2663 lbs)

4. Ferrari 275 GTB

The most intensive production of the Ferrari 275 GTB was in the 1960s. A time, when another racing season began. It is not the GT name that makes this car a sports car but actually, it is meant to perform flawlessly, exceeding the other GTs in their field. The secret of making the 275 GTB so fast is light aluminium body, instead of solid steel. Not to mention 3.3 L V12 engine, making the car fly when needed. What is more, during production years of the 275 GTB, Ferrari had been improving standart version of the car, making it slightly different. Consequently, 5 models of the Ferrari 275 series were created in total. However, none of them were massively used for driving on a regular basis, which is why this car is extraordinary in any way.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL | Source

Specifications:

Engine:
3 L I6
Power:
212 hp
Top speed:
260 km/h (160 mph)
Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.8 s
Torque:
274 Nm
Weight:
1093 kg (2410 lbs)

3. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Now that is classic. Absolutely classic. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was introduced in 1954 - so many years ago! It appeared as two-seat coupé with its bent gull-wing doors. The vast majority of cars had uncomfortable seats and just a few or none interior interface features/facilities. But not the 300 SL. Its interior is luxurious, seats comfortable and every part, detail is primitive, which really made the car special. Unfortunately, as any car would be, it is just scrap metal without its I6 front engine, generating 212 hp and allowing breaking top speed records in the 1950s. Moreover, today we have Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which is regarded as the successor and inspiration of the old 300 SL.

McLaren F1
McLaren F1 | Source

Specifications:

Engine:
6.1 L V12
Power:
627 hp
Top speed:
349 km/h (217 mph)
Acceleration:
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 s
Torque:
651 Nm
Weight:
1138 kg (2509 lbs)

2. McLaren F1

The ultimate road supercar. That was the McLaren F1 purpose. It had been the world's fastest production car before the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, taking the first place. The F1 was built for extreme performance and every detail was considered not to negatively affect it. What is really surprising, it is the first car ever to use carbon fiber reinforced polymer body to decrease the weight. Furthermore, it has a unique interior with 3 seats - one in the middle (driver's seat) and two passenger seats behind it. The McLaren F1 is precisely aerodynamical. It has 3 air intakes: one at the top (air used for engine work) and two under each door (air used for cooling the systems). In addition, a small rear spoiler was built in for braking assistance and for maintaining aerodynamic balance. All in all, it certainly was and is a legendary and rare classic supercar (only 106 units were manufactured in total).

Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
Lamborghini Countach LP500 S | Source

Specifications:

Engine:
4.7 L V12
Power:
370 hp
Top speed:
300 km/h (186 mph)
Acceleration:
0 - 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.6 s
Torque:
409 Nm
Weight:
1490 kg (3285 lbs)

1. Lamborghini Countach LP500 S

Power, acceleration, mobility, dynamics, lightness, suspension. The Lamborghini Countach LP500 S has everything to be called a supercar. The production of the Countach took place in between 1973 and 1990. During those years, 6 different models (including the prototype) were created and 2049 cars were manufactured in total. Every model was meant to somehow improve and modify the previous one without obviously affecting the overall design. The Lamborghini Countach LP500 S is the fourth one, a two-door coupé with rear-wheel-drive RR layout (engine and driven wheels are in the rear). Its space frame was made of extremely light aluminum layer, the same material used in racing cars. In addition, the under-body is fiberglass, providing protection and is also light. The LP 500 S has a cooling system with an air intake at each side behind the doors, connected directly to the engine. The rear V-shaped spoiler was built in for aerodynamic balance, however, slightly reducing the top speed. All in all, the Lamborghini Countach is a rare, exotic and unique supercar that had been successful by overcomming other great brands and their cars.

Lamborghini Countach Review

Cars are fantastic. All of them. There are not any best or worst cars (except the Fiat Multipla, it is the worst) and the chosen five were my personal favorites. Just a standard opinion. So what is the purpose of this article? Well, nowadays there are not many people interested in classic cars and the objective was to enthuse, to make that number bigger!

Feel free to express your own opinion, suggest, give feedback in the comment section below.

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      sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

      for car lovers

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      Really cool lens and so many great cars. My grandson details cars and asked me to come by and see where he works. When I found him it was a big steel building with no sign. He took me in and I almost dropped my teeth. There were over 100 pristine cars in mint condition. He said people come from all over the world to buy them.

      Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Mercedes, Jaguars, Austin Healy Lemans, Corvetts and the list goes on. They were in a dust controled building and the prices were all around $200,000 and up. I was in schock and my grandson gets the keep all of them up. There was a 1960 Corvette with a 550 hp fuel injected engine with Ostrich interior. I truly understand your passion for cars. Great Lens

      JimHouston33

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      tomasokalno 3 years ago

      3rd one is such a beauty...

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      PoggyDobby 3 years ago from Probably Earth

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Excellent lens!