(iSeeCars) – Identifying the most beautiful cars and SUVs of all time is no easy task as opinions on what makes a good looking car are very personal. In the absence of clearly defined rules for specific styling elements, including proper hood-to-body ratio, ideal roof-angle angle, and overall proportions, we have to paraphrase a famous quote: “A beautiful car is in the eye of the beholder. ”
However, some classic models have stood the test of time, while some other new cars and crossovers have immediately caught the eye of car enthusiasts who sense their sleek, timeless shapes that will age gracefully for decades to come. Extremely practical brands like Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo didn’t make the list, but these automakers still produce some of the best vehicles when it comes to passenger safety and fuel economy.
And while high-horsepower sports cars and supercars tend to dominate these lists, we’ll focus primarily on the best cars and the best SUVs with compelling designs. If they happen to have a high power threshold and an impressive top speed, that certainly doesn’t count against them. But for this list, “best” means the most attractive, not necessarily the best driver’s car.
Let’s start with the top 10 most beautiful cars of all time
1. Ferrari 275 GTB from 1967
This classic Ferrari is simply a combination of sleek body and perfect proportions. It’s likely that the 275 GTB was a response to Jaguar’s E-Type, which debuted a few years earlier and was a model that Enzo Ferrari himself described as “the most beautiful car of all time”.
2. 1966/2006 Ford GT40/GT
The Ford GT, or GT40 depending on which era you’re talking about, was a mid-engined coupe Ferrari would beat at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While the design should win races, it’s also one of the best looking cars ever made, made even better in the 2005-2006 second generation version.
3. 1965 Jaguar E Type
The car that received Enzo’s seal of approval and undoubtedly inspired the number one car on our list is Jaguar’s E-Type, another example of clean body lines and perfect proportions. Its modern counterpart, the Jaguar F-Type, isn’t quite as perfect in execution, but it’s still a head-turner.
4. Lamborghini Miura SV from 1971
Officially the first “supercar” – to earn that title with a mid-engined V12 powertrain – the Miura introduced the world to the concept of beauty and power coming together in a low form. It looks like it’ll hit triple-digit speeds even when parked, and it’s aged incredibly well.
5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
Another Italian beauty from the 1960s, this car was stunning even before it starred in a John Hughes film about a high school kid. This role simply increased awareness of how well Ferrari had refined the shape of its 250 series cars, which began in the early 1950s and was perfected by 1961.
6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
The second generation Corvette’s first year, 1963, was the only model year with the split window design, which presented a challenge to driver vision and an overall shape that endures 60 years later. The folding quad headlights only add to the Corvette’s cool car status when deployed.
7. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
Offered as both a coupe and roadster, it’s the coupe’s ornate gullwing doors that complete the otherwise iconic shape of this German sports car, including a large three-pointed star that dominates the car’s distinctive grille.
8. 2003 BMW Z8
One of the few modern cars on this list, the Z8’s design follows the approach of the classic cars on this list – clean, simple lines and perfect proportions. The Z8 is gorgeous from head to toe, but the way its rear end tapers to a sharp point, with sleek taillights contrasting the bodywork, is where it captures the design magic of the 1960s.
9. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
With almost six decades in production, it’s not easy to honor a single 911 for its design, but the 1973 Carrera RS not only features the classic 911 profile, but also cool “Carrera” door graphics and classic five-spoke wheels. This one also offers an incredible driving experience.
10. 1970 Dodge Challenger
Only one muscle car makes the list, but it’s among the coolest cars ever made and inspired a modern-day Dodge Challenger revival in 2008. The original Dodge Challenger has appeared in numerous film roles, often with its ultimate 426 Hemi, 8-cylinder engine that just spins the rear wheels and roasts the tires.
Now for the top 10 most beautiful SUVs of all time
1. Ford Bronco
If you’re wondering whether we mean the new Ford Bronco or the original 1960s version, the answer is yes. Both Ford SUVs offer classic, angular proportions, and the original even came in truck and convertible guises. The modern Bronco looks best in two-door form, but even the four-door looks cool.
2. 2022 Genesis GV70
It may serve as Hyundai Motor Company’s premium division, but the Genesis styling team consistently hits home runs. All of the brand’s latest models look great, but the GV70 looks great. Alluring body panels and sleek quad headlights make it a gorgeous AWD utility vehicle.
3. Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler isn’t inherently stunning, but it does define the term “iconic” when it comes to small SUV design. The angular shape of early Land Rovers, Ford Broncos and Toyota FJs? A heartfelt “thank you!” to all of them, right through to the original 4×4, the WWII Jeep Willys, which eventually became the Jeep Wrangler.
4. 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Given the brand’s history of producing attractive coupes and sedans, including the Alfa Romeo Giulia and 8C, it’s not surprising that the automaker found a way to make beautiful four-wheel drive vehicles. If mpg isn’t your concern, we particularly like the larger wheels and quad tailpipes (and turbocharged engine) of the Quadrifoglio version.
5. 2022 Maserati Levante
Maserati joined the midsize SUV trend in 2017 with the Levante. It features a curved roof culminating in a spoiler over the hatchback rear, along with a sloping grille. However, its spacious interior retains the sportiness and cargo space. The most powerful Trofeo version rolls on 21-inch wheels over glossy red brake calipers
6. 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The name is debatable, but the combination of SUV proportions and Mustang styling cues undeniably works. And it stays true to the Mustang’s sporty, rear-wheel-drive layout (all-wheel-drive is optional). The Mach-E also features hidden exterior door handles and a solid front grille to underscore its “future of personal transportation” style. Did we mention this SUV is an electric car?
7. 2021 Aston Martin DBX
The British sports car maker has just launched its first luxury SUV, and while it’s a little late for the SUV party, this one makes up for it with an exceptional design that reflects the brand’s heritage. Under the DBX’s long bonnet sits either a twin-turbocharged inline-six or a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, both offering appropriate exhaust notes to complement the styling.
8. 2022 Audi Q8
The Q8 offers a compelling exterior shape and cool front-end design. It rides on the same platform as the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Volkswagen Touareg, but in contrast to the aggressive styling of those models, the Q8 exhibits the same classic restraint we see in the brand’s Audi R8 supercar. We’re also fans of Audi’s intuitive touchscreen infotainment system and driver-assistance technology.
9. 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Every modern Land Rover SUV is characterized by a clean, sophisticated exterior design and near-perfect proportions. And while we like the styling of the boxy Land Rover Defender, the Range Rover Velar takes it a step further with a sloping roofline and sleek headlights and taillights. Its shorter wheelbase means it’s not the most practical or capable Land Rover, but it is the most beautiful.
10. 2022 Kia Sorento
Yes, Kia made the list of the most beautiful SUVs, and the truth is that there were at least three worthy contenders. But while the large Kia Telluride is both an attractive and highly functional large SUV, and the brand’s compact SUV, the Seltos, has a cool “spunk” in its styling, the mid-size Kia Sorento still offers a third row and is simply a remarkably good looking SUV.
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