FinalGear's Most Beautiful Cars Results! pt1

Get that C4 ready.
No votes from me for the e-type. I'm curious how far my #1 will make, I don't think it will get enough votes to put it in the top 10, but we'll see....
This is so cool to watch, I keep coming here way to often just to see if there's new updates!
And if the E-type wins I'll lose my faith with people in here.
So help me god if the jaguar e-type wins 1st place i'm suicide bombing the forums. :lol:

Heh you will hate me then:
1. Ferrari 250 California Spyder
2. Ferrari 250 GTO
3. Jaguar E-Type
4. 1961-64 Lincoln Continental
5. 1956 Lincoln Continental
6. Triumph Spitfire
7. Mustang BOSS 302
8. Lamborghini Muria
9. Ford GT
10. Bugatti Royal

Today's Trivia : In terms of 'marque with largest number of cars featured', Ferrari is the clear winner. Most of them, however, didn't score very highly.

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Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder - There were in fact two Ferrari 250 GT California Spyders - the LWB (on the left) and the SWB (on the right). The LWB came first. As both I and some voters didn't note which they were for, I've included a picture of both.

Designed for export to America (hence the name), the 1957 250 GT California Spyder was Carrozzeria Scaglietti's interpretation of an open-top 250 GT. Carrozzeria Scaglietti, by the way, was a design and coachbuilding firm during the 1950s who were situated across the road from Ferrari.

Aluminum was used in the bonnet, doors, and boot lid, with steel specified elsewhere for most models, though a few aluminum-bodied racing versions were also built. The engine was the same as in the 250 Tour de France with up to 240 bhp. About 45 were made before it was replaced by the SWB version in 1960.

Replacing their LWB California Spyder with a SWB version, Scaglietti showed a new Spyder California at Geneva in 1960. Based on the 250 GT SWB, it also introduced disc brakes and a 280 bhp version of the 250 V12. About 55 were built. A replica of the 250 GT Spyder California called the "Modena" was featured as the untouchable car owned by Cameron Frye's dad in the teen movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Aston Martin DBS V12 - The DBS is Aston Martin's new flagship, replacing the V12 Vanquish. The DBS is based on the DB9, and first featured in the new Bond film, "Casino Royale". In the film, the DBS came with an inbuilt defibrillator. This is not standard equipment on the DBS.

It is the first production Aston Martin to make extensive use of carbon-fibre body panels. Power comes from a handmade 6.0 litre V12 engine based on that of the DBR9 racing car, tuned to deliver 510 bhp. 0-60mph takes 4.2 seconds, and the DBS has a top speed of 191mph.

The DBS will be returning in the next Bond film, Quantum of Solace. However, at least one DBS has gone for an impromptu swim. Guess they thought it had the Lotus Esprit's famous 'submarine' Q-modification.
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Would the DBS count as the DB9?

And I still have half of my cars to go. :D
Would the DBS count as the DB9?

No; they're separate cars.

So either nobody voted for the DB9 or it's still to come. I'll leave you to decide which of those two is the case.
I'm sure we are still looking forward for it. It'll be placed somewhere behind the Jaguar E-Type, which will be the winner of this contest! :p
Another one of mine out, the Sagaris.

I voted for the DB9, not the DBS since it looks too tacky. I wonder if that will come out separately???
My money is on the E-Type taking first place.

Today's Trivia : The first car, alphabetically speaking, is the Abarth OT 1300. The last is the Volvo P1800. Sorry, Westfield fans.

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Alfa Romeo Brera - The Alfa Romeo Brera started life as a concept car at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign Giugiaro. The results were pretty stunning - Clarkson, for one, described it as "automotive pornography". The concept had a Maserati V8 engine, and thus about 395 bhp. With such an enthusiastic reaction, there was no doubt that the Brera would make production.

The Brera originally appeared as a concept car at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign Giugiaro. The concept version was powered with Maserati V8 engine producing around 400 PS (395 hp/294 kW).[3] The Brera was widely acclaimed, and production plans were subsequently announced for 2005.

The cars themselves are made at Pininfarina, and the Brera is a Grand Tourer. The production-model Brera was introduced at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and was almost identical in styling to the concept but smaller in scale. It shared a platform with the Alfa 159, and a convertible Spider version was announced, too.

The Brera's available with two petrol engines and one turbodiesel. The most powerful is a 256bhp petrol 3.2 litre V6. which gives the Brera a four-wheel-drive system, too. The Brera won numerous design prizes, although fewer in terms of actually being a car - European Car of the Year in Japan in 2007, and What Diesel Car's best sports car or coup?.

Aston Martin DB7 - Yes, second Aston Martin in as many updates. The DB7 was a grand touring car styled by Ian Callum - now of Jag fame. It was made from 1994 to 2003, and was Aston's most successful ever car, with more than 7,000 built. It came in both coup? and convertible flavours, and came originally with a straight-six engine and a V12 later in its life. It was replaced by the DB9.

The DB7, known internally as the NPX project, was designed to replace the twenty-year-old Aston Martin V8. It was made mostly with the resources from Jaguar and had the financial backing of Ford, owner of Aston Martin since 1988. The DB7's platform is a variant of the Jaguar XJS's, though with many changes.

In 1999, the more powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced, with a 6 litre V12 engine giving out 420 bhp. It was available with a manual gearbox or an automatic. Top speed was 185mph with the manual and 165 with the auto, and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds.

Today's Trivia : sorry about the lack of updates; I was away and forgot to tell you. Speaking of that, the update after this will be on Sunday.

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Ford GT40 - The Ford GT40 was a sports car and winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans four times in a row, from 1966 to 1969. It was built to beat Ferrari at long-distance races (Ferrari having won at Le Mans six times in a row from 1960 to 1965).

The car was named the GT (Grand Tourisme) with the 40 being its height of 40 inches. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.7 L and 7 L) were used. There's a story behind the GT40 - in the spring of 1963, Ford heard that Enzo Ferrari was interested in selling to Ford. Ford spent a few millions in an audit of Ferrari factory assets and in legal negotiations, until Enzo Ferrari got right to the point of signing the deal and realized he simply could not let go of the company that carried his name. Henry Ford II, enraged, directed his racing division to find a company that could build a Ferrari-beater on the world endurance-racing circuit.

And Ferrari-beat it did. It was first raced in May 1964 at the Nurburgring 1000km race but retired due to suspension failure. It wasn't until 1966's 24 hours of Le Mans that the GT40 struck gold, though, when GT40s came home with first, second and third place.

Maserati 250F - The Maserati 250F's name comes about from the fact it raced in 2.5 litre Formula One. It was introduced in 1954 and ran until 1960.

The 250F first raced in the 1954 Argentinian Grand Prix with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel; and it took gold. He went on to win the Driver's World Championship, too, with points from Maserati and Mercedez-Benz (which he moved to during the season). In 1956 Sir Stirling Moss won twice using his personal 250F - in Italy and Monaco.

Clarkson drove one in 2005 on Top Gear, notably saying "I've got no seatbelts, no roll bar, and I don't care! Michael Schumacher is dead!". He also went on to spin out in it, which was not wise in a car that cost a million pounds. It also meant trouble for the BBC with the owner later when the item was aired...