Let’s be clear, we’re not talking about supercars that used to be on calendars and posters put up in little boys rooms, we’re talking about cars that regular people bought, that were ahead of their time. Some of these cars are driven today, but mostly by enthusiasts and collectors. They were cool back in the day while they were still in production, and they are cool now. Some of these cars haven’t been mentioned as best cars by some car magazine, they are told to be the best by the drivers that drove them.
Mercedes – Benz R129 SL500
There is actually nothing to say about this car that could, even closely, describe the feeling you have behind the wheel. Numbers from the specs suggest that it’s a car, but if you didn’t see the car, you would imagine something different. We won’t talk about numbers, but here are a few comparisons for you to understand why this car made it to the list. It weighs over two tons, it has more power than a military Hummer, it’s quiet, top speed exceeds the speed of a plane lifting off and it’s a convertible. That’s enough technical stuff and so far it looks good, but what about the exterior? Does the car look good as well as it seems on paper? By some, it exceeds it. Some say it’s a masterpiece. Words can`t describe the look of this car, so just look at it in the picture below.
BMW E30 M3
When people talk about BMW with a tri-color “M” badge on it, everyone usually thinks about the e30 M3 developed by BMW`s Motorsport division. Reviewers said it was the perfect car. It’s sporty, yet comfortable enough to be a used as a daily to take your wife and mother-in-law shopping for groceries. It`s significantly smaller than the Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500, has less horse power than it but doesn’t lack the adrenaline that hits you when driving it. Nobody that hasn’t driven this car can’t explain what is so damn special about it. Just a regular old road car with a 200 HP engine, some might think. But no, for enthusiasts it is the God of all sport road cars, it`s incredibly fun to drive, it sounds amazing and generally gives you the feeling of freedom on the road or track. Some even say it’s brutal sound makes little kittens cry in a 200 mile radius. BMW’s motorsport division created other M cars, but not a single one similar to the BMW E30 M3.
Italian cars are so fun to drive, but it has a price. Owning an Italian car is great. You don’t need a wife, don’t even think about having a girlfriend, and you will always have a best friend – your mechanic. These cars are great, but they are fragile. Precision and perfection also have a price. The Lancia Delta started off as a front wheel drive, box-like family car. Soon after that, Lancia decided it would be great for rallying, so they upgraded it with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. That’s when the Lancia Delta Integrale became so fun to own and drive. Mechanically speaking, they are a handful, and you will most probably need a good mechanic to maintain the car in good shape if you already own it. If you plan on getting one, be prepared to look for one in good shape, and still take it to your mechanic like it`s almost on its last legs.
Mazda RX-7 (3rd gen)
Yep, it took Mazda 3 generations of the same car to create a car that was truly brilliant. The 3rd generation RX-7 was introduced in 1991. This model was featured in the first part of the Fast and Furious movie, which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) was driving, as well as some racing games. The creators of the Need for Speed game thought it was so good they featured it in 8 NFS games. The most popular RX-7 had a 1.3 litre twin-turbo rotary engine with around 260 HP, and this was the first Japanese vehicle with a twin-turbo engine to be exported. This Mazda isn`t really a family car. It`s a small sport coupe with great handling, even better looks and a huge amount of power released by its engine. It`s most popular with males from 20 to 25 years of age, who generally don`t care about MPG, but care for „street cred“.
Nissan 300ZX turbo
This little Nissan wasn’t just extremely fast, it was in front of its time with new technology. It also looks great! A few other mentionable cars were starting production around the time the 300ZX and the 300ZX turbo were released, like the Toyota Supra Turbo which had a weight problem, the extremely expensive Porsche 944 with a 200hp engine, the Corvette… But Nissans 300ZX and 300ZX turbo were a breath of fresh air at the time. It was cheaper than the Porsche, lighter than the Toyota and Corvette and all around better car than most sport coupes out there. It had rear wheel steering which was so high-tech it had to be mentioned as a car in front of it`s time. Unfortunately, the 300ZX and the 300ZX turbo had a pretty short life. When new it cost around $33.000 but when the Japanese Yen escalated its death was getting closer. After the escalation of the Yen in 1996, the price of the 300ZX turbo was around $45.000 and it wasn’t affordable any more.