4 Of The Greatest Cars To Grace The Automotive IndustryBy Stephen M
The automobile industry has seen some tremendous improvement over the years. Comparing the first car ever produced to recent ones shows how far the industry has come. In 1886, German inventor Karl Benz patented Benz Patent-Motorwagen, to become the first automobile producer. Since then, a lot more companies evolved and the industry witnessed some classic cars.
The classic cars came with some unique bodyworks, designs, and spectacular engineering works, which were seemingly beyond the technology available at the time. The interior design, engine, and toughness, and the time spent on building them have made them an invaluable piece of history. According to our editors, here are some of the greatest cars ever built. Your opinions are welcome.
The Lamborghini Miura came into the automobile market as the world’s fastest car on its release in 1966. Designed by the Italian, Marcello Gandini, this iconic car possesses a 3929cc V12 engine making it a beast of its time. Miura also became the first supercar with a mid-engined two-seat layout. The Lamborghini Countach replaced it in 1974.
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
We can’t talk about the best-ever cars without mentioning the Jaguar E-type lightweight and its other variants. This lightweight version became prominent in competitions. It had some elements of the D-type racing car and an aerodynamic body. With a 3.8-liter Jaguar engine and an output of 300bhp, it competed gracefully in small races. The company built only 12 of the Jaguar E-Types lightweight instead of the planned 18.
NSU Ro80 arrived on the automobile market as a futuristic car. Its aesthetic view, four-door buildup, and being a front-engine sedan made it an instant hit. NSU Ro80 started selling in 1967 and production continued until 1977. One of the major downsides of this classic car was its fuel consumption. The Wankel engine of this car used triangular-shaped rotors, which minimized vibrations and helped the car to run smoothly. However, the seals of these rotors deteriorated easily, which partly contributed to the discontinuation of production.
Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’
Introduced in 1974, the Lamborghini Countach became one of the classic cars in its era. It was designed by the Italian Design house, Bertone. The car had extraordinary specs including cooling ducts, gull-wing doors, and a then newly introduced periscopio, which improved drivers’ rearview. The production lasted from 1974 to 1990.