50 Unforgettable Vintage Automobiles That Still Turn Heads

By Jack Ripley | November 16, 2023

After Almost Fifty Years, this 1991 Shelby Completion Cobra is Finished

The American love affair with the automobile is a real thing and has been since Henry Ford’s first Model-T rolled off the assembly lines in Detroit. The automobile is a symbol of power, individuality, prosperity and freedom. Take a look through this collection of old, new, vintage and specialty cars to rekindle your love for the automobile.

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Carroll Shelby was required by FIA racing to build at least 100 of his 427 Cobras but by 1966, he had only completed 53 of them. Shelby abandoned his efforts and joined forces with Ford to design a car that could beat the Ferraris at Le Mans. Yet Shelby still wanted to fulfill his obligation. In 1988, he hired a Corvette restored to finish five of the incomplete Shelbys, which he promptly sold. In the early 1990s, he set about finishing the job and completed the remaining Shelby Cobras, like this one here. 

Who Could Miss the 1954 Mercedes 300SL with its Distinctive Gull-Wing Doors?

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If you immediately think “Back to the Future” when you see a gull-wing car, you’re not alone. The unique and eye-catching gull-wing doors on this Mercedes 300SL was one of its most alluring featured. The two-seater coupe was the fastest production car of its time and appealed to the affluent buyer with a need for speed and a lust for performance vehicles. Max Hoffman of Mercedes got the idea for the 300SL as a way to offer the burgeoning post-war market with a Grand Prix-style car.