50 Unforgettable Vintage Automobiles That Still Turn Heads

By Jack Ripley | March 8, 2024

A 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, Built for Speed and Endurance

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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The British made Aston Martin DBR1 was designed for competition in the World Sportscar Championships. In 1959, it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and was one of only three cars to win both the World Sports Car Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours in the same year during the 1950s. The other two cars to earn this distinction were both Ferraris. The DBR1 racked up several trophies for endurance racing during its time, including three consecutive victories at the Tourist Trophy and the Nurburging. Last year, an Aston Martin DBR1 sold for $22,555,000. 

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

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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.