50 Unforgettable Vintage Automobiles That Still Turn Heads

By Jack Ripley | March 15, 2024

The Steam-Powered Stanley "Steamer" 

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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Cars made by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, like this one, were steam-powered so they were nicknamed, ‘Stanley Steamers’. That Stanley Motor Carriage Company was founded by twin brothers, Francis and Freelan Stanley. The Stanley twins had a successful photographic business prior to delving into auto manufacturing. In fact, they sold their photographic dry plate company to Eastman Kodak and used the profits to start the Stanley Motor Carriage Company. The steam-powered cars became obsolete when the internal combustion engine was perfected and the Stanley company was out of business by the early 1920s. 

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.