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VW Beetle

It is the German contribution to the holy trinity of urban and economic cars – together with the British Mini and the Italian 500. It was originally called Type 1, but an article in The New York Times renamed it the Beetle for its colour and shape. Since 1938, 23.5 million units have been sold.

Ferrari F40

The last car signed by Enzo Ferrari before his death in 1988. It is a circuit car that can be used on the street, in which all elements of comfort were eliminated in favor of lightness and aerodynamics. The best gift for Il Commendatore on the brand’s 40th anniversary.

Ford F

Hardly a vehicle can be more “macho”. Perhaps that’s why this imposing pick-up has been for decades the best-selling car in the U.S., and therefore in the world.

Lotus Esprit

Its characteristic design follows the fashion of the time: horizontal planes and retractable headlights. What Colin Chapman, Lotus’ CEO, certainly didn’t imagine when he commissioned it from Giugiaro’s studio, was that James Bond would end up using it as a submarine…

Chevrolet Bel Air

It was the icon of the American dream after World War II. It was made until 1975 and, if you travel to Cuba, you can still see a few of them in circulation.

Dodge Charger

When you talk about Bullit, everybody remembers the Mustang that Steve McQueen drives. Few remember the Dodge Charger he chased through the hills of San Francisco. Look up the scene on Youtube and turn up the sound on your device. It’s blessed glory.

Lotus 49
Colin Chapman is possibly the best single-seater designer Formula 1 has ever produced; and his Lotus 49, the most influential car in history. His idea of turning the engine and gearbox into a structural part of the car is still basic today.

Datsun 240Z
Also called the Nissan S30 and Nissan Fairlady Z, the Datsun 240 Z was the two-seater coupe that every middle-class man salivated over in the 1970s.

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Lamborghini Miura.

This 1966 coupe was the first Lamborghini to rival Ferrari. The design, created by Bertone, is extraordinarily modern, as is the car’s architecture: a rear mid-engine and a rigid, lightweight chassis.

Auto Union Type C
The “silver arrows” dominated the competition from 1935 to World War II. Their V16 and V12 engines delivered up to 550 hp in the rear, making them over-steering machines. To attack a corner at 100 miles per hour in one of these metal wheeled coffins, you had to have them in place.

Chevrolet Camaro

It emerged as General Motors’ response to the success of the Ford Mustang and is one of the few American cars a Spaniard knows by name. For Transformers fans: it embodies the Autobot Bumblebee.

Land Rover Defender
The vehicle you’d choose to travel to the end of the world. The only car that can handle a good layer of mud.

It’s “the” muscle car. The first pony car in American history. Authenticity made automobile.

Audi R10
Bored of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours year after year, Audi’s boys set out to compete in the legendary endurance race with a diesel car. Said and done, the R10 TDI took victory in 2006, 2007 and 2008. What would be next, racing a hybrid? No, they wouldn’t dare…

A pioneer in the microcar segment. Launched in 1953, it is the son of the economic hardships of post-war Europe. Its design is Italian, by Iso Autoveicoli, but it was manufactured under license by numerous brands. Among them, BMW, which was the most prolific, with more than 135,000 units sold.

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BMW 507 (1955).

Who said the Germans don’t know how to make glamorous roadsters? The 507 was born in 1956 to compete with the 300 SL of Mercedes-Benz in the American market and its success was immediate among wealthy customers in the United States. Only about 250 units were produced, one of which ended up in the hands of King Elvis Presley.

Bugatti Veyron
They say that VW has lost a whopping 4.65 million euros for every Veyron it has put on sale, which gives us an idea of how little the Germans cared about making money from this supercar. It was designed as a technological showcase, like the record-breaking vehicle, like the c

They say that VW has lost a whopping 4.65 million euros for every Veyron it has put up for sale, which gives us an idea of how little the Germans cared about making money from this supercar. It was designed as a technological showcase, as the record-breaking vehicle, as the 1,000-horsepower car, and so it will go down in history. Like Das Auto. “The car.”

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Porsche 550 Spyder

This magnificent racing car, which dominated the competition in the 1960s, deserved better than going down in history as the car in which James Dean was killed. But you see, it was the car that killed James Dean.

Honda NSX
“If you return the car to me different than how I left it, Monster Joe will have to take care of two dead bodies.” Mr. Lobo, a professional troublemaker, warns Vincent Vega with these words before handing over the keys to his NSX in Pulp Fiction. No wonder. This vehicle, which has just been reissued to the delight of its fans, was one of the most advanced sports cars of its time, with an aluminium monocoque chassis, electronic power steering, titanium and platinum engine block and a cabin inspired by the F-16 fighter plane.

Mitsubishi Montero
Pajero in the rest of the world, in the USA and in Spanish-speaking countries was changed to Montero for obvious reasons. It has been one of the best-selling 4x4s in history and one of the most popular. To this day, it is still the model that has won the most Dakar rallies. Its publicity went viral in our country, under the slogan “wherever a Montero takes you, no one has arrived for a long time” and that famous old man who ended up asking: “What about Madrid, European champion again?

Peugeot T16 Pikes Peak
As a tribute to Ari Vatanen’s famous climb to Pikes Peak, featured in the documentary Climb Dance, Peugeot decided to bring together the best rally driver in history, Sébastien Loeb, with the most brutal prototype ever built to compete in this event, with a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 (850 hp for 850 kg). The fans were wondering if he would be able to go under 9 minutes. He left the clock at 8:13.878.

Lightweight construction is the art that shows that what is important in a sports car is not that it has many horses, but a good weight/power ratio. The figures for the R 500 are 263 horsepower and 506 kilos. Do the math…

Chevrolet Corvette
The quintessential American sports car. It’s been built continuously since 1953. Phoenix, the handsome A-team driver, drove one.

2002 BMW Turbo
Putting a 170 HP turbo engine into a 1080 kg car was a kind of madness in its time. But that didn’t crush the BMW engineers, who came up with one of the most wonderful pranks in automotive history. The front spoiler used to be painted with “2002 turbo” written backwards, as ambulances or firemen do, so that the car in front could see what was coming at it in the rear-view mirror.

Fiat Multipla
Some people say that the Multipla is like a fart, that only its owner likes it, but the truth is that history is beginning to do justice to this revolutionary car capable of accommodating 6 passengers where modern cars cannot even carry five. Could it also be on the list of the 100 ugliest cars in history? A matter of taste.

DeLorean DMC-12
For a man to give up everything to fulfill a dream is always the beginning of a good story. The story of John Zachary DeLorean, who became Vice President of General Motors before embarking on his adventure to build the American middle-class sports car, did not end well. His creature, despite Giugiaro’s beautiful design, was a remarkable commercial failure. And we would have already forgotten about it if it weren’t for the fact that Robert Zemeckis rescued it for his film ‘Back to the Future’. Since then, we’ve all wanted one.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI
A rally myth turned into a street car myth. The current generation has 310 hp and all-wheel drive.

Ferrari 250 GTO

It is considered one of the best racing cars of all time. It won the world championship in ’62, ’63, and ’64. Today, it’s a street car. The most expensive in the world, if you trust the auctions. The last one was worth $38 million.

Nissan Leaf

It is by no means the first electric car in history, but it is the best-selling car and the one that popularized this technology among 21st century urbanites. Today, all the brands are aiming at the car (they are forcibly hanging), but it is worth remembering that the Leaf was the first to double the bet.

Koenigsegg Agera R
It was for some years the fastest car in the world, with a record of 440 km/h top speed. Its figures are enormous: 1,155 hp and 1,350 Nm of torque. But what we like most about this car is the fact that a small Swedish company was able to spoil the fun for the all-powerful VW group and its Bugatti Veyron.

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Citroën Traction Avant

Today, the standard in the automotive industry is self-supporting bodywork and front-wheel drive. To this day. It wasn’t in 1934, when Citroën launched this revolutionary car. The beautiful design is the work of sculptor Flaminio Bertoni, who would also be responsible after the 2CV or the DS.

McLaren MP4/4
When everyone talks about the successful partnership between McLaren and Honda in the past, they mean this car, which won 15 races out of 16 in 1988 – with 15 pole positions. It is the most dominant car in the history of Formula One.

Fiat 500
The Italian people’s car. Not to be confused with the Spanish 600, more “spacious”.

Jeep Cherokee
It’s possibly the first SUV with a vocation to be one. In fact, the expression “Sport Utility” appears for the first time in this vehicle’s catalogue.

Toyota Prius
Technically, the Honda Insight was the first hybrid, but Toyota’s Japanese rival didn’t get a plethora of Hollywood stars to walk the red carpet at the Oscars on its model – some drove a Hummer in their real lives, but that’s another matter. The Prius made it fashionable to save the planet and, since then, all brands have some hybrid mechanics in their portfolio.

Abarth ‘Monoposto da Record
Someone in Pininfarina’s studio had smoked something the day he designed this unique car that was hidden for years in the solitude of a garage. In the 1960s it became the first Italian car to break up to 8 speed records. It was capable of driving for 12 hours at an average speed of 203.656 km/h.

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SEAT Ibiza.

More than 5.4 million units have been sold of the SEAT small car over 5 generations, making it the undisputed best seller of the Martorell-based company. If you’ve never driven an Ibiza in Ibiza, you’ve missed out on something important in your life.

Alfa Romeo 4C
Groucho Marx used to say that life is made of little things: a small yacht, a small mansion, a small fortune. The little sports car in the equation is this Alfa Romeo.

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1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans.

Everything about this car is touched by legend. Its design, of timeless beauty. Its decoration with the mythical Gulf advertising. Its triumphs, which include four Le Mans wins in a row (from 1966 to 1969); and its most illustrious driver, Steve McQueen, who drove it for the no less legendary film The 24 Hours of Le Mans – this particular unit, which belonged to the actor, was auctioned off for $11 million.

Nissan GT-R
The best value for money sports car in the world, apart from probably the most efficient.

Hispano-Suiza H6 B
It was considered, at the time, the best car in the world. With a 6.6 litre engine and 6 cylinders, it was capable of reaching 150 km/h and had servo-assisted brakes – for the first time in history. Its production extended 13 years, from 1919 to 1932.

For some reason, the rest of the GTIs on the market always look like a copy of the Golf GTI. For some reason.

Renault Twizy
Renault’s commitment to 21st century urban mobility is one of those vehicles that leave no one indifferent. Many other brands have presented similar concepts, but no one has dared to mass-produce it like the French manufacturer.

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible 1959

This symbol of American culture, produced from 1953 to 2002, takes us back to that magical time when cars were much more than a means of locomotion. Can you imagine what it must have represented in the 1960s to go and pick up your date driving an Eldorado? That’s it.

Jaguar E-Type
An absolute icon of 1960s automobiles, it combines aesthetic beauty, sporting performance and a competitive price in a single model. It reached 240 km/h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7 seconds.

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Porsche 911.

The myth among myths, the most desired, the king of architecture all behind. He’s about to turn 60 and he’s still as young as ever. There’s no midlife crisis that doesn’t end with one in the garage.

Williams FW15C
Adrian Newey, responsible for the superiority of the Red Bulls at the beginning of this decade, was the designer of what is considered by experts to be the most technologically advanced Formula 1 in history. Due to his superiority in 1993, when he won the constructors and drivers championships, the FIA decided to eliminate electronic aids.

Alfa Spider
We know that the designer’s pencil has been right on target when its creation has stood the test of time for almost three decades. For example, from 1966 to 1993. This Italian roadster also has a rare extra as standard equipment: the Mediterranean Sea in the background. It doesn’t matter which road you choose. You’re going to see your Alpedrete uncles and the Mediterranean in the background. It’s like that.

Jeep Willys
Its nine bars on the front constitute one of the most recognizable icons of modern industrial design. There isn’t a World War II movie that doesn’t feature it. It was the American Army’s multi-purpose vehicle from 1940 to 1964. Its civilian heir is the Jeep Wrangler.

Lancia Delta HF 4WD
Four driver’s titles, six consecutive brand titles and 46 victories in 67 races make it the most successful rally car of all time. If you listen to Lancia Delta Integrale, you know what to expect.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gulfwing
They called him “The Widowmaker”, something like the widower, because of the frequency with which the clients of this sports car ended up driving to the other neighborhood. Its nickname is Gullwing, or gull wings, because of the way it opens its doors. Nowadays, it is one of the most expensive cars in the world -the unit is around one million euros-.

Maserati 3500 GT Spyder
Carrozzeria Vignale took over the convertible version of the 3500 GT. It was probably Maserati’s first big car on the large car market.

Aston Martin DB5
When you think of James Bond, the first car that comes to mind is the DB5. He drove it in Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies and so on. In fact, the best sequence of ‘Skyfall’ is the scene where Daniel Craig unveils it in an old barn, as a wink to the character’s past. If it’s good for 007, it’s good for us.

Citroen DS
The famous shark, a car with an avant garde design – the work of Flaminio Bertoni – and technologies also ahead of its time, such as directional headlights or air suspension. For 20 years, from 1955 to 1975, it was the great French saloon.

Google Self Driving Car
Google is one of the companies that have bet more strongly on the autonomous car. In several American cities, it is already testing the driverless passenger transport service, a multi-million dollar business that started with this egg-shaped utility.

Lamborghini Countach
The flattened wedge-shaped design that it displays has made it a classic. Its production ended in 1990 and it is the only Lamborghini car that does not have a name related to bullfighting – Countach is a kind of untranslatable pyrope that comes from a Piedmontese dialect.

Nissan Qashqai
He invented the compact crossover segment and took the whole industry by storm. Half off-road, half minivan, half C-segment car and with a name as easy to pronounce as Qashqai – what could go wrong?

Lexus LFA
The epitome of Japanese design applied to a dream sports car with heart attack figures: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 sec. and 325 km/h at the top.

This symbol of American culture, produced from 1953 to 2002, takes us back to that magical time when cars were much more than a means of locomotion. Can you imagine what it must have represented in the 60s to go and pick up your date driving

Mercedes-Benz G-Class 6×6.

It is probably the most beastly car ever built, with six wheel drive, half a meter of ground clearance and a twin-turbo V8 engine. Although it’s limited to 100 miles an hour, it does 0-60 in seven seconds. Unfortunately, Mercedes only made 100 of them before they closed the shop.

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Autocar magazine named it the best car in the world in 1907 and it is now considered the most valuable. Its name refers to how quiet its engine was – like a ghost – and to its aluminium paintwork.

Toyota Celica
Toyota Celica.

The vehicle with which Carlos Sainz won his two world rally championships is one of the best rear-wheel drive coupes of all time. We’re left with the fifth generation of retractable headlights.

Ferrari The Ferrari

The first Ferrari hybrid looks like a Toyota Prius like an egg on a chestnut. Thanks to the combined action of the thermal and electric motors, it accelerates from 0 to 200 miles per hour in less than 15 seconds. In total, it delivers 963 horsepower. The chassis, of course, is made from carbon fibre.


A car where the doors open downwards? For that alone, it deserves to be on this list. It does so, moreover, on behalf of its cousins the Z3, the Z4 – a car inspired by the Guggenheim in Bilbao – and the Z8.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

It was one of the most emblematic models of the now-defunct Pontiac, but it will remain in our memory forever for having served as the basis for Michael Knight’s fantastic car, the famous Kitt. An autonomous vehicle, with internet connection, bluetooth and artificial intelligence. Which is a little ahead of its time.

Maserati 250F

Stirling Moss said of this car that it was the best front-engined Formula 1 car he had ever driven. Fangio won two World Championships with it, in 1954 and 1957.

Ford T

Henry Ford used to say you could buy it in any color, as long as it was black. It was the first mass-produced car and the ultimate accolade for the popularization of the automobile among the middle classes.

McLaren F1

When it was launched in 1992, it was the fastest car in the world: 386 km/h. It was the first with a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and only 100 units were produced. Another thing that makes it unique is its three-seater quality: the driver is in front and the passengers on either side are right behind. After two accidents, actor Rowan Atkinson sold his for $12 million.

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Bugatti Atlantic.

Only four units were manufactured and two of them survive today -one of them in Ralph Lauren’s collection. It’s one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Powered by a 210-horsepower, 8-cylinder in-line engine, it was capable of reaching 210 km/h. Not bad for 1938, is it?

Mercedes-Benz W05

The introduction of hybrid mechanics in F1 gave the German manufacturer a movie feel, and it took the 2014 championship – Lewis Hamilton’s second – by storm.

Renault Alpine A110

Equipped with Renault engines, it was one of the best rally cars of the 70s, homologated as a group 4. It had a tubular steel chassis and fibreglass body. In different versions, it was produced from 1961 to 1978. Renault rescued it -rightly- for its portfolio in 2019.

Hummer H2

AM General, the manufacturer of U.S. Army Humvees, realized during the Gulf War – the first war in prime-time television history – how successful this multi-purpose vehicle was among audiences. So he set out to build a civilian version, the Hummer 1, almost as spartan as the military car. The Hummer 2 was the SUV evolution of that first concept and its success was immediate in the United States. It was the car of winners, where you could drive over anyone you wanted.

Range Rover

It’s to cars like the color black to the wardrobe. It’s just as good for a wedding, a funeral, a stall, a cross-country trip or a long road trip. As capable as a tank, as comfortable as a plane, as luxurious as a limousine.

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Imagine your living room. Wel the living room of a house that’s very hot, accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds. That’s what it feels like behind the wheel of a GT Speed. 12 cylinders in W and 635 horsepower are to blame

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