The 2014 Chicago Auto Show was opened to the press today, and on Saturday will be open to the public at the impressive McCormick Place in frigid Chicago. There are tons of great new cars worth seeing, but this vintage Ford Mustang caught our attention right away. It’s billed as the first Ford Mustang Convertible ever sold. You’ll see the all-new 2015 Mustang right next to it as well.
Like any top 5 or best of list – greatest songs, Ashton Kutchers worst rom-com, most delightful hamburger combination – there is always, without a doubt, a hot debate over the dinner table which usually results in someone with a sausage and a spoonful of potato mash in the face. There is one debate that has been raging on for years and probably will for years to come: The top five stylish rides. We don’t care about the performance or the power, this is all about cars that are dripping in cool factor. Rides that make you want to don your finest suit and tie. Ones that make you want to roll down the windows are glare at the common folk. And in return they’d think, wow that guy is a douche. We are talking cars that, as Top Gears James May Esq would say, make you all a bit fizzy. So without further a-do here is our pick for the top five stylish rides.
1964 Aston Martin DB5
Can’t think of a better way to spend that $4 million you’ve got stashed in your secret underground garage? Yeah? Me either. Might as well spend it on that dream you’ve always had to own a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 – the quintessential ride for any would-be James Bond. Use your newly acquired suit and tie to re-create one of the most legendary images in cinematic history – Sean Connery resting on the side of the the bonnet; your smouldering gaze not giving away a single emotion. Of course, on the inside you’re absolutely giddy!
1932 Bugatti Royale
Taking a stroll through the cobble-stoned alleyways just ain’t what it used to be. The young’uns have no respect for your good ol’ fashioned monocle and pipe. How uncouth! Show them how common they are with a 1932 Bugatti Royale. Those darn kids won’t be taking up your cobblestones anymore, this twenty one foot beast is big enough to force them off the roads.
Jaguar F Type Coupe
Ok, so we had to add a vehicle to this list that was actually attainable – to some degree (I don’t know your fiscal situation.) This bad boy is hot off the press, and by press I mean manufacturers line. It asserts itself as the most dynamic model built by Jaguar. It’s set to be released for the showrooms early 2015, so you’ve got plenty of time to scrap together your pennies and put a deposit on Jaguars new bloodline, otherwise you can get your heart racing and test drive a Jaguar at any dealer.
Ferrari La Ferrari
Ferrari La Ferrari may not get the award for most creative model name (Italian for The Ferrari) but what it lacks in name, it makes up for in sheer style. While we didn’t want to discuss power or performance, you can’t ever prepare yourself for feeling when you hit the defibrillator on this bad boy and boost yourself up to 950 horse power. Once again, I have to disappoint, Ferrari is only handing out these vehicles to the rich and elite. However, a casual scroll through Dubai Craiglist and you might pick yourself up a second hand one.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
Perfect for cruising around the cliffs in the countryside, the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is by far the sexiest and most stylish coupe ever. If ever you wanted to make the ladies swoon, this is the car to do it in. So what if the brakes are poor, or the chassis is unstable. That doesn’t matter when you are driving the first car to ever receive gullwing doors.
Did your favourite car make this list? Let us know what your dream car is in the comments below.
Here’s a great pairing – the beautiful Marisa Miller driving a vintage Ford Thunderbird convertible!
This one caught our eye on Twitter.
This Valvoline commercial released several months ago is definitely cool as it celebrates anyone looking for more speed from their cars. Here’s a list of the vehicles you’ll see in the commercial and the connection to Valvoline:
- Early 1900’s Model T – 1920. When the Model-T is mass produced with a side-valve 4-cyluinder engine, only one motor oils is recommended to keep them all running… Valvoline In face, each car has a plaque mounted on the dash panel that reads, “This car is filled with Valvoline light motor oil. We recommend its use. No other oil should be used in this car.”
- 1950’s Hot Rod – With the economy in high gear, hot rods are all the rage and people are driving them more often. Automakers shift to the powerful overhead valve V8 engine. Valvoline responds with its all-climate oil, so people don’t have to switch oils every season
- 1970’s Dodge Charger – 1978. As more drivers hit the road, they become more comfortable in their own garages. Valvoline gives DIY car guys a leg up by posting oil change instructions on its labels.
- 1980’s Pontiac Firebird – 1985. Overhead cams and electronic fuel injection systems start appearing in many cars, making them more reliable and their engines longer lasting. To withstand increasingly hotter engine temperatures, Valvoline introduces its first synthetic blend of motor oil.
- Modern Day Mustang – In response to the aging population of cars from the 80s and 90s, Valvoline develops MaxLife, which restores lost horsepower in cars with over 75,000 miles
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We were at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend and we saw many beautifully restored classic cars. One journalist pointed out that cars from the 30s and 40s usually got the top prize, so we were not surprised when the Best of Show Award went to this 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria.
We love iconic sports cars, particularly those from the 1960s.
Ferrari recently restored the 1967 275 GTB/4 that had been owned by iconic actor Steve McQueen. Ferrari will restore old models for a price, and the car’s current owner paid over $200,000 for the restoration.
Here’s a cool video we found from Fleming’s Ultimate Garage with this restored muscle car.
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Here’s a photo of the incomparable Lamborghini Bertone Miura Roadster posted by Lamborghini Palm Beach on their Facebook page.
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Here’s a great photo posted on the official Cadillac Twitter account of the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. Simply beautiful . . .