15 Feb The Top Five Coolest Exotic Cars of All Time
I am a huge fan of exotic cars and I am lucky enough to own a Lamborghini Diablo. Over the years I have become attached to certain exotic cars that appealed to me. I know there are some very cool cars I am leaving off this list, but that is the great thing about cars, we all have different taste and like different things. I am sure my taste is influenced by growing up in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but I also like many classic exotics as well. In writing this article not only can I share what my favorite cars are, but also create a wish list for myself! By writing this it will actually help me get these cars at some point in my future.
There are many exotic cars that have been built over the last 60 years or so. There are also some extremely rare and expensive cars that most of us could never afford or even buy if we could afford them! I don’t think it would be much fun to have a five million dollar car that I could never drive. This list is made up of cars that are mostly under one million dollars and many of them are much less than that. These are cool exotic cars that if you are ever lucky enough own, you could drive at least once in a while. I will leave off the five and ten million plus Ferrari’s and other cars that are now museum pieces.
1. The Lamborghini Countach (1974-1990)
I own a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo and it has been amazing and everything I hoped it would be. However, I always wanted a Countach and I will have one at some point in my life. The reason I ranked the Countach ahead of the Diablo is because it was so awesome and outrageous in it’s time. There is still no car that looks like it or was as uncompromising. The Countach was not easy to drive, not very comfortable or practical. Those are many of the reasons why I love it. You could not be some super-rich guy who had no idea about cars and own a Countach. At least, if you ever wanted to drive it. To own a Countach was to own a work of art and it showed you loved cars and were willing to make big sacrifices to own one of the coolest cars ever made. Sure an Aventador or Huracan will blow the doors off the Countach and be much more comfortable, but anyone can go hop in a Huracan and with a few basic instructions drive it like they would most any car. You can not do that with a Countach.
My favorite years for the Countach are from 78 to 85. They did not have the side-skirts the later cars had, but they still had the massive tires and fender flares. Those cars will set you back $400,000 to $600,000 depending on the model. I would take an older model (1974-1977), but they are over one million dollars now. The newer models are the most affordable with the anniversary models valued from $275,000 to $350,000. The anniversary models are the most common, have the most ground affects and air ducts, but are the most comfortable and easiest to drive.
2. The Aston Martin V8 (1969-1989)
Many people have never seen these cars and very few know much about them, even though they were Aston Martin’s flagship for 20 years. The Aston Martin V-8 was pure beauty to me, but I think they are an acquired taste. They are also extremely rare with about 3,000 being made over 20 years. The Aston was a mean looking car and packed a 400 horse power V-8 motor when most car companies were trying to break 200 horse power in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The Aston Martin was also pure luxury with each car being hand built and using the finest materials. At the end of the V-8’s life span the cars were upwards of $160,000, which would be about $300,000 in today’s dollars.
The Aston Martin was cool, super rare and I have a goal to buy one in 2016! Hopefully I can find a decent car for a decent price. The going rates for Aston Martin V-8’s range from under $100,000 for earlier models to over $500,000 for the late model rare cars with high performance upgrades.
3. Maserati Ghibli (1967-1973)
There have been three different Maserati Ghibli models produced by Maserati. There was the original Ghibli, which I love, a mid 1990’s Ghibli which was not that special and a current Ghibli, which is a decent car. I drove the new Ghibli last year and it was a nice car, but for the huge price tag, I preferred my 2010 Audi S4.
Enough about the newer Ghibli, I love the original. Unfortunately I have never driven an original Ghibli, but it is a beautiful car. (Maybe I should make a new goal to drive every car I have on this list). If you ask me the Ghibli is one of the most beautiful cars ever made. I have had the pleasure of seeing quite a few in person and they are gorgeous. So many exotics can not be fully appreciated until you see them in person.
The Ghibli had a V-8 engine with a five speed manual transmission or a three speed automatic. Why you would ever want a three speed automatic in a Ghibli I have no idea, but they made them. The cars were under $100,000 a few years ago, but have climber to over $200,000 today. Why does every car I love have to double in value over the last two years? The styling is similar to that of a Ferrari Daytona, but comes much cheaper and I think actually looks better than a Daytona.
4. Ferrari 512 Boxer (1976-1981)
The Ferrari 512 Boxer has that classic look of a 1980’s Ferrari 308 or 328, but instead of an under powered V-8 the Boxer has a potent V-12. With 328 and 308 prices rising like crazy I will take the Boxer any day. There are also a ton more 328’s and 308’s made than the rare V-12 Ferrari.
Honestly I am not a Ferrari guy, but I like the 512 Boxer and the Testarossa is pretty cool as well. I love the 365 Daytona, but those are north of $500,000 now. A 512 Boxer in great shape is under $300,000. With car prices rising like crazy the last few years, this still seems like a decent priced Ferrari. Ferrari’s have been leading the way with increasing values. Testarossa’s that used to be $60,000 a few years ago are now triple that or more.
5. De Tomaso Mangusta (1967-1971)
Many people are familiar with the De Tomaso Pantera. If you go to a car show you are sure to see more than a few of the Italian exotic with an American V8. De Tomaso also made another, much rarer car called the Mangusta. I like rare cars and the Mangusta is beautiful as well.
The Mangusta can be bought for under $400,000 even though they only made 400 of them over four years. This is a car that in my opinion will only go up in value. The car had either a Ford 289 or 302 motor and was unique for it’s gullwing doors. The doors to get into the car were not gullwing, but the doors for the engine compartment were.
Honorable mention for the coolest exotic cars of all time
This list seems way to short, so I thought I would add a few more of the cars I really love.
- Ford GT (2004-2006): This car is amazing in person and packs a powerful supercharged motor without traction control or a computer driving the car for you. This may be why so many of them have been destroyed in crashes!
- Saleen S7 (200-2006): This car was featured in Bruce Almighty (a Jim Carey movie). Saleen is a company best known for modifying Mustangs, but they also made this super car from the ground up. The car had a Ford 427 engine, with a few cars getting a twin turbo version good for 750 horsepower.
- Jaguar xj220 (1990-1992): This Jaquar super car was really cool and really fast. The car held the record for the fastest car ever at 213 miles per hour until the McClaren F1 took the honor in 1993. The car did it with a twin turbo V-6.
- Lamborghini Diablo (1990-2001): You did not think I would leave my own car off the list did you? The Diablo is quickly rising in value as well and to me is one do the last true Lamborghini’s. It did not have traction control, computer assist or an automatic transmission. The car had a V-12 capable of over 200 MPH and was beauitful at the same time. Another great characteristic of the car is it is comfortable, fairly easy to drive and you can see out it pretty well, at least for a super car.
I hope you enjoyed my list of cool exotic cars. I know I left some obvious cool cars from the list, but I also wanted to include some cars that may not be as common or well known. I plan on adding a few of these to my stable at some point in my life, hopefully sooner than later!