Our Top 17 Must-Drive Cars
Come on, admit it - sometimes you dream about driving a Carerra to work, slipping it into its designated space between your coworkers Hondas and Fords. If someone gave you the option of driving the family minivan or a hot little sports car for the rest of your life, we think it's safe to bet that you'd probably choose the sports car and gladly hand over the van keys. Who wouldn't? Cars help define who we are and what we want to tell the world about ourselves. So why not give yourself that luxury of full self-expression, even if just for a short test drive?
For any guy (or gal) that loves cars, life would be a pretty bleak proposition without the opportunity to slip behind the wheel of at least a few of the planet's sleekest, most gorgeous machines ever created. While the Ferrari 250 GTO is perhaps a little far out of the realm of reality for most of us, that doesn't mean that you can't have some fun taking a couple of hot rides for a spin now and then. If that Ferrari 250 GTO is a pie-in-the-sky dream for you, you still don't need to take it off your roster. There are dozens and dozens of incredible cars out there, from the practical to the outrageous, just waiting for you to explore their capabilities.
We have thought long and hard about this. Where would we even start if it was up to us? Well, here you go. Check out these seventeen cars we've carefully curated for your driving pleasure. Think about adding some of these great cars in to round out your auto lust list.Whether you go for the classics, or are all about the technology, we're sure you'll find at least one or two that will rev your engine!
1. Ford Model T
How can you not love the Model T? The great-great-great grandfather of our modern-day rides, this incredibly cool car hails from way back in 1908. As the very first mass-produced car, the Model T managed to, within the span of a decade, make up fifty percent of all of the cars on the roads in the U.S. While it may not be the smoothest car you'll ever drive, nor does it corner like it's on rails, it is perhaps the most iconic car of all time.
2. McLaren F1
How's that Versa working for you? Feeling the need for speed? You can't beat the rumble of the McLaren F1's engine as it tears up the road. The low-slung, understated elegance of this rocket on wheels will surely give you a healthy rush of adrenaline. With an acceleration rate of 0 - 100 km/hour in 3.2 seconds, this car will rapidly reach its top speed of 391 km/hour.
3. Ferrari LaFerrari
Ferris Bueller eat your heart out! You haven't lived until you've experienced the growl and strain of a Ferrari begging you to let it loose. With 950 horsepower waiting to be given free rein, this is perhaps the most exciting release from Ferrari. Ever.
4. 1963 Split Window Corvette
Nothing beats out the classics... and that's hard to say with the stable of new, gorgeous, loaded cars finding their way into the public eye. While this little beauty may not be the fastest Corvette, it does have a certain je ne sais quoi that can't be beat. It's rear window alone makes it a must-drive, since the split window was discontinued in 1964.
5. Rolls-Royce Wraith
You will be one lucky person if you get the opportunity to drive this baby. Slide into the suicide door of this incredible piece of British ingenuity and you'll feel like Al Capone, 21st century style. Can you say V12? Oh, yeah... this car not only growls... it growls with a refined accent.
6. Lamborghini Veneno
How can you resist cruising around in something that looks like a space age ocean ray? With these lines and its reputation for speed, this car will give you a thrill you won't soon forget.
7. Bugatti Veyron Supersport
Okay, so they say looks aren't everything, but what about when you combine them with sheer, unadulterated 1200 horsepower? This car is so fast and powerful, it is actually electronically modulated to prevent it from burning rubber. Literally.
8. Aston Martin DB5
Bond. James Bond. Need we say more?
9. Jaguar E-Type
If it looks like a cat and purrs like a cat, it must be a... Jaguar E-Type? This gorgeous classic has the looks and luxurious styling that will carry its reputation forward for decades to come.
10. Porsche 918
Who'd have ever thought? Making the Prius into the ugly stepsister, this incredibly powerful Porsche will look right at home taking you to the Ritz or pulling up to Whole Foods. It's hard to find form AND function all in one package. At least until now.
11. Tesla Model S P85D
How can you not love a car that emits not a single particle of carbon while screaming down the road? Plus, you can fit your friends in it, too... how many sleek electric cars can claim that?
12. Shelby Mustang GT350
Nothing says "bad-ass" like a Shelby Mustang GT350. You'll find your foot mysteriously leaden as you aim this classic muscle car for a straight stretch in the road.
13. McLaren P1
Like the McLaren F1, this car is pure speed, but with a special spark. This plug-in hybrid will give its F1 cousin a run for its money, without breaking a sweat.
14. Mercedes G 63 AMG 6x6
Forget the Jeeps and Land Rovers. Although a little on the spendy side, this is one rugged sexipedal vehicle that will take you to new heights the competitors can't touch. Off-roading has never been so much fun!
15. Original Austin Mini Cooper
Just because you can't resist driving around in a car that looks a bit like a matchbox. Believe us, we get it.
16. Ariel Atom 500
Another speed demon, this car is street legal, believe it or not! How that happened, we're not sure, since it can reach 0 - 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. Perhaps not the best choice for the rush hour commute, though.
17. A Formula 1 car
A guy or gal can dream, can't they? If you happen to be at the right place at the right time, with a decent wad of cash in your pocket, you could be the proud owner of your very own Formula 1 retired car. It's the next best thing to one that's still racing, right?