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Masterclass: 25 legendary cars that prove beauty is more than skin deep

Masterclass: 25 legendary cars...
The 250GT California was hand built by Sergio Scagletti
The 250GT California was hand built by Sergio Scagletti
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The Duesenberg Model J was an American take on the classic luxury car
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The Duesenberg Model J was an American take on the classic luxury car
The boat tail on the Model J is one of the reasons it's so pretty
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The boat tail on the Model J is one of the reasons it's so pretty
The interior of the Model J is a gorgeous mix of leather, wood and metal
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The interior of the Model J is a gorgeous mix of leather, wood and metal
The engine in the Model J was the most powerful in America when it launched
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The engine in the Model J was the most powerful in America when it launched
Add Duesenberg to the list of carmakers that doesn't exist anymore
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Add Duesenberg to the list of carmakers that doesn't exist anymore
It might look like the front, but this is actually the rear of the Model J
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It might look like the front, but this is actually the rear of the Model J
The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic wasn't nearly as popular in its time as it is now
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The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic wasn't nearly as popular in its time as it is now
A Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic on show at Monterey Car Week
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A Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic on show at Monterey Car Week
The riveting on the Type 57SC Atlantic is one of the most recognisable elements of the car
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The riveting on the Type 57SC Atlantic is one of the most recognisable elements of the car
Riveting details on the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
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Riveting details on the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
The Type 57SC Atlantic is famously owned by Ralph Lauren
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The Type 57SC Atlantic is famously owned by Ralph Lauren
The 540K Spezial Roadster was remarkably fast for its time
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The 540K Spezial Roadster was remarkably fast for its time 
Mercedes Benz wasn't in the business of family cars back in the 1930s - the Spezial Roadster was all about exclusivity
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Mercedes Benz wasn't in the business of family cars back in the 1930s - the Spezial Roadster was all about exclusivity
It looks fit for Cruella de Ville, but this Spezial was owned by a baroness
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It looks fit for Cruella de Ville, but this Spezial was owned by a baroness
The 540K Spezial was available in 180 hp supercharged trim
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The 540K Spezial was available in 180 hp supercharged trim
Spezial Roadsters varied based on the coachbuilder used
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Spezial Roadsters varied based on the coachbuilder used 
Behind the wheel of the 540K Spezial Roadster
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Behind the wheel of the 540K Spezial Roadster
Adding a roof doesn't make the Spezial any less stunning
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Adding a roof doesn't make the Spezial any less stunning 
The long nose of the Spezial is home to one of the most powerful engines of its time
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The long nose of the Spezial is home to one of the most powerful engines of its time 
The classic Mercedes three-pointed star is unchanged, even today
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The classic Mercedes three-pointed star is unchanged, even today
The Auto Union Type C was the most powerful racer in its class
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The Auto Union Type C was the most powerful racer in its class 
Audi still wheels out the Type C for historic celebrations
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Audi still wheels out the Type C for historic celebrations
The Auto Union Type C had a crazy V16 engine
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The Auto Union Type C had a crazy V16 engine 
The Auto Union Type C was reportedly a bit of a pig to drive
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The Auto Union Type C was reportedly a bit of a pig to drive
The Auto Union Type C makes its way around Monaco
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The Auto Union Type C makes its way around Monaco 
The Type C was usurped by the Mercedes W125
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The Type C was usurped by the Mercedes W125
The Auto Union Type C was known for spinning its wheels up to 100 mph
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The Auto Union Type C was known for spinning its wheels up to 100 mph
The Mercedes W125 was the most powerful racer in the world at the time of launch
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The Mercedes W125 was the most powerful racer in the world at the time of launch 
The W125 used an inline eight with more than 590 hp
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The W125 used an inline eight with more than 590 hp 
The W125 was a direct response to the Auto Union Type C
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The W125 was a direct response to the Auto Union Type C
A cutaway look at the Mercedes W125
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A cutaway look at the Mercedes W125
It took until the 80s until F1 cars had as much power as the W125
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It took until the 80s until F1 cars had as much power as the W125
The long nose of the W125 is at odds with the long tail of the Auto Union Type C
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The long nose of the W125 is at odds with the long tail of the Auto Union Type C
This Talbot-Lago teardrop is pretty enough to make you cry
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This Talbot-Lago teardrop is pretty enough to make you cry
The interior of the Talbot-Lago is a stunning environment
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The interior of the Talbot-Lago is a stunning environment 
Power by Talbot-Lago, body by Figoni et Falaschi
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Power by Talbot-Lago, body by Figoni et Falaschi
This style of body is best known for being fitted to Delahayes, but the Talbot-Lago example is stunning as well
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This style of body is best known for being fitted to Delahayes, but the Talbot-Lago example is stunning as well 
The enclosed rear fenders on the Figoni et Falaschi are a gorgeous touch
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The enclosed rear fenders on the Figoni et Falaschi are a gorgeous touch
The shape of the Talbot-Lago is reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
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The shape of the Talbot-Lago is reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic
The BMW 328 was remarkably successful as a racer
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The BMW 328 was remarkably successful as a racer 
The 328 won Mille Miglia, even though it was down on power compared to its rivals
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The 328 won Mille Miglia, even though it was down on power compared to its rivals
The 328 was powered by an inline six making around 80 kW
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The 328 was powered by an inline six making around 80 kW
The 328 weighed just over 800 kg
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The 328 weighed just over 800 kg
The 328 has inspired the current crop of BMW roadsters
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The 328 has inspired the current crop of BMW roadsters 
The 328 was launched without fanfare, but made a huge impact on the racetrack
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The 328 was launched without fanfare, but made a huge impact on the racetrack 
Racing versions of the 328 had tweaked aerodynamics
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Racing versions of the 328 had tweaked aerodynamics
The 328 is regularly rolled out at historic races
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The 328 is regularly rolled out at historic races 
The 328 Roaster looks a bit quaint compared to some of the mostrous racers on this list
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The 328 Roaster looks a bit quaint compared to some of the mostrous racers on this list 
The Jaguar XK120 was a world beater
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The Jaguar XK120 was a world beater
The engine in the XK120 drove it to a top speed of 120 mph
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The engine in the XK120 drove it to a top speed of 120 mph
The enclosed rear wheels on the XK120 were designed to help it hit 120 mph
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The enclosed rear wheels on the XK120 were designed to help it hit 120 mph
The shape of the XK120 is quintessentially Jaguar
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The shape of the XK120 is quintessentially Jaguar
The XK120 has smooth, rounded edges like all good classic British cars
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The XK120 has smooth, rounded edges like all good classic British cars
The XK120 is achingly pretty, even with French-style yellow lamps
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The XK120 is achingly pretty, even with French-style yellow lamps
The straight six that powered the XK120 to the speed record
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The straight six that powered the XK120 to the speed record
The XK120 used to set the speed record was, er, mildly modified
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The XK120 used to set the speed record was, er, mildly modified
The Porsche 550 Spyder was owned by a lot of rich, famous people
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The Porsche 550 Spyder was owned by a lot of rich, famous people 
Actor James Dean was killed driving his 550, dubbed Little Bastard
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Actor James Dean was killed driving his 550, dubbed Little Bastard 
The 550 was powered by a naturally aspirated four cylinder engine
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The 550 was powered by a naturally aspirated four cylinder engine 
The simple lines of the 550 Spyder make it a classic
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The simple lines of the 550 Spyder make it a classic 
The rounded headlamps of the 550 Spyder are pure 911, but the car stands alone as a legend
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The rounded headlamps of the 550 Spyder are pure 911, but the car stands alone as a legend 
The 550 Spyder has been used as inspiration for plenty of modern Porsche special editions
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The 550 Spyder has been used as inspiration for plenty of modern Porsche special editions 
The 550 Spyder weighs well under 1,000 kg
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The 550 Spyder weighs well under 1,000 kg
The Porsche 550 Spyder
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The Porsche 550 Spyder 
The (tiny) beating heart of the Porsche 550 Spyder
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The (tiny) beating heart of the Porsche 550 Spyder 
The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante was tested in the wind tunnel
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The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante was tested in the wind tunnel 
The shape of the Disco Volante has been compared to a flying saucer
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The shape of the Disco Volante has been compared to a flying saucer 
The shape of the Disco Volante was used as inspiration for a modern 8C coach build
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The shape of the Disco Volante was used as inspiration for a modern 8C coach build 
The Disco Volante was designed by Carozzeria Touring
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The Disco Volante was designed by Carozzeria Touring 
The Disco Volante is said to have inspired the Jaguar E-Type's design
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The Disco Volante is said to have inspired the Jaguar E-Type's design 
The Disco Volante was designed with aerodynamics in mind
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The Disco Volante was designed with aerodynamics in mind 
The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing inspired the modern SLS AMG
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The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing inspired the modern SLS AMG 
The 300SL was the fastest car in the world when it launched
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The 300SL was the fastest car in the world when it launched 
The 300SL was a grand tourer capable of remarkable performance
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The 300SL was a grand tourer capable of remarkable performance 
The straight six in the 300SL was powerful enough to make it the fastest car in the world
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The straight six in the 300SL was powerful enough to make it the fastest car in the world 
Of course, the Gullwing doors on the 300SL are the most memorable feature
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Of course, the Gullwing doors on the 300SL are the most memorable feature
Styling cues from the 300SL are still being used on Mercedes cars today
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Styling cues from the 300SL are still being used on Mercedes cars today 
The Gullwing doors on the 300SL were novel in the 50s, and still are today
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The Gullwing doors on the 300SL were novel in the 50s, and still are today 
The 300SL was also available as a roadster, although that did mean losing the Gullwing doors
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The 300SL was also available as a roadster, although that did mean losing the Gullwing doors 
The 300SL continues growing in value
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The 300SL continues growing in value 
The Gullwing was designed to cover huge distances at high speed
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The Gullwing was designed to cover huge distances at high speed 
The tartan seats in the 300SL are a perfect period touch
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The tartan seats in the 300SL are a perfect period touch 
The dials in the 300SL are classic Mercedes
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The dials in the 300SL are classic Mercedes 
The Gullwing doors on the 300SL are its defining feature
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The Gullwing doors on the 300SL are its defining feature 
The button on the floor of the Citroen DS is actually the brake
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The button on the floor of the Citroen DS is actually the brake 
The DS went through a number of iterations
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The DS went through a number of iterations
The Citroen DS was a legend, with lots of small innovations scattered throughout its design
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The Citroen DS was a legend, with lots of small innovations scattered throughout its design
DS, or deesse, is French for goddess
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DS, or deesse, is French for goddess 
The DS ran on smooth hydro-pneumatic suspension
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The DS ran on smooth hydro-pneumatic suspension 
The DS was built for more than 20 years
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The DS was built for more than 20 years
The high-set indicators on the DS were are safety feature
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The high-set indicators on the DS were are safety feature 
The single spoke steering wheel on the DS was unique at launch
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The single spoke steering wheel on the DS was unique at launch 
The DS had swivelling headlamps
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The DS had swivelling headlamps 
The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa has a unique aerodynamic form
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The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa has a unique aerodynamic form 
Behind the wheel of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
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Behind the wheel of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 
The 250TR in its element
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The 250TR in its element 
The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a stunning example of how racing can influence design
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The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a stunning example of how racing can influence design 
Another win for the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
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Another win for the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 
The V12 in the Testa Rossa
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The V12 in the Testa Rossa 
The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a legend on and off the track
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The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a legend on and off the track 
This 250 Testa Rossa is one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction
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This 250 Testa Rossa is one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction 
The 250 Testa Rossa was a successful racer, although not to the same degree as some of the cars on this list
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The 250 Testa Rossa was a successful racer, although not to the same degree as some of the cars on this list 
The V12 in the 250TR displaced just three liters
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The V12 in the 250TR displaced just three liters 
The interior of the 250 Testa Rossa is typically stripped out
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The interior of the 250 Testa Rossa is typically stripped out
The badge on the nose of the 250TR instantly makes it one of the most desirable cars in the world
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The badge on the nose of the 250TR instantly makes it one of the most desirable cars in the world 
The fuel tank in the 250 Testa Rossa was remarkably close to the driver's head
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The fuel tank in the 250 Testa Rossa was remarkably close to the driver's head
The most recognizable badge in the motoring world
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The most recognizable badge in the motoring world
Yet another Prancing Horse
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Yet another Prancing Horse 
The aerodynamic form of the 250 Testa Rossa was unique for its time
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The aerodynamic form of the 250 Testa Rossa was unique for its time 
The Fiat 500 Cinquecento is a legend
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The Fiat 500 Cinquecento is a legend
The rear-engined 500 is a masterpiece of packaging
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The rear-engined 500 is a masterpiece of packaging 
The 500 is often copied, and has been revived recently
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The 500 is often copied, and has been revived recently
The Fiat 500 manages to be practical and a style icon
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The Fiat 500 manages to be practical and a style icon 
A Fiat 500 gets to work in black and white
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A Fiat 500 gets to work in black and white 
The 500 was available with a soft sunroof
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The 500 was available with a soft sunroof 
The 500 predated the Mini, but both cars have a similar utilitarian focus
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The 500 predated the Mini, but both cars have a similar utilitarian focus 
The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Roadster stands out among American cars of the period
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The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Roadster stands out among American cars of the period 
The fins on the big Cadillac were among the largest fitted to a car
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The fins on the big Cadillac were among the largest fitted to a car 
The V8 engine in the Eldorado was hooked up to a Hydra Matic automatic gearbox
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The V8 engine in the Eldorado was hooked up to a Hydra Matic automatic gearbox 
The chrome interior trim and red leather of the Biarritz are suitably brash
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The chrome interior trim and red leather of the Biarritz are suitably brash 
Air suspension on the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was a part of the range-topping appeal
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Air suspension on the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was a part of the range-topping appeal 
The grille on the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Roadster was common with other cars in the Cadillac range
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The grille on the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Roadster was common with other cars in the Cadillac range
The long, low Cadillac was the flagship of the range
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The long, low Cadillac was the flagship of the range 
The trim on the big Caddy is loud and proud
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The trim on the big Caddy is loud and proud 
There's plenty of rear seat space in the Biarritz. Then again, you'd hope so
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There's plenty of rear seat space in the Biarritz. Then again, you'd hope so 
The Eldorado Biarritz was the epitome of American excess
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The Eldorado Biarritz was the epitome of American excess
The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the best looking car ever built
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The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the best looking car ever built 
This E-Type was a barn find, and has the patina to prove it
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This E-Type was a barn find, and has the patina to prove it 
Behind the wheel of the Jaguar E-Type
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Behind the wheel of the Jaguar E-Type 
Jaguar sold plenty of E-Types to high-flying socialites and models
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Jaguar sold plenty of E-Types to high-flying socialites and models 
The simple interior of the Mini was part of its appeal
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The simple interior of the Mini was part of its appeal 
The design of the Mini was a masterpiece of packaging
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The design of the Mini was a masterpiece of packaging 
The Mini shape is iconic, even today
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The Mini shape is iconic, even today 
The Mini has its wheels pushed to all four corners for more interior space
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The Mini has its wheels pushed to all four corners for more interior space 
The Mini has been reborn recently, but the new BMW take on the car lacks the remarkable compact dimensions of the original
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The Mini has been reborn recently, but the new BMW take on the car lacks the remarkable compact dimensions of the original 
The transverse mounted engine in the Mini
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The transverse mounted engine in the Mini 
The Mini Cooper was loved by celebrities and families alike
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The Mini Cooper was loved by celebrities and families alike 
The Ferrari 250GT California is, put simply, stunning
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The Ferrari 250GT California is, put simply, stunning 
Long and short wheelbase versions of the 250GT California were built
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Long and short wheelbase versions of the 250GT California were built
Power in the California came from a three-liter V12
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Power in the California came from a three-liter V12
The California has become one of the most valuable cars in the world
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The California has become one of the most valuable cars in the world
The 250GT California was hand built by Sergio Scagletti
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The 250GT California was hand built by Sergio Scagletti
The V12 in the California was tiny by today's standards
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The V12 in the California was tiny by today's standards