1. LAMBORGHINI MIURA
Ahh, the 1966 Miura and its 3,929 cc, V-12 engine with 350 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Even today, its delicate shapes can stop your heart. At the time, it stopped the world’s automakers in their tracks. Everything had to be redone in the face of this low and mid-engined supercar.
The twin surfaces broken by a central crease point would essentially become the new Italian car manufacturing method after only previous hand-beating the full body panel pieces in alloy. Breaking each shape into at least two parts gave the Miura its second claim to fame.
A completely clean and lean nose is undisturbed by a large grille or the rounded shape of traditional glass-shrouded lights. The Miura instantly became the Steve McQueen of the car world, with everybody who was anybody having owned at least a few.
The first layout of a mid-engine for a supercar brought its own developmental teething issues – particularly in aerodynamics and the handling calibration. Finally sorted for the Miura S, the Miura was really the key springboard to the Countach and Diablo, among today’s hits.
The Miura S had a certified 170 mph top speed. Such high speeds afforded by the sleek profile were accompanied by worrying lift from the front end and very little braking strength.
2. FERRARI 250GT LWB CALIFORNIA SPIDER COMPETIZIONE
This is as close as most will recall to the unforgettable Spider driven by Ferris Bueller. Cameron Fry’s dad had a good eye for classics, and this 1960 beauty is up there with anything else in the Ferrari back catalog.
In the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, they ostensibly used a 250GT California SWB Spider, and not this hotted-up LWB Competizione version in a deep crimson.
A thoroughbred from the start, the 250GT California Spider had a front-mounted, 3.0-liter, V-12 engine that pumped out 296 horsepower — not too bad for the era.
Its top speed was an estimated 145 mph, due mostly to short gearing.