8 Classic Cars That Define Beauty

Classic cars are typically automobiles 15 years old or older. Some have more historical significance or allure, so the personal or financial value of the vehicle is worth restoring and bringing the classic to its original condition.  These vehicles are captivating because of their engineering, their rarity, and most importantly their beauty.

Oxford dictionary defines beauty as “a combination of qualities such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight”.  From the frame to what is under the hood, collectors of these rare vehicles become enamored at their sight.  There are a lot of great looking classic cars out there, but most would agree that these 8 classic cars fulfill the definition of beauty.

1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible

1. 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible This was Plymouth’s top of the line vehicle in 1959, offered as a coupé and a convertible.  The Sport Fury has rear fins, beautiful curves, a wraparound belt line, and swivel buckets seats but the imitation rear spare tire cover is what stands out as far as the physical appearance of this dynamic car.  In 1959, Plymouth replaced the 350 V8 with a 361-version giving this car remarkable power.  Imagine having this beauty out on a Sunday drive with the top down.

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2. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS This German sports car is incredibly distinctive, being in fact an actual race car only sold to the public to homologate it for use in the Group 4 GT class of the European GT Championship. The Carrera RS had wider body panels, bigger tires, and a beautiful ducktail rear spoiler, further adding to the classic car’s streamlined beauty. The fact that under that skin are all the trappings of a top-tier, street legal race car gives this car a rare inner beauty few others can equal let alone surpass.

1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet Picture
1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

3. 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet – Edsel Ford designed this beauty because he  wanted to have a high-end, vehicle to compete with what was coming out of Europe. Classic Cars of America recognizes this vehicle as a true “Classic” and is one of the last cars to get this recognition. This amazing convertible was one also one of the last cars built that had a V12 engine and had new walnut trim.  This is a rare find and would make your garage a thing of beauty.

1958 Pontiac Bonneville Tri-Power Sport Coupe Picture
1958 Pontiac Bonneville Tri-Power Sport Coupe

4. 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Tri-Power Sport Coupe – Was first introduced in 1957 and stayed in production until 2005 but the 1958 Bonneville was so special that it was the pace care for the Indianapolis 500. The 1958 model offered consumers the option of a hardtop or a convertible and had a lower cost than previous models. The engine consists of a 300 HP V8. This is a classic vehicle that turns heads at every corner.

1947 Mercury Eight Club Convertible Picture
1947 Mercury Eight Club Convertible

5. 1947 Mercury Eight Club Convertible – Mercury was a major manufacturer that helped the middle class get back on the road after WWII.  The 1947 model had some fantastic adjustments made to make the vehicle more appealing to the masses. They added more chrome, the parking lights were rectangular in shape, the grille was re-designed and looked like the Zephyr, and Mercury boasted about the increase in head room. This was a very popular vehicle in the 1940’s and is still considered a beautiful machine today.

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6. 1956 Jaguar XK120 Roadster – This vehicle is one of the most gorgeous cars ever created.  After WWII Jaguar, like all other manufacturers, began producing autos again and the Jaguar Roadster was one of the best creations by far.  This vehicle was not only a thing of beauty, but it was able to top out at 124 MPH and was driven during many auto racing events. Hollywood actor Clark Gable adored his Jaguar XK120.

1955 Chevrolet 210 Two-door Hardtop

7. 1955 Chevrolet 210 Two-Door Hardtop – The 1955 Chevrolet 210 was the first to introduce Chevrolet’s new chassis and the small block V8. This classic has smooth edges and straight panels. The launch of this model was also a turning point for Chevrolet as it was a major success.  It is famous as a car in the movie “American Graffiti” and has been in demand by classic car enthusiasts around the world.

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8. 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Club – This beautiful Ford is probably one of the most exciting that we are discussing in this list. The 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Club has been named by many as the best-looking car to come from the 1940’s era. It is very recognizable with its smooth curves, tail, tail lights and distinguished grille. This was a very popular car back in the day for the moonshiners because of its large trunk and strong rear suspension.  It also came with a V8 engine which gave it plenty of power to carry such a load.

The late 1940’s through the end of 1950 was an important time in World History, as WWII had ended which put the steel plants back in the hands of the automobile makers They were extremely excited to have the opportunity to once again design and build automobiles which is why most car enthusiasts love the beauty of the vehicles made during this era. The manufacturers pulled out all the stops to create lines of vehicles that would get Americans back in the driver’s seat This list could have continued as narrowing down to just 8 beautiful classic cars was a difficult task. Auto enthusiasts will agree that making a list like this takes time and research as you much consider the different era’s, their design techniques, as well as the combination of shape, form, and color, and if it pleases the sight.  Classic car collectors all over the world will travel for the opportunity to take these types of vehicles into their possession and will spend countless hours making sure whichever classic car they choose it is in pristine condition. The year, make, and model of classic cars will change for the next generation, but most will agree that automobiles from this era were and always will be beautiful.

Article by Matt Robertson


Matt is managing partner at Leland-West Classic Car Insurance

Matt is a classic car enthusiast and you’ll usually find him wrenching in his garage. Otherwise, you’ll find him at any number of classic car events. You can reach him at matt at LelandWest dot com.