In our career in the advertising business, we have spent a lot of time drooling over – prior to writing about – cars.

Car head. Car nut. Car freak. They all apply.

This work included the re-launch in Australia of the Porsche 911, which included some of the most beautiful cars imaginable.

1993 3.3 litre Porsche 911 Turbo S

1993 3.3 litre Porsche 911 Turbo S

I well remember being given one for the weekend to drive around so I could “get my head” into the brand, in preparation for the writing. In traffic approaching the freeway junction I could not help but notice the admiring glances of all around me. But by thirty seconds onto the freeway itself I knew all I needed to know, and, in fact, turned back and returned the car to the dealership. By the first flyover I was doing well over 160 kmh and hadn’t even noticed the car accelerating. Had I kept the car all weekend, I am in little doubt I would have killed myself and others.

Another personal favourite of mine of ours was when we were doing all the writing for Holden Special Vehicles (exported as Vauxhauls to the UK and Chevrolet’s to other parts of the worldf In particular, I admired the two-door HSV Coupe which revolutionised the market with its good looks as well as its performance.

2009 Holden Special Vehicles Coupe

2009 Holden Special Vehicles Coupe

During this time we coined the new slogan for HSV – “I just want one” – which we are pleased and proud to say is now one of the longest-running car slogans anywhere in the world. And it still perfectly captures the quirk nature of HSV buyers.

Anyhow, we have compiled a collection of some of the most beautiful cars that have ever been produced. We would love you to contribute your favourite, with a photo. Please click on the comments section and add in a photo, why you love the car, or a url link to a picture of it. Have fun!

Here’s our faves:

1939 BMW 328 Roadster

1939 BMW 328 Roadster, surely the most beautiful BMW ever.

1948 Jaguar XK120

The 1948 Jaguar XK120 – the owner of Jaguar said “We have created a car which is alive.”

1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL

1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL …

... with it's gull-win doors.

… with it’s gull-wing doors.

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible - created just one year after we were born, but sadly cars didn't look like this when we were able to drive.

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible – created just one year after we were born, but sadly cars didn’t look like this when we were able to drive.

Ferrari have made many beautiful cars - this 1961 250 GT California is one of our favourites, and as an interesting tit-bit, the first Ferarri ever to not have wire wheels.

Ferrari have made many beautiful cars – this 1961 250 GT California is one of our favourites.

The 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Frankly, it's a sexual thing.

The 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Frankly, it’s a sexual thing.

The Bugatti Type 57 - only three were ever made.

The Bugatti Type 57 – only three were ever made.

Quintessential Britain - the 1954 MG TF. Want.

Quintessential Britain – the 1954 MG TF. Want.

The 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Dual Windshield Phaeton - - just one of dozens of such cars from the period that we could have chosen.

The 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Dual Windshield Phaeton: just one of dozens of such cars from the period that we could have chosen.

So those are our favourites? What’s yours? Modern, antique, and everything in between.

Oh Lord. Mustn’t forget Mum’s trusty 1963 Triumph Herald that took us everywhere till it actually literally fell apart from rust. She’d never forgive us.

The smallest turning circle of any production car ever. There. you didn't know that, did you?

The smallest turning circle of any production car ever. There. you didn’t know that, did you?

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  1. underwriiter505 says:

    I am a person whose dream vehicle is a PT Cruiser. (http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/2009-chrysler-pt-cruiser_100167773_m.jpg) My hubby is a person whose dream car is a 1964 Corvette Stingray. (http://www.americandreamcars.com/1964stingray022503.jpg) Yet when I first saw an Aztek, which everyone and his brother-in-law seems to think is one of the ugliest cars ever, I was intrigued enough to say “Wow! What’s that!” and to get close enough to find out. (http://www.spannerhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Pontiac_Aztek_1.jpg) I picked a rear (OK, side rear) view photo because that is the angle I first noticed, and probably the only angle from which it looks “Wow!” to me. Hubby was not with me that day. But he was with me the day he saw his first one, from the same angle, and what he said was, “Wow! What’s that!” Ugly it may be, but to catch the attention of two people whose concept of “car” is so different, I figure it must have SOMETHING.

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    • Three great choices – I nearly bought a PT cruiser once but on balance I just thought it didnt offer quite enough for the money. I’m with hubby on the Stingray! I line that the Aztec is creative – I like that it isn’t “standard issue”.

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  2. gwpj says:

    I used to love going to antique car shows, Yolly. Sad to say we don’t have them in Japan all that much (if at all). Some gorgeous cars here!

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