My Coolest Car Picks – Updated

At the end of 2015, Business Insider selected their picks for the “50 Coolest Cars Of The Last 100 Years.”

I believe they got many of their selections right, however, here are the Top 20 I would pick.

1 – Jaguar XKE

When these were introduced, I would go into the showroom and drool over them. This is definitely one of the most beautiful cars ever built.

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2 – Aston Martin One-77
2-Aston Martin One-77
3 – Aston Martin DB5
3-Aston Martin DB5
4 – Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing
4-Mercedes-Benz 300SL
5 – BMW 850

I owned one of these and it is the best car I ever owned. Unfortunately I wrecked it on a curvy mountain road one drizzly night. I forgot it was a touring car and not a road racer.

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6 – Morgan Aero 8
6-Morgan Aero 8
7 – Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
7-Ferrari f12 Berlinetta
8 – Shelby Daytona
8-Shelby Daytona
9 – Mercedes Benz 540K
9-Mercedes-Benz 540K
10 – 1963 Corvette Stingray
10-63 Corbette Sting Ray
11 – Porsche 911 Series
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12 – 1963 Maserati Sebring Coupe

I owned one of these for a few years and sold it because it cost a fortune to keep it running. It sure got the looks when I drove it down the road though.

12-Maserati Sebring Coupe
13 – 1957 Cadillac Eldorado
13-Cadillac Eldorado
14 – Ferrari 250 GTO
14-Ferrari 250 GTO
15 – Fisker Karma
15-Fisker Karma
16 – Porsche 356
16-Porsche 356
17 – Shelby Cobra
17-Shelby Cobra
18 – Jaguar C-Type
18-Jaguar C Type
19 – Porsche 550 Spyder
19-Porsche 550 Spyder
20 – Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
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21 – 1963 Buick Skylark

I almost bought one of these back in the 1970s, but didn’t because I was an idiot. Today, they are worth more than $100k.

22 – 2006 Ford GT

I remember visiting a Ford dealership with a friend when one of these had a prominent spot on the showroom floor. As I recall, the sticker price was just under $150,000. What a beauty it was.

23 – Vision 6 Cabriolet

The cars above are in a class of their own but have been outclassed by the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet that was shown at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California.

The concept car is a glamorous, luxury convertible that runs 100 percent on electricity.

Back When I Was A Kid

Cars were very colorful and some were even pastels or pink.

We would get dressed up for birthday parties and sometime there was even a pony.

We would play in the street and our parents didn’t worry about us being kidnapped.

Gas was really cheap. A dollar or two would get you pretty far and the attendant even washed your windows and checked your oil. (I know, this was my summer job when I was in high school.)

When TV stations went off the air they would show a test pattern.

Hula hoops were the rage.

Girls passed notes all the time. Today the text each other.

These coolers were filled with ice-cold circulating water, so the drinks almost hurt when you first took a swig.

You could find most anything at a five and dime store. I used to go to them with my Nana, would would always get me something.

If you were lucky, you had a TV in the living room. Black and white at first, then color that wasn’t really very good. Wow, how things have changed.

Records were a major form of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Yes, things were a lot simpler, AND SAFER, back then.

Beany’s Drive-Thru

This really takes me back. This pre-McDonalds franchise expansion video shows Ray Kroc walking up in a suit and tie to buy a burger.
Notice the DRIVE UP window speaker to order…. 1953!!
This is great to watch if only for the cars and the clothes! There is so much to take in, you will probably watch this a few times.

Beany’s Drive Thru – Long Beach, California – 1952-53 from Win Edson on Vimeo.