By on February 5, 2009

Classic & Sports Car magazine asked 20 car designers (full list after the jump) to name the most beautiful whip of all time. The winner: the Citroen DS. The Jaguar XK120 takes second place, followed by the Ferrari 275GTB, Cord 810/812, Ferrari 250GT Lusso, Ferrari 250GT Short-wheelbase, Jaguar E-type, Lamborghini Miura, Lotus Elan and Lotus Elite (1957). Caution: the DS’ position at the top of the pile (that doesn’t sound right) makes it the vehicle that most jurors voted most highly—rather than the car that most of them thought was the most beautiful. (Polls are funny that way. And our headline’s entirely misleading, now that I think about it.) Unfortunately, the buff book’s press release doesn’t reveal who voted for what. But the idea that a DS can hold a candle to American automobiles of the Classic Era (e.g. 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ “French Speedster” or 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster) is ludicrous, in a Le Corbusier is my God kinda way.

The jury

Adams, Dennis
Axe, Roy
Bracq, Paul
Callum, Ian
Carr, Russell
Crijns, Steve
Fioravanti, Leonardo
Gandini, Marcello
Giugiaro, Giorgetto
Heffernan, John
Karen, Tom
Le Quément, Patrick
Martin, Paulo
Murray, Gordon
Okuyama, Ken
Smith, Martin
Stevens, Peter
Thomson, Julian
Tjaarda, Tom
Winterbottom, Oliver

All the cars that received votes

Alfa Romeo Canguro
Aston Martin DB9
Audi A6
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley R-Type Continental
Bertone BAT 5
Bertone Marzal
BMW 328 Mille Miglia
Bugatti T41 Royale Coupé Napoleon
Bugatti T57SC Atlantic
Buick Riviera (1963-’65)
“Cadzilla”
Citroën ID/DS
Cord 810/812
Delage D8-120S
Ferrari 166 Barchetta
Ferrari 250GT Lusso
Ferrari 250GT swb
Ferrari 250GTO
Ferrari 275GTB
Ferrari 330 P3/4
Ferrari Dino 206S
Ferrari Dino 246GT
Ferrari P6
Ford GT40
Hispano-Suiza H6 (Tulip Wood)
Jaguar E-type
Jaguar XJ6 S1
Jaguar XK120
Jaguar XKSS
Lagonda Rapide
Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Gallardo
Lamborghini Miura
Lancia Stratos
Lincoln Continental (1961)
Lotus Elan +2
Lotus Elan S3
Lotus Elite (1957)
Maserati Boomerang
Maserati Khamsin
Mercedes-Benz 500K
Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300SL
Mini
Pagaso Z102 ‘Thrill’
Phantom Corsair
Triumph TR4

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63 Comments on “Car Designers: Citroen DS Most Beautiful Car in The History of the World, Ever...”


  • avatar
    like.a.kite

    What a list! Would it have been better if more people were voting?

  • avatar
    like.a.kite

    But which Audi A6 is it?? The current model just prior to the update was/is the best I think.

  • avatar
    ca36gtp

    No. Just no.

    I can’t believe the DB9 didn’t win this.

  • avatar
    dan23

    so the cadzilla nosed out every porsche ever?

  • avatar
    Spitfire

    Toss up between the XK120 and GT40 imo

    Citroen? Whiskey Tango…

  • avatar
    dan23

    how do twenty desingers name forty odd cars the “most beautiful ever”?

  • avatar
    ckb

    Kinda reminds me of the Mazda3 winning TTAC’s best car for 2008…

  • avatar
    obbop

    No 1971 Plymouth GTX with its sensuous feminine curves and, if optioned properly, a masculine 440 or Hemi nestled within its fenders?

    Blasphemy.

  • avatar
    gamper

    I think the Citroen is a fine car to top the list.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    To really understand the impact of the DS, you have to look at it in the context of when it was released … 1955! Compare it to the now famous Chevys of that same year and it looks like something from an alternate universe. The DS was a four cylinder powered, front wheel drive car of surprising comfort, economy and capacity.

    Today’s cars owe much to the DS, and almost nothing to the ’55 Chevy.

  • avatar
    forraymond

    The Citroen is the only sedan pictured, hmmm.

  • avatar

    John Horner is absolutely right — by the standards of 1955, the DS seemed like it had just arrived from Mars.

    For those not familiar with the “Déesse,” you can find out its history here: http://ateupwithmotor.com/model-histories/family-cars/114-deesse-ex-machina-citroen-ds.html

  • avatar
    dgduris

    What if Bangle had voted?

    My top 3 – in order:

    C-Type Jaguar
    Miura
    Citroen SM

  • avatar
    Andy D

    for a brief instant I had a 57 DS 19. I paid 5$ for it. The hydraulic brakes/ suspension was shot. It was a very futuristic car in 1955. OHC 4, FWD, radial tires and inboard disc brakes. I still think they are weird looking Much prefer the looks of the Delage 120 b or the XJ6

  • avatar
    rudiger

    It’s a solid list of some of the most beautifully designed vehicles in automotive history. The Citroen wouldn’t have been my choice for number one, but I understand why it was chosen by others.

    The only change I might make would be the 1953 Studebaker Starliner hardtop instead of either the Lusso or SWB Ferrari. Those cars look too similiar for both of them to be included and leaving the ’53 Stude (the most beautiful car Raymond Loewy ever penned) off the list of contenders is unforgivable. I mean, c’mon, the original Starliner is a whole lot better and more ground-breaking than either the ’61 Continental or ’63-’65 Riviera.

    BTW, that looks like a photo of a Lotus Elan ‘+2’ (a car that didn’t make the top ten but was a contender) and not the regular Elan.

  • avatar
    ruckover

    I made the list!
    Okay, it was a rusted-out TR4A, but I owned one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

  • avatar
    esldude

    There are a handful of cars on that list I don’t think belong. Most however should be there. The Citroen up top is ridiculous.

    Sure it was futuristic, and more like modern cars. But this is most beautiful, not most ahead of its time or any such.

    I do remember riding in one over the streets of Paris and being very impressed with it. But while not a bad looking car it is no way most beautiful.

    Ditto on that Studebaker Starliner. Would make lots more lists if people were more familiar with them.

    The list seems to have too few US cars on it, and the wrong one’s for the most part too.

  • avatar
    Stu Sidoti

    I agree with Rudiger…solid list indeed.

    However, not a single vote for an Auburn, Duesenberg, Stutz, Pierce Arrow, Talbot-Lago, Delahaye, Isotta Fraschini or even a Cisitalia 202?!?! Not one. These folks must all be under 65 or never attended a Concours.

    Seriously now, a Lotus over a Figoni & Falaschi bodied Talbot-Lago Teardrop coupe’?!?!? I must be getting old.

    http://www.supercars.net/gallery/119513/1484/650166.jpg

  • avatar
    Jeff Puthuff

    In the history of the world? Where’s Duesenberg? Auburn? Austin-Healey?

  • avatar
    Billy Bobb 2

    Ahh baloney.

    Cord. 1933. What an eyepopper that car was new.

    Original Camaro, honorable mention.

  • avatar
    MagMax

    Good Lord, what bizarre ideas of beauty those judges have! I drove a DS for a few weeks and enjoyed it but I wouldn’t call it beautiful; functional, perhaps, but not beautiful. The published list includes some spectacularly ugly cars (e.g. the Stratos and Countach for a start) and leaves off some of the most perfectly styled cars the world has ever seen:
    Alfa Romeo Villa d’ Este Berlinetta
    Lancia Aurelia Floride (Pinin Farina concept)
    Lancia Flaminia Berlina
    Alfa Romeo Giulietta Berlinetta
    Continental Mk II
    Aston Martin DB4
    Austin Healey 100 (the 4-cylinder version)
    BMW 2800 to 3.0 Coupes
    Fiat 130 Coupe
    Mazda 1500/1800 Sedan
    MG Magnette ZA
    NSU Ro80
    Porsche 911 (the early years)
    Renault Floride
    VW Karmann-Ghia after the face-lift
    Sunbeam Alpine Mk IIA and Mk III of the early 50s
    Volvo 122S

    These are just a few that sprang to mind and I’d put any of them against most of the cars in the experts’ list. Note that my list does contain some sedans….

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    The Citroen is mighty sweet. I would always drool over them when one was shown in some of the foreign films of the 60’s. Then, when I was in college in the early 80’s, someone actually had one on campus at WMU in Kalamazoo, in a lovely shade of mint green. It is rightly on the list. Top o’ the heap, though? Well, these lists are subjective. But…..

    ….not a single mention of the ’63 to ’67 Corvette Stingrays?

    Heinous, heretical blasphemy. How do these guys live with themselves?

    Ah, well. Consider the source(s). Not a single member of the B&B amongst ’em….

  • avatar

    Now you know why today’s cars are as anodyne as a Sub-Zero. Oh wait, let’s blame the government!

  • avatar
    eh_political

    Another for the Studebaker Starliner.

    Four doors people! The hot mom wins the beauty pageant.

    And imagine the sales boost any manufacturer would receive if they did an homage to the DS in the Civic/Cobalt/Corolla class. Better yet, make the Volt look like this.

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    Mark – I am with you, the lack of any good C3 ‘Vette action on that list is ridiculous. Granted, there are some attractive cars (as well as some complete dongers) listed, but you can’t ignore the stingray like that.

    While I can see why the series 1 Jag XJ could make the list for being the progenitor
    of a range of beautiful cars, the current (’08+) is my pick for the best looking of them all, and quite possibly the best looking sedan on the market period.

    Also notable for their absence are any models by Porsche and the Mazda FD RX-7.

  • avatar
    enderw88

    Those photos would make an excellent “one of these is not like the other”…

  • avatar
    don1967

    Woah…. sorry but that Citroen makes me think “Picasso on meth”. The tapered ends (especially the back) make the whole car appear distorted, as if viewed through a giant water bubble.

    I wonder who they would nominate for Most Beautiful Woman in the World?

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    @John Horner: The 55 Chevy was prettier.

    To my mind the most beautiful car ever was the 1937 Talbot Lago. But they left a lot of beautiful cars off the list. A few without any research:

    Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
    Aston Martin DB4 & DB4 Zagato
    Audi 5000 (NSU Ro80)
    BMW 507
    Corvette Sting Ray
    Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
    Chrysler 300C (1958)
    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
    Porsche 928
    Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

  • avatar
    geeber

    Sorry, can’t buy it. No way is the Citroen the most beautiful car ever made. Its best part – the sloping front clip – was copied from the 1953-54 Studebaker Starliner/Starlight, which SHOULD have been on the list.

    The list also skips over the 1938 Cadillac 60 Special, the 1963-67 Chevrolet Corvette and the 1940-41 Lincoln Continental.

  • avatar

    The DS is a good choice if you are adhering to pure (actually classical) artistic principles – clarity of purpose, clean lines, proportion, proportion, proportion. Of course it doesn’t tug the heart strings like a Miura etc, but great art is always subjective, and some people will prefer muscular lines, others will prefer clean design.

    Personally I love the R129 Mercedes SL, but I’m well aware that most people would find it totally bland and derivative of typical 80s slab design. I like the proportion and cleanliness of the design as a whole. Then again, I think the Land Rover Disco II is the most beautiful truck ever created. I have a soft spot for cinder blocks.

  • avatar
    MBella

    How did the Audi A6 make this list. A good looking luxo-sedan yes. It’s nothing near the greatest looking car of all time.

    My picks,

    All Time: Lamborghini Miura

    Modern: Aston Martin DB9

    Close seconds: Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing
    Austin Healey 3000
    Aston Martin DB4

  • avatar
    TomAnderson

    Best all-time: Jaguar E-Type Series I
    Best currently on sale: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

    Honorable mention:
    Mercedes-Benz 560SEC (W126)
    Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe (W-body)
    Ford Mustang fastback (1967 & ’68)
    Audi A8/S8 (2nd generation, pre-facelift)
    Ferrari 250 GTO

  • avatar
    Dr Lemming

    This is an interesting list given the designers involved (who seem, how you say, Eurocentric).

    If you look at design as an elegant integration of form and function, the DS makes some sense, particularly for its time. In order to come to that conclusion, however, you have to dispense with conventional notions of beauty. The DS certainly displays more creative imagination than any of the other cars on the list. Heck, it’s relatively easy to design a two seater of any era.

    So, no, I don’t think it is ludicrous that a Citroen outranked a Duesenburg. The latter may have been a well-executed design, but it was pretty conventional.

    As an aside, the photo of the XKE is interesting, e.g., 1966ish headlight bezels combined with flared wheel openings akin to the early 1970s models.

  • avatar
    Porsche986

    I have always thought the Citroen was a gorgeous car… SO far ahead of it’s time.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    The Miura works for me.

    Harsh reality: The most beautiful car is the one that’s paid for and trouble-free.

  • avatar
    Dr. No

    Ridiculous. These designers are playing the elitist game of “we see beauty that others don’t see.”

  • avatar
    maniceightball

    Poppycock! They don’t stand a chance against:

    – Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (and anything by Scaglione for that matter, including his intermeccanica works)
    – Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
    – Aston Martin DB9/DBS
    – Jag E-type

  • avatar
    HD1974

    First of all, taste is a subjective thing so this list will not be to everyone’s liking.

    But the DS is not called the goddess for nothing. And the one in the picture is not its most beautiful iteration.

    When I lived in France seeing a classic DS on the road turned my head the way a Testarossa wouldn’t, for example.

    And I sh*t Ferrari red let me tell you.

  • avatar
    JJ

    Seems like the judges are a collection of (very) well established car designers themselves.
    At least some of my favourites made the top 10 (Miura, 275GTB).

    Otherwise I’m surprised another favourite of mine, the AM DB4 GT Zagato, didn’t make it. And also what’s with the Lotus top 10s? Are they really that great designs? I say no.

    Otherwise I think the cars receiving votes are acceptable, except for 1 car –> the Bentley Continental GT.

  • avatar
    Ingvar

    I agree, the DS is the most beautiful car in the world. I can see why it won, and why it still has prescence and meaning. No car before or after have so singlemindedly captured “the wholeness of being a car”, every single detail is a part of the whole, in a matter that makes it very beautiful. I may be partial, as I am the lucky owner of a heap of scrap Citroen DSpecial from the 70’s.

  • avatar
    menno

    I could only wish to have a DS; it’ll never happen this side of glory (assuming Heaven includes our choice of car and nice roads and scenery to enjoy them with; it must, otherwise it wouldn’t be Heaven for a car guy / gal, would it? Ha.)

    I did manage an attempt at buying a Citroen CX once when I lived in the UK. A fellow zipped into the driveway where it was being sold, just ahead of me and bought it right then and there; bang went my once chance.

    My pal had a smaller air cooled, boxer four cylinder, Citroen GSA with semi-automatic and hydropneumatic suspension. It was glorious to ride in. Absolutely incredible. Looked like a small CX.

  • avatar
    Martin Schwoerer

    I’m with MagMax on this one, in particular in regards to Lancia, Alfa, Continental, DB4, BMW, NSU, Sunbeam, and above all, the Fiat 130 Coupe.

    All except for the Continental, Lancia and Aston are quite affordable, by the way.

  • avatar
    Gottleib

    Yessss, the Citroen and Jaguar really do have designs that are exceptional. I’m surprised the Karman Ghia didn’t make the list, another very beautiful design. These winners definitely express a vote for beauty as opposed to just fine design. While the Porsche 911 is a very exceptional design it doesn’t have much element of beauty, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • avatar
    philipwitak

    wonder why everybody seems to have overlooked those extremely-exquisite aerostreamed talbot-lagos of the mid-1930s?

    http://www.retro-cars.net/data/media/170/talbot-lago_T_150-SS_01.jpg

    http://www.mattandliv.com/talbot_lago_1.jpg

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    I forgot the Lincoln Continental Mark 2.

    @Stu Sidoti : Thanks for the link to the:

    Figoni & Falaschi bodied Talbot-Lago Teardrop coupe

    You were the only one to mention the Cisitalia 202

    The two-seater Cisitalia “202” GT was an aesthetic and technical achievement that transformed postwar automobile body design. The extraordinary Pinin Farina design was honored by New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1951. In the MOMA’s first exhibit on automotive design, called “Eight Automobiles”, the Cisitalia was displayed with seven other cars (1930 Mercedes-Benz SS tourer, 1939 Bentley saloon with coachwork by James Young, 1939 Talbot-Lago Figoni teardrop coupé, 1951 Willys Jeep, 1937 Cord 812 Custom BeverlySedan, 1948 MG TC, and the 1941 Lincoln Continental coupe). It is still part of the MoMA permanent collection.

    Building on aerodynamic studies developed for racing cars, the Cisitalia offers one of the most accomplished examples of coachwork (the automobile’s body) conceived as a single shell. The hood, body, fenders, and headlights are integral to the continuously flowing surface, rather than added on. Before the Cisitalia, the prevailing approach followed by automobile designers when defining a volume and shaping the shell of an automobile was to treat each part of the body as a separate, distinct element—a box to house the passengers, another for the motor, and headlights as appendages. In the Cisitalia, there are no sharp edges. Swellings and depressions maintain the overall flow and unity, creating a sense of speed.

    @philipwitak: I didn’t nor did Stu Sidoti

  • avatar
    philipwitak

    re: “…on campus at WMU in Kalamazoo…”
    Mark MacInnis / February 5th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    hey m.m. – are you thee mark macinnis from wrif rock radio in detroit during the early 80s?

  • avatar
    shabatski

    Jaguar XK120 is my vote. I salivate every time I see one in person and can remember the specific time I saw my first – 14 yrs old, local Jaguar club meet, Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA. I just coming back to the same black car… and probably drooling on its fender and annoying its owner.

    The XK140 is also pretty nice, but I guess it failed to make the list since it’s very similar to the XK120.

  • avatar
    Jordan Tenenbaum

    I’m glad the Goddess is on this list, but being number one has given her a lot of flack she doesn’t deserve.

    TTAC – The only place you could ever hope to go on the internet where you can find someone defending a Yugo or a Bristol.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    In my opinion, the E-Type fixed-head coupe is the most beautiful car ever produced. The drophead, while still beautiful, doesn’t seem quite as right.

    The TR4? Really? It’s okay, but the GT-6+ was a much nicer-looking car.

    The Lotus Elite? I never did think that car was all that beautiful.

    No ’69 Dodge Charger (the single most pretty car Chrysler ever produced)?

    No Datsun 240Z? Or Toyota 2000?

    That’s the problem with these lists. They’re so subjective. Might as well try to pick the greatest rock album of all time.

  • avatar

    Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus. Most beautiful car? Dino. Followed by the 1936 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood Special Roadster.

  • avatar
    philipwitak

    re: apologies to Robert Schwartz and Stu Sidoti / February 6th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    sorry. i didn’t express myself very well when i remarked, in my earlier response, that ‘everybody’ seemed to have overlooked talbot-lago. i was actually referring to the group of designers who made the initial selections.

  • avatar

    Waiting For Columbus is the best sounding live rock album of all time and it’s indeed a great album, hoy hoy, but as for “greatest rock album of all time”, I suppose it’s a matter of taste. The Allman Bros. @ the Fillmore is damn near perfect, not a superfluous note. Another great live album is Mountain Climbing. The Grateful Dead Warner Bros. live albums, Live Dead and Grateful Dead, weren’t bad either. As far as studio stuff American Beauty by the Grateful Dead approaches perfection. The MC5’s Back In The USA has its flaws but may be the hardest rocking album of all times. I remember when it was released on CD and I put it on the stereo, loud. My then 16 y/o daughter, a big Pearl Jam fan, came running into the living room saying, “Who is that? That’s awesome!”

    Then there are the Beatles, Stones and Dylan. I love Little Feat but I think I’d put Highway 61 Revisited a bit higher than Waiting For Columbus. Is WFC better than Beggar’s Banquet, Sticky Fingers or Exile On Main Street? I’m not a huge Rolling Stones fan but those three albums are monumental. Same with Rubber Soul or Yesterday and Today. Not to mention Elvis’ Sun sessions.

    Lowell George was amazing. Waiting For Columbus, with the Tower Of Power horn section, is a hot, hot album. I see on Amazon that there’s a reissue with original concert sequencing and additional unreleased tracks. Tom Dowd did that with the Allman Bros’ Fillmore album and it’s even better than the original.

    It’s nice to see the Series 3 Elan make the list. I have a late Series 2 that’s in pieces. It’s a great car. Ron Hickman is credited with penning the Elan. Hickman made a fortune from another design of his. He licensed Black & Decker the design of the Workmate work stand/clamp, and made something like $47 million from it, retiring to an estate on the Isle of Jersey. The original prototype of the Workmate used wishbones from an Elan.

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Tom Matano’s Mazda Miata MX-5 is the best selling sports car of all time. Matano design brief was a modern take on the Elan, which itself is a timeless design. I once asked him how it felt to be the most successful sports car designer ever and he said that he was proudest of the last RX-7 because that was a clean sheet design whereas the Miata was based on the Elan. Ironically, the last gen RX-7’s outstanding balanced handling has been compared to that of the Elan. Elans could pull about .92g on a skidpad, and that’s with 4.5″ wide tires. The Lotus Twin Cam engine was originally about 105HP, but with a big valve head, Webers and the right cam, 140-160 is still streetable. It only weighs 1500 lbs so with a bit of tuning and modern rubber it could still hold its own with many of today’s sports cars.

    The Miata, btw, wasn’t the first Mazda to copy the styling of a Lotus. The mid 80s RX-7 was based on the Elan +2.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    The funny thing is that I find that a lot of the times, the greatest rock album is the one I’m currently listening to. When it’s Wheels of Fire, I have no doubt. Same goes for Sticky Fingers or Quadrophenia or Live at the Fillmore East or Revolver or the White Album to name a few.

    That’s true of cars as well. I’ve been lucky enough to own some cars that are considered to be classics (First-gen RX-7, the aforementioned ’69 Charger and GT-6, a ’69 Mach I) and each of them spoke to me and helped to form my own notions of what was constitutes automotive beauty.

    Styling matters. Remove the looks of the Charger and Mach I and, frankly, they wouldn’t be such great cars (especially the Charger whose electrics made the Lucas stuff in the Triumph seem bulletproof by comparison). This segues (sorry about the musical pun) into why I’m driving a Cadillac these day (and am about to replace it with another Cadillac) I really like the way they look. Nothing else in the class speaks to me the way the Art & Science styling does.

    I feel the same way about Guitars. If it’s not a Les Paul, Strat, Tele, Gretsch Countryman or ES-335, I find it very hard to warm up to one no matter how well it plays. The styling has to be right.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    @philipwitak:

    I wasn’t insulted. Just correcting the record.

    As for the rest of you. Go look at the picture, the car is so beautiful that it makes me weep.

  • avatar
    BabyM

    That’s an awfully Euro-centric list. Where’s the Avanti? The ’53-’54 Studebaker Loewy coupes? The late-’50s “Forward Look” Mopars? The first-gen Mustang? Boat-tail Auburn speedster?

    The Dessie is cool, but Best Car Ever? I’m not so sure.

  • avatar
    njoneer

    9 out of 10 are long hood, short deck, with the low hood between round lamps on high fenders. Are sure sure the question was not “Which classic cars look kind of like the new Porsche Cayman?”

  • avatar

    The DS was a revolutionary car but beautiful? Not in my book. I agree that the ’53 Studebaker belongs on the list, maybe Loewy’s Avanti too.

  • avatar

    That E-type photo is bogus. I strongly suspect that car is a replica. It is NOT a proper Series 1 E-type. Look at the flared wheel arches and open headlights. Only the V-12 (’71-’74) E-types had those wheel arches.

    Mr. Farago, please choose a PROPER E-type to illustrate the car. Feel free to use this image if you like, as it is an ACTUAL Series 1, E-type Jaguar.

    –chuck

  • avatar

    chuckgoolsbe:

    Done. Thanks. When are you going to write a review for us?

  • avatar

    lol… I’ll get right on it.

    –chuck

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Nothing was ever or will ever be as beautiful as the pre-WWII, Art Deco cars. My personal favorite – the Alfa 8C 2900B Touring Spyder. The DS can’t come within a million miles of this beauty.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Alfa_Romeo_8C_2900B_1937.jpg/800px-Alfa_Romeo_8C_2900B_1937.jpg

  • avatar
    einberliner

    Of course the DS won. They polled people who actually know a thing or two about car design, such as the venerable Giorgetto Guigaro, Peter Stevens, and Renault’s criminally underrated design savant Patrick le Quoment, while avoiding polling hacks such as Chris Bungle. People of that caliber recognize the difference between talent and genius, and the Goddess is genius unadulterated. The last sentence of the blurb on this website shows its author to be a Red America rube rather than someone with a solid appreciation for design. After all, a vintage Duesey may be a very beautiful and breathtakingly well-crafted motorcar, but it’s not any more beautiful than, say, a 1934 Citroën Traction Avant.
    That said, i agree with people above that the omission of cars such as the Talbot Lago teardrop coupe, NSU Ro80, and the Cisitalia 202MM is puzzling. To that list I’d add the Alfa GTV1750, MGA, Chrysler Airflow, and Lancia Fulvia. But a McDonald’s fast-food styling job like a Stingray Corvette or ur-Mustang? No way.

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