QOTD: Best of the Best?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

There’s little question this is a pretty good time to be a gearhead. Dodge is doling out cars featuring 840 horsepower with full factory warranties. McLaren seemingly manufactures a new rocket ship every other day, with the Speedtail following the Senna following the 720S following the … well, you get the picture.

Which brings us to a very good question: Which manufacturer – past or present – is responsible for cranking out the largest number of great cars?

Not the largest number of great cars in terms of production, of course, but in terms of models. Great cars can be defined by any number of measures. Mine? Well, that would be performance, of course. Your criteria may be different.

Is Ferrari the winner by that definition? Let’s have a look through the catalog and see. F40? Without question. 288 GTO. Absolutely. 456? No doubt. Consider, however, that Fiorano also produced some appalling machines including the Mondial, 348, and – I’ll probably catch heat for this given the recent concept car floating around – the 400 series. I’d even put the modern-day California with its fake tail lights in there, too.

Shockingly, especially given its recent desire to bin anything that’s not a crossover, Ford has a pretty good back catalog. The GT40, the first-gen reincarnated GT, the homologation special RS200. Even the original Taurus SHO was something to behold in 1989.

How about McLaren, mentioned at the top of this post? Its initial effort, the MP4-12C, had the title of a fax machine and the sex appeal of leftover french fries but it absolutely set the company on its way to making awesome cars like the ones mentioned above, not to mention the P1.

How about it B&B? Which car manufacturer earns your vote for having the largest number of great cars in its roster?

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Macmcmacmac Macmcmacmac on Nov 06, 2018


  • Safeblonde Safeblonde on Nov 21, 2018

    Wouldnt it be Honda, which in its reliability turned millions of malaise-era buyers from the American manufacturers to Japanese manufacturers. That is a "sea change". And yes, they build in the USA too.

  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.