10. BMW 507
Try to find a midcentury sports roadster prettier than a BMW 507. Designed by Count Albrecht von Goertz (he also penned the Datsun 240Z), the 507 was more expensive than a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing. Only 253 were made between 1955 and 1958, making survivors rare. The 507’s side vents were redesigned for today’s BMW Z4. Enthusiasts have discovered the 507, and it’s nearly a $900K car now. Get the hardtop and Rudge knockoff disc wheels if you can.
9. LAMBORGHINI MIURA
Ferruccio Lamborghini, an air-conditioner and tractor maker, went into the supercar biz in 1963 because he thought he could make a better car than Enzo Ferrari, whose factory was nearby. The Miura, named for a Spanish fighting bull, shocked when it first bowed in 1967. A four-liter V12 was transversely mounted right behind the seats. Over time, Lamborghini souped up the engine and added spoilers; the Miura SV from 1971 is the fastest and most expensive today at $906K.
8. ASTON MARTIN DB5
The sexiest thing ever to appear in a Bond film was not Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder but this Aston, the first and greatest 007 mobile. (We’ve sat in an actual Bond DB5. Yes, it does have machine guns in its fenders.) Offscreen, it was the real thing. Aston Martin was riding high after a 1959 Le Mans victory when the DB5 appeared in 1962, with a four-liter in-line six and top speed of 145 mph. While today’s Aston Martins are among the most beautiful cars ever penned, the DB5—worth about $522K now—is still the benchmark.
7. CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Corvette’s high-revving fuel-injected V8 took the boulevard out of American sports cars when it appeared in 1953, gave GM a racing raison d’être and powered a new generation of hot-rodders. Our favorite: the 1963–1967 Sting Ray, especially the 1967 L-89, a 435-horsepower, 427-cubic-inch big-block racer out of the box, worth about $304K today.
6. MCLAREN F1
The Mclaren F1 was a novel concept: A company known for Formula One excellence set out to make the ultimate street car. When the F1 appeared in 1992, with its middle-situated driver’s seat and 242 mph top whack, it proved to be the ultimate driving machine of its own and perhaps any era. As put by Britain’s Autocar magazine, “The F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the car.” Only 106 were built. Pick one up today for about $3.5 million.