Motoring journalist Rob Griffin presents his pick of the six most beautiful machines ever made.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s certainly the case when it comes to cars, where one man’s swan is another’s ugly duckling.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Not only one of the most iconic cars ever made but also one of the most beautiful.
The simply stunning Mercedes 300 SL actually dates back to the 1950s but its superb lines are timeless.
It’s elegant, it’s slender and the whole look is set off with those fantastic gullwing doors.
These might not be practical if you’re parking in a tight space but they certainly look the part.
A decent example will set you back well north of £300,000, while a 1956 Gullwing, previously owned by US west coast collector Don Ricardo, sold at auction in London last year for a staggering $1.15 million (around £700,000).
Aston Martin DB9
This car is, quite simply, gorgeous. Unveiled back in 2003, it was the first car to be produced at Aston Martin’s new Gaydon Headquarters and was powered by a V12 engine.
The successor to the DB7 (8 was skipped in case people thought it referred to a V8 engine) helped re-establish the company among the world’s greatest luxury producers.
Top Gear has said the DB9 is the car that began one of the greatest comebacks in recent automotive history and brands it "one of the world’s most desirable cars".
It’s pretty hard to disagree.
This car is electrifying.
The futuristic styling of this supercar still doesn’t look dated today - more than two decades after it ceased production – so you can imagine the excitement it caused when it burst on to the scene back in 1974.
It’s one of those cars that looks fast when it’s stationary.
For a generation of children growing up in the seventies this remains the epitome of dream car styling.
From the aerodynamic looks to the so-called scissor doors, which lifted up and tilted forwards, this is a design masterpiece.
It’s hard to believe the Porsche 911 celebrated its 50th birthday last year.
This is serious supercar royalty. It was the successor to the 356 and one of the best-looking machines ever made.
Initially unveiled at the 1963 Frankfurt IAA Motor Show as the F Model, it was renamed the 911 ahead of its official launch.
Boasting an air-cooled flat-six engine that delivered 130hp, it could hit a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
Since then there have been thousands of versions made and each one has stayed true to the original’s individual styling.
Corvette Sting Ray
The early to mid-1960s was a golden age for Corvette and nowhere was this better illustrated than by the Sting Ray that electrified the US sportscar market.
Arriving a couple of years after Jaguar’s famed E-Type, this Corvette combined elegance, muscle and style in a mouthwatering package that took the breath away.
Unsurprisingly the car was a huge success, and despite the abundance of stunning cars that have since been produced, still has the power to turn heads today.
At first glance the humble Mini might look out of place in such illustrious company but it was perfection in miniature when it arrived in 1959.
A relatively cheap, economical two-door runabout, it was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and epitomised London in the 1960s.
It was wonderfully styled, looked cute, and appealed to men and women of all ages, which is one of the reasons why it lasted so long.
Production ceased in 2000 and although we now have a new machine sporting the Mini logo, it’s simply not the same.