100 Greatest Cars (40-31)

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100 Greatest Cars (40-31)

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40. Pagani Zonda S

There is seemingly no shortage of minted entrepreneurs who want to own their own supercar company, but very, very few actually make it. Horatio Pagani is one man who managed the feat, thanks to his producing one of the most spectacular and well-engineered supercars of all time.

39. TVR T400 R

TVRs new Russian owner wants to turn the Blackpool company into a serious player in the sports car market. If it can add some quality and reliability to cars that look as amazing as the T400 R, and retain its absolutely terrifying performance, then it’ll have no problems.

38. Fiat 500

One of the cutest cars ever, the Fiat 500 used an air-cooled rear-mounted engine driving the rear wheels, just like a Porsche 911. With 13bhp, it’s just a little bit slower than the Porker, though.

37. Citroen 2CV

One of the challenges facing designers of the French ‘people’s car’ was that it had to run across a ploughed field with a basket of eggs on board, without breaking any. It did, but the lean angle when it corners is hysterical to watch..

36. London Taxi

Big Ben, red post boxes, double-decker buses and black cabs are the quintessential identifiers of London. Famed for its spaciousness and ludicrously tight turning circle, black cabs are also home to sage dispensers of wisdom and wit. Or not.

35. Dodge Charger

The Dukes of Hazzard drove one called General Lee, which just about destroyed the Charger’s street cred. Not quite, though, because the baddies drove a black one in Bullitt and that sort of cool just doesn’t wear off. A 7.3-litre V8 helps, too.

34. Lamborghini Gallardo

With a 492bhp V10, four-wheel drive and looks to die for, what’s not to like? Even better, this Lambo’s been fettled by Audi, which means its well built and reliable. Not your average Italian exotic, then.

33. Willy’s Jeep

Often credited with winning the Second World War, the Jeep was a truly heroic machine. When the contract was tendered, the American military said it needed a vehicle that was under three feet tall with a folding windscreen, could carry 600lbs and was rectangular in shape. They got what they asked for and an icon was born.

32. Dodge Viper

4Car’s editor has fond memories of spinning off the road in one of these at a closed circuit, thereby learning that Vipers bite when provoked. I was caught out by all that torque suddenly arriving mid corner, explains Conway. So it’s the car’s fault, then?

We don’t want to give too much away, but the original Mini did considerably better than its modern cousin. Still, the new MINI is a brilliant car to drive, if not the revolutionary package that the original was. Basically, it drives like a small BMW, which is what it is.

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