Top 20 Supercars of all time – Part 1
Our Number 1 of Top 20 Supercars of all time is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was voted the Car of the Century, and is regarded by many as world’s first Supercar. It started life as a purpose built W194 race car that won many endurance races including the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (W198) road going version started production in 1954 and ended production in 1963. During production a total of 1,400 300SL Gullwing coupes were produced, and 1,858 Roadsters.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing featured a direct injection inline 6 cylinder engine with 215 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque, and surprisingly the road going version was more powerful than the race car it was based on.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is capable of a very respectable 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph and at the time it was world’s fastest production car and a very worthy number 1 of our Top 20 Supercars of all time.
#2 The McLaren F1
Our Number 2 of Top 20 Supercars of all time is Britain’s McLaren F1. McLaren F1 was world’s fastest production car from 1992 to 2005 and it was only de-throned by the Bugatti Veyron.
McLaren F1 was the world’s first carbon fiber road car, the world’s fastest production car and is still the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever built. With over 240 mph top speed, 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and quarter mile in 11.5 seconds it is still one of the quickest supercars. It was designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens and was limited to 64 road going cars between 1993 and 1998.
Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson is one of the most famous McLaren F1 owners, and he has recently sold his McLaren F1.
McLaren has produced 9 McLaren F1 GTRs for racing, and they won the 1995 24 Hours of LeMans and took four of top five places. McLaren F1 has truly earned its number 2 spot in our Top 20 Supercars of all time.
#3 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR
Our Number 3 of Top 20 Supercars of all time is the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR AMG.
Just like its grandfather the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, CLK-GTR was born as a race car. After the demise of DTM and ITC series in 1996, Mercedes-AMG engineers had less than 130 days to build a FIA GT spec race car from scratch.
Not only did the Mercedes-AMG manage to build a race car from scratch in four months, they even swept the field by winning both Drivers’ and Constructors’ 1997 and 1998 FIA GT Championships.
The Mercedes CLK-GTR and CLK-LM won 17 races out of 22 they entered, they also took pole position in 17 qualifying and set 14 fastest laps.
The Production road going version of the CLK-GTR super sport can go from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with top speed in excess of 215 mph.
Due to FIA regulations and homologation standards, Mercedes had to produce 25 road going version of the CLK-GTR. Mercedes-AMG Produced 26 CLK-GTR production road versions, 20 coupes and six roadsters, with coupe production completing in 1999 by AMG at the Affalterbach factory and roadster production completing in 2002 by HWA.
With the price of $1,550,000 the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Mercedes-AMG CLK-GTR as the most expensive production car ever built.
#4 Ferrari 250 GTO
Our Number 4 of Top 20 Supercars of all time is the most sought after and expensive Ferrari of all time, the Beautiful 250 GTO.
The Ferrari 250 GTO summed up Ferrari philosophy best: the highest levels of performance and styling.
Created by a team led by Giotto Bizzarrini, it owes its lines to research carried out in a wind tunnel.
The Ferrari 250 GTO was produced between 1962 and 1964 for homologation into the FIA Group 3 Grand Touring Car Racing.
Only 39 250 GTOs were produced between 1962 and 1964 with three different body work. Most 250 GTOs are powered by a 3-litre V12 engine that produces 300 hp and gives the 250 GTO its 175 mph top speed.
In 2013 chassis number 5111GT sold for 52 million dollars setting the highest amount paid for a car at the time. The 250 GTO is highly collectible and very wealthy and famous people such as Ralph Lauren and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason each own one.
#5 Bugatti EB110
Our Number 5 of Top 20 Supercars of all time is the quad-turbo V12 All-wheel drive Bugatti EB110.
Romano Artioli, an Italian Bugatti automobiles collector who imported Japanese cars into Europe, and ran one of the largest Ferrari dealerships in the world.
Ferruccio Lamborghini persuaded Romano Artioli to open a holding company named Bugatti International, and it acquired Bugatti brand in 1987 founded Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. and went on to build the Bugatti EB110.
Bugatti Automobili S.p.A. unveiled the EB110 on September 15th, 1991 to celebrate Ettore Bugatti’s 110th birthday.
How did the Bugatti EB110 make top 5 on our list of Top 20 Supercars of all time?
Because the Bugatti EB110 not only has a carbon fiber chassis made by Aerospatiale, France’s aerospace manufacturer it is also powered by a 3.5-litre, 60-valve (5-valve per cylinder), quad-turbocharged V12 engine, coupled to a six speed manual transmission that sends 560 horsepower and 456 ft-lb of torque to all four wheels.
A more powerful model was also introduced with the name of Bugatti EB110 SuperSport (SS) with 650 horsepower and 480 ft-lb of torque.
Michael Schumacher bought his EB110 SS in 1994 and sold it in 2003.
Bugatti EB110 SS can go from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds with top speed of 217 mph. These figures were recorded in 1992 and the Bugatti EB110 SS can be faster with today’s tire technology.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our 20 Supercars of all time.