12 Surprisingly Fast Old Sports Cars (And 4 Painfully Slow New Ones

12 Surprisingly Fast Old Sports Cars (And 4 Painfully Slow New Ones

     
     

Mostly, the automobile press is bombarded with the latest releases following the latest news, to the extent that current never-ending report challenges can highlight a car and suppress another one in the public eye. Aside from the advertisement value of such statements and reports, having a backward look to the legendary vehicles can both reveal the root of today's cars and amuses one about the gradual development of the car industry during decades.

Sports cars as one of the automobile classes, which have always attracted many people, are the pioneers of the latest technology used in vehicles to outrun others in races. Super-fast cars whose existence depends on the tracks, not their numbers of sold units, outrunning the seconds, not the infotainment systems, and a couple of more horsepower than the comfortable seats. So, let's not wait for seconds more than this and start the journey to recognize 12 fast old sports cars and four slow new ones.

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16FAST: 1969 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 (154MPH)

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First manifested in 1966 as the most prominent rival against the Lamborghini Miura, this front-engine was everyone's dream in the decade. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine bursting out amazing 330 hp, this supercar can sprint zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Although few units were produced and soon replaced by the Ghibli SS, we still recall it as an influential car.

15FAST: 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL (155MPH)

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Many recall 3.0 CSL as a starting point for the German company to enter the competition of producing race cars. Challenging many race cars, this inspiring race car with its race-proper aerodynamic, a 438-hp powertrain, and race-friendly interior won many races and soon became an icon for speed lovers. Winning 100 races in Europe and the US made this car a true race legend.


14FAST: 1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 (162MPH)

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Many super-fast sports cars are out there and win numerous tracks; to this extent, nothing seems unusual, but what if a super sports car wins a race in a movie with a Ferrari 355. Not moved yet? Remember James Bond behind its wheel. With its high performance and a cinematic look, the Aston Martin DB5 is a celebrity of its decade.

13FAST: 1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE LIGHTWEIGHT (168MPH)

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." this is how the chief engineer of the Jaguar describes this car. Considered as a legendary race car on the international level, the company in a challenging decision started to reproduce this 57-year-old car. A 3.8-liter DOHC I-6 341-bhp engine enables the E-Type to sprint to 60 mph around 4.1 seconds.

12FAST: 1967 SHELBY MUSTANG GT500 SUPER SNAKE (170MPH)

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Built to celebrate the Goodyear startup, 1967 GT500 Super Snake was a response to the tire company to build a super-fast car. Ford engineer, Fred Goodell, went to the factory and pointed a GT500 and gave it a 550-hp engine. This supercar never experienced line of production, so it remained a unique masterpiece in the history of Shelby.

11FAST: 1964 FERRARI 250 GTO (174MPH)

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When we look at the super cars which Ferrari has built, it's necessary to thank Ferrari engineers that have given us a couple of fast cars, including 288 GTO, F40, and 250 Testa Rossa. But among these cars, the 250 GTO is a flagship that every car collector dreams about it and is ready to spend millions of dollars on in auctions.

10FAST: 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SLR UHLENHAUT COUPE (176MPH)

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Let's come to the winner of Mercedes-Benz, whose top score in races like Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, and Tourist Trophy is jaw shaking. SLR with its 310-hp engine and 2425-lb seems weightless as a feather to lag behind any rivals. Aside from the brilliant performance, it benefits from a unique exterior design with its curved windscreen and side-mounted tail fins.

9FAST: 1973 DETOMASO PANTERA GTS (180MPH)

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A collaboration between an American giant named Ford and the Italian DeTomaso Automobili resulted in Pantera GTS. Aiming at the Italian market and stealing Lamborghini's and Ferrari's market, this exotic race car with its 326hp V8 engine and following notable speed drew the attention of many car enthusiasts. The handsome muscular exterior also narrates the same story from the outside.

8FAST: 1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV (180MPH)

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As the refined version of Miura S, the SV, with minute changes in appearance and more powerful and optimized performance, came to the scene around 1971. This Italian supercar is powered by a V12 engine providing 385 hp. Soon the production ceased due to the oil crisis and lowered demand, and Countach in 1974 took its seat.

7FAST: 1964 SHELBY DAYTONA (196MPH)

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After Caroll Shelby's heart problem, he had enough time to work on his dream, called Shelby. At first, he used AC Ace's lightweight framework and injected a V8 engine under the hood and called it Shelby AC Cobra. But it didn't outrun GTO, so with aerodynamic changes the Daytona born in 1964 to hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and started making waves in races.

6FAST: 1986 PORSCHE 959 (197MPH)

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1986 was a different year, Porsche used the 911 chassis and produced 959, which drew a lot of wows among car enthusiasts. Why?! Entitled as the quickest street-legal car all over the world, the 959 offers plenty of electronic systems including electronic all-wheel-drive system and electronic aids that profoundly influenced many car companies from then on.


5FAST: 1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY 454 LT2 (200MPH)

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The LT2 features a 454.0-cu-in engine with a total output power of 710 bhp and maximum torque of 490 lb,ft that enables it to travel 60 mph in an incredible 3.9 seconds. This car is different in all aspects since 180-degree exhaust headers, while don't add a lot to the power, are just there for the sake of difference and a unique ripping sound.

4SLOW: 2020 SUBARU BRZ (143MPH)

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Sharing a lot with Toyota86, BRZ is precise in handling and offers a comfortable interior, except for the back seats, which doesn't have enough legroom. However, the thirst for speed and acceleration stays unsatisfied with the 205 hp engine. Although it benefits a lightweight chassis, 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and the mentioned top speed is not moving at all.


3SLOW: 2020 MORGAN ROADSTER 3.7 (140MPH)

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Morgan is a traditional-looking race car that gives you the chance to experience modern performance and comfort. Isn't it cool? Yup, for sure, but if you consider the lightweight framework thanks to the aluminum metal and ash wood used in this car as well. Both give this car agile handling, but unfortunately, not a crazy top speed one expects.

2SLOW: 2019 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA (135MPH)

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Although 26 hp added to the 2019 model to have the total output power 181 hp, Miata is far behind the average numbers we see today in sports cars. However, the lightweight chassis, comfortable interior with a user-friendly infotainment system, and the affordable price have made this car a logical choice for the lower-budget market that simultaneously prefers sports taste.

1SLOW: 2020 FIAT 124 SPIDER (135MPH)

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Standing in the shadow of the Miata, 124 Spider features the same convenience and even more eye-catching design but fails in terms of power and performance compared to its number 1 rival. Powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 160 hp, it can't nourish your thirst for speed, but it can be a fresh choice for driving in highways on sunny days.


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