Italian automakers have been manufacturing some of the world’s famous sports cars that leave a lasting impression on every onlooker. Without a doubt, Italy has been a home of the classic sports cars and continues to hold that position in the modern era. Some of the well-known Italian auto manufacturers have produced iconic sports cars that include Lancia, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati. These classic Italian sports cars display an array of exquisite technologies, designing and engineering marvels. The top classic sports cars can give an idea as to why Italian automakers stunning works grab the attention of the car enthusiasts.
Classic sports cars are some of the standout vehicles in the car market, all thanks to their extravagant design elements, cutting-edge drivetrain technologies and outstanding performance capabilities. Therefore, sports vehicles are loved by motorists around the world, especially some of the finest ones by Italian automakers. Those car enthusiasts who are interested in replacing their old car and upgrade to a new classic sports car can have a look at the following incredible vehicles.
Here are the top ten classic Italian sports cars of all time.
Cisitalia 202 GT
The iconic 1946 Cisitalia 202 GT features the classic Italian design and sports car capabilities. This classic vehicle has been considered as the showstopper of the famous Italian racing and sports car brand. Piero Dusio was an Italian sportsman and industrialist who led the car brand as a conglomerate of his business. The classic Cisitalia 202 GT has been a groundbreaking model that displays an exquisite design and referred as ‘rolling sculpture’. In addition, this amazing Italian sports car has also been recognized in the first automotive design exhibition held in 1951 by the Museum of Modern Art.
Lancia Stratos HF
The Lancia Stratos HF was a Bertone-designed model and launched at the Turin Motor Show as a concept car. This classic sports car was able to capture the World Rally Championship continuously for three years between 1974-76. The Lancia Stratos HF was manufactured less than 500 in total number, featuring a transverse mid-engine configuration with 190-horsepower motor. The vehicle comes with a sleek body that can easily garner half-million if sold at an auction.
The Lamborghini Miura had three versions that were manufactured between 1966 and 1973. This classic vehicle was the first Italian mid-engine sports car that was powered by a twelve-cylinder engine to deliver a 385-horsepower. The vehicle comes with a two-seat layout that later become that standard for high-performance sports vehicles. There were total 763 Lamborghini Miura built in all of its three versions of the P400, P400S, and P400SV.
Ferrari 250 GTO
The iconic 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti is among the rare sports cars that was sold for whopping $48 million at an online auction by RM Sotheby’s in 2018. This made the Ferrari 250 GTO the most expensive car in the world. In addition, the Tour de France-winning model was sold for $70 million in 2020 and believed to be the most expensive car in the world. There were only 36 Ferrari 250 GTO manufactured in total between 1962 and 1964. However, this classic Italian sports car become the Ferrari’s most famous and successful racing car till this day.
Maserati Ghibli Spyder
The 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder is an iconic two-seat sports car and among the most aggressive-designed vehicle manufactured till date. This classic Italian sports car was produced by the famous racing cars brand. The vehicle comes with a sleek body, convertible top and powerful engine. Therefore, this classic sports car could reach the top speed of 250 mph, to make it one of the most amazing sports vehicles of the early 1950s.
The Lamborghini Countach has been considered to be one of the most exotically designed vehicles from Bertone house. The Bertone has been a pioneer in the Italian Wedge style roadsters with a sharp angle. This classic Italian sports car was manufactured between 1974 to 1990 and remained famous among car enthusiasts for decades. Lamborghini Countach made the cab-forward design more popular that brought the occupants to the front in order to accommodate the larger engine of the vehicle. This iconic model was considered by motorists as a worth successor of the earlier Lamborghini model.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
The outstanding mid-engine Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is among the first supercars of the world. With its eye-catching design and sophisticated interior, it become the fastest commercially available sports car. The iconic Alfa Romeo was manufactured between 1967 to 69 as the ‘Stradale’ was the street-legal version of the race car model.
The classic Lamborghini Diablo is a mid-engine sports vehicle manufactured by the famous Italian car brand, offering high performance capabilities. The term ‘Diablo’ means devil in Spanish to resemble the vehicle’s speed. This sports car was kept in production from 1990 to 2001 by the Italian automaker Lamborghini. The Diablo was the first sports car by Lamborghini to attain the top speed of over 320 kilometres per hour. However, with the end of the production of Diablo, the Italian automaker replaced it with Lamborghini Murciélago.
De Tomaso Pantera
The De Tomaso Pantera displayed the cutting-edge design of the American-born designer Tom Tjaarda but he was a part of the the Italian firm Ghia. This classic sports car had a production run from 1971 to 1992. This model was conceived in comparison of the Corevette, particularly for the U.S car market.
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500
The retro-inspired look of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 can be traced back to the 1930s as it has been among the first Italian sports cars that were manufactured after World War II. This classic sports car embodied elegance and sophistication, whereas it was produced from 1938 to 1952.
For decades, famous Italian manufacturers and designers have launched sports cars with extravagant engines, designs and drivetrain technologies. These sporty yet classic vehicles display the marvels of Italian automakers that leaves a lasting impression on the onlookers. Car enthusiasts can look at all the afore-mentioned classic Italian sports cars that have ever been manufactured.