Sure, the Los Angeles Auto Show had its share of sweet cars. We love the Fiat 500. We'd gladly drive a Porsche Cayman R home. And we're sure there's got to be some purpose for the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, even if we're not sure exactly what it might be. But nothing in L.A. can compare with these 15 legendary cars.
We've driven a lot of cars over the years, from the Vega to the Veyron, but these 15 have eluded us. Whether it was our F1 sponsorship falling through, that deposed Nigerian prince who promised us millions turning out to be a fraud or Dietrich refusing to over the keys, we've never had the pleasure of driving these examples of vehicular greatness.
These 15 cars will inspire envy and covetousness so great you'll have to go to confession after merely looking at the photos. Call it a wish list, call it a bucket list, call it a list of reasons why automotive writers need to get Goldman Sachs–size bonuses — and call us if you own one of these beauties and don't mind letting us borrow it for the weekend.
If you watched a Formula 1 race in 1988, chances are you saw either Alain Prost or Ayrton Senna cross the finish line first in a McLaren MP4/4. Not only was it the most dominant car of the season, it is among the most dominant cars ever.
Porsche's famed 917 was too big for twisty tracks like the Nürburgring and Targa Florio, so it designed a car the size of a coffee table and bolted an eight-cylinder boxer engine on the back. The whole thing weighed around 1,200 pounds and was only about 11 feet long — roughly the size of Smart fortwo. Can you say insane power-to-weight ratio and phenomenal handling? Oh, yes.