We have a confession: We were exaggerating when we stated that this is a list of the 10 most awesome cars since forever. Such a list would be stupid because, come on, we’re stone-hearted grizzly bears who don’t believe in the frivolities of a concept such as “forever.”
What we have come up with, however, are our picks for Top Gear Philippines’ ongoing poll of the “80 Cars That Blazed A Trail.” Our bros at TG partnered with Petron to select, you guessed it, 80 cars that blazed a trail in the automotive business. And they want every car-loving Pinoy to select the wheeled marvels that deserve to be in the prestigious list—so click here now!
Currently, they have shortlisted 200 cars all in all, from which you can select the 10 cars that you think really made an impact in the industry. You can find the official polls here: http://www.topgear.com.ph/80carsthatblazedatrail/. Voting runs until July 28, up until which you can vote for 10 cars per day.
Sitting atop the standings currently is the Nissan GT-R.
What exactly are they looking for? We’ll let the sentient voice of the Top Gear website answer that: “We're looking for cars that contributed significantly to the progress of the automobile—cars that were so ahead of their time that they ultimately elevated the standards in their respective segments (if not the whole auto industry).”
Just as FHM annually looks for “girls that contributed significantly to the beautification of the human race and ultimately elevated the standards of sexiness,” Top Gear will now be searching for essentially the steel-and-wheels equivalent.
Below we have our own picks, guided by the three questions that the FHM man always asks before buying a car: 1) Does it get the ladies? 2) Is it worth driving? And 3) Does it look good with racing stripes?
1) Aston Martin DB5
In a nutshell: James Bond’s first car that debuted in Goldfinger (1964), returned in Thunderball (1965), and had a big comeback in Skyfall (2012). The actual car used in the two '60s movies sold for $4.6 million in a 2010 auction. The Skyfall one sold for “only” $450,000.
Does it get the ladies? You’ll have to ask James Bond.
Is this car worth driving? Yes!
Will it look good with racing stripes? Yes, if its predecessor, this DB4, is any indication.
2) Mazda Miata
In a nutshell: An inexpensive roadster with tremendous returns. It’s light, fun, and essentially what a car should be. And it’s easy to park, too!
Does it get the ladies? No extra space for more than one lady.
Is this car worth driving? If zoom-zoom speaks to you, then yes.
Will it look good with racing stripes? Yep! (And here's some proof.)
3) Bugatti Veyron
In a nutshell: A supercar amongst supercars, known for being the fastest, street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 431 kph, and for bagging Top Gear’s “Car of the Decade” award.
Does it get the ladies? Only if she likes rollercoaster rides.
Is this car worth driving? Only if you like rollercoaster rides.
Will it look good with racing stripes? The real question is “Does it look good in CHROME?”
4) Chevrolet Camaro
In a nutshell: A pony car from the glory days of American muscle, now more closely associated with the insect called “bumblebee.”
Does it get the ladies? Well, it certainly worked on Megan Fox.
Is this car worth driving? If you’re a fan of fuel efficiency, then no.
Will it look good with racing stripes? Racing stripes are pretty much necessary with these 'bees.
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