Images by MCB guest contributor Kevin McCauley
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There’s not a loser in the bunch (okay, maybe one). How would you rank them? Here’s our crack at it:
Nothing wrong with them necessarily; they’re just not our thing. We’re guessing they’re not yours, either— and if they are, then you’re probably reading this website right now by accident.
This is a tough one. We actually like the Julian Thomson Esprit, but the Giugiaro still feels like the one to have. Plus the NSX is (probably) the better car, even if there’s less exoticism to it. We’d probably give it a tie for third if we could, but that feels like a cop-out. So we’re reluctantly placing the Esprit at fourth.
It’ll make you feel like Senna— but it won’t make you drive like him.
Arguably the best road car that Honda ever made. Not sure there’s even much to argue— we’d be interested in seeing someone take the opposite side of that argument. This particular car loses some points for the T-top, but would we kick it out of the garage? Heck no.
Second: 911 Turbo
The pinnacle of the aircooled 911… but alas, it’s still not a Ferrari. Plus AWD and forced induction somehow feel less exciting and ‘pure’ than RWD and natural aspiration, respectively (though we’ll be the first to admit bias; we know what we like).
But make no mistake: we’d still kill to have one. It’s one of our most favorite cars— ever.
Along with the 550 Maranello, we still think it’s the last truly good-looking Ferrari ever made. The naturally-aspirated mid-mounted V8 and the song that it sings are icing on the cake.
Just make ours anything but red.
With the benefit of hindsight, we also wonder if the folks at C/D would have ranked these any differently than they had back in 1995.
Has any car in recent memory undergone as dramatic a transformation as this Bentley Continental GT has from its street car to its race car manifestation? This is a 1300 kg (~ 2900 lbs) Bentley. 2900 lbs. Bentley.
The street car weighs 2300 kg (5100 lbs).
MCB friend and guest contributor Julien Thiebaud shared these photos from a road trip earlier this summer that took their convoy from San Diego to Monterey (home of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance) and back— in total, they logged some 1300-odd miles round trip. Looks awesome! As nice as the destination may have been, we probably would have savored the journey just as much— if not more.
Road trip time— cue practical transportation:
They were not without some mishaps— the ’69 coupe had to bow out early (failed fuel pump).
Sitting shoulder to shoulder— but not claustrophobically so, thanks to the CS coupe’s remarkably airy greenhouse.
We’ve all been in this situation.
Like hunters lying in wait.
Getting close to the final destination. Can you tell?
You meet the nicest people
on a Honda in a Rally Fighter.
’69 is back on the road.
There’s really nothing like the open road— and what sweet company this is. Thanks to Jul for sharing this journey.