These amazing classic coupes were Europe’s answer to the Muscle Car | Taza Khabre

American muscle cars found their way to the heart of every gearhead. From the Shelby GT500 to the Dodge Charger, American automakers have created cars that continue to amaze us years after their release. On the other side of the pond, in Europe, there were alternatives to the American muscle car: powerful European coupes. These models exude timeless charm and combine performance with beauty to bring us the greatest classics of the 20th century. Here are some great European classic coupes that can rival the American muscle car.

Supporting information obtained from Classic.com

10 1961 Jaguar E-Type XK-E

Average price: $208,815

Jaguar

With a reputation for glamor and a symbol of wealth, the 1961 Jaguar E-Type XK-E epitomizes European classic car. Sure, it’s probably one of the most beautiful classic cars in the world, but this car also delivers speed and performance thanks to its 3.8-liter inline-six engine.

Specifications and performance

Engine

3.8-liter in-line six-cylinder engine

Horsepower

265

A turning point

260 lb-ft

The highest speed

150 mph

Method of transmission

4-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

15-18 mpg

0-60 Time

7.0 seconds

Even Enzo Ferrari praised the beauty created by Malcolm Sayer. The powerful mobster John Gotti and the elegant Grace Kelly shared a love for the Jaguar XK-E. It’s the best of European classic cars, and it continues to stun us with its insane power and sleek, signature lines.

9 1964 Porsche 911

Average price: $340,500

1964 Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe (901)
Porsche AG

When it was first launched in 1964, the Porsche 911 had no idea that it would become one of the most iconic cars in the world for the next 60 years. It has been improved European car has a premium price – even more than new releases of the same model.

Specifications and performance

Engine

2.0-liter air-cooled six-cylinder engine

Horsepower

130

A turning point

129 lb-ft

The highest speed

130 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

18-20 mpg

0-60 Time

8.0 seconds

The Porsche 911, with its iconic sloping rear end, has become a global icon and one of the most revered cars in history. It was also very successful in racing, with the 1964 Porsche 911 and all its successors becoming world champions and record holders. Today, this vintage car is every collector’s dream, and despite the presence of sports cars that can compete with the 911, it remains the benchmark of automotive engineering.

8 1971 BMW 3.0 CSL

Average price: $185,856

1971-BMW-3.0-CSi
Source: wsupercars

The legendary BMW 3.0 CSL of 1971 received the title of “Batmobile” for its excellent aggressive appearance and powerful engine. Built for racing, the ‘L’ actually stands for ‘Light’ as the car’s weight has been reduced so it can reach higher speeds.

Features and performance

Engine

3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine

Horsepower

206

A turning point

210 lb-ft

The highest speed

140 mph

Method of transmission

4-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

15-18 mpg

0-60 Time

6.7 seconds

Racing success and championship wins helped the car achieve legendary status and become one of the defining cars in BMW’s long history of epic performance. The Ford Capri was an American muscle car competitor at the time, but after the release of the BMW CSL in the 70s, it became a racing phenomenon, and the car’s 50th anniversary saw the revival of the Batmobile.

Related: 10 things we love about the new overpriced BMW 3.0 CSL

7 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Average price: $1.3 million

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Through the Hollywood Garage

No car makes quite the impression of a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. The signature doors and sleek lines made it one of the most popular cars of its time – and our ultimate classic. It starred in the golden age of Hollywood movies and continues to fascinate with its cool design and powerful 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine.

Specifications and performance

Engine

3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine

Horsepower

212

A turning point

203 lb-ft

The highest speed

140 mph

Method of transmission

4-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

16-18 mpg

0-60 Time

8.8 seconds

The car is extremely rare and only a few people are lucky enough to call a 1954 300SL their own. If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on one of these, RM Sotheby’s auctioned off one of these last year. The car launched the brand as we know it today – a luxury car with grace and refinement.

6 1963 Aston Martin DB5

Average price: $979,816

1963 Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 was the pinnacle of British motoring with unparalleled luxury and refined design. He starred in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” and became an exclusive icon of his time. The DB5 is rarely seen today and remains one of the rarest classics ever built.

Features and performance

Engine

4.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine

Horsepower

282

A turning point

288 lb-ft

The highest speed

143 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

13-15 mpg

0-60 Time

7.0 seconds

Although the car is highly desirable among collectors, it costs a fortune to maintain and the prestige of driving belies an uncomfortably stiff interior. Despite this, this classic car has a rich cultural identity and heritage of style and sophistication.

5 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Average price: $70 million

Red racing Ferrari 250 GTO 1962
Ferrari

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, perhaps a bit out of the league, recently sold for $70 million. Definitely worth every cent, it’s powered by a 3.0-liter V12 and has one of the most desirable exteriors ever created.

Features and performance

Engine

3.0-liter V12

Horsepower

300

A turning point

217 lb-ft

The highest speed

175 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

N/A

0-60 Time

5.5 seconds

The legendary champion is known for its performance, stability and exquisite beauty. Lucky owners include Ralph Lauren and Nick Mason, while other collectors and museums hold other rarities. Crowned as the original supercar, the Ferrari GTO is a living legend.

Related: Ferrari 250 GTO: 10 things that make it a collector’s dream

4 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT

Average price: $43,386

GT Veloce
through Gruppo Promoter

Food, cars and Rome are just some of Italy’s biggest exports. 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT it is a classic Italian beauty, elegantly designed by Bertone. The GT, produced from 1963 to 1965, was the first of its kind, and was followed by the GTC Cabriolet – the same in performance but unable to match the perfect balance of beauty and performance that the Giulia Sprint GT effortlessly exudes.

Specifications and performance

Engine

1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engine

Horsepower

115

A turning point

105 lb-ft

The highest speed

115 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

20-25 mpg

0-60 Time

9.5 seconds

With its timeless design, powerful performance and racing heritage, the car has become a collector’s item. The 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT inspired and paved the way for later Alfa Romeo sports cars and sedans.

3 1972 Lancia Stratos

Average price: $418,374

A red 1974 Lancia Stratos is parked
via Bring A Trailer

A championship rally car with a unique and striking design, the iconic 1972 Lancia Stratos is a rare and highly sought after classic. The 2.4-liter V-6 engine was built by Ferrari, with only 500 rally cars built.

Specifications and performance

Engine

2.4 liter V6

Horsepower

195

A turning point

172 lb-ft

The highest speed

149 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

N/A

0-60 Time

6 seconds

The unique design of the Stratos makes it great to look at, while its silhouette and lightweight appearance have allowed it to achieve better performance on the race track. The car has become a benchmark of rally racing excellence, and the price has risen significantly since its release.

By topic: a detailed review of the iconic Lancia Stratos

2 1967 Maserati Ghibli

Average price: $180,396

Via Supercars.net

Competing with the American muscle cars of its day, such as the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and Ford Mustang, the 1967 Maserati Ghibli contrasted elegantly with the raw power of its American rivals. Equipped with a powerful 4.7-liter V8 engine that produced 330 horsepower, the Ghibli was built to compete with the best muscle cars.

Specifications and performance

Engine

4.7-liter V8 engine

Horsepower

330

A turning point

333 lb-ft

The highest speed

160 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

12-15 mpg

0-60 Time

6.8 seconds

Although the standard rare Maserati Ghibli had a top speed of around 260mph, the bigger 4.9-litre was even faster. The car was a symbol of luxury and elegance, and it harmoniously combined performance and classic European beauty. Since its appearance on the world stage, it has become synonymous with raw power, freedom and speed.

1 1971 Lamborghini Miura

Average price: $1.9 million

Yellow Lamborghini Miura SV 1971 on the track
Lamborghini

Probably the coolest classic on this list, 1971 Lamborghini Miura has a premium price – something we are used to with the brand. Thanks to the elegant and famous design of Marcello Gandini, the Miura has become a cultural phenomenon. It symbolizes exquisite taste, elegance and automotive perfection.

Specifications and performance

Engine

4.0 liter V8 engine

Horsepower

390

A turning point

295 lb-ft

The highest speed

188 mph

Method of transmission

5-speed mechanics

Fuel consumption

N/A

0-60 Time

5.5 seconds

Starring in the first scene of Working Italian, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura looks like it defies age thanks to its timeless design and powerful 4.0-liter V8 engine. Only 764 were producedthe car had no competitors at the time of its release and changed the world of supercar motorsport.

American muscle cars are known for their aggressive raw power – a testament to the high level of craftsmanship of American manufacturers. But in the 60s and 70s, only European manufacturers could create cheap sports cars that stood the test of time and became one of the most expensive and sought-after cars in the world.

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