Open Menu
Open Menu

Miura, gullwing Mercedes up for supercar of the century honors

Published in

Photo by Jeff Koch.

Most of us will never drive one, let alone own one – their rarity and rarified price tags define them, after all – but supercars nevertheless inspire many a debate when it comes to pairing superlatives and automobiles. Fastest? Most advanced? Most expensive? Which made the topic a perfect one for the Classic and Sports Car Show to broach when it decided to crown the greatest supercar of the last century with the public’s help.

Like American muscle cars, supercars are believed by many to have originated in the 1960s but actually date back much further. Ultra-expensive, ultra-high performance vehicles date back to the beginning of the automobile industry – in fact, with automobiles generally regarded as playthings of the rich at the turn of the century, pretty much any automobile from that time could be considered a supercar – and have only become more technically sophisticated since then.

For that reason, the organizers of the show decided to pit decade against decade in a giant supercar melee, choosing representative cars all the way back to the 1900s. Among their selections are the 1908 Mercedes Grand Prix racer, the Alfa Romeo 8C to represent the 1930s, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing to represent the 1950s, the Lamborghini Miura to represent the 1960s, the Ferrari F40 for the 1980s, and the McLaren P1 for the 2010s.

Online voting for the best of the bunch ends October 23.


In addition to revealing the results of the voting, the Classic and Sports Car Show will feature a return to the spotlight for the one-off Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK-120 built for Max Hoffman and originally displayed at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. Reportedly lost for 40 years, the Jaguar has made its way to specialist restorer Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, which – rather than show the car in a static state – will restore the car live during the show.

No further details have been released on how the car was rediscovered or where it had spent the last few decades.

The Classic and Sports Car Show will take place October 28-30 at Alexandra Palace on London. For more information, visit