If you're unsure about where to go for your next holiday, perhaps have a look at this lot for a taste of the very best that country has to offer!
US – Ford GT40
The greatest American car from the company that started it all - at least when it came to mass production. The GT40 is a legendary GT racer, and is still the only American car ever to win Le Mans - winning four times in a row between 1966-69. The GT40 was the product of a business deal gone sour between Ford and Ferrari, which left Henry Ford II seeking a car to beat Ferrari in endurance racing.
England – Jaguar E-type
What more English car than the Jaguar E-Type? Known as the XK-E in America, this Jag really established the marque during the 1960s, thanks to its winning combination of power and beauty at a price to undercut most rivals. Even Enzo Ferrari himself described the E-Type as "the most beautiful car ever made".
France – Citroen DS
Fiercely individual, charming and ingenious, the Citroen DS for us embodies what's great about France! Although we might argue with Classic & Sports Car Magazine, who named it the most beautiful car of all time, it certainly is a looker, and in its time was considered highly futuristic. Technologically the DS contributed greatly to improvements in cars' handling and braking, incorporating features such as self-levelling suspension, as well as the famous directional headlights!
Italy – Ferrari 250 GTO
For Italy it has to be a Ferrari, and what better example of Maranello magic than the stunning 250 GTO? Rare, beautiful and fiery, the GTO has become the most valuable prancing horse ever produced, with one recently being purchased by an unknown buyer for over £20 million.
Australia – Falcon Phase III
Not a major player in the automotive world, but Australia still has a few gems to offer over the years... and the Falcon is the cream of the crop! A modified version of the Falcon GT, the GTHO Phase III in its various incarnations is rare and highly sought after by collectors. Well worth grabbing some of the cheap flights Melbourne is offering right now to maybe catch a glimpse of this glorious Falcon in its natural habitat!
Sweden – Volvo 850R
When it comes to Sweden it's all about Volvo and Saab, and for us the Volvo 850R is top of the pile. Whether in estate or saloon guise, the 850R combines storming performance with practicality and Swedish charm, accelerating from 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.
Japan – Datsun 240Z
The 240Z brought sports car ownership to the masses in the early 1970s, combining decent performance from its 2.4 litre inline-six engine with Japanese reliability and sleek styling. The 240Z gave Japanese cars some cred and paved the way for other Japanese favourites such as the sales phenomenon that is the Mazda MX-5.
Germany – 911
Not a difficult one really. The 911 has been the German sports car since its inception in 1963, with various interpretations of the original design bringing it through the bulging excesses of the 80s and on to the more sober designs of the 90s and 00s. The current 991 series includes the original headlamp design and only the third completely new platform for the car since the first model. German efficiency in action!
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