We can all appreciate the beauty of the iconic car designs of the 60s and 70s but when it comes to the 90s perhaps it’s too recent qualify as retro. Swide invites you to look again at the 90s’ most beautiful cars.
BMW 7 Series
Designed by Boyke Boyer it has BMW everywhere in its DNA. A serious car to look at the real joy was in its handling. The perfect melding of raw power, balance ergonomics and primo engineering everything just works and works beautifully.
Remember when Mazda were the most desirable cars around? Oh how the mighty have fallen. This car epitomises the glory days of Japanese car design. Unashamedly sporty the Mazda RX-7 was light and curavatious and went like a dream.
The first V8-powered "E39" M5 was a legend in it’s own lifetime the M5’s appearance represented something of a new departure in car design. Its overall appearance wasn’t one of slick curves and feminine allure of the 70s or the angular modernity of the 80s, but something more brutish and powerful looking. It was one of the designs that defined the decade.
Dodge Viper GTS
A retro car with contemporary engineering the Dodge Viper GTS harked back to the 60’s muscle cars. An angry-looking vehicle that was built to be raced. One for the bad boys, not a family car.
Land Rover Defender 90
No nonsense utilitarianism makes this car a thing of beauty. I can’t think of a more manly car. A real beast in every way, from its lack of air con to the 4 litre V-8 under the hood. The car was almost all axle, with a few extras attached.
Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
A car that looks like its going 300 kph even when it’s parked. The direct descendant of the Datsun it inhererited all the icon’s sporty features. With pure lines and aerodynamic shape that included set-back headlights and streamlined bumber. It was this car that spawned the fashion for rear spoilers. Remember them?
When this car was unveiled in 1992 it was like a bomb going off in the global sports car market. It had everything an F1 car had but put together in the world’s fastest street legal. Gull-wing doors, great lines and a never-before seen side luggage compartment were enough to get every auto enthusiast hot under the collar. The car had so much juice that some still think of it as the best road car ever made.
Ayrton Senna had a hand in desgning this as he tested it and provided feedback to the car’s maufacturers. That’s why it handled so beautifully. The 90s belong to the Japanese manufacturing and this car lives as one of their best. Awesome performance with incredible reliability. In Japan it was sold as the Fairlady Z wich according to us is a much better name.
Toyota Supra Turbo
Derived from the Toyota Celica the Toyota Supra Turbo was released just as sales of Japanese ‘exotic’ cars nosedived making it a very rare collectable these days. In its heyday it could rival any Lamborghini or Ferrari for sheer performance. Toyota have recently touted a possible successor which has generated a good deal of excitement.