Reviewing the the fastest cars from 1990–1950 was certainly a thrill, but we’d suggest buckling up as our Caliber experts travel this side of the century. Don’t blink – we’re speeding through the modern era of supercars this go-round, and these autos show no signs of slowing down.
1960s | Ferrari 365 GTB “Daytona” | 174 mph
In 1967, Ferrari impressed the world at the Daytona 24-hour race with a 1-2-3 victory, and commemorated the accomplishment by releasing the record-breaking 365 GTB “Daytona.” This 352 hp, 4-cam V12 Berlinetta came equipped with retractable headlights that lowered to reduce drag, blazing to a top speed of 174 mph. This marked the first in a long line of incredible autos from Ferrari, and established the brand as a contender in the modern era.
1970s | Lamborghini Countach LP400 | 179 mph
The unique, outrageous design choices on modern supercars can be traced back to this iconic ride. The Lamborghini Countach LP400 was the first production Lamborghini to feature the brand’s now-iconic scissor doors. A spaceship on wheels, the Countach looked and drove out of this world. Equipped with a 3929 cc mid-engined V12, it could deliver up to 370 hp and top 179 mph on the open road. Just like Ferrari in the decade before, Lamborghini changed the game of supercars and continues to do so nearly 50 years later.
1980s | Porsche 959 | 197 mph
The Porsche 959 made its debut as the world’s fastest car in 1986, and is considered the most technologically advanced, mold-breaking supercar of the decade. The 959 was one of the few models that could contend with the powerhouse that was the Ferrari F40, igniting a debate that continues to this day about which supercar truly defined the 80s. The Porsche 959 could reach 0-to-60 in 3.6 seconds flat, and reached a top speed of 197 mph – putting previous records up in smoke until the next generation.
1990s | McLaren F1| 240 mph
To call the McLaren F1 a significant development in the auto industry would be an understatement. This souped up speed demon essentially rewrote the book on booking it. The body was so aerodynamic that, for once, engine capabilities rather than wind resistance capped the car’s top speed at 240 mph. Only 106 cars were manufactured, and some are priced at auction in the tens of millions – a testament to the ride’s incredible performance, even by today’s standards.
2000s | SSC Ultimate Aero TT | 256 mph
At the dawn of the new millennium, Shelby Supercars pooled their resources behind a single goal: to bring the “world’s fastest car” title back to America. The resulting SSC Ultimate Aero TT accomplished its purpose and more, shattering the world record at a clocked max speed of 256 mph. Living up to the “Ultimate” name, the Aero TT boasted more power than any car ever made, and raced to make headlines across the globe when it was crowned king in 2007.
Present Day | Koenigsegg Agera RS | 284 mph
While some would say the Hennessey Venom F5 rules the road at an alleged 301 mph, the speed king currently on record is the the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Reaching a top speed of 284 mph, this 3,000lb. slab of carbon fiber, aluminum and Kevlar defied gravity – all thanks to a twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder engine that cranked out 1,360 hp and 1,011lb-ft of torque (more power than 11 Toyota Priuses, combined). With only a year left in the decade, we’re hopeful to see a speed showdown between the Koenigsegg Agera and other autos to come.
Time flies when you’re flying down the road, and in no time we’ve covered the fastest cars to roll off the production line in the last 100 years. With technology advancing equally as fast as these aforementioned autos, even our “average” cars are getting a substantial upgrade every year. Luckily, you’ve got a partner who can keep up with the best of them when it comes to collision repair. Fast or slow, if your ride needs repairing, our experts always at the ready to restore the rhythm of your life and get you back on the road.