Editor's Note: When Velocity's own Sam Wackerle isn't here at work, you can catch him chasing another record, building another project or crawling through the junkyard. Certifiably a car nut, Sam wanted to share his unique vehicular view with a weekly list, The Velocity Stack.
No one can deny that the Hennessy Venom GT and the Shelby Cobra should be on any “sexiest” list, but both of their bodies were built in the UK and sent to the US to be fitted with American power. This Velocity Stack is about home grown American sex appeal.
1963 Corvette Split Window
The C2 Corvette premiered in 1963 and lasted until 1967. The later years had more horsepower and may receive more attention because of that, but for the first year only the rear window was split down the middle. It is subtle, but the lines it created catapulted the Stingray into a completely different class of good looks. Who knew that a small strip of fiberglass would define a car as one of the sexiest ever made.
The thing about the 1987 Buick GNX is that nobody saw it coming. It was a turbo charged muscle car in the middle of one of the worst performance decades for American cars. It was as fast as a Corvette, but you could put groceries in the back. No one can deny that the all black mystique of the GNX is simply tantalizing.
In 1964 Pontiac coined the termed and brought in the “muscle car” era with its GTO, but it wasn’t at it’s peak visual appeal until 1967. With the quad headlights going from horizontal to vertical, the lines of the entire car were sharpened and tweaked, making the 1967 Pontaic GTO just plain sexy.
The company may be defunct, but the car is still damn sexy. The Fisker Karma brought sex appeal to a market dominated by practicality, the plug in hybrid. Who knew that going green could look so good? With only 2,450 Karmas built, it’s also going to be a sought after collectable in the near future.
If the car itself doesn’t do anything for you, the history of the GT40 still speaks volumes. The GT40 was built with 1 purpose, take down Ferrari. The fact that it won and the fact that it’s second incarnation looks nearly identical, is a testament to it’s timeless design. It was American brain and brawn, stuffed into one good looking package.
There are many iterations of Mustang with the latest from Detroit being particularly good looking. None of them, however, have the name Steve McQueen forever etched into their lore. Thanks to Steve McQueen and the movie Bullitt, the 1968 Mustang GT is now synonymous with speed and sex appeal.
With legendary fins and one of the longest wheel bases for an American coupe, it was the epitome of excess in the late 1950s. However, the lines were perfect and it was long, low and gorgeous straight from the factory. You can see the hints of inspiration the Coupe Deville got from the jet air craft industry which was new and exciting in the 1950s.