Gary Axon (Goodwood content consultant and concours curator):
As the longest-serving member of the Goodwood Motorsport team, plus the author of this weekly Anorak column, please forgive my self-indulgence if I lead the rest of the crew with my own Top Five choices. As regular readers of Axon’s Automotive Anorak may have already spotted, my personal motoring tastes tend to favour the eclectic (usually French and Italian) so there should be few surprises here. My personal Top Five, plus guilty pleasure, are:
1937 Delahaye 145 Chapron Coupe
A pre-war car was a must for me, with a very tough choice between a 1930s Alfa Romeo 1750 Monza, a Pininfarina-bodied Lancia Astura Bocca, a Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic, or virtually any 1930s grande routier Voisin, Talbot-Lago, Delage or Delahaye, with this beautifully-proportioned V12 Chapron coupe being almost as close to perfection as it gets for me.
1954 Maserati A6G Zagato
The 1950s was arguably the finest decade for road car design in my view, the decade spawning the birth of the classic GT coupe, typified by Pininfarina’s influential Cisitalia 202 and Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe, not to mention Touring’s Alfa Romeo 1900 coupe, the elegant fastback Bentley Continental R, Bristol 401, plus the racy double-bubble Abarth-Fiat Zagato coupes. For pure style tough, the Zagato-bodied 1954-56 Maserati A6G takes some beating, even if I struggle with the car’s awkward too-close-to-the-steering-wheel driving position.
1967 CD Peugeot SP LM67 (long tail model)
When it comes to style, the unfeasibly slippery CD Peugeot LM67 is the absolute ultimate car for me. With its fish-shaped flowing body (with a staggeringly low Cd of just 0.13, making this the most aerodynamic car ever) and towering aviation-style tail fins, I could stare at this fascinating car for hours. Powered by a 1.1-litre mid-mounted Peugeot 204 engine, the extremely efficient CD could achieve 155 mph with just 108 bhp on tap. The CD Peugeots failed to pass the twelve-hour mark in both the 1966 and 67 Le Mans 24 hour races, but who cares when a machine can be this amazing!
1967 Alfa Romeo Alfa 33 Stradale (quad headlamp model)
Sheer perfection. A stunning race-proven V8 motor mounted where it should be; in the middle, with to-die-for styling. What’s not to like?
1971 Momo Mirage
With each of my other four top choices being curvaceous machines, the straight-edged Momo Mirage may come as something of a surprise, but in the same vein as the beautiful (to my eyes) 1969 Lancia Flaminia-based Marica coupe by Ghia, plus Pininfarina’s timeless Fiat 130 Coupe, the Frua-bodied Momo has a subtle elegance that still makes me swoon every time I see a photo of this Italian-American hybrid.
Citroen 2CV Sahara
For sheer driving pleasure (if you’re not in a rush), the Citroen 2CV still puts the biggest smile on my face, and the twin-engined four-wheel-drive Sahara (with a motor at either end, driving the front and rear wheels) has to be the ultimate expression of this back-to-basics motoring masterpiece, making the versatile, go-anywhere 2CV all the car you could ever need, if you could only have one car. It’s just a shame that rare Sahara models now change hands for £150,000+!