We’ve nominated some of the most important cars from the historic motoring world, vote for which one you think deserves to win the award.
This shortlist was the product of some protracted and rather heated discussions, so it’s probably a good job that we’ve left the really difficult task to our readers…
Each of the five cars that made the cut has helped to make 2017 memorable, but only one can be crowned Car of the Year. We’d like you to vote for the car that you feel has made the biggest impression on the historic motoring world in the last 12 months.
Ex-Nigel Mansell 1992 Williams FW14B
The car in which 'Our Nige' claimed the 1992 F1 Drivers’ Championship turned 25 this year. It remains a marvel of engineering, with its active suspension and exemplary aerodynamics, and that iconic livery only gets better with age. In celebration of Williams’ 40th anniversary, the car was run on track for the first time since the ’92 season, to the delight of tens of thousands of fans who flocked to Silverstone for the occasion.
1953 Alfa Romeo Superflow IV
Image: Charlie Magee
Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 3000CM chassis 0128, as this concept car is less commonly known, was presented in three different guises before Pinin Farina dressed it in the stunning bodywork it still wears today. Carefully restored to 1960 Geneva Motor Show specification, Superflow IV has since been welcomed to some of the world’s top concours and was among the star attractions at this year’s Rétromobile and Techno Classica Essen.
2017 Jaguar XKSS continuation
In the mid-1950s Jaguar began work to convert 25 D-types into roadgoing sports cars, but on 12 February 1957 a ripped through the Browns Lane factory, destroying nine D-types yet to be given the XKSS treatment. Sixty years on, the missing nine XKSSs were finally built – and in some style. The meticulously crafted continuation cars that emerged from Jaguar Classic this year have inspired awe in enthusiasts around the world.
1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1
Image: Tim Scott/RM Sotheby's
The most talked-about car at this year’s Monterey Car Week did not appear at any of the famous concours events, but in RM Sotheby’s saleroom. The first of five DBR1s built became the most expensive British car to change hands at auction, fetching $22,550,000. The vast sum of money paid, however, matters less than the fact that the sale thrust back into the spotlight one of the finest and most beautiful sports racers ever made – a car driven by the likes of Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby, and which helped Aston Martin to clinch the 1959 World Sportscar Championship.
1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328
Image: Thornley Kelham
Acquired as a 21st birthday present, this wonderful car has been enjoyed by its one owner for 67 years – in hillclimbing, on international tours, and on the MCC’s three famous reliability trials. This lifelong relationship between man and machine captured the imagination of visitors to this year’s City Concours, where the 328, fresh from a superb restoration by Thornley Kelham, won Best of Show.