April 26, 2007 in Misc

Car Design Inspiration

I have often talked about getting web design inspiration from different fields and I have a confession to make; I have been a secret car design fanatic for years and I thought I would showcase my current favourite car designs.

I think you can pull inspiration from many mediums and these cars often have a massive impact on onlookers.

I have picked my favourite three car designs and then explained why I love the design of them – as best I can. Click on images to enlarge.

Lamborghini Murcielago

This Lamborghini upholds the tradition of the classic Countach and Diablo, simply out this world design that’s almost scary to look at.

Aggression from every pore and in silver it looks as if its cut from ice, this would definitely be the Terminators car of choice.

I love the masculinity of the design, the sharp muscular edges and aggressive angles feel really solid. I like to believe that those ridiculous air vents that those crazy Italian’s stuck on the sides are for aesthetic purposes, they balance the design and compliment the cars shape.

E-Type Jag

I love the beautiful sleek lines of the Jaguar E-type , especially the coupe version with its slanted large rear end, it some how feels weighted at the back, but the long bonnet balances it out perfectly.

All the cars lines are balanced perfectly from the tear drop headlamps to the elegant spoked wheels, simply stunning to behold.

I am possibly biased as this is a British car but I believe this is the best looking classic car ever.

Aston Martin Vanquish

Famous of course for being James Bond’s new car, I’m very happy to see him get back into a Aston. From every angle this car is beautiful, every line feels hand crafted and the Vanquish is one of only a few cars that still retains that classic car feel.

Every time I get upset and say “they don’t design cars like they used to”, I think of the Vanquish for instant relief.

Design Feedback

What are your thoughts on these car designs and does anyone else see what I see?, maybe you have to be a slight petrol head? but theres no way we can deny the beauty of these designs. What do you think to the car designs? and do you think inspiration can come from this medium?

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33 Responses to Car Design Inspiration

  1. Anthony

    Good comments G.Kossev,

    You are obviously in the “they don’t make em like they used to “camp along with myself. Your obviously a real car fanatic and so I am glad you agree on my design choices to a point. The E-Type is just inspirational. You are right that when you see the cars live they are a different experience, I have seen a Vanquish and it is pure aggression and cat like styling. I haven’t seen a murcielago but I imagine its dramatic. Thanks for the comment.

  2. G. Kossev

    From my expirience it appears that cars might look quite different on pictures and in reallity (Usually look better when you see it on the street :). Theese 3 cars are one of the finest with wonderfull design lines, although usually time can tell how classic one design can be. I do like person this model from 60s – Jaguar E-type. Although it has been 40 years since this car was introduced it still catch the eye, very very nice lince, huge bonnet – i think one of modifications had 8 cylinder engine in line (not V-type !), so can imagine how huge is the place for the engine in front. I am commenting only this model as really not impressed so much from the other 3 cars. I value more cars like Porsche 911 which is really one of the best ever made – inc;uding design, engine and overall it is in the top 10 for me.
    Murcielago and new Aston Martin looks like fine tunning of older Lambirgini and Aston Martin models, not really revolution in design of this cars, or something to concider them as one of the best disign inspirations.
    So at the end – all of these cars are excellent and brilliant models, but i can distinguish onle Jaguar from the group as an design inspiration.

  3. Arun

    I’ll have to agree with your choices. But if it were up to me to pick my favourite cars, I could never limit myself to just three — there are just too many brilliant designs out there!

    And it’s definitely true what G. Kossev said — seeing cars in the metal really is a unique experience. I have seen the Murcielago up close at the Australian International Motor Show, and I was really impressed (who wouldn’t be?). And you’re absolutely right, it was dramatic. But I was stunned by the fact it was outshone by the Maybach Exelero. In fact, the Maybach hogged most of the attention — even around Aston-Martins, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

    By the way, there’s a discrepancy between the ‘Aston Martin Vanquish’ heading and the photos underneath it. The photo on the left is the DBS, not a Vanquish.

  4. Anthony

    Ahhhhh the Maybach, I havent seen one of those before. Thanks for pointing out about the Astin – your obviously a bigger car nut than I am 🙂

  5. germin


  6. Anthony

    Germin; I am unconvinced, The Buick is a great historic car but for me design wise it lacks any real character and I find it hard to see why you love it so much, am I missing something?

  7. posting of lambhorgini is superb…….

  8. Joseph

    I have to agree with you being generally unsatisfied with newer car designs, at least among cars that people actually drive. However I cannot limit my choices down to three. Needless to say, the E-Type is high on my list. Given my engineering background, it is difficult for me to judge a car solely on design, but I do tend to smile when I see some of the iconic sutomotive designs of the past. I think you may have forgotten some of the older designs though. Such as the Mercedes Benz 300 SL (gullwing), the original ’71 Lamborghini Countach, and perhaps even the DeTomaso Pantera. Of course I will bite my tongue about the pure aggression of the classic American muscle cars.

  9. Damir

    Very nice cars, indeed…
    If I’d need to choose the most beautiful car ever made, well… The #1 is and prolly always will be Alfa 33 Stradale. Those who know the car know what I’m talking about.
    Lamborghini Miura must be on the list somewhere too, and I just have to put in the new Alfa, 8C Competizione. Just for people who don’t think new car design is good enough 😉

    Have fun

  10. @Joseph, I think I will definitely have to run another design inspiration post I love the Gull Wing and I like the Pantera.

    @ Damir, I think that’s the Alfa that looks similar to a Ferrari Dino – similar shape and teardrop headlights? That is also a classic design but for me the Dino is a better balanced design. I am a big Alfa fan though, even today their modern cars have a certain sparkle.

  11. You have put up an excellent selection here. These cars are just amazing!!

  12. Anthony,the most strikingly beautiful car ever made by man is the 1967 Alfa romeo tipo33 stradale.It is the personification of automotive beauty.DAMIR is perfectly right.NO CAR CAN OVERWHELM THE FACULTIES OF YOUR VISION AND IMAGINATION MORE THAN THE STRADALE.

  13. me

    You say Aston Martin vanquish and picture an aston martin DBS

  14. Jon

    I think I would agree with your comments on the Jag and the Lambo, but maybe a more classic Aston, say a DB6 would be my choice. The Vanquish, nice as it is, is almost a little common on the roads for my liking now. Whereas I can still get excited over seeing the more classic Astons.

  15. william

    you have agood design

  16. I love cars and the designs on the ones you have picked are probably some of the best. I’m not quite sure how this can help with designing a website though.

  17. Bob

    These are some very outstanding cars. the new designs are very awsome!

  18. great car design… I am very passionate about cars….love most of the cars shown here….

  19. An interesting view of the automotive industry. Where do you see the future of the industry, will it ever recover or will there be major casulties?

  20. Hey, have you ever been to the transport museum in Coventry? Has a good selection of amazing cars through automotive history. Personally would like an old Lotus Élan as an old design classic that has inspired many a convertible today. Cheers for the interesting Blog posts, Matt.

  21. I think the automotive industry as a whole is safe, electric cars / hybrid cars are the near future, and cars are a way of life and for alot of people its part of their identity.

    @Matt; never been, ill add it to my visit list.

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  23. Has a good selection of amazing cars through automotive history. Personally would like an old Lotus Élan as an old design classic that has inspired many a convertible today

  24. I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. i have a blog about used cars too, please come visit my site when u have time ^_^

  25. i enjoyed reading your post and your way of inspiration.. keep the good stuff sharing… thanks

  26. One day I will own a Lamborghini Murcielago

  27. Aston Martin. period
    maybe i end up with a amg mercedes or bmw or whatever for my day car, but for me an Aston is the car to take out 5oclock in the morning alone on the streets.

  28. Thanks good post

  29. Hamed_1012

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  30. Lambo every time or it’s natural successor – the all-new 6.5-litre V12 ‘Aventador’. I like everything except the colour. Can’t really see how it could help me design a cool website though, but it might inspire me to charge my clients more 🙂

  31. Puggy

    love the lamborghini..my dream car! working on designer cars purchase pattern and the marketing gimmicks used…will be of great help if relevant links to blogs or sites are shared..mmtia

  32. Mcnilloc

    The picture on the right is a Vanquish, but the picture on the left I’m pretty sure is a DBS. Notice the more more squared, straight-arrow front grill. Or the more streamlined fenders. Or the lack of outline around the headlights. That’s a DBS.

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