It's the Ultimate List, at least until it becomes the Penultimate List the next time some publication decides to go through the exercise of picking the best of all time, and then justifying the results. Automobile Magazine has picked up the gauntlet for its September 2007 issue, and selected what they've termed The 25 Greatest Cars of All Time. Of course nobody's going to agree with each one of their picks, but their list is a good one, backed up by solid explanations for each picked. Thus, it's hard to fault the gang at Automobile - they love cars as much as the rest of us, and most of the cars that made the cut would likely also be our picks.

For some outside perspective, there are sidebars sprinkled throughout the feature with figures like Mario Andretti, Walter di'Silva, and Caroll Shelby (among others) opining on their idea of the greatest car of all time. You could accuse us of being sentimental fools, but it's heartening to see the past so well represented, even when more modern cars can run rings around the four-wheeled icons that made the cut. Choices are organized into five categories: Dynamics, Innovation, Supercars, Racing, and Icons.

More after the jump, including Automobile's original list of 150 nominees and a few of those selected as the Greatest of All Time. Click the Read link to view Automobile's final list of 25 cars.

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The modern cars that did make the cut are certainly deserving. Who can deny the greatness of the Bugatti Veyron? The Ferrari F430 is the other representative of the here and now; we might have selected the still-modern 308 GTB instead, but there's no denying that the F430 is a faultless choice, explained by Ezra Dyer in hilarious prose. The selection of cars such as the E30 M3, Jeep, Lotus 49, even the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 raided from Ralph Lauren's garage suggests not only are the folks at Automobile on the ball when it comes to being auto enthusiasts, but there was more to compiling this list than creating a spreadsheet of instrumented test numbers.

The arguments for and against what ultimately made the list must have been epic. Limiting it to just 25 doesn't leave room for those slightly less broad cars - the ones that deserve some kind of recognition, but definitely give something up to those cars with TOMA. Luckily, Automobile has provided further armchair quarterbacking ammunition by providing the list of all the nominees. Check it out below, and see if your rankings match up to the ultimate selections.

Full list below

Driver's Cars
Lotus Elan
BMW M3 (E30)
Volkswagen GTI (A1)
Austin Mini
Alfa Romeo GTV
Bugatti Type 35
Porsche Boxster
BMW 3-series / 2002
1961-64 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Acura Integra Type R
Porsche 911
Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works (modern)
Ferrari F40
Lotus Elise
Porsche 911 2.7RS
Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GTA
Mazda MX-5
Caterham Seven
Jaguar E-type
Stutz Bearcat
Duesenberg SJ roadster
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
Alfa Romeo Spider
Subaru WRX
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Ferrari F430
Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Cayman S
Jaguar XKSS
Lancia Aurelia Gran Turismo
Maserati A6 GS

Technologically Marvelous
1980 Audi Quattro
Porsche 959
1955 Citroen D519
Bugatti Veyron
Jaguar E-type
Tucker Torpedo
Citroen Traction Avant
Original Dodge Caravan
Cord 810 / Cord L-29
Toyota Prius
Audi TT DSG
Cadillac Automatic
1912 Cadillac Electric Start
Mini Austin Seven
BMW 2002 Turbo
1958 Lotus Elite
1992 McLaren F1
Mercedes-Benz S-class
Ford Model T
1940 Oldsmobile Automatic
1955 Cadillac with Air Con
1886 Benz Patentwagen
1895 Panhard et LeVassor
1901 Mercedes 35 hp
1946 Volkswagen Beetle
Chevrolet with Small Block V-8
1968 Lamborghini Miura
2004 Porsche Carrera GT
Saab 99 Turbo
Fiat 128

Supercars
McLaren F1
Lamborghini Miura
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Ferrari F40
BMW M5 (E28)
Acura NSX
Dodge Charger 440 +6
Ford GT
Porsche 959
Ferrari F430
Bugatti Veyron
Plymouth Superbird
Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Gullwing
Lamborghini Countach
Mercedes-Benz SSK
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Ferrari Enzo
Ferrari 250 GTO
Ford V-8
Blower Bentleys
1949 Cadillac Series 62 V-8
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche Carrera GT
Shelby Cobra 427
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900
Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Racing Cars
Lotus 49
Bugatti T35
Porsche 917
Cooper T45 / Cooper Climax
Porsche 935
Plymouth Superbird / Dodge Daytona
Ford GT40
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Shelby Cobra 289 / Daytona Coupe
Mini Cooper
Audi Quattro
Auto Union V16 / Type C / Type D
Chaparral 2J
Brabham Cooper Indy Car
Blower Bentley
Porsche 956 / 962
Jaguar D-type
Audi R8 / R10
Modern F1 car
Henry Ford's 999 Land Speed Record Car
Spirit of America Land Speed Record Car
Watson-Offy Indy Roadster
1926 Miller 91
1972 Gurney Eagle
1977 Lotus 78
WRC Group B
Mercedes-Benz W154
McLaren MP4/2
Maserati 250F
Miller 122
Lotus 25


Icons
Porsche 911
Volkswagen Beetle
Ford Model T
Austin Mini
Shelby Cobra
Chevrolet Corvette
Willys Jeep CJ
1959 Cadillac Eldorado
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Aston Martin DB5
1932 Ford V8
Jaguar E-type
1957 Chevrolet
Ford Mustang
Chrysler Minivans
BMW 3-series
Jeep Cherokee
Duesenberg J/SJ
Bugatti Royale T
Stretch Limousine
American pickups
Jeep Wrangler
BMW M3
Mercedes-Benz SL
Ford F-150
Cadillac Coupe de Ville
GM EV1
Ferrari 250 GTO
Cadillac Series 62
Packard Twin Six