• May 1, 2012
Lists. Readers love 'em, so everyone's got one. (Heck, our show is even called The List.) And this is the Playboy list, packed with two-seat sports cars, muscle cars, obvious choices and even the original Volkswagen Beetle.

Before we get to the full 25, however, hear out our view. While you can always register your personal displeasure when, say, the MG TC (#14) or Chrysler 300 (#19) gets included, but not a single Alfa Romeo or classic Mopar muscle machine makes the cut, you should judge a list such as this based more on how it reflects the personality of the publication. Which is why "25 Greatest Rides" feels so, well, generic.

While we're not suggesting that every one of the Playboy cars should be sporting Dagmars or have fully reclining seats like Nash models of the early '50s, this list just seems a little light on the sex. Not that the Ferrari GTO (#1) and Jaguar E-Type (#4) aren't voluptuous enough to act as stand-ins for the Playmate of the Month, but cars like the BMW 2002 (#24) and Pontiac GTO (#20), though legitimate performance cars, aren't likely to inspire any backseat antics anytime soon.

Scroll down to read the full press release and then tell us in the comments which cars you think should get excised from the list, and what you'd replace them with.
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PLAYBOY COUNTS DOWN THE 25 GREATEST CARS OF ALL TIME
Ferrari GTO Speeds to the #1 Spot


Take a drive through auto history in Playboy's new comprehensive list of the best cars of all time. Jaguars, Lamborghinis, and Porsches all find their way onto the list, but the Ferrari GTO gets top honors in The 25 Greatest Rides.

The cars range in price from $7,000 to more than $35 million and date back to the 1940s. Playboy editors Ken Gross and A.J. Baime share their definitive list in the magazine's May issue (on newsstands and on i.Playboy.com Friday, April 20).

Following is the list of cars that made the cut:

1. Ferrari GTO
2. Porsche 911
3. Shelby Cobra
4. Jaguar E-Type
5. Mercedes-Benz Gullwing
6. McLaren F1
7. Chevrolet Corvette
8. Aston Martin DB5
9. Lamborghini Miura
10. BMW 507
11. Lamborghini Countach
12. Jaguar XK120
13. Ferrari 275 GTB/4
14. MG TC
15. Ford Shelby Mustang
16. Chevrolet Camaro
17. Ferrari 458 Italia
18. Datsun/Nissan Z
19. Chrysler 300
20. Pontiac GTO
21. Mazda Miata
22. VW Beetle
23. Chevrolet Bel Air
24. BMW 2002
25. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      By their definition, the "greatest" cars are the most influential and most desirable, two traits that do not exactly go together, nor should they define the same list. The Beetle, Trans Am and 300 all lumped together as if they share something (anything) in common? Epic journalism fail.
      Hamzah Mahmood
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should stick to making porn.
      ichime
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks more like a random selection of well known cars in the auto enthusiast circult. I'm not really suprised since this is Playboy we're talking about; they have as much credibility on this subject as PC Gamer magazine has on...well...anything other than PC gaming...
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ferrari GTO...which one?
      MichaelS
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Bugatti Type 57, no Duesenberg J, no Citroen DS, no HEMI 'Cuda, no Ford GT40......... no credibility to this list. The first 10 cars belong (maybe not in that order, but still) and then the list just falls apart, leaving off some of the most significant cars ever built. I know any list is completely subjective, but this is probably the worst I've ever seen, especially given it's title of "25 GREATEST CARS OF ALL TIME". Having previously owned a Pontiac Firebird and a Camaro in my younger days, I can attest that they don't hold a candle in significance compared to even the handful I mentioned above.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jaguar XJ220
      Brett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprised and delighted to see the MG-TC make the cut.
      BMWdon
      • 2 Years Ago
      How do you leave off? Original MINI Cooper Ferrari Daytona Coupe/Spyder
      BryanGx
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have expected to see a 1959 Cadillac or 1957 Chevy on the list... either/or. Leaving both off is conspicuous.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay...then Motor Trend (and Car and Driver, and Road & Track) should publish articles WITH photos(!) of the top 25 greatest chicks of all time(!)
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      1) think the Chrysler 300 is the old one, not the modern one- though the SRT8 is nice. 2) Yes, Viper not being on here is a crime. probsbly should replace the Countach. We all liked it, but nobody thought it was sexy or had a great ride. 3) Alfa Spider should be on here rather than the TC- The, wait for it, Graduate. 4) Duesenberg J- good, MB 540K- better. The problem is PB (&J-heh heh) doesnt really define the list "greatest cars, best cars, greatest rides' are all used to define the list but no criteria.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who the f** is playboy to do such list??? Stick with what you do, leave the cars alone.
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