There's way more to cars than just about how they drive – any auto enthusiast can tell you that. While the way a car feels is vital, the way it sounds plays a huge role in making it exciting as well. Some cars, like the V12 of a '60s Ferrari, are famous partially because of the fantastic noises that they make when the engine fires. It seems that Nitto Tires understands this concept, because it has put together a video with a wonderful sampling of the startup sounds of a diverse group of performance machines.
There is something here for every enthusiast to enjoy, including classic European sports cars, modern supercars and vintage American muscle. The best part is that the video doesn't try to gild the lily with extraneous music or voiceovers. It just contains loving closeups, simple text and the acoustic joy of cars' exhaust notes. Plus, it's entertaining to compare the lumpy idle of a '68 Chevrolet Camaro to the staccato growl of a Jaguar F-Type.
You would expect a video from a tire company to try to sell some rubber, but it doesn't. In fact, most of these vehicles – many of them from the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum and more than a few with celebrity tie-ins– ride on competitors' rubber. Scroll down to watch the video, and to see a list of the cars and a few Easter Egg factoids. Just be sure to turn up your speakers to get the full effect.
Nitto "Getting Started" Video Fact Sheet
2005 Ford GT
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III
2013 Vorsteiner McLaren MP4-12C
1969 Jaguar E-Type
2009 Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR
1963 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso
2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale
1964 Porsche 356
2002 Ferrari 360 Modena
1957 Mercedes Benz 190 SL
2013 Radical RXC
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
1967 Ford GT40 Mark III
2009 Koenigsegg CCX
1971 De Tomaso Pantera
2013 Audi R8 V10
1957 Jaguar XKSS
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
1965 Ford Mustang
2005 Porsche Carrera GT
2014 Lamborghini Murcielago
1974 Iso Grifo Iso Rivolta
2014 Jaguar F-Type S Roadster
1964 Porsche 901
1967 Chevrolet Corvette
2014 Vorsteiner Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740
2013 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT
2010 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition
1990 Ferrari F40
2014 McLaren P1
One of these cars was shot by Elvis when it wouldn't start. The 1971 DeTomaso Pantera – The bullet hole is still there in the steering wheel.
One of these cars was owned by Steve McQueen both early and late in his career (he bought it twice). The 1957 Jaguar XKSS.
One of these cars has successfully completed Brock Yates' One Lap of America –The 1968 Chevrolet Camaro.
The red Porsche is exceptionally rare – it's a 901. Porsche's famous sports car was originally called the 901 and didn't get its famous 911 name until after Peugeot objected to Porsche using any three digit number with the middle digit "0," which had been Peugeot's naming convention for years. Porsche never officially sold any 901s to private customers, making a real 901 very rare.
The 1967 Ford GT40 Mark III is the rarest of its kind. Built purely for homologation. It is a true street car with "knock-off" center lug wheels and chrome bumpers.
In the ending sequence you catch a glimpse of a real 1979 Gold DeLorean. Built as a Christmas promotion in 1979 between DeLorean and American Express. Originally planned to sell 100 of these 24 karat gold-plated DeLoreans for $85,000 each to its gold card members. Only two were ever sold. This one was purchased by Roger Mize, president of Snyder National Bank in Snyder, Texas. VIN # 4301
Sat in the bank lobby for over 20 years before it was loaned to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It has a black interior and an automatic transmission – very rare for a DeLorean.