Since vehicles were invented, man has been trying to come up with ways to go faster and faster. Here are the fastest cars over every decade since the 1880s.
1880-1889 | Benz Motorwagen | 10 mph
At a speed of 10 mph, a horse-drawn carriage could actually move quicker.
1890-1899 | Stanley Runabout | 35 mph
The steam powered Stanley Runabout was fast enough to zoom past the slowpokes in their one-horse carriages.
1900-1909 | Mercedes-Simplex 60HP | 73 mph
This was originally meant to be a race car. It’s one of the earliest Mercedes production cars.
1910-1919 | Austro-Daimler Prince Henry | 85 mph
This was also meant to be a race car. It’s engine was developed by Ferdinand Porsche.
1920-1929 | Duesenberg Model J | 119 mph
This was the best and fastest car in the world. It was made in Indiana in 1928.
1930-1939 | Duesenberg Model SJ | 140 mph
Duesenberg came out with a suped up version of the Model J. In 1932, the Model SJ was released with a speed of 140 mph.
1940-1949 | Jaguar XK 120 | 126 mph
Jaguar became known for their state of the art engines that let drivers go up to speeds of 120 mph.
1950-1959 | Aston Martin DB4 GT | 153 mph
The Aston Martin exudes supreme class and luxury. With its top speeds making you the fastest person on the road, it’s no wonder why James Bond prefers this car.
1960-1969 | Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” | 174 mph
The V12 engine of this car makes it a classic Ferrari. At one point, it was the world’s fastest car.
1970-1979 | Ferrari GT4 Berlinetta Boxer | 175 mph
Ferrari claimed this car could do 188 mph, but in various tests it only averaged between 174 and 175 mph. This was still enough for it to be fastest for the decade.
1980-1989 | Ferrari F40 | 202 mph
The F40 became the first production car to pass the 200 mph barrier.
1990-1999 | McLaren F1 | 240 mph
At a speed of 240 mph, this car is not slowed down by the wind drag. This is one of the most spectacular feats in automobile history.
2000-2009 | Shelby SSC Aero | 268 mph
The Shelby SSC Aero was built with the goal of becoming the fastest production car in the world and for a brief time, it was.
2010-Current | Hennessey Venom GT | 270 mph
There are very few of these cars around. If you have the means, you can order it so you can see exactly what 270 mph feels like.
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