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BMW E30 3 Series
Radness Meter: Rick Astley/10
What's not to love about this clean example of the best BMW 3 Series? The white paint is perfect. The subtle German flag motif is lovely, especially when combined with the yellow race-like lights.And the perfectly sized wheels and tires give the little coupe an attitude we'd love to get to know.
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Ferrari F40 Bonneville
Radness Meter: Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire/10
Although we maintain that the F50 is the radder of the two Ferrari supercars, this particular F40 holds a special place in the pantheon of righteous vehicles after hitting a record-setting 221 miles per hour on the salt flats at Bonneville in 2006. Other than that, for many, the F40 is the most lust-worthy Ferrari ever built. It's also the last car Enzo Ferrari was personally involved in before his passing.
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Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II
Radness Meter: I Only Spit Fire and Flames/10
There was once an era in the World Rally Championship called Group B. Maybe you've heard of it? The cars were mad, axe-murdering things that killed drivers almost as often as they set course records, while a lack of rules meant anti-lag systems that gave spectators – often standing far too close to the rally route – the impression they had been transported to Normandy on D Day. Though the era was thoroughly put on ice after a series of unfortunate events, Lancia's Delta Integrales emerged and carried the brand’s torch through to Group A. This one, an Evo II, was the wildest homologation special built by Lancia and remains one of the raddest cars ever built.
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Mazda NA Miata
Radness Meter: The Original Answer/10
Who could've guessed that this little convertible would leave such a lasting impression on the automotive landscape? It's been over 30 years since Mazda introduced the first MX-5 and both brand and car are still going strong. The Miata is still, for many, the perfect sports car. And that's all because of what this little yellow roadster started.
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Radness Meter: CHA CHING!/10
Mid engine? Check. Gullwing doors? Check. Sports car body? Check. Hellion of a motor? Not check. Definitely not check. The Autozam AZ-1 is actually a pipsqueak of a car. Powered by a transverse 657-cc motorcycle engine, the AZ-1 is a Kei car with sporty attributes. Built by Suzuki, but sold through Mazda under its Autozam brand in Japan, the AZ-1 well could be the height of form over function as the little Kei car made barely 65 horsepower. But who cares, it's adorable.
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Radness Meter: Leggo My Eggo/10
Like the Cosworth above, the Mitsubishi Delica is a recent addition to the U.S. market. The van was introduced in 1968 and has been going strong since. This example caught our eyes because in a sea of Porsche 944s and BMW E30s, its funky looks stood out like a sore thumb. It's also four-wheel drive, for all your off roading needs.
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Radness Meter: Butterfly in the Sky, I Can Go Twice as High/10
Let's start a fight; the Ferrari F50 is radder than the F40. This is a fact. The F40 may have achieved legendary status due to its birth and wild-for-the-time construction, but the F50 is more of a far out car. Why? Because of an F1-derived V12 at the back, a targa top, and a subjectively prettier design. It's just cooler.
(Editorial note: The F40 is way better than the F50.)
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Radness Meter: Gordon Gekko, Eat Your Heart Out/10
The Maserati Shamal came at a point in history when Alejandro de Tomaso, the man behind the Pantera, had acquired the company and began attempting to rebuild the struggling brand, but the cars weren't exactly known for their reliability, especially the Shamal's V8 engine. What they – and the Biturbo the Shamal is related to – were known for was catching fire. In the end, the Shamal was the last car developed before de Tomaso sold the company to Fiat. And though this is a terrible car, we'd still have one (because who wouldn't want to own something that helped sank an entire company). Plus those wedge lines are totally bitchin'!
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Radness Meter: Not Enough Cocaine/10
Is there anything more '80s and rad than a DeLorean DMC-12? We think not. This particular example, however, seems even radder with Delorean graphics and wild wheels. Now where's Doc Brown?
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Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Radness Meter: Guns N’ Roses N’ Anti Lag/10
Flying through wooded paths, sliding on gravel, and launching your racecar high into the air are common occurrences for rally drivers. But for those not sponsored by a factory team, or with enough grit to venture onto the dirt, getting your hands on a righteous rally homologation special was the next best thing. That's what this Ford Escort RS Cosworth is. Homologated for Group A, the Cosworth was never sold in the States. But since it's celebrated its 25th birthday, it's legal now.
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