From Alfa Romeo to Porsche: 7 Iconic Cars That Shaped the World’s Best Auto Designers

Ask any elite athlete or entertainer about how they were inspired early on, and you’ll likely hear another household name that impacted their trajectory to stardom. LeBron had Jordan, Bono had Bowie, and Streep cites De Niro. The same holds true in automotive design. Here, we’ve asked the individuals responsible (in full or in part) for poster-worthy cars from the Ferrari Testarossa to the McLaren F1 to the Bugatti Mistral: Which models served as your artistic muses? While you’ll recognize a number of iconic names on this list—the ’67 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale was actually nominated twice—some unexpected choices will surely surprise.

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