Today, most car manufacturers use such sleek and efficient packaging that the style of the engine compartment rarely matters. That’s why the vast majority of cars put on the road today have large plastic hoods and very little that is aesthetically pleasing under the hood. With that in mind, we want you to show us the most beautiful engine bays in history.
An important caveat is that we are looking for standard engine bays. Companies like Ring Brothers or Singer clearly know how to beautify an engine compartment. What we want to see are the cars that rolled out of their original factory with something worth showing under the hood.
The Carscoops team all agreed and here are some of their favorite picks. Topping the list is the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Its timeless elegance and exquisite attention to detail set a standard that continues to influence the design of the engine compartment in some sports cars today.
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The Lamborghini Miura followed a similar pattern with large prominent carburettors. Passengers could even see that engine working in the cabin. Alfa Romeo customers with a 3.2-litre V6 under the hood couldn’t see it while driving, but it was worth opening the hood to see the stunning chrome intake guides.
And who can forget the golden flake used in the McLaren F1’s engine compartment? Aside from that bright touch, the BMW-sourced V12 itself is beautifully packaged. The huge roof inlets perfectly match the large exhaust system that sits just in front of the rear body.
However, it is not only classic cars that deserve attention. The Honda S2000 is very corporate. It’s clean, concise, and the engine is positioned far back under the hood. The TVR Cerbera Speed Six takes things to another level with an almost show car-style engine bay. As my colleague Chris Chilton points out, “That nice flat area meant plenty of room to put your tools down!”
The Aston Martin One 77 combines metal and carbon fiber to leave a stunning impression. Inboard suspension components also set a precedent that this is no ordinary sports car.
All in all, there are many great engine bays to choose from. Did we mention your favorite yet? Show us your pick in the comments below.