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World-beaters: the fastest cars of the 20th century

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Chris Rowlands of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 20: Outright speed has never been a true measure of how good a car really is. In fact, many cars are rapid in a straight line but become dogs as soon as you touch the steering wheel. Yet, for as long as they’ve been building four-wheeled machines, the majority of manufacturers have wanted theirs to be the fastest in the world. The fabled production car speed record might be meaningless in the real world – unless you own a private race track – but for decades it’s been one of the most sought-after crowns in motoring. To celebrate that age-old pursuit of speed, here is every record-breaking production car of the 20th century. At least, depending on who you ask…

Record-breaking classics that topped the speed traps

Outright speed has never been a true measure of how good a car really is. In fact, many cars are rapid in a straight line but become dogs as soon as you touch the steering wheel. Yet, for as long as they’ve been building four-wheeled machines, the majority of manufacturers have wanted theirs to be the fastest in the world. The fabled production car speed record might be meaningless in the real world – unless you own a private race track – but for decades it’s been one of the most sought-after crowns in motoring. To celebrate that age-old pursuit of speed, here is every record-breaking production car of the 20th century. At least, depending on who you ask…
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