13 of the Best-Looking European Fastbacks Ever Made

There's something about a fastback.

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Fastbacks are easily identified by that signature, unbroken roofline that extends from the top of the windshield down to the tail of the car. That gives them elegant good looks, but also the aerodynamic advantages a fastback design offers. In other words, they're the bees knees. Here are some of the most beautiful ones out there, according to you.

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Aston Martin DB9

It's hard to find an Aston Martin that isn't drop-dead gorgeous, and the original DB9 is especially pretty. The clean, unbroken lines and simplistic styling make it an Aston to remember—and that's before even mentioning the V12 under the hood.

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You won't be protecting a valuable target or shooting down enemy bombers in the Jensen, but it's still an awesome name for a car.
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Jensen Interceptor

Nothing beats the cool factor of a Jensen Interceptor. The classic '60s two-door has a huge cult following, equipped with sweet looks and a nice V8 up front. Reliability issues aside, it's one awesome fastback.

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Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa's V8 grand touring car is a lovely piece of machinery, with a uniquely Alfa fascia and a fantastic 2.6-liter engine that makes a wonderful noise. The Montreal might not be as light and tossable as most other vintage Alfas, but that hasn't stopped collectors from driving prices to the moon.

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<p>When the <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/classic-cars/a26335/shopping-with-colin-1965-jaguar-e-type/">E-Type debuted in 1961</a>, the public was blown away by its staggering good looks and relatively low price ($5500). Enzo Ferrari—yes, <em>the</em> Enzo Ferrari—called it the most beautiful car ever built. It had fully independent suspension and a 3.8-liter straight-six engine. Even now, over 50 years later, it still turns heads. </p>
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Jaguar E-Type

When the E-Type debuted in 1961, the public was blown away by its staggering good looks and relatively low price ($5500). Enzo Ferrari—yes, the Enzo Ferrari—called it the most beautiful car ever built. It had fully independent suspension and a 3.8-liter straight-six engine. Even now, over 50 years later, it still turns heads.

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<p>The Morgan AeroMax took the idea that Morgans were archaic roadsters made of wood and threw it out the window. Just look at it.<i></i></p>
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Morgan AeroMax

The Morgan AeroMax took the idea that Morgans were archaic roadsters made of wood and threw it out the window. Just look at it.

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<p>With looks that recall a bite-sized C3 Corvette, the Opel GT had flip-up headlamps which looked better if they weren't deployed at all. It wasn't the fastest car of its age, but at just barely 2000 pounds, the Opel GT was light as hell and felt like it, too. <a href="http://jalopnik.com/5943454/the-opel-gt-a-history" target="_blank">The last ones rolled off the line in 1973</a>, after a five-year production run.</p>
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Opel GT

With looks that recall a bite-sized C3 Corvette, the Opel GT had flip-up headlamps which looked better if they weren't deployed at all. It wasn't the fastest car of its age, but at just barely 2000 pounds, the Opel GT was light as hell and felt like it, too. , after a five-year production run.

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<p>Between 1967 and 1973, <a href="http://www.hemmings.com/hmn/stories/2012/02/01/hmn_feature5.html" target="_blank">Hemmings</a> estimates Maserati made 1170 Ghibli coupes. Designed by <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/g6428/the-incredible-maserati-boomerang-auction/">Giorgetto Giugiaro</a>, the Ghibli is all smooth lines and curves. A 4.7-liter V-8 is under the hood but behind the front wheels; as a result, the Ghibli had a near-perfect 49/51 weight distribution and produced 330 hp. </p>
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Maserati Ghibli

Between 1967 and 1973, estimates Maserati made 1170 Ghibli coupes. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Ghibli is all smooth lines and curves. A 4.7-liter V-8 is under the hood but behind the front wheels; as a result, the Ghibli had a near-perfect 49/51 weight distribution and produced 330 hp.

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<p>In the age where everyone was building a mid-engined sports car, Ferrari chose a traditional approach. "The fundamental objective we set for ourselves was to obtain a thin, svelte car, like a midengine design," Pininfarina recalled in a <em><a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/ferrari-365-gtb-4-daytona.htm" target="_blank">How Stuff Works</a> </em>post. "The whole idea was really a search for this sense of lightness and rake, a slender look." He pulled it off, too. In our first road test, over 40 years ago, we said, "It might as well be said right now, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is the best sports car in the world. Or the best GT ... "<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>
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Ferrari 365 Daytona

In the age where everyone was building a mid-engined sports car, Ferrari chose a traditional approach. "The fundamental objective we set for ourselves was to obtain a thin, svelte car, like a midengine design," Pininfarina recalled in a post. "The whole idea was really a search for this sense of lightness and rake, a slender look." He pulled it off, too. In our first road test, over 40 years ago, we said, "It might as well be said right now, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is the best sports car in the world. Or the best GT ... "

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<p>It's not only gorgeous: The A110 was one of the most successful race cars of its time. <a href="http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/the-alpine-a110-the-most-amazing-car-youve-never-heard-of.html/?a=viewall" target="_blank">Its long, low, and wide stance</a> made it an incredibly good-handling machine. It was tiny, too: at about three and a half feet tall, it was just two inches taller than a Ford GT40. </p>
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Alpine A110

It's not only gorgeous: The A110 was one of the most successful race cars of its time. made it an incredibly good-handling machine. It was tiny, too: at about three and a half feet tall, it was just two inches taller than a Ford GT40.

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<p>The Atlantic was <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-shows/news/a17191/1938-bugatti-57-sc-atlantic-coupe/">designed by Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean</a>. It was criticized for poor visibility and bad ventilation, but who cared? It was fast, and the design of the roof and windows were taken straight from planes. If you were wondering about its creds as a style icon, <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/g1351/photos-ralph-laurens-cars/?slide=4">Ralph Lauren owns a Bugatti Atlantic</a>. That should be enough.</p>
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Bugatti Atlantic

The Atlantic was designed by Ettore Bugatti's son, Jean. It was criticized for poor visibility and bad ventilation, but who cared? It was fast, and the design of the roof and windows were taken straight from planes. If you were wondering about its creds as a style icon, Ralph Lauren owns a Bugatti Atlantic. That should be enough.

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<p>We heralded the Citroën SM as the <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/features/a7178/10-revolutionary-geneva-motor-show-debuts-of-the-last-50-years/">star of the 1970 Geneva Motor Show</a>. It paired hydro-pneumatic suspension with self-centering, variable steering and a quad-cam V-6 that was worked on with Maserati. Even though it still looks futuristic, the complex internals created a car that was notoriously unrelable on a good day and a fancy garage sculpture on a bad day.</p>
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Citroën SM

We heralded the Citroën SM as the star of the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It paired hydro-pneumatic suspension with self-centering, variable steering and a quad-cam V-6 that was worked on with Maserati. Even though it still looks futuristic, the complex internals created a car that was notoriously unrelable on a good day and a fancy garage sculpture on a bad day.

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<p>It's hard to talk about the Aston Martin DB5 without mentioning its role in the James Bond films, so we will. When it debuted in Goldfinger, it set the stage for the entire film. It was an instant classic. It <a href="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2002/04/aston-martin-db5/" target="_blank">wasn't the best performance car</a> since Aston designed it to be a grand tourer, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. </p>
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Aston Martin DB5

It's hard to talk about the Aston Martin DB5 without mentioning its role in the James Bond films, so we will. When it debuted in Goldfinger, it set the stage for the entire film. It was an instant classic. It since Aston designed it to be a grand tourer, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful.

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<p>The Tatra T87 was a Czech car based on streamlined, zeppelin designs of the 1930s and 1940s. It was meant for the wealthy, and <a href="http://jalopnik.com/1941-tatra-t87-the-jalopnik-classic-review-1557341677">the Art Deco interior confirmed that</a>. The attention to detail is astounding. The handling wasn't the best, though if you looked at this car and expected it to be an autocross monster, we'd advise you to see an eye doctor.</p>
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Tatra T87

The Tatra T87 was a Czech car based on streamlined, zeppelin designs of the 1930s and 1940s. It was meant for the wealthy, and . The attention to detail is astounding. The handling wasn't the best, though if you looked at this car and expected it to be an autocross monster, we'd advise you to see an eye doctor.

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