Cloos Life: The top 5 most beautiful French cars of all time
Although France doesn't quite have the same number of car brands as the United States or Germany, they still have a few gems among the ruff including Bugatti, Peugeot, Citroën Renault, and Venturi. These companies have existed for decades; making legendary cars throughout the years. At Christopher Cloos, we can’t think of a better way cruising in these timeless and iconic masterpieces, than by wearing your St. Barths - Espresso or maybe Paloma - Bourbon.
5) Citroën DS
In the '50s Citroën were innovating. In 1955, Citroën released the DS, a luxury vehicle for "executives."
Noted for its aerodynamic, futuristic body design and innovative technology, the DS set new standards in ride quality, handling, and braking.
The DS placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century poll recognizing the world's most influential auto designs and has been named the most beautiful car of all time.
4) Bugatti Veyron 16.4
If you're a true automotive enthusiast, you probably don't need the Veyron to be explained. Regardless, it’s worth mentioning. Especially since Bugatti has, one again, become one of the fastest and most luxurious carmakers on the planet.
The Bugatti Veyron destroyed everyone's preconceived notions of speed in 2006 with their record-breaking top speed of around 250 miles-per-hour. Along with it's eye-watering pace, the Veyron is, arguably, the peak of automotive luxury.
3) Renault Alpine A110
The Alpine A110 is probably one of the most unique French cars ever produced. Built years after World War Two, the two-door Alpine was different than the usual car. It's biggest distinction was the A110's mid-engine setup.
The Alpine A110 It succeeded in almost every department it participated in, whether it be racing or regular cars. Surprisingly, Renault decided to bring back the Alpine A110 in 2017 with a brand new version. Thankfully, it still resembles the classic design.
2) Citroën SM Cabriolet
Produced first in the early 70’s Citroen SM was very innovative for its time. The brake pedal was incredibly light, and the headlights were self-levelling and swivelled with the steering — a feature 40 years ahead of its time. All this meant that, compared to its contemporaries, the SM’s dynamic qualities were outstanding.
The design didn’t lack attention, either; every angle of the Citroën SM is gorgeous. The headlights and number plate are behind a beautiful glass panel, not just stuck on the front to ruin the aesthetics.
1) Bugatti Type 57CS Atlantic
Not much can compare to the likes of the Ferrari 250 GTO. Primarily in regards to both history and cost. Nevertheless, there are still a few that can contend; one being the Bugatti Type 57CS Atlantic. This car is a work of art on wheels; the true epitome of engineering, design, and hand-built masterpieces.
Today, the Bugatti masterpiece is known as one of the most bizarre, elusive and expensive of cars. With its low stance, powerful engine, lightweight construction, 123 mph (200 kph) top speed and influential teardrop body, many believe this is the ultimate Bugatti and the first supercar ever made.