Getting Started: Every epic story has a great start
So what’s your favourite? It’s a truly difficult question considering the mouth-watering selection. Will it be the romantic purr of the Ferrari 250 Lusso’s 3-litre V12, the lazy, thrumming idle of the Porsche 901’s boxer-six, or perhaps the angry, fuel-spitting V8 in the Jaguar F-type?
While the more modern machines’ engine notes are arguably louder and more in-your-face, we can’t help but feel that, in comparison to the characterful, more mechanical song of the classics, they feel a little synthesised and artificial. Just listen to the distorted and hurried idle of the 1957 Jaguar XK-SS (Steve McQueen’s car, no less), interrupted with short, sharp stabs of throttle – it’s heavenly, and inimitable. Nothing can detract from the sheer diversity in sound, with each and every car offering a distinct tone that perfectly defines its individual looks and personality, be it an American V8, a British inline six, or an Italian V12. Listening to them one after another is a real aural feast.