A Look Back at Some of the Beautiful Car Engine Bays
The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” And there’s no doubt Ferrari put all his heart and soul into making beautiful cars to hold those engines, but then again, he did need something worthy to frame the true masterpiece under the hood. Enzo Ferrari once said, “I don’t sell cars; I sell engines.
You’ll find that if a car’s engine — as well as the bay it sits — is beautiful, then the rest of the car’s design follows suit. And since most of a car’s moving parts are under the hood, there are infinite possibilities for creative use of space and masterful design work. That’s why it’s a shame to see most modern manufacturers cover up the engine with cheap plastics and crowd the engine bay with machine-stamped, mass-produced parts all in the name of efficiency. These are our 15 favorite
engine bays mechanical canvases of all.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Making a case for redheads since 1957.
1991 Bugatti EB110
Seeing the throttle bodies at work is like watching a tiny ballet on the valve covers.
1932 Maybach Zeppelin DS8 Sport Cabriolet
Even the engine was given a luxurious amount of space.
1992 McLaren F1
Even the most opulent cars in the world aren’t lined with gold…except for the F1. But it’s purely for performance.
2001 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
Bravo to Alfa Romeo for leaving that beautiful chrome waterfall exposed.
1966 Lamborghini Miura
A transverse V12 sprouting Velocity stacks? It would have been a sin not to include the Miura’s V12.
2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead “Waterspeed” Edition
As far as modern engine bays go, Rolls-Royce does not disappoint.
1961 Jaguar E-Type
We’re very happy to hear Jaguar is making a move back to straight-six engines. (Photo: Hemmings)
Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer
There’s not much room for creativity in the back of a standard 911, but give Singer some quilted leather and they’ll work wonders.
1967 Ferrari 312 F1
Whether this qualifies as an engine bay is debatable — but as a work of art there’s no question.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Even with a 4.7-liter V8, there’s still enough room to fall in on either side. (Photo: Barrett Jackson)
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible
Can you believe this is a (very distant) relative of Cadillac’s electric-hybrid ELR?
If you have a pair of mid-mounted turbines, you have to make sure they’re properly illuminated for everyone to see.
2011 Pagani Zonda R
Suspension, chassis, engine — all are bolted together like one mechanical nervous system of high-strung performance.
2001 Spyker C8
Almost everything on the C8 is designed to perfection. That includes the details you can’t always see.
Other Gorgeous Details
Engine bays aren’t the only beautiful little details we love. Look over our favorite finishing touches (superficial and functional). Read the Story
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