With the latest release of the all black chronograph we started discussing what would be the ultimate car to pair it with and let’s just say the discussions got heated. Below we’ve collected some of our personal favourite cars that are especially suited in black and not in a particular order.
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider
Without a doubt, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder is one of the most beautiful cars ever to pass through Ferrari’s fabled gates on Via Abetone Inferiore. With its stunning bodywork designed by Pininfarina and masterfully executed by Scaglietti, the car was a collaboration of the very best and it looks absolutely incredible in black.
To many, the most desirable and celebrated Bentleys have always been the marque’s elegant, hand-built, two-door coupes, such as the R-Type Continental of the 1950s. Following in that car’s footsteps was the Brooklands, which was first introduced to the public at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. Requiring some 650 man-hours to build, this was to be Bentley’s flagship model and one that hearkened back to the marque’s glory days.
Bugatti 57SC Atlantic
One of the most bizarre, elusive and expensive of cars is the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. 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
Lamborghini Diablo 6.0
Built from 1990 to 2001, the Diablo has become one of the most iconic supercars of the era and symbolizes everything Lamborghini is known for: extreme performance, exclusivity, and futuristic styling. An update of the radical wedge-shaped Countach, the Diablo was the poster car for a generation. After several years of ownership during the 1990s by an Indonesian consortium, in 1998 Lamborghini was acquired by the VW Group, which placed it under the umbrella of Audi A.G. Though the upcoming Murcielago model was already in development, a decision was made to further extend the life of the popular Diablo with one last ultimate version, the 6.0.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S Roadster
Having taken the fight to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari with the SLR McLaren, Mercedes-Benz was looking to celebrate Stirling Moss’ exceptional win at the 1955 Mille Miglia in a 300 SLR, wearing racing number 722. However, this would not be merely a cosmetic upgrade, and engineers to this opportunity to add even more power to the SLR. Introduced in 2008, the SLR McLaren 722 increased power output to 650 bhp, allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Larger carbon-ceramic disc brakes were fitted with lighter 19-inch wheels, and the nose received an all-new diffuser and air splitter to improve downforce, as well as a modified front spoiler. Inside, the SLR 722 edition remained largely unchanged, save for some trim changes and new bucket seats and a steering wheel, which were both upholstered in leather and Alcantara.
BMW 507 Roadster
It was the drumbeats from car dealer Max Hoffman’s New York office that led to the creation of the Porsche Speedster, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and 190 SL, and this car, the BMW 507. While BMW would have eventually recognized the performance capabilities of its engineering, or how the American market’s thirst for fast, beautiful, open two-seaters had not yet been quenched, it was Hoffman who spurred on the effort, by demanding stylish machinery that would bridge the divide between low-priced MGs, the Porsches, and the pricey 300 SL in his lineup.
Rarely does an automaker let its customers actively participate in the development process of its most advanced new technology. The Ferrari Enzo-based FXX was different in every way, from its conception to its implementation. Ferrari invited its most loyal and enthusiastic customers to pay millions for the privilege of testing what was really a shiny development mule. Access to the exclusive FXX program did not even grant Ferrari’s top customers ownership of the cars. Ferrari’s first hypercar, the LaFerrari, debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the Enzo, but in positioning only. Wedged behind its passenger compartment sits the FXX project’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine aided by a Formula 1-derived, 161-hp kinetic energy recovery system, or KERS. However, the LaFerrari’s KERS system was actually more advanced than that allowed at the time by the FIA. As such the LaFerrari is a hybrid rated at a combined 949 hp and 664 foot-pounds of torque. That explosive power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which helps the hypercar scream toward its 9,250 redline as it races to 100 mph in just 4.8 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 217 mph.
Porsche 550 Spyder
Porsche’s brilliant ‘giant killer’, the 550 Spyder, earned a special place in the annals of international motor racing history. The fledgling automaker’s first product specifically designed for competition, it was inspired by several successful Porsche-powered, privateer-built ‘specials’ in the early 1950s. Quick to succeed, the open-topped, mid-engined Spyders dominated their inaugural outing at the Nürburgring in May 1953 in preparation for Le Mans a month later, where they would claim 1st and 2nd in their class.
Inspired heritage of the Gullwing is well known. Seeking to rebuild the company’s reputation for incomparable automobiles, the Mercedes-Benz competitions department under Alfred Neubauer and Rudolf Uhlenhaut designed a super-light aircraft-style tube-frame chassis around their best engine, the 3-liter six-cylinder engine from their luxury 300 sedan but with Bosch mechanical fuel injection. In its enclosed aerodynamic coupe form, the Le Mans-winning 300 SL could only be entered from the top, requiring the innovative doors that were immediately christened “Gullwing” by the motoring press.
Porsche 964 Re-Imagined by Singer Vehicle Design
On the one hand, it’s a celebration of everything we love about an air-cooled 911. On the other, it’s a masterful automotive expression that blends state-of-the-art materials with staggering levels of craftsmanship to create a veritable work-of-art on wheels that somehow feels refreshingly old school.