The Evolution Of Speed: Fastest Production Cars Of The 20th Century

By vukasin

Since the dawn of automotive age, car enthusiasts were fascinated with the speed and it seemed that each new car is faster and stronger than the one before. The nature of progress pushed car engineers and designers to build cars that can go far beyond the limits of traffic and even beyond the limits of the driver. Even though most of the drivers never will experience speeds of over 100 mph, at least, not in a car, people are still mesmerized by the top speeds and ability to go super fast.

During the 20th century, to speed was one of the more important selling points and even if the road conditions, traffic or other cars on the road were much slower than today, people lusted after high-speed cars. The title of “fastest production model in the world” was sought after amongst the manufacturers and even today, this is a well-respected accomplishment. That is why we have compiled the list of 20 fastest production cars produced in the 20th century. Not surprising, almost all of them are supercars and that is what you needed to go really fast some 40 years ago. So, let`s start from the beginning.

1. Mercedes Simplex 90HP

Introduced in 1902, Mercedes Simplex was the biggest and most luxurious model offered to the customers. Although it looked like any other antique car, Simplex had very powerful (for the time) engine and buyers could get 40 to 60 and even 90 HP versions. The latter one even managed to set a world record when it traveled at speeds over 90 mph during testing. Today, 90 mph is nothing special but 115 years ago it was lighting fast since most people traveled in horse carriages.