BOTB’s Top 5 50th Anniversary models {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Jun 2015

We’re celebrating ‘All things 50’ at BOTB this week. 50% off loads of amazing cars and this will be our 50thwinner of 2015, so we’ve decided to choose our favourite 50th Anniversary models that have come out recently. It’s actually quite surprising how many there have been in the last few years!

5 – Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary

2014 saw the 50th anniversary of America’s favourite muscle car – the Ford Mustang. This model was based on the V8 GT version, which means a 5.0 litre V8 pushing out 420bhp. There was nothing new about the drivetrain, but the 50th model was the only way to get the Performance Pack with the six-speed auto gearbox. Outside is where the special bits were, with a chrome pony grille, extra chrome trim, special ‘Wimbledon White’ paint and some rather gaudy chrome twin-five spoke alloy wheels.

4 – Shelby Cobra 427 50th Anniversary

The Cobra is one of the most iconic shapes in the whole automotive world, so what’s not to love about a special 50th anniversary edition? The main differences are the limited numbers and gold badges, but these will be instant collector’s items whatever spec they have. That spec can of course include fibreglass or aluminium bodies, and engines from a 400bhp 5.7 litre V8 to a fire breathing 700bhp 7.0 litre V8. Guess which one we’d have…

3 – McLaren 12C 50th

2013 saw McLaren celebrate its 50th year, so they decided to create a special edition of their only model at the time – the 12C. Named simply the 12C 50th, there were 50 Coupes and 50 Spiders made, with a few nice changes but nothing mechanical. The powertrain was still the incredible 616bhp 3.8 litre twin turbo V8, but nothing needed doing to that. Externally there was a new MSO front bumper with more visible carbon and a deeper front valance to give extra downforce, a new set of bespoke ‘50’ wheels and some nifty graphics on the side intakes.

2 – Lamborghini Aventador 50th Anniversario

Earlier this year Lamborghini celebrated its Golden Anniversary by creating a special edition of its wild Aventador, calling it the LP720-4 50th Anniversario. As the name suggests it had 20hp more than the standard Aventador which meant the performance was even more staggering, with 0-62mph taking 2.8 seconds on the way to the 217mph top speed. Visually there were a lot of changes too, with new more aggressive satin black sections for the front and rear bumpers and the sills to match. The yellow paint was specially created for the 50th Anniversario and there were only 100 Coupes and 100 Roadsters made.

1 – Porsche 911 50th Anniversary

This may be a controversial choice given how awesome the LP720-4 is, but we love the fact that Porsche went so deliberately retro with their way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 911. Based on the 991 model, it had a lot of very nice but subtle changes that all added up to an incredibly desirable machine. To start with it had the wider body normally reserved for the Carrera 4S model, but had the RWD drivetrain featuring the 3.8 litre flat six engine featuring the Powerkit to make 420bhp. That wider body was painted in one of two unique greys – a lighter, almost cream hue and a darker, flatter grey, or metallic black. The unique greys really looked the business, with the extra chrome on the rear engine cover and the black headlight surrounds, but the standout feature visually are the delicious 20-inch alloy wheels, styled just like the classic Fuchs designs so synonymous with classic 911s. The inside gets a fair few touches too, with the interior trim getting brown leather, with the seats having the classic houndstooth design on the centre panels. There are also dials with green and white lettering just like the classic 911s and there is a smattering of 911-50 badges inside and out. All in all the 911 50 really does look modern and yet has a strong retro feel, which is what you want of a 50th Anniversary special.