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Sports car

There is no exact definition of a sports car, but it is typically a two-seater two-door automobile designed for performance - speed, maneuverability, acceleration. Often open, or convertible, but not necessarily. Some sports cars may have small emergency back seats that are really only suitable for luggage. A sports car never has four doors or a full back seat.

Well known specialist brands or marques, new and old, are: AC, Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Austin-Healey[?], Bugatti, Caterham, De Lorean, Donkervoort[?], Ferrari, HKT[?], Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Maserati, MG, Morgan[?], Porsche Triumph, TVR. Almost all major car manufacturers also make some form of high performance car, sometimes very successfully such as Ford with the GT40.


See also: Sports car racing and Muscle car



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