World Cars

2001 BMW Z8


2014 McLaren P1


1956 Jaguar XK140

jag c9a

While the early automotive industry in all parts of the world designed cars primarily for local markets, it was not long before “World Cars” evolved, standardizing design and parts to ensure quality at the best cost savings for a global automotive market. The Newport Car Museum brings together the best of the marquis brands – based on technological advances and design – developed during the 1950s and ’60s through to the present day


Among the special cars celebrating the art of performance are three British-built Jaguars – the 1956 XK140 Roadster, 1967 E-Type Roadster, and 1992 XJ 220 (at one point, the fastest car in the world) and three German-built Mercedes Benz: the iconic 1961 300SL, 2008 SLR, and 2012 SLS.

Like the legendary McLaren F1 before it, McLaren’s P1 hypercar has set a new benchmark for road legal super cars. The first of the three major hybrid supercars to see production (the Porsche 918 and LaFerrari came the following year), the P1 sets new standards for performance, handling and technology.


Rounding out the collection is a German-built BMW Z8, a recreation of a 507 roadster that Elvis Presley owned while serving in the Army in Germany; three Italian-built Lamborghinis, a 1997 Diablo, a 1989 Countach, and a 2008 Murcielago, seemingly featured on every teenage boy’s wall next to his Farah Fawcett poster; a 1979 930 Turbo Porsche (nicknamed the Widowmaker); and a 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S, which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.