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16 Cars That Have Held the Production Speed Record

 Ever since the automobile was invented in the late 19th Century, man has always sought to go faster and faster on four wheels, and road cars are no exception. The cars you're about to see below could actually be bought new and driven on the road. To be eligible to set a production car speed record, a car must have been intended for retail sale to consumers when it was created, have 25 or more examples of it sold to the public, and be street-legal in the markets in which it was sold. Here's how the production car speed record has evolved from the end of World War II through to the present day: 
 
1949: Jaguar XK20 - 124.6 mph
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1955: Mercedes-Benz 300SL - 150.7 mph 
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1959: Aston Martin DB4 GT - 152 mph 
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1963: Iso Grifo GL 365 - 161 mph
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1965: AC Cobra 427 MKIII - 165 mph
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1967: Lamborghini Miura P400 - 171 mph
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1968: Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona - 174 mph 
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1974: Lamborghini Countach LP400 - 174 mph
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1982: Lamborghini Countach LP500 S - 182 mph
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1984: Ferrari 288 GTO - 188 mph
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1986: Porsche 959 - 197 mph 
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1987: RUF CTR Yellowbird - 213 mph
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1998: McLaren F1 - 221 mph (capable of 240 mph without a rev limiter)
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2005: Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 - 253.1 mph
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2010: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport - 267.9 mph 
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2017: Koenigsegg Agera RS - 277.9 mph
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