Gallery: the fastest production cars ever
From Jag XK120 and Miura to Venom, meet the quickest road cars in history
Posted: 26 Feb 2014
1894 Benz Velo - 12mph
Bit of a hollow victory, this one. The Velo was the first true production car, which made it the fastest by default. But following that logic, it was also the slowest. And, simultaneously, the most and least likely to, say, become self-aware and enslave humankind or train as an architect.
That's not to rob its inventor, the eponymous Karl Benz, of his achievement. In 1894, 67 Velos were built, and 134 in 1895, all packing a 1.0-litre 3.5 bhp engine. The speed race was on.