The 9 most complicated cars ever made

Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (1957) If you want to know what was the first coupé-convertible car, look no further than the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. It was the first car with this roof arrangement to enter series production and went on to sell more than 45,000 examples. 

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Rover P6 (1963) Rover may have had a slightly staid image up until the 1960s, but that all changed with the P6. Aimed at a new breed of thrusting young executives, it offered superb ride and handling, and excellent safety. Much of this was down to the design of the main structure that left all of the body panels unstressed.

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Mercedes-Benz 600 (1964) Any car described as a ‘technical tour de force’ is likely to raise eyebrows when it comes to complexity and that’s just what the W100 series of Mercedes 600 did.

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BRM H16 (1966) Once heard, never forgotten, the BRM H16 was the British racing team’s answer to rule changes for the 1966 Formula 1 season. 

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Citroën SM (1970) The SM was the result of Citroën buying Maserati in 1968. Using the Italian firm’s 2.7-liter V6 engine endowed the Citroën with decent performance, but it also had to power the car’s hydro-pneumatic suspension and brakes borrowed from the DS

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Aston Martin Lagonda (1976) Aston Martin embraced all that was cutting edge for in-car tech when it launched the Lagonda in 1976 at a heady £24,570 – at a time when the average house in UK at the time cost £13,000. It bristled with touch-sensitive panels in place of buttons and digital displays rather than analogue clocks in a cabin that was as angular as the exterior.

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Subaru SVX (1991) After the sales flop of its XT coupé, Subaru persevered with its two-door ambitions with the SVX. It was a determined effort to move further upmarket into territory occupied by the likes of the Nissan 300ZX and Toyota Supra.

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Jaguar XJ220 (1992) The differences between the concept and reality of the Jaguar XJ220 have been well documented and it all comes down to complexity. 

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Bugatti Veyron (2005) It’s hardly a surprise to learn the Bugatti Veyron is a hugely complex machine when its sole purpose what to hit a 253mph top speed. To do that, it used an 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers to produce as much as 1200 hp

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