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The most beautiful cars in Los Angeles

CNET Car Tech checks out cars from Lotus, Spyker, Porsche, and Fisker.

Porsche Boxster Spyder
The Porsche Boxster Spyder borrows design elements from a bygone era. Josh Miller/CNET

Sport car companies enjoy the luxury of pushing design to the extreme, putting issues such as passenger comfort and cargo area aside. At the Los Angeles Auto Show we found a selection of new car designs that are as beautiful as they are impractical. Porsche showed up with a convertible that makes it more difficult to lower the top than in its other models. Lotus' newest car may be more accessible than its previous models, but you will still need the moves of a break-dancer to get inside. And the second generation of the Spyker C8 Aileron takes car design into the world of art.

Check out all these cars, and a special eco convertible, in our slideshow.