Supercars have existed longer than the word supercar has.

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Something about them with their bright colors and brash designs fascinates us.

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The Lamborghini Miura is argued by many to be the first supercar as we know them today.

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This is thanks to its midmounted, transverse V12 engine and long, low-slung bodywork.

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The definition of a supercar is broader, though.

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To many enthusiasts, it describes a special car, designed with performance and theater at the forefront.

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They're loud, fast and expensive.

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Sometimes, as with the Lancia Stratos, they're great at winning races.

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Sometimes, as was the case with the BMW M1, they barely raced at all.

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The are often better to look at and admire than they are to drive, but that doesn't dissuade us from loving them anyway.

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Click or swipe through for many more spectacular cars from the Petersen Museum's Supercars exhibit.

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