The illustrious V12 engined car is a dying breed today. Here are 10 fine examples of why that shouldn't be the case

There is something very special about 12 cylinder cars that commands respect from every corner of the automotive fraternity. V8s may rumble, and V10s make a distinctive howl, but only a V12 sings. These automotive orchestras are true works of art that deliver on soul, and a wealth of effortless torque to whisk you along while you enjoy the show.

Sadly, due to ever tightening emissions regulations and a drive for economy, the V12 engine is an endangered species with just a few left roaming the showrooms. To celebrate this great power unit, we take a look at some of the greatest V12s ever made.