Top Ten Unforgettable Classic Cars
“A true classic.” Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard that before, but how many of these “classics” are actually committed to memory? Unfortunately for car makers, not a whole lot. Then there are those cars that just cannot be forgotten, no matter how hard we try; those cars define “classic” for many people. These unforgettable cars don’t seem to age no matter how long they remain on our minds.
1. Ferrari 246 Dino
From its launch in 1969, the “baby Ferrari” has been a favorite of car collectors the world over. There are other dreamy Ferraris both on the lower and higher end of the scale, of course, but this Italian export is still the most desirable. Why? Because nothing quite beats the 246GT’s timeless look, balanced handling, and tearing-calico V6 out back. Take good care of this baby and you will have a treasure.
Cars like these aren’t cheap to maintain. Set aside about $1700-3000 a year to look after a good car. A worn one would take an arm and a leg to restore. You might be able to get a 246GT for $90,000, but that could be a very costly mistake. Experts advise to budget about $140,000 for a good deal.
At the end of the day, this isn’t just a car—it’s a Ferrari. And it’s not just a Ferrari—it’s a Dino.
2. Jaguar E-type
Former General Motors styling chief Chuck Gordon wasn’t exaggerating when he said: "The smooth, voluptuous envelope body shape and flowing upper edge makes my mouth water.” Watch that sleek Malcolm Sayer styling run at nearly a speed of 150mph and it’s not hard to understand why the Jaguar E-type turns heads wherever it goes.
An E-type might be purchased for as little as $50,000, but that price bracket is dangerous territory. $100,000 would be a safe estimate for a nice original car. Restoring and modernizing an E-type will set you back about $300,000. The costs might be hard to swallow, but note that this is the ultimate British classic car and probably the most beautiful roadster in the world.
3. Ford Mustang
Ride back to the sixties with a genuine sixties style icon: the Ford Mustang. Launched in 1964, this all-American classic is compact, unlike most US stunners. In the Sixties, the Mustang was a "build-it-yourself" car. It would be difficult to find any identical two as there were three different body styles - notch, fastback and convertible - and three basic choices of engine to choose from. Mustangs that came out between 1964 and 1969 look basically the same, albeit slightly heavier every year from ‘66.
4. VW type 2
It’s a style you can sleep in. The VW bus is a fun and practical vehicle that can be fitted with fold-out beds, a cooker, a fridge, plenty of storage space, and sometimes a "pop-top" or lifting roof section to provide extra headroom.
Looking for a new version of the VW type 2? VW Brazil makes them. The basic price is $42,500, but you can add at least $10,000 if you have specifications like alloy wheels, interior appointments and any color other than white.
The MGB’s basic toughness, reliability and spare supply makes it the logical choice for those looking for a classic they can actually drive. MG made close to half a million Bs between 1962 and 1980, so they aren’t hard to find. Early roadsters are the most popular, with hoods that can be removed completely from the car and stowed unseen in the boot. The newest models, the "rubber-bumper" cars made from 1975-1980, are the least loved, but they are the cheapest you can find.
6. Ford F Series Pickup Trucks
A classic truck from the father of the truck.
Now on its eleventh generation, the pickup continues to stay popular enough to warrant the release of the super duty pickups introduced in 1999. Want to know what’s going around on the grapevine? The newest generation will be released in 2008.
7. Chevy Corvette
8. Chevy Camaro
This is one muscle car oozing with machismo. A total stud.
When someone mentions “Jeep,” there’s no question as to what the vehicle will look like. That’s how commanding the name is, and how distinctive the classic is.
The creature comforts of today’s market now demands a little more luxury when it comes to vehicles, but the Jeep manages to hold onto its utilitarian roots. Who says a Jeep can’t be tough and pretty at the same time?
10. VW Beetle
Anyone can recognize a Beetle. With its unique (and maybe a little strange) styling and signature sounding engine, there’s no mistaking it for anything else.
VW introduced the New Beetle in 1998; stylistically it is similar to the original, however in every other sense the car is modernized and updated.
These ten exemplary vehicles aren’t likely to escape us anytime soon. We’re not likely to find a lot of them on the streets, but we know they’re there: in the world, on our minds, and for car enthusiasts, in our aspirations.