10 Cool Classic Cars
Updated September 29, 2013
Classic cars retain their status as unique, beautiful and cool regardless of their age, and are as popular today as when they first rolled onto the scene. Fantastic to look at, to listen to, to pootle around in, these cars are some of the finest examples of what it takes to be truly distinctive.
- Citroën DS – This futuristic-looking car was the brainchild of Italian designer Flaminio Bertoni and French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre in 1955, and was celebrated at the time for its innovative technology as well as individual design. Manufactured by Citroën until 1975, nearly 1.5 million of these cars were sold during the two decades and the model is still considered one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
- Aston Martin DB5 – This 1964 classic oozes cool and was the first James Bond car, appearing in the 1964 film Goldfinger. The DB series is named after David Brown who was the head of Aston Martin between 1947 and 1972. When it comes to the question of just how stylish this car is, let’s just say if it’s good enough for Bond.
- Jaguar Mark 2 – Manufactured in Coventry between 1959 and 1967, this car has a beautiful design. The car of choice for the distinguished TV detective Inspector Morse, this Jaguar not only looks majestic but is fast too – the 3.8 litre version has a top speed of 125mph.
- Opel GT – This two-seat sports car was manufactured between 1968 and 1973 and its design resembles a miniature Chevy Corvette. This was the first car to feature pop-up rotating headlights.
- Austin Healey 3000 – This pretty British sports car was manufactured between 1959 and 1967 yet still looks fresh and current today.
- Ford Mustang – Sleek, muscular and super-cool, this 1964 classic still turns heads today. The 1968 Mustang GT390 model shot the car to fame by starring in the film Bullitt.
- Mini Cooper – Britain’s answer to the VW Beetle, the Mini Cooper was first manufactured in 1959 and became an icon of the 1960s. Considered one of the best cars of the last century, this design classic featured a space-saving front-wheel-drive layout that meant that 80% of the floor space could be used for passengers and luggage. Loved by many, the Mini has also starred in many classic films including The Italian Job.
- Ferrari 250 GTO – Truly unique, only 39 GTOs were ever made – 36 in the years 1962 and 1963 with a further 3 of the Series II model which has a slightly different design being made in 1964. A real design classic, the car’s exquisite style is matched by its seriously cool price tag, with sales of the Ferrari 250 GTO hitting the tens of millions of pounds.
- Maserati Ghibli – Glancing at those lines and shark-like nose tells you all you need to know – it’s easy to see why this 1967 car is considered an absolute classic.
- Volkswagen Type 2 – Since the 1960s, the VW Type 2 has been informally known in the UK as the VW Camper and has been a must for every traveller and surfer thanks to its simple good looks.
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