What is a classic car? The black and white definition of classic cars tends to vary, however, classic vehicles are 20 years or older and are of sufficient historical interest to be a collectible or worth preserving and restoring.
For this post we have curated a unique list of the top 10 classic cars of all time. Enjoy the show.
Aston Martin DB5
First up on our list is the Aston Martin DB5, the epitome of elegance and class. It’s no surprise that this British model was the trusted companion of the one and only James Bond and surged it’s way to the top of the classic car industry. The DB5 boasts a jaw dropping combination of Italian flare and design and British engineering, to create the perfect Motor vehicles. In the evolution of the DB4 series, the DB5 is the final instalment. With a 4.0 litre engine and capable of speeds up to 145mph, the Aston Martin DB5 proved to be more than just a sports car . With its wool pile carpets and electric windows the DB5 proved to be a car of luxury and performance.
Ford Model T – The Most Known Vehicle.
A car that has to be on every list of all time classic cars is the Ford Model T. Over a 100 years ago, Henry Ford developed the first practical and affordable engine-powered car for the everyday man, breaking American World News and introducing a whole new scope for the Automotive industry. The Ford Model T truly became a car for the masses for every automobile operators and new drivers, between 1913-1927 15 million cars were produced and with production plants in the UK and the rest of Europe, Ford had ignited a world wide domination. The car was desirable as well as affordable, costing as little as $300. This meant that just 12 years after their launch in 1908, 40% of all cars sold in the United States were Ford Model T’s. At First the design had standard features, with minimal attention to safety, however with time the production of Ford’s Model T grew with additions of advanced safety features, Wheel options and power steering the car quickly become one of the most known commercial vehicles. With no collection of vehicles being truly complete without these modern classics.
Ferrari 250 GTO
The ultimate elegant car known as the prancing horse, the Ferrari 250 GTO features quad exhausts pipes and an elliptical grill that gives the vehicle it’s iconic sleek design. The 250 GTO is more than just a showpiece, in 2014 it became the most expensive car ever sold at auction with a sale price of £22,850,000. This masterpiece of a car wipes the floor with its successors, it has the power as well as the aesthetics – perhaps making it the perfect Ferrari?
With only 36 models in existence, the Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most desired cars in existence. Only a few people in the world will ever have the opportunity to drive one, that surely makes the 250 GTO a classic car worthy of this list.
The Mini represents cool Britain, where youth were divided into subcultures and rock stars caused a frenzy on the streets. The Mini seemed to appeal to everyone from George Harrison to Mr Bean, making it a timeless icon of the automobile world.
The Mini stood the test of time, from 1960’s chic to the new romance of the 1980’s. The model features a transverse engine and front-wheel drive, meaning that there is plenty of interior space in what is seemingly a tiny car.
However, the Mini is more than just eye candy. The small model handles with pinpoint accuracy, and the development of the Mini Cooper and the Cooper S made the car a race-tuned machine. The Mini saw 3 victories in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 65 and 67. Making the Mini one of the most desired and accessible classic cars of all time.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing came bursting onto the scene as one of the first luxury sport cars of the post-war era in 1954. During the second world war and the years following, cars were made for purpose rather than luxury and aesthetics. The Gullwing attracted admiring crowds during its launch at the New York International Motor Show in 1954, its racing heritage commended through its show stopping aerodynamics and powerful 215 bhp.
Groundbreaking for its time, the 300SL Gullwing boasted power in its aesthetics and raw power. The Mercedes could travel at jaw dropping speeds of 160 miles per hour and its vertically opening doors put on a display of wealth and power for anyone lucky enough to own one of these machines. Around 3 quarters of the original Gullwing’s are believed to be in existence today, many still belonging to their original owners and passed down through families.
The Volkswagen Beetle has truly stood the test of time, it’s longevity is down to its sheer simplicity. It has an eye-catching and memorable design that is attractive and comfortable. The German design was developed with families and comfortable travel in mind. Inspired to be the people’s car, the four-seater became loved throughout Germany and the buzz spread throughout Europe.
The Beetle had a groundbreaking production spanning over eight decades and the model still holds a massive fan base today.
The pride and joy of the American muscle cars, the iconic Corvette is still one of most collected cars in America. The model is still breathtaking today, the 2 door convertible became the star of the show during the 1960’s with the 1960 model boasting an impressive 275 bhp.
Engineers focused on keeping the car light to make it an invaluable contender on the racing track. Aluminium clutch housings were introduced on the manual transmissions which dropped the Corvette’s overall weight by 18 pounds. Chevrolet shied away from advertising the Corvette as a racing car, consequently making it one of the most powerful and glamorous commercial cars.
The Porsche 911 is one of the most classic cars of all time. With sleek frames and rear-mounted design, it was one of the most powerful cars of the 60’s. The 911 is the main character of vintage driving. The Porsche 911 of the 1960’s is still believed to be magic today, it’s horsepower can still hold its own on the track and the machine delivers one of the most authentic racing sports car experiences.
Beginnings don’t get any more humble than that of the Land Rover. Supposedly inspired by nothing more than a sketch on a Welsh beach, the Land Rover has become the four-wheel drive vehicle sought after by people all around the world.
Land Rover was the car of World War 2 and the machine evolved and developed to be the car for the outdoorsman and countryman. The brand has been engineering its way through the decades and to this day Land Rovers are used by the British Royal Family. Capability and composure are two of the main attributes we see in every Land Rover, making history whilst never settling. Land Rover engineering is truly a work of innovation, making them worthy of our classic cars list.
One of the most beautiful and elegant cars ever made, the Jaguar E-Type is a stunning model that demonstrates the work of British car manufacturer Jaguar in the 1950’s. The E-Type is sleek and mirrors 60’s chic while boasting speeds faster than a Ferrari. The Jaguar E-Type was the ultimate sports car of its time.
The E-Type spent an impressive 20 years in production, as Jaguar worked to consistently update and revise the interior of the model. This meant the car was constantly in style and demand while its exterior remained a timeless classic.