Synonymous to the old adage, “You are what you eat,” most car owners also believe that you are what you drive. If you agree, then great! That means we’re on the same page. If you don’t, you’ve probably never owned a cool classic car before, or never even handled the beauty and prowess a classic car has to offer.
There’s just something so pleasurable about taking on the road with style especially if it’s something you’ve had and modified for years with your own blood, sweat, and tears. The feeling of people gawking at your car (or you) hits the spot every time!
Classic cars are part of our country’s history. The first classic car was made about a century after the Industrial Revolution and now, these exquisite classic cars can be worth a fortune!
Although choosing the coolest classic car is subjective and probably depends on your nostalgic point of view. Here’s our list of the top 10 classic cars that ever skidded, glided, and swerved through the history of automobiles that also define cool.
10 Cars That Define “Cool Classic Car”
Ferrari Dino 246 GT (1969)
This beauty is similar to its predecessor in design, the Dino 206 GT. The only difference is that it now dons a longer engine cover and a repositioned fuel cap. It has a 2.4-liter engine and its block material is now cast iron as compared to the previous model’s aluminum. We have to admit there’s something about a “Ferrari” that really drives car aficionados loco! And this model definitely deserves a spot on our list!
Dodge Charger (1969)
This probably has the widest cluster of similar muscle cars ever created. The different variations are the 500 and the Daytona. These beasts were proud to have been touted as creatures of “aero wars” back in the day. If you ride one of these babies, you’ll probably give Schumacher a run for his money! The aerodynamic features and raw Detroit muscle are what have been captivating car collectors for decades. Although this type has many choices, all of them house one body design and a two-door hardtop but still look amazing anyway.
Datsun 240Z (1970)
The creators of the Datsun 240Z didn’t agree when people referred to this model as a “sports car.” To them, it’s simply a “personal car.” And true enough, the creators weren’t kidding. It’s a very brilliant car which you can use for your coast-to-coast road excursions and even just cruising on the road during the summer with perfect music in the background. It generates a horsepower of 151 at 5600 rpm and if you’re feeling it, you can turn the notch up to 7000 rpm. But take note that the unpleasant engine sound might start to tick you off right beyond the 6500 rpm mark. So we suggest keeping the rev at that minimum.
Chevrolet Camaro (1969)
Although this is the last model of the first generation, any classic car collector would agree that this is the most popular! And we’re talking about housing a robust-looking metal and revised grille which will make classic car lovers take this beauty out for a ride as it will surely be a head-turner! If road racing is your thing, the Camaro Z/28 is a top pick. With dual exhaust, high-performance suspension, quick-ratio steering, heavy-duty radiator, and 15 x 7-inch rally wheels; driving this monster is definitely not a cheap thrill – but could be the thrill of your lifetime!
Ferrari 250 GTO (1962)
Yes, Ferrari made the list twice. But, come on it’s Ferrari, they deserve it! And at least one person out there would agree this vehicle deserves to be on this list. Because they paid $48.4 Million to purchase a beautiful 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis #3413) at a Sotheby’s auction. That sticker price makes this Ferrari quite possibly the most expensive collector car ever.
Shelby 427 Cobra (1966)
Even the name itself sounds a bit intimidating and truthfully, the real model IS powerful and intimidating for those who drive a “mom mobile.” Well, the creator, Carroll Shelby did a masterful job of combining speed and design. With a muscley V-8 Ford powerplant and AC Ace bodies, this model turned out to be lightweight and also one of the most tremendous sports cars in American history. But Shelby’s fame came to an end when the “Super Snake” was launched in 1966. The Cobra will still conquer any fast sports cars out there though!
Maserati Ghibli 4.7 (1969)
The Maserati Ghibli’s design is an elegant and classic look that makes it stand out. It also has a high-quality engineering that makes it one of the most in-demand classic cars even today. But don’t be deceived by its low-profile look because the 4.7-liter V8 engine that has a five-speed manual transmission can be taken on the racetrack any day.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (1957)
The admirable design and highly-respected status make the Gullwing the most famous and important Mercedes design after World War II wreaked havoc on the world; a clear statement that Germany shouldn’t be taken lightly in the world of classic car engineering. It’s even been coined as the “Sports Car of the Century” by a world-champion racecar driver, Stirling Moss.
Jaguar E-Type (1961)
The OTS and FHC were the first E-types ever created from 1961 to 1967. They featured a four-seat interior with a 9-inch floor plan, a taller roof, and steeper windshield. All of these models had aerodynamic glass-covered headlamps and low bumpers with beautiful tail lamps. Nothing quite as tasteful as this model!
Aston Martin DB5 (1964)
The Aston Martin DB5 was featured in the 2012 James Bond film – Skyfall. Actually, it has been a favorite go-to for James Bond films. And why shouldn’t it be? It has a look that can surely turn heads no matter where it’s driven, a dynamic engine, smooth and precise handling, and a luscious interior that every classic car connoisseur longs for.
The proliferation of classic cars dates back centuries ago and now people want dibs on classic cars either as collector items, for cruising, or if you entirely want to modify these cars as a hobby. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than owning a bespoke classic car in this modern-day glitz and glamour. If you are lucky enough to add one of these iconic cars to your collection, be sure to utilize enclosed shipping for the trip home.
Author Bio: Sarah Brooks, a passionate blogger, and frequent traveler, enjoys sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about classic car parts and accessories. She is currently working for Tuckersparts, which offers the best classic automobile parts.