Modern-day cars might be leading the way in terms of performance and technology, but there's something to be said for classic vehicles. They look gorgeous, and many have taken on iconic status since their release. Just ask any classic car enthusiast, and they'll be able to reel off all their favourite vehicles from the past with ease. And we've also listed our own favourites in this guide to bring you the best classic cars of all time.
The Porsche 911 is a timeless classic still going strong to this day. Back in 1963, it changed the driving landscape after succeeding the 356. The earliest 911 featured a 2.0 engine capable of 130 bhp. It's safe to say that newer versions are significantly more powerful, but the original 911 was revolutionary at the time and still looks great today.
Once upon a time, Jaguar vehicles were the creme de la creme in the car world. And while they've seen somewhat of a revival over the years, there's no beating the original models. The E-Type, in particular, was an absolute gem. It was once called "the most beautiful car ever made" by Enzo Ferrari (he of Ferrari). This classic sports car was the staple of British motoring at the time, able to hit speeds of 150 mph. Today that might not sound like much, but it was groundbreaking in the 1960s.
Maserati Ghibli 4.7
In 1969, Maserati released the Ghibli 4.7, a stern-looking vehicle that looked like it was designed for the super-rich. That's probably because it was, and the Ghibli is still a sought-after car today for wealthy collectors – though good luck trying to find one. If this Maserati does show up on your radar, be prepared to pay for it: they sell for more than £500,000.
Routinely known as the best 4x4 of all time, the Land Rover has been going strong for more than 70 years. Initially used by the army in World War II, it went on sale to the public shortly after. The car was ahead of its time and drove perfectly on all types of terrain. Land Rover has since become a sought-after carmaker, but its first vehicle – the 80" Series 1 – still looks great when lined up next to more modern versions.
Chevrolet never did quite make the same waves in the UK as it did in the US. Still, that doesn't stop the Corvette from being an all-time classic car and the most collected vehicle on the other side of the pond. The second generation is the best version. It spanned from 1963 to 1967 and is arguably the most iconic American car ever made.
Aston Martin DB5
Made famous by James Bond movies, the Aston Martin DB5 has style and performance all rolled into one. It was ahead of the curve in the 1960s and still holds up now as a high-end car with a powerful engine. And if you don't believe us, just rewatch Goldfinger to see how good the DB5 looks in action.
The Mini Cooper is one of the most iconic small cars of all time, but the Beetle from Volkswagen gives it a run for its money. Not only is it one of the best-selling cars ever, but its production has managed to span for an incredible eight decades. The original version still looks the head and shoulders above the rest if you ask us, making it one of the best classic cars of all time.
Best classic cars
Options are plentiful when it comes to classic cars, but the vehicles on our list are a step above in our humble opinion. Many of them still exist today, albeit in modernised versions, which just goes to show that these vehicles were ahead of their time and the best classic cars ever made.