Who doesn’t love a cool classic car? There is just something about that vintage look, shiny chrome, sleek lines, and the history that draws folks into the romance of it all. While there are some classics enthusiasts who just love vintage vehicles, there are often two distinct camps that have their own ideas about which classics are the best – European Classics and American Classics.
Which side are you on? Let’s take a look at some of the top cars in each category. Maybe you’ll get hooked too.
1. Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (1967) – Only 18 of these babies were ever made so they are uber rare. They were the most expensive automobile the year they were released. They are still a highly coveted automobile prize.
2. Ferrari 250 GTO (1962-1964) – This was a hot car when it was first manufactured and it is even hotter as a classic. In fact, in August 2014, a 1963 model sold for $34,650,000 at Bonham’s Quail Auction.
3. Lamborghini Miura (1966-1973) – This was Lamborghini’s first sports car that he produced after he and Ferrari parted ways. It was also the beginning of a legend. In its day it was the fastest production car; and it’s still awesome.
4. Dino 206 GT (1968-1969) – This “Almost a Ferrari” was the company’s attempt to create a car that affordable and accessible to consumers who were not part of the elite. You can’t keep a Ferrari down, though, and it didn’t take long for this little car to shine.
5. Mercedes-Benz300 SL Gullwing (1954-1963) – This car was produced as a racing car from 1952 to 1953 then was a production car until 1963. It was the doors, though, that turned this hot little number into an iconic classic.
1. Mercury Eight (1949-1951) – In its day, this was the coolest car on the road. In fact, it made an appearance in Rebel without a Cause when it was driven by the legendary James Dean. Now collectors scramble to get just a little bit of this coolness for themselves.
2. Tri-Five Chevrolets (1955-1957) – This design is one of the most highly prized classic among many collectors. Its popularity has earned it a place as a piece of Americana. They are definitely head turners.
3. Ford Mustang (1964-and still going strong) – The Pony car is the epitome of muscle cars and with powerhouses like the Shelby Ford has shown it can appeal to just about everyone.
4. Chevy Corvette (1953-does it really matter?) – This is the all American sports car that has withstood the test of time. Throughout its sometimes rocky history, it has proven to be a hardy, popular classic that won’t back down.
5. Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (1953-1966 & 1971-1976) – This cool caddie brought home Cadillac’s slogan “Standard of the World” with its sleek lines and mile long hood. It was full out luxury and a landmark in Cadillac history.
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