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Best classic cars

People will argue long and hard about what makes a car a classic, and we know this list will do little more than start another war of words. But here are our favourite classic cars!

First published: 4th August 2017
Classic cars offer the chance to relive a past motoring age, transporting you back to whatever time takes your fancy. They can be any age, shape or make, just so long as you have fond memories of that car.

There’s a huge range of classic cars to suit every taste and budget, which you can see from our five cars below. Whether it’s a sleek sports car, back-to-basic roadster, or a humble family car that stirs up your passion, you can enjoy classic car ownership.

Getting behind the wheel of a classic is also more affordable than you might think thanks to the wide variety available. You might even make a bit of money if you choose wisely and find the next car to gain classic status as younger buyers look to the dream cars of their youth. If that's your intention, look for hot hatches like the Peugeot 205 GTI and Ford Escort XR3i, or perhaps a drop-top in the shape of an early Mazda MX-5 or Porsche Boxster.

They're not quite in our Top 5 yet though. We've chosen:
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • MG B
  • Ford Capri
  • Lamborghini Countach
  • Mini
Best classic cars - Jaguar E-Type
Jaguar E-type – the beautiful one
The Jaguar E-type routinely tops polls of the prettiest cars ever made and even Enzo Ferrari described it as the most beautiful car produced. Few would argue against the Brit’s credentials as a blue-chip classic, yet there’s much more to it than looks. Underneath is a chassis derived from the Le Mans-winning D-type racer and the engines in earlier models are taken from the same source. So, no wonder the E-type was described as the 150mph sports car you could afford. Celebrities and racing drivers loved it, and the Jaguar is now one of the most recognised cars in the world for its style, drive and panache.
• Find a Jaguar E-Type in our classifieds
  • Our pick of the range: Series 1 4.2 Roadster
  • Price: from £50,000
  • Fuel economy: 21mpg
  • Number of seats: 2
Best Classic Cars - MG B
MG B – the affordable one
MG had been building affordable sports cars since the 1920s, but it hit it big with the MG B. Anyone looking for a fun car in the 1960s and ’70s would be drawn to the British roadster and coupe range. Fun to drive, easy to look after and with superb back-up from an industry of specialists, the MG B remains a bedrock of the classic car world. It’s also still huge fun to drive and more than up for being used all-year round. Best of all, getting behind the wheel of an MG B is still one of the most cost-effective ways to have fun.
• Find an MG B in our classifieds
  • Our pick of the range: MG B Roadster
  • Price: from £3000
  • Fuel economy: 30mpg
  • Number of seats: 2
Best Classic Cars - Ford Capri
Ford Capri – the fun one
Ford sold the Capri as ‘the car you always promised yourself’ and plenty of keen drivers are still taking the car up on that pledge. Much of the attraction was being able to personalise the Capri to your tastes with different engines, trims and wheels. That remains a big part of the car’s appeal to today’s fans, as well as its fine driving ability and engines that go from frugal to downright fast. Most parts are easy to come by, and looking after this Ford should be simple for home mechanics. Four seats and a decent boot make the Capri ideal fun for all the family to enjoy, too, and there are prices to suit all pockets.
• Find a Ford Capri in our classifieds
  • Our pick of the range: 2.8i Special
  • Price: from £4500
  • Fuel economy: 25mpg
  • Number of seats: 4
Best Classic Cars - Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Countach – the exotic one
The Countach gained its name when a Lamborghini worker used the expression on first seeing the car. It’s been causing the same sensation ever since its 1974 launch. Successive improvements made the Countach more powerful and quicker, but no less easy to live with: rear vision is non-existent and you need to open the doors to see out when reversing. Yet, this is all part of the Lamborghini’s legend and appeal. You’ll need deep pockets to own one today, but you’ll be buying into a very exclusive club that’s included many celebrities and famous owners. Don’t expect to pop to the shops in a Countach, but savour it on great roads and you’ll know why this Italian is one of most exotic and enchanting classics you can buy.
• Find a Lamborghini Countach in our classifieds
  • Our pick of the range: LP5000 QV
  • Price: from £250,000
  • Fuel economy: 16mpg
  • Number of seats: 2
Best Classic Cars - Mini
Mini – the everyday one
The Mini changed the world. It arrived as the UK was coming out of post-war gloom into the bright lights of the 1960s, so it was fitting that this car revolutionised small-car design with its transverse engine and front-wheel drive. It allowed four people and luggage to travel in comfort, and it was affordable to all. Everyone who was anyone in the 1960s had a Mini, and when John Cooper tuned it, the Mini became a world-beating rally and race car. Today, a basic Mini is about the easiest classic you can buy, drive and maintain thanks to a huge support network of specialists and clubs. Go for a Cooper S and you’ll see why this pocket rocket was the original hot hatch, because it will paint a smile across your face on every journey.
• Find a Rover Mini in our classifieds
  • Our pick of the range: Cooper S
  • Price: from £2500
  • Fuel economy: 48mpg
  • Number of seats: 4
(All details correct at time of original publication)