There’s just something about old cars… the power, the beauty, the sheer majesty of a machine that’s recognised and respected the world over. The definitions of “vintage” and “classic” cars may vary slightly depending upon where you live and who you ask, but some cars just seem to stand out a bit from the rest even when compared to modern cars that are loaded with features and which can top speeds that were once thought impossible, these cars are quick to be noticed and fawned over by their fans.
Fast cars are great, and groundbreaking new features can definitely get the crowd to “ooh” and “ahh”… but even the most high tech example of modern automotive engineering pales in comparison to the breathtaking beauty and style of some of these true classics.
Of course, the cars that make the list of the best vintage cars ever will differ slightly depending on who’s making the list. Different individuals may pick out different model years, or other cars which aren’t included on this specific listing. It’s not easy picking out just 10 cars from all of the amazing machines that have graced the roads and raceways over the years, so feel free to disagree with some of these choices if your favourite vintage ride didn’t make the top 5.
When looking at vintage cars, it’s hard to surpass the enduring style and legacy of the Model T. This car is generally viewed as being the first affordable production automobile, and set the standard for what a classic car should look like way back in 1908. A variety of changes were made to the design of the Model T during the 19 years that it was in production, culminating in the 1927 model that is still sought after by collectors and makers of classic reproductions today.
1927 Ford Model T
The Model T (or the Tin Lizzie, as it was often called) is a great example of how a car doesn’t have to be the fastest available to still be revered by those who appreciate great vehicles.
Even though it only had two gears, the Model T was still voted “Car of the Century” in 1999, beating out other classics such as the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mini, and the Porche 911 with a considerable lead.
1969 Corvette Sting Ray
Next, we have a car that needs no introduction from its instantly recognisable body shape to the iconic crossed-flags emblem, it’s hard to imagine any listing of the greatest vintage cars of all time that doesn’t include some version of the Corvette.
One of the cars that defined American muscle in the 60’s, Chevrolet’s Corvette Sting Ray coupe is quite possibly one of the most famous cars ever produced. Corvettes have appeared as centerpieces for countless movies, and ever since production started on this classic line they’ve been seen as a definition of simplicity and style.
The 1969 Corvette Sting Ray saw the peak of Corvette cool, before automotive styles began to change and the Corvette shifted to the changes it would feature in the 70’s and 80’s. The ’69 Stingray featured a split rear suspension, disc brakes, a “big block” engine, side exhaust pipes, the classic split rear window of the Sting Ray, and a variety of other features that make it remain a highly desired car even to this day.
1967 Ford Mustang
When looking at American muscle cars like the ’69 Sting Ray, you can’t overlook the Mustang from the Ford Motor Company.
Even today, filmmakers and producers look to the Mustangs of the 60’s when they want a vehicle that conveys pure power and indomitable force and nothing does this better than the 1967 Mustang. It was in ’67 that the Mustang received its first real increases in length and height, and it was given a wider body frame which allowed for the inclusion on a “big block” engine to give this beast plenty of horsepower. This was combined with a variety of extra vintage car parts giving features such as power disc brakes, a tilt steering wheel, and the innovative FMX transmission which allowed for fully automatic shifting in addition to manual shifting.
1969 Camaro SS
It seems that 1969 was a very good year for Chevrolet.
In addition to producing a classic powerhouse like the ’69 Corvette Sting Ray, Chevy also released the last model in the first generation of Camaros. The ’69 Camaro SS featured a sporty look that still was obviously aggressive (thanks to a new sheet metal body, deep-set headlights, a redesigned grill, and a variety of other design changes.) Chevrolet allowed for some changes in their ordering process for this model year as well, which let dealers order Camaros with engines over the usual limit of 400 cc (6.6 L).This resulted in Camaros featuring 427 engines, and helped to establish the Camaro’s reputation as a powerful machine that refused to back down.
The Tucker was truly an innovation in the world of automotive design, and though the 1948 model was the only model ever produced, its effect on the world of automobiles can still be felt to this day. Preston Tucker and Alex Tremulis designed the Tucker as an attempt to break into the automotive industry, and though only a handful of cars were produced the features that were present in those cars were extremely innovative for .