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The Best Classic Cars and Future Classics

Updated on February 9, 2015

Classic Cars (and Future Classic Cars)

What is the best classic car? Which ones can really be used and which one can you just look at?

How difficult and expensive are they to own and run?

Which cars are reliable and economical and how much do the parts cost to replace? How frequent and expensive is the servicing of these cars?

Are classic cars just an expensive, dangerous nightmare or a viable, more interesting alternative to a modern car?

I have had a few classic cars. This article is about my cars and the pros and cons of owning an old classic car. All of the cars here are inexpensive to buy and not too expensive to run and insure.

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS QV

1975 Alfa Romeo Spider

1985 Alfa Romeo Spider

2000 Jaguar XKR

1997 Jaguar XJ12

And the next one might be...

Bentley Turbo R

1960s or 2009 Fiat 500

I have written separate reviews of each, with pictures, so please follow the links below.

Please also see my articles and photos of driving trips in my classic cars: Loire Valley, France, in a Ferrari and Le Mans 24 Hour Race (France), and a Ferrari and an Alfa Spider

Do you like American muscle cars, Italian sports cars or British luxury car?
Please add and vote for your favourites below...

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS QV - Do you want to look like Magnum PI?

Fast, loud and beautiful Italian classic sports car, the Ferrari 308 GTS is also affordable and reliable. In it's day it was one of the best "supercars" available, with excellent handling, performance and style; designed by Pininfarina, built by Ferrari with bodywork assembled by Scaletti.

My 308 GTS QV never broke down, was inexpensive to run and insure and looked and sounded wonderful.

The 308 is famous for it's starring role in the Magnum PI TV series.

Here is my review and photos:

Ferrari 308 GTS

1975 Alfa Romeo Spider 2000

The Alfa Romeo Duetto was the beautiful star of the 1966 film, The Graduate, (also staring Dustin Hofman) The original 1966 car had a 1600cc engine, but the one pictured has the more powerful 2000 engine (and the name Duetto had been dropped by then, due to Alfa Romeo being sued by a food manufacturer who made a biscuit of the same name)

I have owner two of these wonderful convertibles:

1975 Alfa Romeo Spider

1985 Alfa Romeo Spider

Jaguar XKR

The Jaguar XKR is a big luxurious coupe with a powerful and smooth 4 litre supercharged V8, a proper old-fashioned wood and leather interior, but very modern adaptive suspension, excellent handling and performance. Faster, more comfortable, more powerful, smoother and more practicle than a standard Porsche 911 or even an Aston Martin DB7 of the same age.

The Jaguar XKR was actually the sister car of the Aston Martin DB7. Jaguar had developed a new Grand Turismo (GT) coupe to replace the aging and unloved XJS. Aston mean-while were going bankrupt (again) so Ford, the parent company of both Aston and Jaguar, badged the new coupe as an Aston Martin, and the Jaguar version with the new, far better, V8 engine came out a year later.

Is it really a classic? Possibly not quite, but it will be soon.

Here my review and photos:

Jaguar XKR

Jaguar XJ12 /Daimler Double Six

The Jaguar XJ12 is big heavy luxurious car with a monstrous 6.0 litre V12 engine (same type and size as you might find in a very expensive Ferrari). This is a very rare car which also exists in long-wheelbase form and badged as a Daimler Double Six A comfortable, very smooth, powerful limo with the performance of a slightly overweight supercar, acres of wood and leather and the ambiance of a posh gentleman's club.

Here is my review and photos:

Jaguar XJ12

Fiat 500 - Old and New Classic Car - How about a brand-new classic?

The original Fiat 500 or "cinquecento" was made by Fiat from 1957 until 1975; a cheap people's car similar in concept to the VW Beetle in Germany, Morris Mini in England and the Citroen 2CV in France.

The original Fiat 500 is tiny at just 10 feet long with a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine (i.e. a 500cc engine)

The new Fiat 500 was launched in 2007 based on the original in terms of styling, but based on the modern Fiat Panda for mechanicals.

If you like the original or the new pretender please see this review

The New Fiat 500

The New Fiat 500
The New Fiat 500

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      CEFA-CEFA 5 years ago

      nice

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      usdirectprotect 5 years ago

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      Classic collection I must say... visit some other classic and vintage car pics on

      https://hubpages.com/autos/automotive-trivia

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      cricandcric1557 5 years ago

      You really know your stuff... Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cars will always fascinate people. Love the classics!

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Great lens! We love cars.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Envy your car collection and reviews! :)

      Would love to own a Ferrari someday! :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You have some great cars here. If I were going for a classic, I would go further back and opt for an Excalibur.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Enjoyed the lens enormously. * Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Classic and Vintage Cars. Hugs,

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, the jaguar xkr looks amazing.

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      meisgood132 5 years ago

      Great lens lots of fun stats to be had. Hey try Best Cars Ever Made.

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      Trulee Ann 5 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

      Great lens sharing:

      My Bob enjoyed it very much as he is into the Muscle Cars.

      Blessings.......Annlee

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      johngracy 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing to us.there are many person searching about that now they will find enough resources by your post.I would like to join your blog anyway so please continue sharing with us

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @nort43: Thanks. Yes, the 420 G was/is a wonderful machine.

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      nort43 6 years ago

      The 420 G was and remains...Top Cat. Good lens...thenks

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I like the idea of the new fiat 500...and I use the term new loosely.....but if money is not part of the equation, I'll take the Ferrari.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Was that Jag purple? Wow

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      onlyoneadam 6 years ago

      Hey Andy! great lens! - few things in common here; I'm an ex pro photographer and a fan of retire young and rich, well pretty comfortably anyway!

      The Countach got my vote due to sheer outrageousness, although you'd be exhausted after a few hours of driving; I know a guy who built a replica Countach on an Ultima chassis - awesome combo!

      Anyway I've always spent bugger all on my cars, Fiat X1/9s, original Minis, and lately a Honda Prelude 4th gen.

      Anyway keep up the Good work :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Been awhile since I was here. Your cars are so nice, that I missed them.

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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Love the Jags. I restored British junk for dating money in high school and college. I've probably owned a hundred or more. The E type I drove in college was one of my favorites. One nice thing is if you look closely, at some point classic iron is treated as an old car, and priced that way. Buy it and you have a metallic asset that increases in value.

      If not, they sure can be fun to drive.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      Dream cars! I'm poor and just bought a 1989 Ford Thunderbird with lots of electrical problems lol

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I miss my mini cooper!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      OK -- guess which car I want? Give up -- a Jaguar!!! ;)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice cars. I would like to own one.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Andy you do wonderful lens in all categories. There's a real love for nice cars that shines through here. :)

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      I have to add the Boss 302...love it!! Enjoyed your articles and pictures...yes have to love a Jag...how can you not?!

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      Dr_Rozno 8 years ago

      Congratulations! This lens is featured on PR-4 main page of The Coolest Squidoo Group

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      joeyhey 8 years ago

      Great lens. I liked the vid of Ferris Buller's day off. Gave this lens 4 stars

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great looking cars! I love Ferraris.

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      Artofwheels 8 years ago

      my fav is the jaguar e-type

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice wheels! My cousin used to be an engine designer for Jaguar. One day maybe I might get to own one something more classic than a Toyota :)

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      Delia 8 years ago

      great lens! when I was young a friend had an early 60's Alfa Romeo Spider and I got to drive it...my mom had a RR Silver Cloud and didn't even know what it was, just knew people stared....5*