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Retrogasm: 10 Vintage Cars That Have Totally Still Got It

December 31, 2013

At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’ve got a serious case of retrolove. Vintage cars are a glorious thing, standing the test of time because of their excellent design and inherent coolness. So with this in mind, we’ve got a treat for you – take a peek at our top 10 vintage cars. Ever.

 

’66 Shelby Cobra

Anything linked to Carroll Shelby is worth your time and money. One 427 Cobra Super Snake sold for a whopping $5.5 million, but with an insane power-to-weight ratio, this would give even modern day sports cars a run for their money. The Shelby Cobra is a classic we’ll never forget – and will probably never get the chance to drive, either, with a price tag like that.

’61 Jaguar E-Type

 Jaguar has always been one of those manufacturers which just oozes style and sophistication from every pore. The ’61 E-Type is no exception – with its smooth curves and simplistic styling, it even prompted Enzo Ferarri himself to call it, “The most beautiful car ever made.” And if it’s good enough for Enzo, it’s certainly good enough for us.

’64 Aston Martin DB5

Staying with the theory that celebrity endorsement offers some value, we’re pretty sure we can get on-board with a car James Bond deems suitable. Fair enough, the DB5 is a gorgeous feat of engineering, but most of the carlust we’re experiencing comes from the boyhood dream of being 007, even if we have to fake it.

’69 Boss Mustang

You know this machine’s going to have some crazy power when they’ve had to physically modify the body just to fit in that 375hp V8. The engineers at Ford actually spent hours upon hours tweaking and tinkering with this car before it went to production, to make sure it was the loudest, meanest muscle car on the market – and they’d still give you a run for your money today, with a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds and the ability to finish a standing quarter mile in 14 seconds, reaching a speed of 103mph.

’63 Corvette Stingray

We never had any problems with pre-1963 Corvettes, but when the Stingray glided off the production line, it might as well have signed the previous models’ death sentences. Nobody went back once they’d seen the beauty of the new Stingray – not to mention the decrease in weight, increase in performance and adjustments to handling that make this beauty a beloved car collector favourite to this day.

’69 Ferarri Dino 246 GT

The ’69 Dino is quite simply one of the most beautiful cars ever made. We’d argue with Enzo himself on this fact, since he gave that honour to the ’61 E-Type – but he’s far to cool to sing the praises of his own cars so we’ll let him off. We’ll just do it for him instead. The Dino model was built to be an affordable road-legal race car and adopted the Ferrari racing naming scheme, with the numbers representing the engine size in decilitres and the cylinder count (the 246 being a 2.4L 6 cylinder). It’s also worth mentioning that the name Dino was given after Enzo’s son, Alfredo Ferrari – nicknamed Alfredino or Dino – who tragically died 12 years before the first was created in 1968.

’66 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto

This is one of the best looking cars from the ‘60s that we know of. The Spider Duetto isn’t anything special or crazy – it’s in its simplicity and subtlety that the beauty comes out. The car isn’t too overstated or posh, either – it just makes you want to race around the Italian countryside in your own little world. Just you and your Alfa for eternity.

’69 Dodge Charger

Whether it’s a General Lee or not, it’s arguable that the ’69 Charger is the coolest car in history – and we’ve all seen enough episodes of the Dukes of Hazzard to know just how much punishment this car can take. You’d be hard pressed to find one yourself, though. Due to the amount of Chargers destroyed during the course of the show, there’s now actually a shortage of this model worldwide – most of them wrecked for our amusement during some death-defying bridge jumps and police chases. Still worth it.

’69 Chevrolet Camaro

No vintage car list would be complete without a couple of muscle cars – and we don’t intend on forgetting the Camaro. We don’t know what exactly it is about old-school American muscle, but it still makes men weak at the knees – and those racing stripes down the centre are actually scientifically proven make you go faster. We read that on the internet so totes true.

’59 Cadillac Eldorado

 And finally, the original lowrider – the Caddy Eldorado. We know you all love the ’69 Eldorado, but this one is just better. Forget about speed, forget about 0-60 times, forget about engine specs – this car’s sole reason for existing is to make you look brilliant. This particular car is still famous in our modern age, pimped with hydraulics Xzibit-style – but you don’t have to be G to love this beauty. The ’69 Eldorado is a timeless classic which never has and never will go out of style.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.