Any man who says that the look and feel of a car aren’t important is lying through his teeth. There isn’t any person on the planet who wouldn’t want to own a head-turning, double-take-causing vehicle in his garage. Classic cars remain in high demand for a reason – they’re simply too awesome to let time take its toll. If you’re looking for some of the most awesome cars of all time, we got you. Check out our list of 20 vintage cars that define the term “legendary.”
1. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
This classic full-sized vehicle was the center of attention of all car enthusiasts back in the mid-20th century. The Bel Air became a highly sought-after car for its relatively low price tag of $2,000 even by the 1950s’ standard. What was most impressive was that a brand-new Bel Air could go from 0 to 60 mph in just 12 seconds!
2. 1961 Lincoln Continental
The 4th-generation Lincoln Continental became an iconic car due to its appearance in films like 1964’s Goldfinger, 1999’s The Matrix, and 2004’s Spider-Man 2. It’s fair to say that even though it can be hard to get your hands on one of these babies, Hollywood will never let the 1961 Lincoln Continental die out.
3. 1956 BMW 507
Even back in 1956, German engineering was at its finest. The 507 from BMW was available as a 2-seat convertible or a 4-seat coupe. The 507 was set to have a price tag of only $5,000 but after freight and insurance, it ended up costing more than double that in the US. There were only about 250 of this car sold in the US market so finding a someone who’s willing to sell his or hers to you will be close to impossible.
4. 1949 Jaguar MK V DHC
There is no way a vehicle this sleek and elegant would not become an instant classic. This unique car was characterized by its long-lasting engine that was a complete game-changer back in its time. There were two versions of this super-vehicle – a 2-door Drop Head Coupe and a 4-door sedan.
5. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Any list of vintage cars from the past has to have at least one mention of a Ferrari. On this list, we’ve included the 250 GTO – a 1962 production of only 39 units. In order for any person from aboard (outside of Italy) to become an owner, they needed a stamp of approval from Enzo Ferrari himself. Talk about exclusiveness.
6. 1960 Volkswagen 1200 Cabriolet
The VW Beetle entered into production in the late 1940s but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it really caught on. The 1200 Cabriolet became highly popular as it was released to the public during the peak of the Beetle fad.
7. 1928 Bentley Speed Six
This automobile introduced in the late 1920s became to most successful racing car ever produced by Bentley. It was the sportier version of the Speed 6-1/2-Litre. It won two back-to-back 24 Hours which is a testament to how quick this 180-HP beast was (at the time).
8. 1984 Audi Coupe Quattro
This car is the epitome of German engineering. In just five years, this vehicle was able to win more than 20 World Rally Championships. About 8,000 units were sold, so there’s a good chance you could cop one of these with the right offer
9. 1973 Lancia Stratos
This wedge-nosed vehicle was born to race; winning three consecutive World Rally Championships between 1974 and 1976. However, Fiat, Lancia’s parent company, halted the production of this racer due to internal conflicts. The final event where the Stratos showed its racing superiority was the Tour de Corse Automobile in 1981.
10. 1954 Jaguar XK140
The ideal car for a pimp, the Jaguar XK140 was the perfect example of big-grilled and curvy. Unfortunately, this style went out of fashion in the following decade after fancy, space-age designs and trims became the new norm.
11. 1963 Porsche 911
Since the Porsche 911’s inception in 1963, the iconic curve of the roof has not been replaced by blocks or edges. It wasn’t exactly eye-popping at the time, and many people dubbed it “boring” when compared to other vehicles to hit the market in the 1960s. However, there’s a huge following of classic 911s and an even larger demand for, especially the first-generation.
18. 1981 Delorean DMC-12
Any 1980s kid would want to have this baby sitting in their garage. The Delorean made history as the time-traveling vessel of choice byMarty McFly and Doc Brown in the cinematic classic Back to the Future. It wasn’t exactly known for its performance on the road, but when it comes to movies, the futuristic appearance of the car mattered most.