In part one of our guide to classic car types, we dived right in to the basics. This included iconic muscle cars and antique models that have defined American automotive history. Though we can’t help but obsess over these pioneering car types, now it’s time to move on to the more unique models that you hear less about. What better reason to reminisce, then checking our our guide to classic cars (round 2)!
Here’s our second guide to classic cars:
Coupe Utility Vehicles (CUVs)
CUVs originate as far back as the 1930s and were mostly used by farmers for transporting materials and crops. Its original design became more of a phenomenon after the Ford Ranchero (1957) and Chevy El Camino (1959) debuted in America. These car-based trucks were distinctly unique and were either adored or disliked by car enthusiasts. There was really no in between. Although you don’t see automakers integrating the body shape of CUVs into modern vehicles, these two-passenger models are surely one of a kind. On average, you can find a CUV in mint condition for $15,000 to $30,000.
Next on our guide to classic cars is one of the most extraordinary models to make its way onto the automotive market: the station wagon. Its name was devised from its purpose, which at the time was to take people to and from stations. However over time this classic vehicle won the hearts of families. It was an affordable, spacious option for growing families through the 1950s-70s. The original station wagons had hand-built wooden bodies. Hint the popular “Woodie” moniker. As years passed, companies like Volvo and BMW carried on the legacy of station wagons with modernized versions. Yet, nothing is quite as iconic as the originals.
Sport Utility Vehicle (SUVs)
Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine a street corner without a sport utility vehicle parked somewhere. But before SUVs became the favored choice among drivers, this car type had a relatively different purpose. Known for their off-roading capabilities and cargo storage, the original SUVs were designed for outdoor adventures. Perhaps the most notorious make and model is the Ford Bronco. Another great example is the Range Rover Land Rover. Though we’re glad SUVs have evolved into a variety of sizes and aptness, it’s thanks to the Jeep Cherokee and Chevy TrailBlazer that we have so many options today.
Final thoughts on our guide to classic cars
To conclude, we hope you enjoyed part two of Headlights Depot‘s guide to classic cars. Our drive down memory lane has certainly reminded us that the automotive industry had humble beginnings, although still pretty remarkable. There is no denying that the coupe utility vehicle, station wagon, and sport utility vehicle made their mark in production. Not to mention, these vehicles changed the way families could accommodate the American lifestyle.