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Top Vintage Cars to Drive At Least Once in Your Lifetime

Have you ever dreamed of taking a spin in an automotive legend? Chances are just about every car enthusiast has a particular make and model in mind when this question presents itself. Yet the real challenge is getting behind the wheel of these undisputed “dream cars”. While some vintage models are difficult to find, others are easily discoverable if you look in the right places. Whether it’s getting in contact with a private collector or renting one for a few hours, there is something to be said about driving a vintage car at least once in a person’s lifetime. From the 1967 Chevy Corvette to the Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing, there’s a great deal of classic vehicles available that car fanatics continually fawn over. To help distinguish the average ones from the best of the best, here’s a look at the top vintage cars ever in existence. If you haven’t driven one yet, you’re sure to have the impulse to buy by the end of this article!

What is the most popular vintage car?

Iconic is the first word that comes to mind when you envision a true vintage model nowadays. Though there have been plenty of “greats” throughout automotive history, some standout significantly among the rest. Admittedly, it’s even hard to compose this list because there are so many praiseworthy models worth mentioning. With that said, we consider the following cars the most timeless and revolutionary, back then and today.

Ready to drive a vintage car? Get behind the wheel of one of these iconic automotive legends:

Chevrolet Corvette

As the “most collected car” in automotive history, the Chevy Corvette holds a special place in auto enthusiasts’ hearts. This American beauty captivates audiences for its sports car capabilities and overall low pricing. The second generation is arguably the most coveted among production years. However, there are several collectors who would love a moment or two in any Corvette amid its 60 year history. Luckily, these vintage models aren’t too hard to find. Car auctions and websites like are usually filled with select model years. That said, you may have to perform a bit of repair work to get them up and running.

Ferrari 250 GTO

When it comes to vintage models, there are few as rare as the Ferrari 250 GTO. Deep-pocketed collectors strive to get their hands on one of these elegant racing cars, with reported car auction prices reaching as high as 70 million. Though this isn’t the type of vintage car that all drivers will get to experience in their lifetime, it is a noteworthy vehicle for most collectors. Only 39 models were ever produced between 1962 and 1964. As can be assumed, very few drivers have gotten to experience the 250 GTO in person but many have dreamed about it.

Jaguar E-Type

Enzo Ferrari once dubbed the E-Type as “the most beautiful car ever made” and that still rings true for car enthusiasts today. This Jaguar icon is a timeless collectors’ item with lots of advanced features to speak home about. The all-round independent suspension guaranteed a smooth ride from start to finish along with disc brakes that contributed to unparalleled performance at the time. British GQ perfectly described it as “a 1960s icon that’s never out of style”. Amongst a group of automotive fanatics, you’re bound to hear positive remarks about the Jaguar E-Type’s age defying looks.


Before Toyota and Honda were embraced by American consumers, the Datsun 240Z made an impressive breakthrough onto the domestic automotive market. In fact, it left a historic impact for decades to come. At a time when sports cars were all the rage, the 240Z held its own. Particularly, against more popular muscle cars of its era. This was thanks to its low pricing and well-rounded performance. With an efficient in-line engine reaching 0 to 60mph in 8 seconds, many car enthusiasts became in favor of the 240Z quickly. While its hey-day is far behind us, you can find a number of vintage models in prime condition on classic car sites.

VW Beetle

The VW Beetle is about as vintage as they come. It’s fun. It’s iconic. It embodies a unique facet of automotive production that’s carried throughout the years. While the rarest production year is 1964, you can’t go wrong with most of the pristine condition models available. Aside from being great on gas and easy to maintain, the Beetle undeniably personified counter culture in American history. Those who still love everything the VW Beetle represents can’t wait to buy one when the opportunity arrises. It’s definitely one of the top vintage cars on any automotive experts’ list.

Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing

To finish our list of the top vintage cars, we’ve chosen (in our team’s opinion), one of the most beautiful automobiles ever produced. The Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing is known for its top hinged, upswinging doors but its extraordinary power is just as distinctive. As the world’s first passenger car to be equipped with “output-and-efficiency enhancing direct fuel injection”, this model became known for more than just its good looks. Its lightweight design and fast speeds made the Gullwing a legend in its own right.

Today, car enthusiasts still admire this 1950’s classic! From celebrities like Jay Leno to your every car fanatic, the 300 SL holds special value. Watch the video below to take a look inside; and learn more about its groundbreaking history:

Do you have a favorite vintage car? Like any of the ones on our list? Share your experience driving one of the top vintage cars in existence. We’d love to hear from you!

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Michaella Malone
Michaella Malone is a content specialist and full-time freelancer with 5+ years of experience working with small businesses on online platforms. She is a graduate of Florida State University (Go Noles!) and avid traveller, having visited over 25 countries and counting. In addition to blogging, ghostwriting, and social media content, she has contributed to the development of English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculums for international programs.

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