In the UK, any car built before 1973 is deemed a classic. Not only do many of these cars offer the stylish design so often missing in modern motoring, they are also exempt from the country’s annual road tax vehicle excise duty. Finding a classic need not be a daunting task — one of the best places to start is online at sites such as Netcars, which offer a huge selection of second hand and classic cars.
With so many used cars for sale in the UK, choosing a classic can be hard. And while it will always come down to a matter of personal taste, here are five of our favourite classics:
THE LAND ROVER:
The Land Rover is a true classic. Originally designed by Maurice Wilks in 1947, it is said to have been inspired by the Jeeps used by the Americans in WW2. Built to last, these cars have a loyal following of enthusiasts, but look carefully through the many online listing of used cars for sale and you will likely find one in great shape.
THE FORD CAPRI:
Once the choice of the original ‘boy racers’, the Ford Capri has now rightly taken up its mantle as an iconic piece of automotive engineering. That’s not to say it’s lost any of its ‘Ooomph’; if you are in the market for a classic that can still set your pulse racing, keep a look out for the 1963 GT version. Engineered by Cosworth, the car can still give many modern hatchbacks a run for their money.
There have been many iconic Jaguars over the years, but if you are looking for one which won’t break the bank, then a classic XJ could be the car for you. Often described as the definitive saloon car, the XJ set the benchmark for all that would follow.
The MINI COOPER:
One of the most instantly recognisable cars in the world, the Mini first went into production in 1959 and soon became the defining car of the 1960’s. It is often said that any serious petrol head should own a Mini Cooper at some point in their life.
PLYMOUTH STATION WAGON:
Love it or hate it, the Plymouth Station Wagon always provokes a reaction. If you are looking for a classic piece of Americana, there is nothing more authentic than this. Once one of the most successful American car companies, Plymouth produced its last car in 2001.