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Motoring
The Most Iconic
VW Microbus
Just packing up a bag, strapping your surfboard to the roof, loading The
Cars of All Time
Beach Boys in to the tape deck and chugging down to Cornwall with all of
your mates. It’s every kids dream and, judging by the prices fetched by
campers to this day, for many the dream doesn’t fade.
There are certain cars -
Citroen 2CV
not necessarily
Only less recognisable than a Mini or a Beetle, the
expensive sports cars or
2CV is as French as baguettes, frogs legs and
even the best, most
Chanel. A French village is indeed incomplete
reliable or useful cars –
without a rusting 2CV or two. Girls love them, men
which we all admire.
tolerate them. If only because James Bond drove
Here we count down the
one in For Your Eyes Only.
ten most familiar, well
loved and longed for
Morris Minor Traveller
cars around…
Once the preserve of countryside vicars and greying
old ladies with fox terriers, the wood-framed Moggy
Mini Cooper
Minor Traveller has, somehow, never been cooler.
Ever since Michael Caine
Whatever it is that makes us long for tweed and
uttered the immortal line
spotted dick has turned the Traveller from style-
‘you’re only supposed to
death to chicer-than.
blow the bloody doors
off,’ we’ve longed for our
Ford Escort MK1
own super-sweet, utterly
Whilst modern Ford Escorts might be frowned upon
cool Mini Cooper. No
by the chav-hating kids of the noughties the MK1
other car is so
and MK2 models of the late sixties and seventies
recognisable or so
were everyman car perfection and remain a triumph
adored by drivers here and all over the world.
of car design as far as retro-lovers and rally drivers are concerned.
Jaguar E-Type
Sensuous lines, come hither eyes and the ability to go like no other,
the Jaguar E-Type is the car most men would sell their wives for.
Sports Car International magazine named it the best car of the 1960s
but many would argue it’s the best of all time.
VW Beetle
The re-launch of the Volkswagen Beetle in the late 1990s
disappointed many a fan of the original bug which was produced
from 1938 to 2003. Uncomfortable seats, a lack of speed and
roaringly noisy engine are among the problems which has seen the
Beetle named among the worst cars of all time. But still we love
them.
Porsche 911
No Porsche manufactured since has lived up to the 911. But
perhaps it’s simply because few cars can better it for driveability or
design – Porsche consistently adapted the design to appeal to
everyone from curve-loving 60s swingers to 1980s city boys.
VW Golf GTI MK2
Aston Martin DB9
If there’s one car which sums up the original boy racer it’s the MK2 GTIs
Few new cars have captured the public imagination like the DB9, launched
which rolled off the production line from 1984. Still picked up and
in 2004. Practically perfect in every way it lives up to previous DB
souped up to this day there’s just something about a white, convertible
incarnations and then some. A basic model may cost a similar price to a
MK2 with rally lights…
three bed terrace in South Wales but you know which you’d rather…
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