There’s something magical about old cars. The smooth curves, bold paint choices and retro design make them stand out a mile. But driving and owning an old car can come with a whole set of problems, from tracking down parts to hefty insurance bills. So you’ll be pleased to know that some of the most iconic classic cars have had a 21st-century reboot, with all of the style and a little more substance for a modern classic driving experience. If you want to feel like James Bond but with air conditioning and power steering then you’ll love these modern takes on classic cars.
The iconic Ford Mustang is one of the standout cars from the 20th century, and the all American classic has been given a reboot. The US company Classic Recreations have been given an official licence by Ford to start building brand new Boss 249, Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs. With upgraded 350bhp Coyote engines, Tremec gearbox and the option to upgrade to a 7 litre 429 V8 engine with electronic fuel injection, this is one hell of a car. It may be a little out of most of our price ranges, starting at $170,000 but we can dream.
The super cute Fiat 500s of Italian country roads had a major rehaul in 2013, and has become one of the most popular cars for city drivers. Though much bigger than the 1957 classic, it’s got the same retro look and compact design that made its predecessor such a classic. Now available in a range of bright cheerful colours and with all of the modern features you need, this is a far more affordable option if you’re looking for a brand new classic car.
Axed in 2002, the Chevrolet Camaro was a stylish sports car launched in 1967. However, just seven years after it was discontinued, they brought it back with all of the retro charm that made the original so popular. Chunky and bold, the Camaro has the look of a classic sports car but runs like a beast, with a huge modern engine that goes from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. The newest version also has Wi-Fi, driver mode selector and climate control – a long shot from the 60s model.
To celebrate Ford’s 100th birthday, they relaunched one of the most iconic sports cars of its time – the Ford GT. Built as a racing car, the same as its famous 1960s predecessor, the newest Ford GT is an incredible car with carbon fibre body, 647 horsepower engine and 3.5L EcoBoost Engine. It’s got the same sleek lines, bold stripes and classic look of the original but it’s been totally recreated into a modern classic in its own right.
There are other examples of relaunched classic cars that just didn’t cut it, and there are others that were super popular but lost the soul of their older versions. No matter what, the launch of a new version of a classic car is always exciting and if you are looking for a new car, with an old style, it could be a great next car for you.