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Classic cars are more than just transportation! They are exciting historical artifacts that have traveled through time to exist in the present and remind us of the past. Each classic car acts as an ambassador for the tastes of that time, embodying the technology, style, and aesthetics from days gone by. Simply looking at a classic car can make people feel reflective as if they have been transported to another place.

Classic cars are a very expensive habit and are owned by men of style and taste. They are an extra to life, a beautiful, wayward, frustrating extra that brings sporadic joy and much wallet-emptying palaver.

Still, despite all that, there is a lovely elemental side to classic cars. When you drive them you do a lot of the work yourself. You’re physically connected to a classic car in a way you’re not with a modern car. Classic cars feel alive! Men of class like the idea of classic cars – who wouldn’t want a motor as beautiful as a 1954 Ferrari MM Pinin Farina Spyder? Classic cars define true beauty, taste, power etc., to its owners.

When spotted on streets, it causes more heads to turn as compared to a bikini ‘washing bay’. Its appearance at the garage tells the story of its owner and makes all the statements. Why roll up to your next social event in a generic vehicle when you could be riding in style in a classic car?

A tour on some classic cars

1961 Jaguar E-Type

“The most beautiful car ever made” – Enzo Ferrari Jaguar, unarguably, is a brand that oozes style. The E-Type, released in 1961, came with some pretty heavy praise. If Enzo Ferrari referred to it as, “The most beautiful car ever made,” well, that’s good enough for us.

The Jaguar E-Type or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring.

At a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles, and mediocre performance, the E-Type sprang on the scene with 150 mph and a sub-7 second 0-60 time, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension, and unrivaled looks. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ online list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time.

1964 Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer that was made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Released in 1963, it was an evolution of the final series of DB4.

The DB series was named honoring Sir David Brown (the head of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972). Although not the first, the DB5 is famous for being the most recognized cinematic James Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger (1964). If it’s cool enough for Bond, it’s cool enough for us.

If you had to pick one vehicle that James Bond relied on the most, you’d be hard-pressed not to go with the DB5, and the one from Goldfinger would look pretty sweet in our garage next to the cans of beer and lawn care products.

1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

The doors are only part of the reason this is one of the coolest cars to ever hit the pavement. The fact that the 300SL was the fastest production car at the time, means driving to your ad meetings wouldn’t be a bore.

1969 Toyota 2000G

If you’re noticing a small Bond theme here, you’re totally right. While Bond got a drop-top, the ’69 Toyota 2000GT was stylish enough without one being offered up from the factory. The elongated front, along with the design in general, makes it feel much more like an Italian roadster than something you would picture purchasing for its “dependable gas mileage.

Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

In 1936, Mercedes-Benz launched the 540K special, designated 540Ks. Based on the shorter 2,980 mm (117 in) wheelbase chassis, its body was carefully crafted. Its price tag of 28,000 Reichsmarks, some RM6, 000 above the price of standard models, meant only 32 were ever built.

The Sindelfingen factory employed 1,500 people to create the 540K, and allowed a great deal of owner customization, meaning only 70 chassis were ever bodied by independent builders. Owners included Jack L. Warner of Warner Brothers film studios.

Cars that still make definite statements today

OLDS MOBILE

Despite only being months away from the complete switch to full wartime production, 1941 held promise for Oldsmobile with its two-millionth automobile produced that year. The three-series model line comprised the entry-level Series 60, the mid-range Series 70 and the longer-wheelbase, top-level Series 90.

All three were available with a choice of a six- or an eight-cylinder L-head engine, offering 100 and 110 bhp respectively. Stylistically, the entire Oldsmobile line was revised, most notably with the headlamps moved forward and revised front fenders.

The landmark Hydra-Matic automatic transmission continued for 1941 and provided Oldsmobile buyers unprecedented ease of operation for an additional $100.

A variety of solid and two-tone color combinations, plus such comprehensive options as a radio, clock, turn signals, a locking gas tank door and the Condition-Air heater/defroster system, enhanced the value-packed Oldsmobile experience.

375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta Speciale “Ingrid Bergman” (1954 Ferrari)

In 1954, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina was commissioned by director Roberto Rossellini to build a one-off version of the 375 MM with custom bodywork for his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman. The color chosen for the vehicle was not available with other Ferrari models. It was later made available for all production Ferraris under the name “Grigio Ingrid.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is distinguished as the first year of second-generation (or “mid-year”) Corvette; only year with “split window” rear glass. It was also the first Corvette with hidden headlamps and independent rear suspension.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

A white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T famously starred in the 1971 film “Vanishing Point” (and because of that, a plot device in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”). Brauer points out other noteworthy aspects of this model: It was also the first for “E-Body,” it offered with 426 Hemi engine and it was available in “high-impact” colors like “Plum Crazy Purple.”

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

The first exotic car—Brauer says. This was due to the Lamborghini Miura SV’s mid-engine V12, making it one of the fastest production cars available in 1971.

1973 Porsche Carrera RS

The 1973 Carrera RS has the large rear tires, wider rear fenders, a spoiler, as well as larger brakes and fuel injection, resulting in a lighter, more powerful Porsche.

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Electric cars set to hit the road in 2019

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With far advancement in the development of electric cars by Automakers, considerable number of electric cars shall hit the roads in 2019 for enjoyable drive. Improvements in performance along with their range and available features that make them desirable choices is getting better with each new year.

There are some exciting new electric cars to be released onto the auto market for the upcoming year. If you’re not yet a fan of these eco-friendly vehicles, there might be something on the horizon that may change your mind. This mode of power is a burgeoning wave of the future in automotive technology and we expect what is now a small ripple to become a tsunami in its magnitude in a decade to come.

Here are the best electric cars for 2019 that you may consider to drive.

 

Audi E-tron Sportback (2019)

The Audi E tron Sportback made an initial appearance at the Shanghai motor show in 2017. The concept car was a sneak peek at what would be coming down the road in 2019. It’s about the same size as the brand’s Audi A7, along with the coupe styling feature, but there will be a few notable changes. The driving position will be raised and it will assume a more aggressive stance and detailing as seen in SUV styling. If you’re concerned about the power, it comes with three electric motors that will boost the hp to 486 and when you accelerate, you’ll move from 0 to 62 in about four and a half seconds.

 

Jaguar XJ (2019)

Jaguar is getting ready for the reveal of the new XJ for 2019, which will replace its XJ luxury car with an all-electric platform and no offerings for diesel or petrol alternatives. It’s the car that kicks off a new chapter in the story of the automaker. Jaguar will offer a five door hatch model which is a departure from the four door saloon.

 

Mini E (2019)

This will be the new revelation for the Mini experimental car that was produced in 2009 and 2010. Early models were only let out in a limited number for the purpose of testing trials. With the perfected version that is coming some ten years later, the fully electric new 2019 Mini E is poised to go on sale to the public with a more generous supply available. They’ve redesigned the previous experimental with a new type of battery technology that is a vast improvement over the original.

 

Tesla Model 3 (2019)

Elon Musk’s vision is coming to a dealership near you with Model 3 all electric car for 2019. In fact, if you’re interested in owning one for yourself, now is the time to place your order because the right hand versions are scheduled to start production in 2019. The Model 3 will offer a ton of premium options that you’d expect to find in the Mercedes C class, the Audi Ar and the BMW luxuries, but for a far more affordable price tag of $35K in British pounds.

 

Volvo XC40 Electric (2019)

Volvo is throwing its hat into the ring with their first all-electric car for 2019. The chassis of their smaller SUV will take its inspiration from the new XC40. Volvo’s playing coy with this new line for the brand and they’re not yet releasing any other details so we’ll have to wait until the spycams can pick up a little more info.

 

Nissan IDS (2019) all-electric concept with autonomous features

Nissan will have a new all electric with some amazing new technology in the EV arena. Achieving a leading position in current automotive technology, the Nissan brand is surging ahead with an integration of advanced vehicle control with new innovative safety technologies. They’ve synthesized all this with the most recent in AI technology to create a new form of autonomous drive technology that boasts a practical approach that is applied to real world driving scenarios. Taking the lead in such a serious manner is going to cause a chain reaction among the competition and they’ll all have to step up their games to keep up. The concept car was unveiled in 2017 with production scheduled for the 2019/2020 market year.

 

Audi Q6 e-tron quattro SUV (2019)

The Q6 e-tron Quattro SUV made its first appearance to the world as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Tesla had thrown down the gauntlet and Audi was obliged to answer with this new all electric model that called them on the Tesla X. The brand has some serious plans to produce between 2 to 3 million of these by 2025. They claim that the Q6 will offer a range of over 310 miles on a single charge and it’s slated to come at a price tag of $75K.

 

Porsche Mission E (2019)

The Mission E is the first all-electric vehicle bearing the Porsche branding. The concept vehicle features an impressive design that is awing onlookers getting their first glance and it’s been honored with the Concept Car Design of the Year at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. In a slick move to try to keep up with what is believed to be a new Porsche phenomenon, Elon Musk’s crew scooped up the designer that is responsible for the interior or the Mission E. It is estimated that the all-electric car will produce a range of more than 310 miles on a full charge, but that’s not the most impressive aspect of the new Mission E. The acceleration is rumored to be pegged at just 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It is incredible speed and evidence of how far they’ve come in EV technology with regards to performance. The new charging system for the Mission E uses an 800 volt format that gives it an 80% charge in a scant 15 minutes. Porsche plans to produce 20,000 of these units a year.

 

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ (2019)

The new Generation EQ is also a first for Mercedes-Benz. The first to be totally built by the manufacturer from the ground up in an all-electric format, that is. Previous models features Tesla power trains but that’s a thing of the past with the Generation EQ. This car is the Mercedes response to the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s estimated to offer a range of 310 miles on a full charge. It’s one of the less expensive and smaller Mercedes offerings in an all-electric SUV platform only, and the price is expected to be set around $55,000.

 

Aston Martin RapidE (2019)

The new Aston Martin RapidE is their version of the all-electric variant of the RapidE luxury Sedan. The company collaborated with LeEco and took investment on the development from a Chinese group of investors associated with Faraday Future to speed the production timeline. The new RapidE all electric for 2019 will have a 200 mile range with over 800 horsepower and it will sell for $200,000 to $250,000. It will be a luxury vehicle that is rumored to come with the stated price with guesses all the way down to $40,000, but seriously doubting this.

 

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