The automotive industry is rapidly evolving, with innovations such as driver-less cars, Bluetooth technology, GPS and electric vehicles all making headway in recent years. But as great as these creature comforts are, some people just yearn for uncomplicated, old fashioned petrol vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite classic cars from around the globe.

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Fiat 500

Although best known as a car manufacture today, in the early 20th century the Italian company was also known for manufacturing non-car products for the military and aerospace industries. The Fiat 500 (originally known as the Topolino and later renamed) was launched in 1937, and has since become just as synonymous with Italy as the Vespa scooter.

The miniature car was built for practicality and efficiency, standing at 4 feet tall and weighing in at just half a ton. It stood out from other vehicles at the time thanks to its curving, aerodynamic bonnet – while most other cars at the time tended to have a flat grill. Its timeless style can still be seen in the 2007 model.

What’s it worth?

£4,000 – £50,000 depending on model, age and condition.


As British as fish & chips, this iconic little car needs little introduction. Released in 1959, the Mini was a challenge to see how much leg room and luggage space you could squeeze into 10 feet. To do this, engineers shrunk the wheels down to 10 inches (as opposed to the conventional 15-16 inches), had to turn the car on its side to squeeze in the compact engine, and made sure that 80% of the car was dedicated to transporting people and their luggage. You could even buy an optional picnic basket that fit perfectly under the back seats.

Originally known as the ‘Morris Mini Minor’ the name was eventually shorted to just ‘Mini’ and became a brand in its own right. Still going strong today in its modern iterations, the Mini is the best selling British car in history.

What’s it worth?

£5,000 – £50,000 depending on the model, age and condition.

VW Beetle

The production of the Volkswagen Beetle started in 1938 but was soon interrupted by the outbreak of the second world war. After a shaky start, it started to gain worldwide popularity and fame during the 1950s. The Beetle may be known & loved for its unique shape, but it was designed very much for strength and practicality – not for looks.

Unlike other compact European care of the era, the Beetle could comfortably seat 4 adult passengers despite its small size.

What’s it worth?

£1,000 – £40,000 depending on model, age and condition.

Ford Mustang

The ‘Stang is a symbol of 1960s America, and is still popular in the States and around the world today. In 1964 Ford wanted to build a youthful car that would appeal to younger drivers eager to differentiate themselves from their parents. The result was an affordable car with an exciting design that inspired the whole ‘pony car’ craze.

The original model sold like crazy, with an estimated 22,000 units shifted on the release date alone! Car enthusiasts generally agree that the models released between 1964 and 1972 are considered true classics – including the Shelby Mustang Lineup, Boss Mustangs and the Cobra Jet.

What’s it worth?

£6,500 – £70,000 depending on model, age and condition.


Classic cars can vary wildly in condition and value. Some have been lovingly maintained and restored using original parts, while others may have been moderized to make them more comfortable to drive – it’s all part of the fun! Which car is you’re favourite?

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