Gone are the days when women viewed cars simply as necessary transportation for point A to point B. They have come into their own as far vehicle appreciation is concerned but they are still limiting themselves to modern cars, yet there are so many cute classic cars that can be reasonable for any woman to own. There is no reason to be afraid of driving or owning a well maintained older or restored car. So, here is a list of cute classic cars that you can have fun with.
1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
This car is as classy as possible. Let’s not forget that women used to buy the model back in the days because it was James Dean’s favorite vehicle. In fact, the actor used to drive it when he was outside the studio. The model is a luxury car known for its 1300 and 1500 cc engines.
1958 Mercedes Benz 190 SL Roadster
Produced by the German car manufacturer between 1955 and 1963. The ‘58 model features a 4-cylinder engine, a 4-speed manual gearbox and an average fuel consumption of 18.8 mpg. Let’s not forget that back in the days, people weren’t particularly focused on fuel economy. Also, at the time the Roadster was launched, it was said that its interior lacked style and recalled a Spartan way of life, with one-piece leather covered seats and aluminum doors. Luckily for the model, in 1958 people couldn’t choose from too many other alternatives when it came to interior design. This grand tourer was widely popular until 1963, when it was replaced by the 230SL model.
1956 Jaguar XK 140
This one’s a looker. We can even imagine a lady driving down the street and the wind blowing through her hair. This Jaguar model isn’t even extraordinarily powerful, coming equipped with a 3.8 liter engine and a horsepower of 210. The car can reach a maximum speed of 125 mph, and a July 1957 test performed by Karl Ludvigsen, an editor for Sports Car World, accounted for the statement. Unfortunately, in 1961, Jaguar halted the production of the model, and therefore there’s only a limited number of them available in the world today.
Everyone seems to love a Corvette, America’s longest-running sports car. Corvettes from the 1950s and 1960s have been the traditional blue-chippers, with Stingrays from the 1970s gaining in popularity of late.
The Mustang’s popularity seems to cross genders and generations. Convertibles from the mid-1960s are the most prized. The palette of interior and exterior colors available was dizzying, and it seems like no two are ever exactly alike.
The recent successful reintroduction of the Camaro has spurred increased interest in its classic inspiration from 1967-69. Again, like the Mustang, convertibles are the most coveted and color and options seem to be just as important for female collectors as the power under the hood.
Just as the New Beetle is an overwhelming favorite among female buyers, the classic air-cooled version is too. Beetles are ideal first collector cars. Inexpensive to maintain and a lot of fun to drive.
1955-57 T-Birds have been favorites among women who own classic cars seemingly forever. Like most of the cars on this list, classic T-Birds are dependable and easy-to-live-with classics.
What to consider before buying
There are s three guiding principles to always keep in mind during the shopping process:
Don’t buy what you can’t afford.
Don’t get in over your head; only buy a car that you know you can handle in terms of restoration.
Only buy a car that you like and will want to work on for years to come.
You have to plan to invest a bit of money into restoring your classic car. As this can become a rather pricey hobby, it’s absolutely critical that you don’t get ripped off when buying your vehicle. If this is your first time searching for a classic car, you could make a simple mistake that could cost you in the end.
Before you make the purchase, go to vintage car shows, auctions; join car clubs and a number of other reputable groups and organizations that will want to help you instead of cheat you.
Don’t get too overzealous; take your time do your research. The classic car market is often affected by appearance, image, scarcity, history and condition as much as the mechanical aspects of the car and sometimes whether it is any good to drive. Prices can go down, so buy a car you really want and regard any rise in value as a bonus.
Always check the vehicle identification number, which is typically on the rear axle, transmission or engine. The number should be stamped or printed on these car parts.
Don’t wait until after you get your car to look for a good mechanic. Make sure your mechanic specializes in classic cars and won’t charge an arm and a leg.
Learn about the availability and prices of parts ahead of time to determine whether they’re too expensive.