The Goodwood Revival is the world’s biggest and best classic car racing event. It’s also most stylish. Whilst it specialises in cars manufactured pre 1966, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10, future classic drives of all time.
Let’s allow ourselves to slip into the realms of fantasy for a moment. You’ve got your three-piece tweed suit and your Viyella Checked Shirt. But there’s something missing? What could it possibly be? Then it dawns on you……every well-dressed man needs a classic or soon to be classic car.
Time to indulge in a little freewheeling fantasy. Which car would make your pulse race and heads turn? Behind the wheel of every average family car lurks a sharply-tailored alter ego yearning for a more than a high MPG and good safety record. Give in to the siren call of roaring engines, sleek styling and heart stopping speed.
Go on – take your pick:
Porsche 911 turbo 1975
The first ever turbocharge 911, sporting the famous ‘whale tail’. The fasted car Porsche had ever made and the last car bought by movie legend, Steve McQueen.
Aston Martin DB5
James Bond’s Silver Birch DB5 haunted the dreams of the Goldfinger generation. Returning in 2012 to seduce a new generation of school boys in Skyfall. Arguably the most beautiful car in the world.
VW Golf GTi Mk1
The car that saved VW when the Beetle fell from favour. Groundbreaking front wheel drive hatchback, in continuous production since 1974. The beginning of the Hot Hatch phenomenon – family fun with a dark side.
Ford Mustang 1966 Fastback
Introduced in 1966 the Ford Mustang Fastback sold poorly compared to other Ford Mustangs. As a result only 35,000 were ever made. It’s relative rarity and sharp styling now make it the most sought after Mustang of all.
Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico
The car Ford made to celebrate the Mk1’s conclusive supremacy in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally (The Mk1 took 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th positions). Driven by Boy Racers, the Fuzz and would be rally drivers everywhere. 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Muscle car magic. The Camaro SS was Chevrolet’s ‘we’ll-see-your-Ford-Mustang-and-raise-it-one-Camaro’ opening gambit in the muscle car market. Cue drag races and spinning wheels.
1985 Lamborghini Countach
The Lamborghini Countach was the first of the ‘wedge’ designs. Low, angular without a softening curve in sight. If the Cubists made cars this is how it might look. Inside the driver is edged forward, making room for an earth scorching V12 engine. The ’85 model boastsa 5.1 litre engine and 455hp. Vroom and then some.
1996 Lotus Esprit V8
1996 and the Lotus at last gets the V8 engine its longed for, giving it speed and performance to match its movie star good looks. 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds. Now the Esprit can hold its head up in the company of the Ferrari F355 and the Porsche 996.
Enzo Ferrari’s swansong. Built to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, the F40 was the last car Enzo Ferrari personally signed. What a way to go out – twin turbo V8, 478bhp at 7000rpm. Torque of 425lb ft at 4000rpm. Grazie Enzo.
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C
The ultimate version of Carol Shelby’s famed collaboration with Ford and AC. Racing driver turned car designer and former Le Mans winner, Carol Shelby, designed and built the 427 Cobra S/C (S/C stands for semi-competition) for racing, modifying it only slightly for road use. Thrills aplenty.
Thank you to Sam Begg for additional research on this post.
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