Popular Classic Cars Over the Years

Cars have been around since 1888 in which Karl Benz first introduced the first automobile to the world. Since then cars have been produced through the decades and a few have stood out and rose to popularity within the market. We have created a short list of a few cars In the eras that we at Powerspark prioritise. These are the 1950’s-80’s, be sure to check out our buy by vehicle page for information on needed parts for classic cars.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Starting off in the 1950s we have the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The two-seater classic car was first produced as a coupe in 1954 and then a roadster from 1957-63. The ‘SL’ caused confusion upon the release as Mercedes did not clarify what it stood for with many people coming to the conclusion of ‘Sport Leicht’ and this stayed as a constant with the car up until 2017 in which Mercedes clarified the meaning as ‘Super Leicht’ instead. The main body of the car is made up of sheet steel with the bonnet, boot lid, dashboard, sill, and door skins made of aluminum. Its engine is a 3.0L water-cooled tank which was based off their luxury 4-door car produced in 1951. The car is an overall classic however to purchase one in 2021 it will cost you almost £1 million! Contrasting to the price in the 1950s which today would be worth around £70,000.

1960s- Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 was a top of the range classic car in the 1960s, it was produced as an endurance racing car by the Ford Motor Company. The car was a rather successful racing car in the 1960s with racers winning many international titles and other honours. The Ford GT40 would go on to have several versions built later on in the 60s yet the original stood out amongst others and with light alloy bodies and other weight-saving modifications the car was a very popular car with racing drivers in the 1960s. At the time the car was worth around £15,000 and if you wanted to buy it in today’s market, a 1966 model recently sold for $12 million in 2018!

1970s- Range Rover Classic

Now we may be cheating a little with this one as it was first produced in 1969, however its popularity and hype all occurred in the 1970s so let us off with this one! The Range Rover that we know today and see thousands about on the roads, all originated from the Range Rover Classic of the 70s. It was first built as a 2-door SUV for its first 11 years until they developed a 4-door Range Rover in 1981. As the chassis was so heavy because it was an SUV, the main body of the car had to be fitted with light-weight aluminum. The original Range Rover Classic car was in production for over 26 concurrent years, this make it the 27th longest living single generation car of all time. The current price of a 1970 Range Rover Classic can range between £40,000-£50,000 and could be a great purchase for a classic car enthusiast or potentially an investment for the future.

1980s- DMC DeLorean

This car is undoubtedly the most famous on the list and this is not due to its popularity on the roads, rather the popularity the classic car created as a crucial part of one of the most iconic films of all time ‘Back to the Future’. The DeLorean is a rear-engine 2-door sports classic car which was produced between the years of 1981-83. Contrary to popular belief the car did not travel forward in time, however it’s famous gull-wing doors added a different dimension to the car and separated it from other cars being made in the 1980s. Practically it wasn’t the best to drive and a lot of people gave it criticism when it came to testing it out on the roads. Despite this, an estimated 6,500 DeLorean’s are still active on the roads today. The price will set you back around £30,000, which for a car as famous as this really is not a bad deal!

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Visit Powerspark Ignition for all your classical car needs, our website offers a wide range of products for many types of classical cars. Give us a call at 01527 889453 or simply contact us through our online form.

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