Embarking on a road trip in one of the world’s most iconic classic cars is sure to be on the top of every car lover’s bucket list. Whilst many roads can be driven on in almost any vehicle, opting for a specific make and model based on the climate and terrain of your journey will maximise your experience. It’s been a difficult year and, whilst we may not be able to travel right now, we can certainly look forward to where we will go when we can safely travel the world again.
Whether it’s the sea air in California you desire or the mountainous scenery in the Champagne Region, here, the Classic Car Finance Team at Cambridge & Counties Bank have carefully chosen the perfect classic cars to experience them in.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/Route 66
The Mustang Shelby GT350 was originally built to excel on the racing track. However, the 1965 model was adapted a year later with the addition of rear seats, making it heavier and an overall more comfortable ride. Despite Ford announced they are stopping production on this car earlier this year, it will always be known as the classic 60’s freedom car, making it the perfect match for the iconic Route 66.
This road trip spans from Chicago to Los Angeles and entails long open roads passing through quintessential American landscapes. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 can often be difficult to manoeuvre around cities but it thrives when driven on long stretches of road. It’s fair to say you’ll be living the American dream driving on Route 66 in this classic car.
Mercedes 300SL/The Champagne Region
Adapted from the 1952 racing model, the Mercedes 300SL is small and lightweight, making it perfect for manoeuvring around the small and narrow backroads of The Champagne Region. Having won the title of the sports car of the century in 1999 by a jury of trade journalists, this model is a true example of understated European class.
The classic car was in production as the iconic gullwing coupe between 1954 to 1957 and as the roadster between 1957 to 1963. The roadster model is designed for long drives, like the 700km route through The Champagne Region, as it offers a comfortable and smooth driving experience.
Ferrari 275 GTB and the South of France/Tuscany
The ultimate Italian sports car for the ultimate European road trip. The Ferrari 275 GTBwas originally designed in 1964 by Italian car design company, Pininfarina, and was followed by different variations and models for years to come.
This grand touring spider model oozes the indulgence that the south of France and Tuscany has to offer. Its ability to excel over long-distance driving means it offers a comfortable ride for the 560km route of stunning Mediterranean scenery. The convertible feature adds that extra touch of luxury as you enjoy the warm European air and sunshine as you cruise through vineyards and over coastal mountains.
1985 Aston Martin Vantage PoW Volante/Vineyard Trail, South Africa
The Aston Martin V8 is among the fastest, most elegant models ever built for the brand. Having been originally built for the Prince of Wales, the unique model caught the eye of other customers and was later created for external sale. Today, the Aston Martin Vantage PoW is known as the true British gentleman’s muscle car, with a combination of power and elegance.
The model ensures smooth gear changes, making it an ideal car in which to experience the 850km long South African Vineyard Trail, which passes through the longest wine route in the world. As well as the awe-inspiring scenery, this route allows you to experience the best wine South Africa has to offer as you pass between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Porsche 911 Cabriolet/The Pacific Highway
The Porsche 911 Cabriolet was first introduced in 1982 and has remained a staple version of the 911 range ever since. The sleek and stylish convertible style is the perfect design for the Californian experience, whether it be the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles or the warm coastal breeze of Morro Bay.
Thankfully, the air is always mild in California, so the convertible feature of the Porsche 911 Cabriolet can be enjoyed at any time of the year as you drive along the 900km long Pacific Highway, whilst the 4 wheel-drive feature allows for a smooth and comfortable trip.
Whether it is practicality and comfort you are looking for or something with speed and style, there is an ideal classic car for every road trip. Make sure to do your research around the terrain and weather conditions you may face as well as the reliability and fuel consumption of different vehicles as well. You will not only want to look and feel good but be confident that your vehicle will go the distance!