Some things never go out of style. These carmakers are getting great mileage out of banking on these classic designs.
Chances are the Volkswagen bus is imprinted into your pop-cultural memory already: It was the vehicle of choice for hippies during the 1960s and 70s. Fun fact: Volkswagen management wasn’t too happy about their counterculture customer base back then and feared a loss of image, but the T1 still went on to become a classic. The original’s 1.1 liter, 25 horsepower motor isn’t very impressive today, so VW overhauled the icon for the 21st century. The I.D. BUZZ will feature VW’s latest electric motor (MEB), with an optional all-wheel drive if you’re planning for off-road camping and a spacious interior — just like the old model. All that’s left to do is dusting off your old purple shag carpet.
The Ford GT40 is considered to be one of the greatest racecars of all time, winning the Le Mans 24-hour race four times in a row between 1966 and 1969. With a chassis heavily inspired by its storied ancestor, the newly introduced Ford GT 2017 feels like the descendant of a distinguished racehorse – one that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under three seconds. And it can be yours – provided you can afford the price tag of €500,000 and were chosen during an (apparently) very serious application process, which factored in the number of previous Fords owned, how often you plan to drive the car and your activity on social media.
When the first batch of 50 Porsches – the legendary 356 – were handcrafted at a small factory
in Gmünd, Carinthia in 1948, Ferdinand Porsche (probably) had no idea of the success that would follow. The 356 became Porsche’s first commercial car series, with over 75,000 models produced by the time it was discontinued in 1965. Widely sought by collectors today, the Speedster is among the most desired versions with a removable windscreen and immortalized by numerous 1950s movie stars. If you’re looking for a more contemporary look, check out the 718 Cayman GTS, a dynamic modern design set apart with a newly remodeled front.