Top 10: Cars with a Retro Design

It’s pretty obvious that we at Bussora are into retro and vintage stuff, hence our watches and our corporate identity. We’re also really into cars, boats, good food, architecture and basically everything else what men like. Especially cars though… I think that I love cars just as much as I love watches and just like with watches, a car doesn’t have to be super expensive or rare to be great. Sometimes, smaller and cheaper cars are more fun than the established order. But whether we’re talking about an exotic car or just a regular hatchback, the car must have tons of character and a great story to tell. Car manufacturers are aware of this ongoing trend and therefore, a lot of new cars and car designs are heavily inspired by the design and heritage of their ancestors. So, which cars can you get if you’re on the lookout for a new car with a great amount of heritage? Here are ten cars with a great retro design and story, that you can buy this moment at your local dealership!

10. Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon (G500, G63, G65)

Is this actually a retro car? I’m not sure actually. It has (almost) the same design since day one, so it’s hard to tell if the car is Retro or just… regular? Either way, it’s a badass car and I want one. However, I’m really not fond of the quality of the car. Yes, I don’t mind some squeaks or quirks, but plastic doorhandels on a €100.000+ car? Like, really?

9. Porsche 911

What? But the 911 is like the best sportscar ever made? Should it not be at least in the top 3? Yes, you’re definitely right. If we’re talking quality and handling, the 911 is without doubt the best option there is. But it’s just too perfect in my opinion. I like cars that have, you know, some strange quirks or questionable features. There is not one single thing that I would change on the Porsche 911 and that pisses me off. With that being said, it’s still one of the best cars you can get in this price range.

There is not one single thing that I would change on the Porsche 911 and that pisses me off. With that being said, it’s still one of the best cars you can get in this price range.

8. Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider Roadster

It’s small, It’s retro, it’s a convertible and it has a great amount of heritage. So why is this car on the ninth spot and not on one? Well, because it’s just a more expensive version of Mazda MX-5 with a different bodykit. Period. Even some of the plastic parts on the car mention Mazda. But still, I would love to take it for a spin in Northern Italy, especially in the Abarth trim.

7. New New Beetle?

You can still get the new version of the New Beetle this moment. You might want to hurry up though, because it isn’t likely that Volkswagen will make a successor. The New New Beetle isn’t quite successful, and I think the price of the car is to blame. It’s just too much dough for a Volkswagen Golf with a different body. However, the (new) New Beetle has to be mentioned. After all, it was the inspiration for the New MINI Cooper and also for the Fiat/Abarth 500.

6. Donkervoort D8 GTO

The first real exotic on this list. If you played Forza Motorsport, you might know this manufacturer. Otherwise, the chances are small. Donkervoort is a Dutch car brand that builds crazy cars for men with balls of steel. The car weighs in at only 740 kg’s and goes from 0 to 60 in just 3,3 seconds. That’s really quick for a car this small. Because of the fact that Donkervoort is a so called boutique car companies (they build only a few cars each year), the customization options are unlimited, so there aren’t two complete identical D8’s in existence.

5. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The Demon has 840 horses and does 0 to 60 in just 2.3 seconds, making this the fastest accelerating car ever. Yes, it beats the Bugatti Chiron on the quarter mile, even though the Chiron costs 20 times as much as a Demon. Do I need to say more? Oh yeah, the design is retro too!

The demon has 840 horses and does 0 to 60 in just 2.3 seconds, making this the fastest accelerating car ever.

4. Morgan 3 Wheeler

I don’t know why this car exists. It looks quite unsafe, it’s relatively expensive, it’s not practical at all and it’s not really that fast. With that being said, I totally want one. A matte green one with brown quilted leather please. This is not the car you need, this is the car you secretly want to drive.

3. RUF CTR 2017

What the actual heck is a RUF? When I tell people of this car brand, I always get this question. RUF is a German tuner of Porsche cars and is also considered a manufacturer. It builds unique cars with/based on Porsche parts and they’re just perfect. But you’ve put the 911 on the tenth spot and the RUF CTR 2017 in the top three? Why? Just look at the car and you will understand why. It’s a 2017 version of the original 911, but it’s equipped with the latest technology, making it a more safe and practical car then it’s ancestor. As retro as it gets.

2. Jaguar F-Type

When we’re talking about the most beautiful car in the world, we all know that we’re talking about the Jaguar E-Type. Even Enzo Ferrari himself called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made and he was just right. But if you’re one the lookout for a more practical version, the new F-type is the way to go. It combines the elegance of the E-Type with the latest technology, making it a wonderful daily. But please, take the coupe, not the convertible.

1. Abarth 595

Saved the best for last. At least, the best in my opinion. The Abarth 595 is the facelift version of the older 500 and it’s just perfect. The design is just stunning and I really like this car because it’s “affordable”. Well, €21.000 is still A LOT of money, but for a car that’s categorized as a ‘Mini Lamborghini’ by Jeremy Clarkson, it’s quite a bargain. For €21.000 you will not only get a great design and a car with a great amount of heritage. The key word of this car is balance. Enough power to have some fun, but the car doesn’t get uncontrollable. Practical enough to be used as a daily, but you could also take the car to a racetrack. And so on…

So this was my list of the top ten cars with a Retro design that you can get now! So what’s your favourite?


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