Top 10: Classic cars you can use daily
Everyone loves a classic car. Drive a really interesting old car in good condition - and people will stop, look, and engage you in conversation. And for good reason - new cars are massively competent, capable, fast, efficient and (largely) reliable - but many people are coming to the conclusion that unless you spend big bucks, you're almost certainly going to end up in a white good that won't tug your heartstrings like a well-sorted classic car.
Of course, we're not suggesting that all classic cars are suitable for the cut and thrust of modern traffic, but we think that this selection of 10 would cut the mustard in the overtaking lane of the M25, day-in, day-out. We've gone for motors with timeless styling, which are eligible for classic car insurance (although you'll need to negotiate if you are having your commuter covered by a classic insurer), easy to fix, and won't punish you (too much) at the petrol pumps. A good reliability record, specialist back-up and excellent parts are also major pluses.
Judging by the sheer number of these still on the road, many of you have already come to the conclusion that the Golf GTI makes a great daily driver. It's reasonably quick (more so in 16V form), has delicious handling and steering, timeless looks and rugged build quality. It might have been the definitive 1980s hot hatch for the aspirational, but today it's emerging as perhaps the ultimate 'people's classic'. Even if most people who own them wouldn't dream of using the term classic to describe their car.
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