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Top 30: Top classics in 2013

Since HJClassics went online in April 2013, we've been counting which reviews you've been reading, and have been keeping a monthly track in our Top 10 Section. But for our year-end chart, we've totted up how many Google searches have landed in the website reviews section, to come up with a definitive list of what classic cars currently float your boat. And there's a lot of you into classic cars - we're now running at around half a million page views per month, and it's growing quickly.

The number one car - our Classic Car of The Year - won't be a surprise to anyone who regularly follows the charts, but there are some interesting entrants in our Top 30 for 2013. The conclusions that we can draw from the Top 30? Internet-using classic car fans are in love with cars from the 1980s, with the comfortable majority harking, or at least reaching their maximum popularity, during the 1980s. There is a smattering of 1960s and '70s mainstays, but what you seem to really appreciate usable retro cars. It will be interesting how these trends develop throughout 2014.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W126)

When launched in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was justifiably the best car in the world - it had up-to-the-minute technology, including the best safety technology, impressive aerodynamics, and high efficiency engines. All it was missing was ABS, which came a couple of years after launch. This means that climbing into an S-Class today, you'll find it's nowhere near as classic feeling as you might expect.

And because of this, this generation of S-Class is incredibly usable on today's roads, as long as you don't mind the thirst. The 500 and 560 V8s are monumentally quick, and effortless to drive. You love them too, as these are the most popular full-sized luxury saloons in our year-end list.

Read the Mercedes-Benz W126 review


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