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Top 10: Commuter classics

Many of today’s classic car owners keep a ‘modern’ for everyday use, enduring all that this entails in terms of depreciation. Others though, see the logic of running older cars on a daily basis, enjoying the benefits of affordability and the fun of driving something genuinely different from the norm.

Obviously you wouldn’t choose to buy an Austin A30 for your forty-mile round trip to work, but there’s no shortage of more modern classics capable of performing such a task with ease. We’re talking about cars that are reliable, comfortable and affordable in terms of both buying and running costs. So let’s celebrate these unsung commuter heroes of today’s classic scene.

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Volvo 340 / 360

We were tempted to feature the 240 or 740 models here, thanks to their brilliance at providing classic family transport; but with fuel economy not their strongest points, maybe the smaller 340-series makes more sense for commuting? Originally launched as the 1.4-litre three-door 343, the range was expanded to include a five-door hatch, four-door saloon and larger (1.7- and 2.0-litre) engines.

The rear-drive 340/360 range was a huge success, running for fifteen years (1976-91) and giving Volvo an invaluable entry-level product. Pick up a solid runner now from a few hundred pounds, or an immaculate example for less than £2000.


paul jenkins    on 16 January 2017

we had this model for a lot of years it never let us down once its been the best 5 series ever we got its replacement which was ok and then the replacement to that the one some people call the ugly one(to which i disagree i think it looks great but i will never forget the E34

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