Nine of the Best Dream Cars

It’s Anything Can Happen Thursday, and I want to show you my favourite cars.  These are all cars that, for me, defined an era.  Cars that make me go all wobbly inside and reach for my purse to check for loose change when I see them on Auto Trader.

First up is the iconic Jaguar E type, a beautiful vehicle that was a triumph of design:

As a child, I had a model one of these.  Mine was a lot cheaper.
As a child, I had a model one of these. Mine was a lot cheaper.  Source: Yorkshire Car Centre Website

Then there was this:

This car has serious m. appeal.
This car has serious m. appeal.

The Lotus Elan was an instant hit, thanks to it’s role as one of the two cars on The Avengers (nothing to do with the superhero characters, these were kick ass detectives) during the golden age of that show – Diana Rigg and Patrick MacNee (ok, Honor Blackman fans, I’m ready for your hatemail, because I firmly believe Emma was cooler than Cathy).  If anyone has one of these and doesn’t want it, I will gladly take it off your hands, this is at the very, very top of my list of dream cars, but sadly I can’t afford it.

lotus elan original sprint yellow classic car

Then Austin made a car that could be parked outside tiny 2 up 2 down terraced houses.  It also featured in a rather daring film, where some cockney gentlemen (such as Michael Caine) proved that you could park several of these in a lorry, in The Italian Job and then everyone wanted one.  Presumably lots of people had parking spaces in haulage vehicles:

This was the Austin Mini.
This was the Austin Mini.

When Rover took over and re-badged it in the 1990s, it didn’t look any different, but the badge means a lot to car collectors.  And clowns.  This is the mini that you could be amused watching clowns get out of, because there’s not much space:

Rover Mini old mini original car classic

Let’s take it back to the ’70’s and look at a triumph of car design:  It was named after a well known airplane used by the British Royal Air Force during the second world war – and it’s body design resembles a plane chassis.  Put some wings on this baby and the Triumph Spitfire would be airborne:

triumph spitfire yellow

And here’s what’s under the hood, from the days when you could actually feel a thrill by looking under the bonnet of a car:

under the bonnet of the Triumph Spitfire to see engine

But if you want a sports car for an eighties action TV series featuring someone resembling a young David Hasselhoff, you need something a bit more ridiculous.  Undersized, underpowered, under warranty … these are not words that describe our next car, the Lotus Esprit, which looks not unlike the DeLorien because pointy angular cars were a bit of a thing for a while:

This was the 1984 version.
This was the 1984 version.

By 1989, however, it had had a remake and looked even more stunning than before:

Did someone turn Pierce Brosnan into a car??
Did someone turn Pierce Brosnan into a car??

Around the same time, this unassuming, more mainstream car was on the road:

Ford Escort Cabriolet White 1990

What a stunner, the Ford Escort Cabriolet has it all.  A year later, it got a facelift:

ford escort cabriolet white 1990 2

While all things must come to an end, these cars don’t have to yet – they’re all for sale on Auto Trader (which is where I got all of today’s photos, unless otherwise stated) although they’ll obviously set you back a fair bit – that Jaguar E type is going for £89,000, the Mini is £2,500 and everything else is somewhere in between!!!  I think they’ve all got a fair bit of mileage in them yet, although I think I need something more practical and spacious for my next car camper conversion.  Or something with more than four seats. This VW Devon looked like it fitted the bill:

volkswagen devon

But it appears to be missing something:

volkswagen devon chassis damage rust

I wanted something that wasn’t lacking large chunks of the chassis, so I’m probably going to go for something like this Toyota Lucida (but this one is now sold):

toyota lucida

Which one is your favourite?  Let me know in the comments.

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Author: MsAdventure

I am a twentysomething travel, photography and beauty blogger who occasionally writes about other topics. Within travel, I tend to write mostly about Europe because all the other travel bloggers seem to write about South East Asia. As a writer, I have written articles that are published in Offbeat Bride and on Buzzfeed, and as a photographer, I have taken photographs that are published in local and national news outlets in the UK. I have a blog at www.delightandinspire.com

2 thoughts on “Nine of the Best Dream Cars”

    1. Ahh I I only had an infinite budget I’d get them all, but that’s a funny co-incidence – the Lotus is my “if I won the lottery” car and I’m currently looking at whether to get an Austin Mini because they’re so awesome, and suprisingly inexpensive considering their iconic status. I guess they’ve lasted well so there must just be a lot of them left… yay supply and demand.

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