Cars Aging Gracefully: Better-Than-New Modern Classics
There’s a cold, dark and ugly secret lurking behind almost every new car:
Buy one today, and it’s almost guaranteed to look dated and old tomorrow.
Most new cars simply don’t age well, which is why most models get refreshed every 3-5 years. Soon the brand-new, cutting-edge source of pride you once displayed in the driveway, freshly washed, will sit in the garage under a coat of mud splatter and road salt as a $500-per-month testament to how quickly car design goes out of style.
Some cars, on the other hand, have proven to look just as good today as when they first graced the showroom floor.
Keep reading for a list of cars that have aged gracefully, and a prediction for which 2011 models might hold up, design-wise, until 2020 and beyond.
Luscious, curvy, sexy and strong. It’s a combination that has proved itself time and time again, going on over 40 years now.
True, there’s nothing particularly significant about this somewhat stodgy Lexus, but it dropped jaws when it came out in 2001 and still turns heads today. Car & Driver lauded it, Jeremy Clarkson rubbished it. Then again, Clarkson is the one who said Americans “wouldn’t know a good car if it jumped out of a hedge and ate their feet.” Right.
2000-2006 Toyota Celica
Just over 3,000 Celicas were sold in the States in 2005, the last year it was sold here. That’s down from over 50,000 in 2000. It’s still a sharp-looking car that would stand proud next to Toyota’s new FT-86 II concept.
1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX
Next time you pull up next to one of these at a stoplight, try telling yourself you don’t want one. Still the best-looking Nissan on the road today! Except for maybe the early Quest minivans.
1997- 2005 Jaguar XK
To go all Clarkson on you again, the Top Gear host likened the interior of the original XK to Blenheim Palace. Old-world beauty just never goes out of style!
What older cars do you think still look great today?