Going away to school? Can’t bear to drive something “modern”? Well, the good news is that there’s more than 100 years of automotive history to rely upon when deciding on an ideal vehicle. Driving a classic car isn’t for everyone, but it’s an incredibly rewarding experience for those of us who choose to. Why not drive tastefully to college?
Of course, here we’re using the nicest photos that we can find of these cars, but prepare to dedicate some of your Netflix-and-chill time to regular maintenance and the occasional roadside breakdown. Safety standards, traction control, airbags, and the like were also not a consideration for classics, so obviously common sense is needed to assess if an older vehicle is right for whatever situation you’re in.
Fiat 124 Sport Spider / Pininfarina Spider
via Patrick Frawley
The 124 Sport Spider is a great pick for a few reasons—besides being both Italian and a convertible, it was on sale for nearly 20 years, a fact that helps for finding vehicles, parts, and the correct advice to keep it running. There were a number of 4-cylinder engines from mild to wild; 1438-cc is where the car began, with a 2-litre supercharged ‘Volumex’ as the top-of-the range sendoff later in production.
Raced and rallied in period, there’s plenty of inspiration out there for how to make yours unique, or even to bring it back to stock if the example you find needs some TLC.