Most modern cars are full of gizmos and gadgets that we don’t really need, when you think about it. Additionally, most new cars lack that soul and classic appeal many cars from previous generations had.
Although not all of these may be considered classics, they definitely live up to that old adage that they don’t make ‘em like they used to.
1990-1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate
This car was certainly your grandmother’s Buick. The last of the big wagons, the Buick Roadmaster had a V-8 engine and could take eight passengers in comfort and style, or six plus all their junk for a trip across country to Wally World. Today, the traditional station wagon with its rumble seat is all but dead, although you can still buy a seven passenger Mercedes Benz E-class wagon.
The big Buick makes you wish for forgotten days of car trips and seeing America, with your little sibling screaming they have to go to the restroom in the seat next to you.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado
Although Cadillac has been trying to re-brand itself as of late and succeeding at doing so, there was a time that Cadillac was the ultimate in luxury transportation. No other vehicle in the brands history does a better job of manifesting that fact the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado.
In 1959, Cadillac unveiled a new design. Gone was the rounder plump Cadillac, replaced by longer and sleeker models with dramatic lines. Who can forget the Eldorado’s sky high tailfins and rounded bubble windshield? Fun fact: the 1959 Eldorado is the longest production Cadillac on record, measuring a little over a foot longer than an Escalade ESV.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is the icon of America in the 1950s. No one really remembers the Ford or Dodge competition, but everyone remembers the two tone Chevy with the gas cap in the tail light.
Although there isn’t much groundbreaking or new for the time about the Bel Air, it makes this list because it’s a cultural icon and I doubt we’ll see another car stand the test of time like this. It makes you nostalgic for Rock n’ Roll and drive-in movies.