The 50 great­est driv­ers’ clas­sics of all time

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter, Ed­i­tor

No in­stru­ment in the world can truly gauge what makes the cars in this week’s is­sue spe­cial. G-me­ters, stop­watches and radar speed guns alone can­not con­vey what it is that makes a clas­sic truly en­joy­able on the right stretch of road (we did try to use Nick Larkin’s patented Smile- O-Meter, but it only seems to work on Austin Cam­bridges).

The joy of driv­ing is very sub­jec­tive and vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to mea­sure, but we de­cided to give it our best shot to cel­e­brate Drive-It Day. The re­sult – as you’ll read through­out this spe­cial is­sue – brings to­gether great cars from very dif­fer­ent eras, engi­neer­ing back­grounds and walks of life, but they all have one thing in com­mon – they make you grin when you drive them.

That’s why we have 1950s Wolse­leys com­pet­ing with M-badged BMWs, bargain hot hatches tak­ing on six-fig­ure su­per­cars and the Mazda MX-5 slug­ging it out against one of the British sports cars that in­spired it. All give you a buzz when you’re be­hind the wheel, but we wanted to find out which was best at it.

So we drafted in the en­tire CCW team – plus a cou­ple of our long-stand­ing con­trib­u­tors – locked them in a room and threw away the key. Sev­eral hours and many gal­lons of cof­fee later, we had man­aged to draw up a vi­able points sys­tem and – even­tu­ally, af­ter a lot of ar­gu­ments – cre­ated a list of the 50 most en­joy­able clas­sics to drive.

I hope you en­joy read­ing the is­sue and that it in­spires your next clas­sic buy. And if you think we’ve missed any out, do let us know.

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