The 50 greatest drivers’ classics of all time
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.