Nothing catches the eye quite like a classic car. If they’re well looked after, they sparkle and rumble in the sun. Their styling is almost so dated that it’s cool again, and they never fail to stand out in a crowd. The problem is that some classics are so expensive now because they’re so rare. It’s more cost-effective to get a new car, and if you use a novated lease, that process is made even more streamlined.
Below are three fantastic classic cars and their modern equivalents. Which one makes you feel the most nostalgic?
1) Nissan 240Z / Nissan 370Z Coupe
In the 1960s, the Nissan 240Z was the height of ‘cool’. It was fast and loud (like all classic cars should be) and it looked futuristic. The styling hasn’t aged badly, but the modern version (the 370Z Coupe) is much more fitting in many garages.
A similar aggressive front end and simple lines are carried through in both cars. The modern car pumps a whopping 245 kilowatts of power and 363 Nm of torque out of its 3.7-litre V6, which puts it in a totally different class to its older cousin. This is one heck of a street car.
2) Mini Cooper S / Mini John Cooper Works
In its day, the original Mini Cooper S was iconic. It featured in The Italian Job – a hit movie – and even now, is still recognised as one of the coolest cars around. You can still pick one up, but they tend to have fallen victim to rust and bad maintenance.
A great alternative, and the closest thing to a racing hatchback you can buy without any modifications, is the Mini John Cooper Works. Only slightly larger than the old cars, it throws down 170 kilowatts of power and a near-impossible 320 Nm of torque. For a light car, that’s outstanding. The interior will blow your mind too.
3) BMW E30 M3 / BMW F80 M3
The E30 is a timeless BMW. It’s unlikely that a more classic BMW will be produced in the next decade, but they’re few and far between. The latest M3 – the F80 – is a beautifully crafted machine. The engine generates 317 kilowatts of power. That’s 317 kilowatts of power – a staggering amount of grunt running through the car, but this is so well designed that it will hold steady around the gnarliest of turns.
These modern alternatives to older cars might not have the same history behind them as their classic counterparts, but they’re still amazing. Talk to Alliance Leasing to find out about getting into one through a novated lease.