1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 Featured

   
1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 - comparison retro road test-review 2019 Charlie Magee and Drive-My EN/UK

From Mini to Cadillac, Audi to Ferrari and Citroën to Land Rover, six clever cars that are on a roll. ‘Choose one and it’s not just a classic you’ve bought, but a slice of history’ This disparate bunch shaped our motoring world, with innovations from electronic wizardry to self-adjusting suspension. That’s why they’re the intelligent choices to spend your money on. Words Russ Smith. Photography Charlie Magee.


Clever Cars The Big Test L-R: Range Rover, Ferrari Dino, Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Citroën DS21, Morris Mini Minor, Audi Quattro

CLEVER BUYS FOR SMART DRIVERS


 

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Some cars are important beyond their styling and simple four-wheeled existence; they represent the start of a new chapter in the book of motoring. Whether it’s transverse running gear driving the front wheels, a racer-inspired mid-mounted engine, or the dawn of all those luxuries we now take for granted in a base-spec Kia, these are the clever cars that made buyers and the industry see things differently.


1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 - comparison retro road test-review
1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 - comparison retro road test-review

So choose one and it’s not just a classic you’ve bought but a slice of history; something that’s permanent and never to be subject to the whims of fashion. That’s why we’ve gathered the odd bunch of cars before me today – they all fit the description of ground-breaker. And they all look clever buys in uncertain times.


1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 - comparison retro road test-review
1961 Morris Mini Minor vs. 1988 Audi Quattro MB, 1971 Range Rover, 1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT, 1958 Cadillac Model 62 Coupe de Ville and 1967 Citroën DS21 - comparison retro road test-review


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  1. Phil CLASSIC Bell

Too school for cool? Apart from using up all of the ‘oo’s in today’s vowel allowance, it’s a question that you could happily level at the cars that helped move motoring advancement along without risk of setting motorists’ pants on fire with desire. There’s always the danger that they were and are considered a little too worthy, other than by that friend you have, you know, the one who’s a genuine qualified engineer.

But fashions change, and we’re seeing ever more of the smart money chasing clever cars, classics that do something beyond looking great and performing well. From self-seeking radios that saved drivers the occasional burden of twiddling a tuning knob to the brutally effective marriage of four-wheel drive and turbocharging, the six radicals in our big test are becoming ever more coveted, with prices to match. Except the Dino; that’s already boomed and part-deflated along with much of the Ferrari market, but its bewitching blend of brains before brawn, tactile joy and retina-caressing beauty will certainly have buyers queueing up again. Aesthetically as well as technically, this has to be the most madly eclectic bunch of cars that we’ve ever gathered on our cover – cute, flashy, otherworldly, brutal and brutaller, you might say. Imagine how enriching it would be to add any one of them to your garage or collection.

Just because they’re not in our Clever Buys feature, doesn’t mean our other feature cars aren’t smart. Images of the multifunction displays in the Alfa 6C had the whole Classic Cars team gathered around our designer’s computer screen, and more than a little jealous that Rob Scorah was the man dispatched to Italy to drive another of Corrado Lopresto’s jewels.

Cadillac’s vast Model 62 Coupe de Ville gave the world an early taste of push-button luxury

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