The classic cars that we can not stop wanting to have a special place in our hearts, although their maintenance is very expensive.
We guarantee that these cars will cost you a fortune, in repairs and maintenance, but we want them anyway.
It is still worth making some bad decisions. Here are some classics for which we still aspire, despite knowing better.
The Porsche 928 is a beautiful car with a lovely V-8 engine. But like most old German machines, you need constant attention to stay on track. We recommend buying a cheap one so that your entrance price remains low. In this way, you save as much money as possible when something inevitably breaks. Here is one with manual transmission for sale on eBay at this time.
The Shamal was one of Maserati’s most expensive cars in the early 1990s, intended to represent the top of the line in the BiTurbo vehicle series. It had a double V-8 turbo with 322 horsepower. The design has aged well, but Italian mechanics is a different story.
From Tomaso Panther
Like the Jensen, the Panther used an American engine. The point is that the Italian engineering of the 70s was not much better than British engineering, which means that the construction rating was not the best in the first cars. Still, it is wonderful.
Alfa Romeo GTV6
The Alfa Romeo GTV6 still looks beautiful after all these years, but it is also astute. Try to fall asleep to think that it is a sensitive hatchback that has a little more space than your typical exotic and could be a bit practical. The truth is that it is an Italian car from an era in which Italian reliability was a key point. Still, we love the style.
Aston Martin Lagonda
Most people who see an Aston Martin Lagonda in the street will look further and continue with their day. But for someone who knows, it is a model worth getting excited. As much as we would love to be seen in one, can you imagine trying to have one repaired? Or having to find spare parts for that crazy futuristic digital dashboard?
Neither the French nor the Italians are known for building cars with bulletproof reliability. The solution was to conspire together to build a car. The result was the undoubtedly wonderful Citroen SM. Yes, certain parts can also be time bombs, but who cares? The Citroën SM is amazing.
Ferrari 308 GTB / GTS
The Ferrari 308 looks amazing, and it’s a car that a normal enthusiast could afford. For a little less than the cost of a Porsche 911 base, you could have an exotic Ferrari with a closed gearshift. But even if nothing broke, we don’t want to think about how much maintenance it would be. And things are probably going to break.
Of course, buying a new Ferrari does not mean it will be cheaper. The F355 is famous for its high routine maintenance costs and its fragility. Any engine exit service will take you north of 10,000 euros.
Porsche 924 Turbo
Originally the 924 was supposed to be a Volkswagen, but it ended up sold as a Porsche. The Turbo model was the one it had because it had the guts to support its good looks. But 1979 was a long time ago, and most Turbos now need constant attention.
Often called the most beautiful car ever manufactured, the E-Type is known for many things, but reliability is not one of them. The most beautiful cars of the Series I are especially prone to problems.
The XJS is not as desirable as the E-Type, but you get a lot for your money. Even V-12 versions of these models can obtain for not much money. During the first months, it could look good driving a Jaguar V-12, but after that? Something will probably go wrong, it will probably be electric, and it will almost certainly be a big problem.
We are quite sure that anyone who has driven a Lotus Elan has loved it. That opinion may not base on the most scientific surveys, but it cannot pretend that it is not an exciting car to drive. You have to be fine with a lot of repair time.
The Elan is not the only Lotus with a reputation for breaking. Most Lotus are unreliable. The Esprit stands out thanks to its medium engine design difficult to work and its range of turbocharged engines.
It is Italian. It has a V-12. It is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Those are legitimate reasons to want to have a Lamborghini Miura, and if we had the money, we would do it. We would have to make sure we prepared for the huge maintenance costs.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The great tourism of the seventies with the appearance of Mustang by Aston Martin is an impressive piece of machinery if you can keep it running, of course. Typical British reliability combined with more than 40 years of aging means that you will probably have your speed dial mechanic. Still, the look makes it worthwhile.
Yes, there are many SUVs that we could probably buy that would still be great. Hell, Land Rover will gladly sell you a new Range Rover that is excellent. But the original Range Rover is almost as cool as an SUV, and that’s what we want. The list of things that will probably go wrong is virtually endless, but who cares? It is a Range Rover.
Mazda FB RX-7
The first-generation RX-7 was an immediate success among enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its fantastic handling attributes and trouble-free power delivery. But as with any rotary engine, expensive vertex seal replacements are a common sight. Still, we wouldn’t mind having one in our garage.
How safe would you feel if you knew that there are a lot of 30-year-old computers that control the V-12 engine in your car? That is the reality with the first generation of the 8 Series. Still, that gentle power delivery and fantastic style will make people come back no matter what.