The 1967 Chevy Corvette, the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, any pre-1974 Porsche 911–these are some of the vehicles that have earned a significant place in automotive history. Iconic yet accessible, they are museum-quality cars that you really just want to take for a spin. These automotive legends have weathered the decades, but with some ingenuity, you can still get behind the wheel of most of them. Here’s our list of the ones worth the hunt.
Once called “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari, the 1960s Jaguar E-Type is a classic sports car mainstay. “If you only choose one car from this list to drive, this is the one,” says McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, the world’s largest provider of collector vehicle insurance. This staple of British motoring history still has verve–it can perform up to 150 m.p.h. and brakes better than most cars from its era. Visit the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience program in Kenilworth, U.K., where you can pay for a day of driving the marque’s classics.
The emblem of Big Three muscle cars, the Chevy Corvette is the most collected vehicle in America. The second generation, which spanned 1963 to 1967, is “the most iconic American car ever made,” says Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market. “It’s still breathtaking and fresh today.” Early generation Corvettes remain plentiful in the U.S., so you can scour auctions, collector car dealers, and websites like classiccars.com for deals.