WANT ONE:// Round the globe chique classics

Classic Cars Monthly offers you mini buying guides in the WANT ONE topics. In this months feature we opt for the seventies with five friendly priced chique bargain barges from around the globe. This holyday season these cars will get you places stylishly and comfortably. . .

1. From Japan: the Datsun (Nissan) Laurel C230 (1977–1981)

Datsun (Nissan) Laurel C230The third generation of this posh Datsun has huge hints of American styling all over. Maybe it is just a bit over the top for you, but once you're on the thrown there's no way you're not going for a days journey. At least! Offered in both two and four door option, with bullet proof engines from 1.8 four to 2.8 six. These can be picked up for virtually no money but make sure you'll buy good: they will drive you to where ever you want and will keep doing that forever. If you're in for something different, if you're in for Japanese style, this one might be well worth the investment.

Buying one:
€ 5.000 should get you one to enjoy for the rest of your life.
Why you want one
Friendly priced seventies luxury classic that is quite different then the rest. It's a marmite car really.
We like about it
It is solid like a rock. Wonderfull how late seveties Japanese cars can be strangely attractive.
We dislike about it
Styling is not for every one.

2. From England: the Jaguar XJ6 Series 2 (1973–1979)

Jaguar XJ6 series 2Ah well, if this is not the most attractice four door saloon ever I dunno what is. Best avoid the uber thirsty 5.3 V12 (XJ12!) and look for the 245 brake 4.2 straight six, there were enough made: 90.000, although it does not mention poor built quality. However today a good car has seen all the needed updates. Daimler offered a similar car called the Sovereign. Only 9.000 XJ6 coupes were built, beautifull and with the vinyl roof. If you can spare the extra cash; this is the one!

Buying one:
Only buy a 'done' example and pay accordingly. Think € 10-20K .
Why you want one
These are wonderfull to drive classy and stylish icons.
We like about it
XJ 6's offer grace, space an more than enough pace.
We dislike about it
A bad one will make you pull all your hairs out.

 


3. From France: the Citroen CX (19741991)

Citroen CXThis amazing and spacious design icons is a true work of art. Even though only sold in Europe there are still a staggering 1.2 million CXs' produced! The 128 brake GTis are rare but worth considering when you're into classic GT cars. Also consider the 2.5 turbo diesels and the Familiale (estate), which has space for 8 people! A worthy 1975 European Car of the Year indeed.
Anorak fact: check what Pininfarina designed as early 1964 for BMC!

Buying one:
Starting from € 5.000 and upwards will buy you a decent example.
Why you want one
Massive head turner, unmatched  french flair an comfort.
We like about it
The styling and ride quality are better than Mercedes.
We dislike about it
These cars are sensitive to rust, electrics can be dodgy and hydraulics can be a pain.

 


 

4. From Germany: the Mercedes-benz E-class W114 (1973–1976)

WANT ONE 2010-12/Mercedes-benz w114 coupe [small]All Mercedecs' will give you road presence and the W114 is no exception. It has a sublime engine and the Paul Bracq looks are not bad either. OK, not much to walk past on this Merc. This chassis boasts strictly straight sixes whereas the W115 has the fours and fives (first 5pot diesel ever). The saloons are badged 'E' and the coups 'C' and in our CCM opinion it is considered one of the finest classics of the 60's and 70's. Roadhandling won't dissapoint you. Did I mention the looks?

Buying one:
Starting from € 5.000 will get you a presentable daily driver. Pay € 12.000 for a real fine car.
Why you want one
The W114's are excellent travellers and a solid investment for daily use.
We like about it
Excellent parts availability - your local Merc garage can probably help you out; great to drive and quite a looker! Especially the coupes.
We dislike about it
Tell us if you find anything to dislike . . .

 


5. From the States: the Chevrolet Caprice (1977-1990)

WANT ONE 2010-12/Chevrolet Caprice wagon [small]To make the luxo-pack kind of complete we needed the American touch. And what else than the Caprice: the most down to earth of US family hacks, and American car of the year for 1977. Coming in sedan, station wagon and coupes there's a Caprice for every ones liking. Engines starting from 4 litre straight six to 5.7 V8, but avoid the diesel. Iron plants are mated to a 3 or 4 speed autobox. They are big and ever-lasting. Millions were made!

Buying one:
Ranging from € 3K to € 6K for a superb car.
Why you want one
This could very well be the perfect first family classic.
We like about it
It is basically a house on wheels as for comfort levels and space.
We dislike about it
Oh yes, do keep 'em in a straight line.

 

Words: Albert Mensinga