Classic Cars | Top 8 Vintage Rides for Aussie Car Lovers

Is there anything better than the roar of an engine, the blend of chrome and steel and the smell of vintage leather interiors? 

Not a chance!

Well, have a look at these beauts that combine all the best elements of what we love about classic cars.

Here at Classics for a Cause, the heart and soul of what we do is in our classic cars. From rare mid-century models to iconic Aussie muscle cars, it’s safe to say that we’re where car fanatics come to give back and obsess over some of the most iconic cars ever made.

Ready to froth over these stunning vehicles – some of which you’ll have seen in our Classics for a Cause giveaways – all in support of our Aussie veterans, by the way? Bloody oath!

Get ready because we’re having a cheeky chat about some of the most iconic car manufacturers in the world and our favourite classic cars of all time.

Ford Mustang

Ford

Ford is an American automotive company founded way back in 1903. Although we all know the bitter rivalry between Ford and the beloved Aussie Holden brand, we can’t deny that Ford knows how to make ‘em – at least when it comes to the older classic cars…

Created by Henry Ford over a century ago, Ford cars HQ is in Dearborn, Michigan and introduced the assembly line which transformed the industry forever. The original Model T was the first Ford car but our favourites are the post-WWII era cars. 

We’re talking the 50s through to the 70s when Ford was really whipping out some iconic automobiles. In other words, if you see a sexy classic car passing you by on the street, chances are it’s an old Ford. 

Especially when it comes to the well-known Mustangs, the horsepower on these bad boys will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. 

Classic Fords demand head-turning praise and it’s why Classics for a Cause is known for our gorgeous collection of Ford vehicles. Now in the driveways of lucky VIP members who donated to veterans and walked away with a classic, some of our most iconic giveaways (past and future) are for Ford classic cars. 

Heck, the Ford Mustang is pretty much our mascot! We love these bloody cars – just don’t tell our mates over at Holden…

VW

Volkswagen, also sometimes known as VW, has a controversial past. After all, they were created in Germany in 1938 which has – ahem – some negative connotations. 

The word Volkswagen literally translates to the “people’s car” and it was meant to be a mass-produced everyday car for the folks of Germany. But then war broke out and well… the rest is history. 

Not many people continue to associate VW with its unsavoury political history. And these days, VW makes some of the most beloved classic cars on the market. 

From the infamous old Beetles to the beach bum style of the Kombi Van, VW classic cars are truly iconic and here at Classics for a Cause, we love having these automobiles on our giveaway roster.

VW Kombi Van
Holden Torana

Holden

Ahh, the true Aussie classic made for true blues. Who can deny the nostalgia of a original Holden?

Did you know that Holden began as a saddle maker way back in 1856? It doesn’t get much more Australian than that now does it? 

Creators of the beloved Holden 48-215 ute in the 50s as well as the legendary muscle car models of the 70s, in their prime, post-war Holdens outsold other car models in Australia by around 2 to 1.

That’s one of the reasons why here at Classics for Cause, there’s no bloody way we’d miss out on giving away these Aussie icons. In particular, the Monaro and Torana captured the hearts of Australians and became classic cars that were born and bred down under. 

The Monaro was introduced in 1968 and gave Holden its first Bathurst racing victory. Then, the Torana – which was originally introduced in the late 60s – moved into legendary status during the 70s. You’ll definitely see this stunners in our giveaways again and again. Fully iconic!

Dodge

Dodge is an American automobile manufacturer formed by two brothers in the early 1900s. They negotiated a 10% stake in Ford Motors and supplied many of their car parts to Henry Ford in 1902 and were a driving force (pun intended) in the motor industry in Michigan by 1910. 

That’s right — Dodge was a huge contributor to the Model T and the resulting car boom of the 20th century. 

By 1914, however, Dodge called it quits working with Ford and began the Dodge Brothers Company to focus on quality and durability – values that Dodge is still known for. Tragically, the brothers passed away within months of each other from Influenza. That’s when Dodge was sold to Chrysler.

Long story short, now Dodge is part of the Miracle Dodge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram group (what a mouthful, hey?) and continues to produce durable, sturdy cars and trucks with a loyal following. 

Dodge Charger

And with such a rich history, it’s no surprise that die-hard Dodge drivers go nuts over classic Dodge models that are still as dependable as ever. 

Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari

The iconic Italian car brand born in 1947 is Ferrari. A racing car through and through, Ferrari engines are legendary and their car builds are globally recognised. Immortalised in countless Formula 1 titles and coming to life for a new generation thanks to the success of hit Netflix show “Drive to Survive”, Ferrari is as relevant as ever. 

And even though Ferrari was born to race, us classic car fanatics are just as enamoured by these fast, sleek, purely Italian “civilian” cars. Come on, don’t lie and say you don’t strain to catch a glimpse of a Ferrari when you see a bloke driving one in your suburb. 

From the spectacular rev of the engine to the aerodynamics of its body, Ferrari is and will always be a classic car favourite. 

Rolls-Royce

First established as an electrical and mechanical business in 1884, Rolls-Royce screams sophistication and prestige. 

Launching their first car in London in 1904 and officially becoming a car manufacturer in 1906, their first six-cylinder Silver Ghost was so successful that people were calling it the best car in the world, even then. 

Rolls-Royce engines were used in the WWII effort by allied aeroplanes and later entered the commercial flight industry with British European Airways. They still make engines for air travel even today. 

As for Rolls-Royce automobiles, technically the company is owned by Volkswagen while the rights to the name is held by BMW.

Still, the ultra recognisable curvy body of a Rolls-Royce is one of the most iconic classic cars in the world and these sought-after vehicles see the Phantom models, for example, going for almost A$1 million a piece. Far out!

Rolls Royce Headlight
Porsche 911

Porsche

Porsche is a German car company that began with Ferdinand Porsche in 1931 who, previously, designed cars for both Volkswagen and BMW with the first Porsche design (called the the Porsche 61) launching in 1938.

Now, everyone knows that Porsche is the epitome of luxury. Honestly, who would say no to enjoying the lush experience of driving a clean cut Porsche? 

Porsche really hit legendary status with its Porsche 911 which launched 1964 and here at Classics for a Cause, this model is definitely our top choice.

Maintaining such a high status in the automotive industry is no small feat. Porsche is a real standout, no doubt about it.

OUR TOP 8 CLASSIC CARS

Ok, now let’s get to these bloody cars, hey?!

  • Ford Mustang
  • VW Kombi Van
  • Holden Torana
  • Dodge Charger
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ferrari Testarossa
  • Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
  • Porsche 911
Ford Mustangs

Ford Mustang

The 1965 Ford Mustang was the first of its kind, making its debut at the World’s Fair in 1964. It was an instant hit with dealers selling 22,000 cars on its first day.

Designed based on the popular Ford Falcon model, the mustang launched a new generation of sports cars for 60s youth.

Collector Fact: Changes were made to the to original 1965 Ford Mustang during its initial production after 120,000 cars were already sold. These early models are now known at 1964 ½ Ford Mustangs while the cars built after August 1965 include the final design revisions and are known as the 1965 Ford Mustang.

 

While all models of the Ford Mustang is a beaut in our eyes, we’re serious fans of the early models – specifically from 1965 to 1969.

  • Early 1965 Ford Mustang: 170-cid straight-six, 4.3-liter V-8, and the legendary 260-cid V-8 with up to 271 horsepower.
  • Late 1965 Ford Mustang: Updated to a 200-cid (3.3 liters) and 289-cid V-8 with a two-barrel carburetor.
  • 1967 Ford Mustang: The 390-cid (6.4-liter) V-8 produced 335 hp, interior and exterior trim revisions, new 302-cid (4.9-liter) V-8 replaced the higher-horsepower 289s. For drag racing, a 428-cid (7.0-liter) Cobra Jet V-8 rated at 335 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque was available.
  • 1969 Ford Mustang: 3.8-inches longer and half an inch wider, no change in the 108-inch wheelbas, added a new 351-cid (5.8-liter) V-8 with 250 or 290 hp.
    • Mach and the Boss models introduced. The Boss 302 was built to meet Trans-Am racing production requirements, while the Boss 429 put the 375-hp, 429-cid (7.0-liter) engine into street use as required by NASCAR rules.

Once of our favourites and the unofficial mascot of Classics for a Cause is the 1967 Ford Eleanor Mustang

Now, the special thing about this bloody brilliant car is the fact that it’s a reinterpretation of the Shelby Mustangs of the ‘60s that was made specifically for the film “Gone in 60 Seconds”. In other words, Eleanor Mustangs are super rare and offer a unique silhouette on the road. 

All in all, you really can’t go wrong with a Ford Mustang. They’re unforgettable. 

Ford Eleanor Mustang
VW Kombi Van

VW Kombi Van

Everyone knows the VW Kombi Van. It’s an Aussie fav, especially among our especially laid-back mates. Also known as the Transporter, Microbus, Camper and surely by countless loving pet names given by proud owners, the VW Kombi Van is built on the frame of the Beetle and is practically synonymous with Aussie beach towns and backpackers.

Originally launched in 1950, the VW Kombi Van has a rear-engine, rear-drive setup and looks a bit like a loaf of Wonder bread, usually packed to the brim with travel stuff or stacked with surfboards on top.

By 1951, there were already multiple Kombi Van models including, one of our personal favs, the Samba Kombi Van with windows all around and a retro folding sunroof. Far out!

Although there’s not much to report in terms of horsepower or fancy engines, in terms of cultural relevance and pure uniqueness, the original VW Kombi Van is sweet as.

Holden Torana

Named for the aborigiinal word meaning “to fly”, the Holden Torana is an Australian icon and it’s bloody perfect in our eyes.

The 1967 Holden HB Torana was the first series of the vehicle with a four-cylinder engine and legendary 60s design. It set the stage for a short but sweet range of classic cars that are now part of the Australian spirit. True blue all the way!

  • 1969 Holden LC Torana: Six-cylinder engine, 2250cc unit, could opt for the 2600
    • GTR and GTR XU-1 models introduced.
  • 1972: Holden LJ Torana: Four four-pot, three six-cylinder engines and V8s were offered, 3300cc unit
  • 1974 Holden LH Torana: Four-cylinder (a 1900cc Opel unit) and six-cylinders were offered in 2850 or 3300 form
    • SL/R 5000 and the first series of A9X introduced.
  • 1976 Holden LX Torana: Four, six and eight-pot engines continued to be offered
Holden Torana

A few Torana standouts for us are the 1971 Holden LC Torana in cheeky orange that we gave away a while back. And who could forget the rare 1978 Torana in bright pink that went to a lucky VIP Member? Iconic.

To be honest, here at Classics for a Cause, we can’t choose our favourite vintage Holden. So, bugger off! We won’t do it. 

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

Debuting in 1966, the first ever Dodge Charger was, admittedly, a bit late to the muscle car game with most of the other American car manufacturers producing hard-hitters in the early 60s.

And truth be told, the Dodge Charger you’re probably envisioning is likely the super cool second generation of Dodge Chargers as these round two models have incredible lines and an undeniable sophistication about them.

  • 1966 Dodge Charger: Options of 5.2-liter V-8 making 230 hp; a 5.9-liter V-8 with 265 hp; a 6.3-liter V-8 with 265 hp; and a 7.0-liter Hemi V-8 with 425 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque
  • 1968 Dodge Charger: 145-hp 3.7-liter I-6 or a duo V-8—the 7.0-liter Hemi and a 7.2-liter “Magnum” V-8. Transmission options included two different three-speed autos, a three-speed manual, and a four-speed manual.
  • 1971 Dodge Charger: Options of 3.7-liter I-6, a 5.2-liter V-8, a 6.3-liter V-8 and the 7.2-liter Magnum V-8

Like most classic car enthusiasts, our choice of model is undeniably the 1968 Dodge Charger. I mean would you just look at her?! What a knockout.

Chevrolet Camaro

The 1967 Cheverolet Camaro was the first Camaro model to make it to market in 1966.

In an effort to compete with the hyper popular Ford Mustang, Chevrolet need to make a fast, sports car that could compete with the horsepower of its competitors and most say that the 1969 Chevy Camaro fit the bill.

Collector Fact: Chevrolet Camaros are America’s most-raced car. They were also commonly pace cars for the classic American Indy 500 Race. Interesting, hey.

 

Chevrolet Camaro
  • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro: 230-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) straight-six rated at 140 gross horsepower
  • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro: No vent windows, new taillights and grills, the RS option included hidden headlights, the SS option included dual exhaust, red-stripe tires, black accents on the grill and a retuned suspension
    • Z, SS and COPO models introduced
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro: 425-hp, L72 iron-block 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) big-block V-8

Similar to the fate of the Mustangs, the 60s saw the best of the best when it comes to Chevrolet Camaros – although no one can argue with the appeal of owning any model. These macho muscle cars are household names for a reason there mate!

Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa

The legendary Ferrari Testarossi first launched in 1984 and it’s the only 80s era vehicle on our list of the best vintage rides in the world. Blending Italian avant garde with loud, 80s flair – bloody hell, we love this car.

  • 1984 Ferrari Testarossa: 4.9-liter flat-12 engine, tuned to 380 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque

With Ferrari being known for its racing finesse, particularly on the Formula 1 circuit, it’s no surprise that all of their cars are built for speed and power.

We’re especially keen on this black 1988 Ferrari Testarossa that one of our VIP Members received as part of one of our many classic car giveaways. What a lucky bloke because this car is a stunner.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Debuting in 1966, the first ever Dodge Charger was, admittedly, a bit late to the muscle car game with most of the other American car manufacturers producing hard-hitters in the early 60s.

Achieving close to mythical status, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is a true icon in the automobile industry. And although it’s certainly not a fast sports car with a suped up engine, it’s a piece of history that car collectors go seriously nuts about – us included.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud model first appeared in 1955 with the intention of becoming the best luxury car in the world. Even today, this classic car screams luxury and is certainly associated with wealth and prestige.

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
  • 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud: 4.9-liter straight-six, estimated to be around 155 hp
  • 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II: All-alloy 6.2-liter overhead-valve V8, estimated to be around 200 hp

As its name suggests, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud feels as illusive as it does mystical and this classic car is a rare beaut, giving modern cars a serious run for their money.

Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Quick and light, the Porsche 911 features the stylish curves we’ve come to expect from Porsche with the cool designs of racecar finesse. 

Introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 went through various phases, all named with letters. But, it wasn’t until they reached the G series that these cars became classic collector’s items.

Collector Fact: The Porsche 911 was originally named the Porsche 901.
  • 1963 Porsche 911: Two-litre engine and only 130bhp
  • 1973 Porsche 911 G-Series: Turbo engine, 260bhp

Unlike the Mustangs or Camaros that really stood out in the 60s, the Porsche 911 peaked in the 70s with our favourite being the 1976 Porsche 911 G-series model. But even the later models definitely maintained their cool factor.

Still, we love this car so much that we gave away two of them – a 1976 Porsche 911 and a 2008 Porsche 911. And with the proceeds of our giveaways for classic cars like these going to veterans charities, talk about a win-win!

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