What are some reliable classic cars?

Everyone and their mother has a classic car to show off in my neighborhood, and I feel a bit left out. But I don’t want to be humiliated if I buy a classic that breaks down on my first ride through the neighborhood. What are some reliable classic cars?

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Jason Tushinski
Answered on Jun 23, 2022
The most reliable classics are the Volvo P1800, the Mercedes W123, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Toyota AE86 Corolla.
Volvo P1800 A man named Irv Gordon bought a new Volvo P1800 roadster in 1966, and little did he know its 1.6 L inline 4 cylinder engine, with 100 horsepower and manual transmission would outlive him. Gordon died in 2018, after having put 3.2 million miles on his P1800. The car still runs.
Mercedes W123 The first few decades after World War Two were especially lean in West Germany. Mercedes couldn’t churn out luxury vehicles, so it pivoted to making incredibly strong cars like the W123. This diesel beast sported a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with 62 horsepower and a 4-speed manual transmission.
Volkswagen Beetle The Volkswagen Beetle had an exceptional run from 1938 to 2019, renowned as one of the most reliable cars ever built. Its simple parts made it an easy choice for millions of drivers. The air-cooled engine didn’t require coolant, and it had few parts, making repairs a snap.
Toyota AE86 Corolla This isn’t your kid’s 2003 Corolla—the Toyota AE86 Corolla was a shifty, drifty little menace with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox, and 128 horsepower. It was known for its durable body and tires. The AE86 Corolla inspired the Toyota 86.
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