Last year was jam-packed with classic car news and announcements, and we’re already excited to see what 2019 will bring us. In 2018 three cars in particular grabbed our attention.
The first on our list is the Volkswagen Beetle, which hit the headlines when it was announced that its production will cease in 2019. Although many believe that the modern Beetles don’t capture the magic of the original, it was still a sobering moment knowing this motoring legend will be having its last moments on the assembly line.
Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero
Second, and likely to be the most controversial, is the Concept Zero Jaguar E-Type. We’ve chosen the Concept Zero as a representative for all of the classic car electric conversions we saw last year. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny there’s been a lot of “buzz” around electrifying classic cars. Some of the most striking classic cars to be converted include an Aston Martin DB6, Ferrari 308, Porsche 911, Range Rover and a Volkswagen Type-2.
Of all of these, the electric E-Type seems to us to have been the car that attracted the most attention, especially when it was used for Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding. Watched around the world by millions, the Concept Zero is a one-off electric conversion made by Jaguar Land Rover’s own classic car department. For more on Concept Zero and other electric classic cars read our article: A New Age of Electric Classic Cars.
Move over Porsche, the Alpine is back after nearly 30 years and it owned 2018 with unanimous critical acclaim. Sharing the title of A110 with its predecessor, this car is a re-imagining of the original with a lot of modern flare. With so many reworks looking wildly different from the original it was refreshing to see the A110 draw heavily on its older sibling for stylistic inspiration.
Easily identifiable by the signature blue body paint, the classic A110’s claim to fame is its rallying success. Victories through the A110’s illustrious career include international championships, Monte Carlo and the first World Rally Championship. The A110 makes our list because its success has re-ignited a lot of interest and passion for the original, proving that an old dog really can learn new tricks.
That rounds off our selection of cars that dominated classic car news in 2018, but we’re sure you have your own thoughts, and we’d love to hear them. If you want to learn more about each of the cars on our list they all have their own Vital Stats that contain buyer’s guides, valuations and more which can be found here: Beetle, E-Type and A110.