These are cars with charm. They’re not necessarily the fastest, but like fashion, they make a bold statement about who you are.
Of course, a big HEMI V-8 tells the world about your love of hot, nasty speed. But a Challenger, even in V-6 form, is the kind of car Matthew McConaughty would be proud to lean on and give a hearty, “alright, alright, alright.”
2012 VW Beatle
Haters be damned, the newest Beatle is all about style, and no longer just an exclusively a gift for a sweat-sixteen birthday party.
AKA The expensive Beatle, love it or hate it, the 911 is a classically cool car that has always been GQ worthy, without having to be as flashy as a Corvette or Ferrari.
When you drive a BRZ or FRS, it feels so alive, so wonderfully analogue, that it’s hard to believe that it’s not a living breathing creature. This car will become your best friend.
Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend buying some tank designed for seniors from the 70s through the 90s. Modern Caddy’s however are not only super-stylish, but they’re everything you want in a car. I owned a 2007 STS with a V-8 and AWD, and I would equate it to a faithful dog. It did everything I ever asked of it, and it did it in style.
I’ve also owned a Mazda RX-8 and it was the polar opposite of my Caddilac in just about every way imaginable. It broke all the time, everything went wrong with it, and yet, I loved it, because when everything worked properly, it was unique joy to drive.
The Mustang is the ultimate car with a personality, which is why it’s probably been used so many times as the star of feature films. They rattle and bump you around on the inside, they’re not very luxurious, but because they are all wonderfully imperfect, they feel strangely human and alive.