Driving a classic car on a regular basis is sometimes seen as a hassle. In addition to problems with reliability, many enthusiasts say their car is not comfortable, safe, fast or efficient enough to be used as a daily driver.
While many vintage cars are admittedly outdated (try commuting 50 miles in a 2CV 4), finding an affordable classic daily driver is not particularly difficult. We’re tempted to suggest a vintage Renault because we’ve spent a year driving a 1981 4 F4 on a daily basis and it’s been a robust, reliable car that’s never let us down. However, the 4 lacks at least 10 – 15 horsepower in order to be a truly great daily driver.
Although there are countless options out there, our vote ultimately goes to the Mercedes-Benz w123. Base models with a low-displacement engine are just as slow as a Renault 4 (if not slower, actually) but versions equipped with a larger engine are powerful enough to keep with modern traffic, reliable enough to drive on a daily basis and more comfortable than a lot of considerably newer cars.
How about you, readers? What do you think is the best classic daily driver? For the sake of this article we’ll say a classic is any car that is over 25-years old.