These Are the Cars With the Coolest Retro Designs

When it comes to retro looks, these cars lead by example.

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Lots of cars take inspiration from vintage designs. These are some of your favorites.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen Beetle

Though it shares a lot of the same looks as the original Beetle, there's one glaring difference: It's not air-cooled or rear-engined. Instead, the new Beetle makes due with a normal water-cooled engine mounted in the front, with front-wheel drive.

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Are you out on the hunt, stealthily waiting to attack your prey? Not in this car you aren't, but it's still an awesome name.
Plymouth
Plymouth Prowler

The Prowler doesn't really pay tribute to any one specific model—it's retro for the sake of being retro. That makes it extra-cool.

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Alpine
Alpine A110

Despite going from rear-engine in the original to mid-engine in the new version, the new A110 still has all of the same cosmetic quirks as the first one.

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BMW Z8

Even if you didn't know the Z8 takes design cues from the legendary 507 Roadster, it's easy to see why it's become such a valuable collector car.

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Ford GT

The last-gen Ford GT takes much of its design from the original GT40s that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford in the 1960s.

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Chrysler
Chrysler PT Cruiser

Like the Prowler, the PT Cruiser isn't really based on anything specific from the past. It was highly praised upon its launch, and while not everyone likes the looks, it remains a fun oddball used car for those wanting to stand out.

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The 500 Twin-Air is another car we can't get in America, but the buzzy little two cylinder engine has been lauded the world over. It just sounds like it'd be a little fun machine.
Fiat
Fiat 500

The Fiat 500's cute looks (and name) come from Fiat's original 500 microcar, built for tight Italian city streets.

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Porsche
Porsche 911

The 911 has been using the same profile line for its entire existence, all the way back to the original in 1964. Combine it with those big round headlights and rear-engine layout, and it's clear the 911 is a true retro car.

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Ford
Ford Thunderbird

The retro-themed Thunderbird might not be as famous as the original, but it's still cool. Compared to most other cars on the road, it sure stands out.

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Dodge
Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger takes its entire look from that of the original car of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The quad headlights and profile lines are just a couple of the design cues worth pointing out.

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Nissan
NIssan Pao

The JDM-only Nissan Pao may look like a car from the '50s or '60s, but really it was built in the late 1980s. The design is perfectly executed to mimic something much older.

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Ford
Ford Mustang

For the 2005 model year, Ford decided to revamp the Mustang with a totally new retro design, taking inspiration from its 1960s and 1970s Mustangs.

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The Fiat 124 Spider's $24,995 starting price puts it about as close to our $25,000 cutoff as you can get, but hey, it still counts. And while it's heavier and not quite as quick as the Miata it's based on, that added weight goes towards making the 124 Spider more comfortable and refined.
Fiat
Fiat 124 Spider

The new Fiat 124 Spider is a clear attempt to recreate the original car for the modern age. Love it or hate it, the car certainly has that signature 124 look.

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Honda
Honda S660

Though it may share a name similar to the S2000, the new S660 is actually a throwback to the Honda Beat: A mid-engine Kei car with a removable top and a manual transmission.

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Mini
Mini Cooper

When the new Mini Cooper was brought back on sale for 2001, it used many of the styling cues from the original Austin Mini, right down to the flat roof, boxed rear end, and round headlights.

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