Lots of cars take inspiration from vintage designs. These are some of the best.
Though the new Stratos looks a whole lot like the original, it's a different story underneath. The car is based on the Ferrari F430, meaning it has a V-8 under that rear clamshell. It also looks awesome.
Though E Prototype is not officially a production car, if you look closely, you'll realize this is basically the car Honda will be building for mass consumption later this year. Perfect compact proportions and round headlights show off its retro-inspired design.
Released by GM in 2010 to compete against the retro-minded Mustang, the fifth-generation Chevy Camaro took the same vintage muscle car style approach. has under 10,000 miles on the clock, and you can own it.
Don't let your eyes fool you—this isn't a shrunken Jaguar Mk. II sedan. It's a Japanese Kei car built by Mitsuoka called the Viewt, taking some very obvious design cues from the '50s British saloon. Power goes to the front wheels instead of the rears, and power comes from a tiny 1.3-liter inline-four making 78 horsepower.
The Viewt isn't the only weird retro JDM car Mitsuoka has built. There's also the Rock Star, an ND-generation Miata with the body from a C2-generation Corvette Stingray. Somehow, the design actually works.
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. with a manual up for grabs on eBay now.
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. for sale right now can be yours.
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.
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. you can own right now.
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. has under 4000 miles on the clock, and you can own it.
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. is up for grabs now.
The Fiat 500's cute looks (and name) come from Fiat's original 500 microcar, built for tight Italian city streets. on sale that you can own today.
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. painted in silver can be yours.
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. is for sale right now on eBay.
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. painted in a lovely shade of grey that you can own now.
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. was recently imported into the US, and you can buy it.
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. with barely any miles on it up for sale.
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. And unlike the original, you can buy a turbocharged Abarth version .
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.
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. up for bidding right now on eBay.