Here at Road & Track, we typically champion performance cars, but that doesn't mean we don't love a great slow car too. These 14 examples—picked by you—prove you don't need to depart in a cloud of tire smoke to arrive in style.
The original VW Bus is one of the most iconic vehicles on Earth thanks to its funky looks. The rear-mounted air-cooled flat-four has a ton of weight to push around, so, as you could imagine, it's not very quick. This Porsche-engined example is a little different.
The Amphicar, as the name suggests, is a car that also doubles as a boat. It's certainly not known for its performance figures, yet collectors can't get enough of them. We can see why.
The original road-going Hummer was never built for speed—it was designed to be able to get through any sort of terrain with no issue. Top speed really isn't a main concern when you're mudding through a forest, barreling through a desert, or driving through a blizzard.
The mighty Citroën DS is arguably one of the coolest cars ever made, regardless of performance. With its hydropneumatic suspension, disc brakes and sleek styling, Citroën shocked the world at this car's 1955 debut. More than just a car, the DS was a declaration of post-war France's capability.
The DS isn't about all-out speed, it's about cruising in sublime comfort thanks to its pillow-like hydraulic suspension. It was styled to be aerodynamic: that it turned out to be so gorgeous is a bonus.
Fiat's take on the affordable post-war European people's car was quintessentially Italian in execution. The role the Nuova 500 needed to fill was purely functional, and yet, its designer, Dante Giacosa, gave the world a style icon. Aside from racing variants tuned by Abarth, the original 500 topped out at 18 horsepower, so acceleration was never brisk.
Like the Citroën 2CV of France, the Mini of the UK and the Volkswagen Beetle of Germany, the Nuova 500 mobilized a nation, but it did so with undeniable panache.
The Scout isn't as well-known as the current yuppie-favorite Ford Bronco, but that's arguably what makes International Harvester's proto-SUV so cool. International Harvester launched the first Scout in 1961 to compete with the Jeep.
The first two generations of Scout are exactly what you'd expect from a small truck made by a company more known for agricultural equipment, while the Scout II of the 1970s was more in line with the contemporary Bronco and the Chevy Blazer. Either version is cool.
Heavier than the Volkswagen Beetle it's based on, the Karmann Ghia has been called "the slowest sports car in the world." Italian design house Ghia took the plucky Beetle and turned it into something gorgeous.
The Karmann Ghia may be slower than the already-sluggish Beetle, but I know which one I'd rather own.
These old trucks are a far cry from today's luxurious and faster-than-they-have-any-right-to-be SUVs from Land Rover, but doesn't make them any worse. The original "Series" Land Rover's – denoting the first three generations of Land Rover production – are elegant in their utilitarian simplicity.
Conquer all terrain and look sophisticated doing it.
Diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz W123's are known for their durability; not so much for any sort of brisk performance. Even still, they possess everything that makes a classic Mercedes great: elegant design, superlative build quality and unflinching reliablity.
The most common body style for diesel W123s is the sedan, but if you're a person of style, go for the elegant pillarless-coupe body (pictured above). The Wagon also marries excellent practically with "I vacation on Martha's Vinyard" looks.
This car is the reason Lincoln brought back the Continental name. It captures the swagger and the optimism of early 1960s America in car form and it still looks fantastic today. Today's Lincoln can learn a lot from this particular car.
Weighing in at over 5,000 lbs., you're not going anywhere too quickly in this car, but you're undoubtedly going somewhere important.
An icon of World War II, improbably soldiering on well into the 21st century. With the aerodynamic properties of a bank vault, the Wrangler isn't fast, but with light modification, these trucks can go virtually anywhere.
Where other modern off-roaders have turned into quasi-performance cars, the Wrangler raises a proud middle finger to that notion. Never change, Wrangler.
Sometimes a car is cool simply for its history. Honda developed a new engine technology called CVCC that allowed it to sell the first-generation Civic in the U.S. without the use of a heavy, expensive catalytic converter to meet the stringent emissions regulations of the early 1970s.
Ford and Chrysler both licensed the tech immediately, but GM and its CEO, Richard Gestenberg, didn't believe it would work. When Soichiro Honda, the company's founder heard this, he just to prove him wrong.
So, when you drive a CVCC Civic, you're not just driving an early 1970s economy car; you're driving a rolling tribute to Soichiro Honda and his company's greatness.
Subaru is somewhat quirky compared with its mainstream rivals now, but it was all out bonkers in the late 1970s. Behold, the BRAT, an El Camino'd Subaru Leone sedan made for the U.S. market.
The BRAT, or, Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, had two rear-facing seats installed in the bed to circumvent U.S. restrictions on imported trucks. This is Subaru at its strangest and best.
Powered by a two-stroke three-cylinder motor that made 33 horsepower, the original Saab 93 wasn't exactly "born from jets," as it were. That doesn't make this Scandanavian oddball any less cool, though.
If you're one to go against conventional wisdom, the Saab 93 is the car for you. Delightfully weird, in the best way.