What’s Wrong With a People’s Car?
Inexpensive to buy, own, and maintain, inexpensive vehicles have put millions of people on the road—especially in the wake of the Second World War. Now that many former economy-minded runabouts are classics, does it really matter that they began life several rungs down the ladder from sports cars?
Still, some trot out the old adage: “Not all classic cars are old, and not all old cars are classic.”
It’s an attractive statement for sure, but one that tosses aside the most important part of the car: its owner. Petrolicious prides itself on the stories behind vehicles; this week, our video was on an ’80s Volkswagen Scirocco, we featured a Fiat Jolly, and one of our writers bought an Opel Kadett C—all began life as pretty ordinary cars, but they now tell a much different story.
As values of Ferraris, Porsches, and the like continue to swell, let these vintage photos of city cars inspire you—speaking from personal experience, your next classic might just be a Citroën 2CV that you name Bertrand!