Vintage cars have always been a favorite among car enthusiasts. Imagine wandering the streets of cities in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Cuba, and Germany while traveling, and suddenly encountering a car that is older than the driver. And those stories that belong to classic cars are still amazing to this day.
Below are some classic vintage cars.
1. 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic
The car made its debut in 1935-36, and with a top speed of 197 km/h in the Type 57SC, it was a true engineering marvel. It's an upgraded version of the "regular" Type 57, with the "S" for "Surbaissé" (meaning lower) and the "C" for "Compresseur" for her supercharger.
The Type 57SC is impressive with its rather low stance (relative to the time segment), supercharged aspirating, aluminum chassis, and a curb weight of just 953kg. Although there was great interest in the car (considered the world's first supercar) at the 1935 Paris Motor Show, only three cars were placed on order.
2. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS Sports Tourer
The car became the cornerstone of Mercedes' super-legendary SSK-class race car, of which only 111 are known. In 1929, the 710 SS had a massive 7.1-liter 7065 CC engine that made 200 horsepower. This engine can push the 1850kg car to a staggering 199.5km/h.
The design aesthetics of the 710 SS Sport are impeccable: the flowing fenders, louvered hood, and shrouded wings combine to give the 710 SS a regal look.
3. 1930 Bugatti Type 51
Bugatti released the Type 51 with a 2.3-liter, 2224 CC supercharged engine that maintained an output of 180 bhp. The car was originally requested by famed driver Louis Chiron to be retrofitted after the 1937 Type 57SC. In the same year that the renovation was completed, it took second place in its Concours d'Elegance.
4. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B LUNGO SPIDER
The 8C 2.9 Lungo Spider was the most expensive car sold before 1939 and remains the most expensive Alfa Romeo ever sold. The Lungo Spider has an inline 8-cylinder 2905 CC engine, which gives the car a great road presence.
It has dual overhead camshafts and two superchargers, giving the car a staggering 180 horsepower output, so the 2900B can easily reach its top speed rating of 169 km/h. Like the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic, the 2900B is a top-of-the-line sports wagon characterized by smooth lines that give the car the illusion of movement even when standing still.
5. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
The Phantom II was one of the last Rolls-Royce models to be personally supervised by Sir Henry Royce. They have a 120-horsepower inline-six engine with a displacement of 7.7 liters. Horsepower may seem a little underwhelming, especially when compared to other items on this list, but Rolls-Royce is never about speed—their focus is on luxury.
Even with the "lesser" horsepower, the Phantom II has a very respectable average top speed of 160 km/h, and it comes with a four-speed manual transmission. Today, extant Phantom IIs sell for more than $200,000 at auction.