Just like people, some cars age well and others well… not so much. Here are five cars that refuse to look their age.
The little Ka remained a prominent part of Ford’s European lineup for over a decade, or 12 years to be exact. It’s unconventional styling with large, wrap-around bumpers and plenty of triangular shapes seemed to make the years particular kind on its design. What’s amazing is that you could place a launch Ka from 1996 against a run out model from 2008 and, aesthetically speaking, you’d find very little difference between the cars. Just imagine how dated a Vauxhall Corsa or Citroen Saxo from 1996 would’ve looked had it been sold in 2008!
Following a debut as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, the TT enjoyed eight years of production until the car was redesigned in 2006. The bubble-like curves of Audi’s TT have truly stood the test of time, and its hard to believe that early examples of these cars are fast approaching two decades on this earth.
First showing its face in 2001, the MINI has been an astonishing success ever since. Although often credited to BMW, the MINI’s design was part of a drawn out and heated relationship between Rover and BMW. The man ultimately responsible for its design was Frank Stephenson – now design director of McLaren Cars, Stephenson has cars such as the P1, MP4-12C and even the latest Fiat 500 within his portfolio.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking that these cars have only gone on to get bigger and uglier since this original R50 generation.
Yes, you can’t read a current motoring publication anywhere without frequent mention of this car, and it’s for good reason. The Mazda MX5, or Miata for American readers, has aged incredibly well considering its oldest examples are now 27 years old. It’s the first generation NA car that everyone remembers so fondly, with its graceful proportions, pop-up lamps, and cheeky grin at the front bumper.
The Z4 was the work of Danish design Anders Warming, although credit often goes to BMW’s then head designer Chris Bangle. Loved and loathed universally, the Z4’s design still splits opinion, but if one thing is for sure, this is a car that doesn’t look like it was first launched in 2002.