Hooniverse Asks: What Car Has Aged the Best?

As oenophiles will tell you, time can be a wine’s best friend. The same can be said for George Clooney who somehow gets even more dashing and lust worthy with every passing year. When it comes to cars however, time is often the enemy, both in terms of wear and tear, and by locking designs to a particular, and eventually out of fashion era.  
That’s not always the case however. Certain cars come across as contemporary even today despite having been introduced as far back as even 2002. Actually, timeless cars seemingly know no era, and cars like the Porsche 928 and Studebaker Avanti seem to transcend their originating decades. That’s just what we’re looking for today: your opinion on which cars, and even trucks—let’s be fair here—that have seemingly gained years without appearing to have aged.
Image: Lisa Meuller via Artstation

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58 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What Car Has Aged the Best?”

  1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    Jeep. Rumor has it that they used to be a little different back in the day but here’s a picture of what I assume is the current model.

      1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

        Not sure if that’s my fanboi showing or my snark.

      2. Vairship Avatar

        Actually, it’s a badge-engineered Bantam 😉

  2. Alff Avatar

    It was never beautiful (except, perhaps, by Subaru’s standards) but 12 years later it still looks reasonably fresh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17c59ded2e93404683c8bd00c97997c2a536cfe2d500d494b0bd65fa5eb72e77.jpg

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      It’s true, what they say — beauty fades.
      But I guess mediocrity just hangs in there, continuing to look mediocre.

      1. Alff Avatar

        Compared to most of what Subaru has produced, mediocre is good.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          Sometimes different is timeless too. All they need is a six-speed manual conversion to be perfect

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      What a car company gets when they hire Peter Stevens to style their cars and resolve it properly.
      One of his other designs.

    3. Zentropy Avatar

      I completely agree. That’s still my favorite Subaru, looks-wise.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    Other than the low belt line, the 1995 Oldsmobile Auroa has aged pretty well. I don’t think it would look out of place compared to any new cars. Not bad for a 22 year old design.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      I agree that the current Punto doesn’t look 12 years old at all…have hardly seen one in traffic though either.

    1. JayP Avatar

      I wouldn’t say it aged well.. hasn’t aged at all.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        It has definitely aged. The only difference between it and others of its era is that it just keeps truckin’ along with no seeming comprehension of how old it really looks.
        It’s like Cher.

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    The car has aged, but these Bugatti wheels were in use in the 1920’s and would look at home on a new luxury vehicle today.

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Am I the only one who’s a bit blown away to think that this shape is over a quarter of a century old?

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

          Wouldn’t you say that the E24 shares much more in common with the 2nd gen Prelude?

          1. P161911 Avatar

            Yes, but I was comparing it to the Mk VII. Ford’s first attempt at aping the E24, before the much better MN10.

          2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

            Ah, I get it now.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        I would argue that the Prelude is much more svelte and elegant than that…that…half-used bar of soap.

    1. Manxman Avatar

      I’m looking for a Mk1 roadster as we speak. Much nicer looking than the newer TTs.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    The freedom designers get in building sports cars, GTs and coupes really helps to keep them timeless. I’d say the 1997 Volvo C70 is a design that has aged well, too. You can tell when it was conceived, but it remains sleek and beautiful…to my eyes:
    I also consider the “boat tail”-era for Volvo sedans pretty neat, and just yesterday I sold a model car to a guy who arrived here in a 2003 S80. The rear still remains this car’s absolute sunny side:¨

    1. P161911 Avatar

      When I first saw the C70s on the road I thought that they were the next generation of Mustang, especially the convertibles.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        A shape so good, it was shared across the world.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      I’ve never taken much notice of the C70, but you’re right.
      Although it looks a bit like the love child of a Ford Probe Mazda MX6 and a Holden GTO.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Wow, you’re right. It’s that forced shoulder line, I guess, the one design trait that gives away its decade.

  7. Lokki Avatar
    1. Mike Avatar

      This one would be my choice. If they still offered this I would want to get one.

    1. kogashiwa Avatar

      And, to be fair, almost every other Audi sedan since.

    2. caltemus Avatar

      Current volkswagen design language is just 7 year old audi designs

  8. kogashiwa Avatar

    The answer is always MR2
    (I mean, what did you expect me to say)
    Okay, the t-tops and pop-up lights give the game away a bit (but make up for it with awesomeness), but add some more sculpting to the lights, a few lines at odd angles that don’t really work from every view, a random body crease or two and you could put it back into production today.

      1. kogashiwa Avatar

        I was driving home across the vast and lonely Manitoba prairie today and out of nowhere came an AW11 in what appeared in the two or three second glimpse I got to be in showroom condition. In that landscape it was alien and surreal and wonderful.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      People sorta forget how Old SW20s are, they get lambasted as being “slow” but people forget they came out in the early 90s. Also the 3rd gen car is old enough to buy beer in Ireland now (18 years) http://www.spyderchat.com/images/COM.jpg

    1. cap'n fast Avatar
      cap’n fast

      the sedan by which all are judged and few successfully emulate.

  9. yellowdogdemocrat Avatar

    I think the Classic 2005-2008 Chrysler 300s have aged the best. Of course I have one so I might be a little biased…

  10. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    The Landrover Defender still looks as purposeful today as it did in 1958, plus the doors still interchange between an end of run 2016 and a 1958

  11. Nicolas Bernard Avatar
    Nicolas Bernard
    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      As ‘Car’ magazine said about the 406 Coupe, “The looks of a Ferrari with the performance and handling of a 406-and there’s nothing wrong that.”