Ten classic cars that define cool

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Every car that has ever appeared on the market will get you from A to B with a minimum of fuss, but only a handful will turn heads as you do so. Here are ten which, even on the most mundane of journeys, really stand out from the rest.

Lamborghini Countach

There are times when a sleek sports car with gull wings can look a little over the top, of course, but there are occasions when, in a certain light, it can simply ooze cool. The Countach, whether you like it or not, will always get you noticed.

Triumph Stagx1

The car that gave the 1970s its sense of style, the Triumph Stagx1 was in our dealerships for only eight years or so, but it certainly made its mark. A proudly British and inordinately stylish vehicle, it remains a classic to this day.

Porsche 911

Fast, desirable and supremely sleek, the magnificent Porsche 911 has been wowing us for half a century now. It has gone through a number of different incarnations during that period, but its cool credentials have never been brought into question.

Mini Cooper

The car that defined Swinging London was never the most comfortable of rides, but it has been cool since the day it was born. Perfect for those congested city streets, it made its mark all over the world, from Carnaby Street to the sewers of Turin.

McLaren F1

Only 106 of these beauties were ever produced, a fact that seems staggering considering how instantly recognisable the McLaren F1 remains. Supremely stylish and with an almost haughty elegance, surely every car lover would like to own one.

Volkswagen Beetle

It’s reassuring to know that cars don’t have to be large – or expensive – in order to be thought of as cool. The Volkswagen Beetle, especially with the earlier models, is noisy and somewhat uncomfortable, but of course that’s not the point at all, is it?

Ford Mustang

The car that launched a thousand rock and roll songs has been with us since the 1960s, and it remains one of the most impressive ever built. Synonymous with diners, dustbowls and the open road, once owned it is immediately loved.

Jaguar E-Type

Another 1960s icon, the Jaguar E-Type is one of the finest sports cars ever made. It’s hard to picture the E-Type without conjuring up images of spy movies and death-defying chases along windy Alpine roads. It always was, and always will be, the epitome of cool.

Land Rover Defender

Cool cars don’t have to be small, sleek and scared of their own shadows. The Land Rover Defender offers ruggedness, strength and the occasional snarl, and gets you to your destination irrespective of what might be in the way.

Ford Model T

A classic automobile from the early days of motoring, there’s something wonderfully reassuring about seeing one of these babies still operating on the road. Very few early cars remain cool. This, however, is definitely an exception.