It’s Valentine’s Day, and many of you will be going out on lovely dates with your lovely dates. But have you ever noticed that in romantic comedies, the protagonist never drives a new, nondescript crossover? That’s because they’re not romantic!
Luckily, we have sourced five c̶r̶e̶d̶i̶t̶-̶r̶u̶i̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶h̶e̶l̶l̶-̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶ affordable classics to make your date swoon when they come out the front door.
1968 Volkwagen B̶e̶e̶t̶l̶e̶ Love Bug
Where better to start than the famous Love Bug itself? This 1968 VW Beetle is offered for just $1,900 out of Calgary, Alberta and while it may be in need of some tender loving care, it’ll be ready for date night in a jiffy! Sure, it hasn’t run since Reagan was president, but I’m sure it’ll fire to life with a few squirts of ether. The body has a custom matte finish from sitting in the sun for too long, but it seems relatively solid. Inside, the not-laced-with-hantavirus seats are an inviting place for you and your lover to sit, while the faithful pancake-four engine putts you along towards Arby’s.
1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
The Love Bug is cute, but there’s no room to stretch out and relax inside. Consider that problem solved with the cavernous interior of this 1972 Caddy, listed for $3,500 in Guelph, Ontario. Contrary to popular belief, these did not have 500 cubic-inch engines. For whatever reason, those were reserved only for the front-wheel-drive Eldorado and these rear-drive sedans made do with a measly 472 cubic inches. That said, if you live in Utah, or your name is Archie, this DeVille has seats for all your dates, and then some. It’s the perfect car to play some Curtis Mayfield in and cruise around with your date(s).
1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD
Nothing’s more romantic than a car that will last as long as your love for each other. This 1982 Mercedes Benz 300TD will likely outlive all but cockroaches and twinkies. The W123-generation is especially famous for being hewn from a solid chunk of granite. This one has 210,000 kilometres and appears barely broken-in. While all Mercedes diesels of this era are slow, this one is perhaps the least slow, with its 3.oL-litre inline-five turbo engine making just around 100 horsepower. Speedy!
1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Possibly the only car more prolific as a mobile love shack than the Beetle is the second-generation Pontiac Trans Am. This 1980 Firebird is a great car to drive your date round and round in. This particular example has fresh Adriatic Blue paint and a refurbished interior that you need only install to reap the benefits! The 1980 Firebird was available with a wide variety of engines and none of them could win a tug of war with a new Ford Focus. So, budget some cash for engine upgrades if you want to make it to The Keg on time.
1967 Triumph Spitfire
We end our little roundup with a little sports car – a 1967 Triumph Spitfire, to be exact. What better way to feel close than you date than to drive somewhere with your shoulders touching because the car is four feet wide? Imagine the romance of waiting for a tow truck in the dark because the headlights failed again!
But which of these rides do you think is the best date car?