Cars have come a long way since Henry Ford first put together a Model T. The cars of today are safer, more powerful, and more luxurious than their predecessors. However, there is something almost magical about the classic family car that you can’t find in modern vehicles. These classics had character, personality and soul—and they were built to last.

If you love your classic cars but want something practical that works with family life, here are our top picks for classic family cars:

Ford Cortina

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The Ford Cortina was designed to be a family car!

Not only is the Cortina a beautifully designed car that is admired by many, but it is a great family car because of its practicality, reliability, and affordability. Designed with families in mind, featuring a spacious interior, comfortable seating, and a large boot for carrying luggage, or even a buggy.

Additionally, the Cortina’s handling and performance make it a pleasure to drive, whether you’re commuting to work or taking a road trip with the family. Overall, the Ford Cortina offers a combination of features that make it an excellent choice for families looking for a reliable and affordable vehicle.

Citroen DS

The Citroen DS is a true classic that’s still relevant today.

This car is perfect if you want a family car that makes a statement! It took the automotive world by storm with its futuristic looks that still turn heads today! It was the first-ever front-wheel-drive production car, and it came with four disc brakes, power steering as standard, and a fibreglass roof to reduce weight and increase stability. The DS was meant to be a car for the people, but soon became a luxury product instead.

Land Rover

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Perfect for larger families with most models having the capacity to seat 7 people.

The Land Rover is the perfect car for adventures on and off the road. It can be used as an everyday vehicle or a weekend getaway vehicle. The Land Rover has proven itself not only to be a workhorse but the perfect family getaway vehicle. It has been produced in many countries, including England, Germany, Spain and China.

Mercedes-Benz W123

The Mercedes-Benz W123 was a range of executive cars produced by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz from 1976 to 1985. It succeeded the W114/W115 series (the ‘baroque angels’) as the firm’s top seller, with sales of over 4 million units.

It was available as a four-door saloon and estate car vehicle; however, most models were sold with saloon bodies. The estate car was marketed for families with its optional third row of rear-facing seats and roof bars.

Bentley R Type

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If you love a little elegance, then the Bentley R Type is for you!

The Bentley R Type was a British luxury car manufactured from 1949 to 1955. It was the first Bentley model to use an independent front suspension and featured disc brakes-a first for any production car.

The R Type was available as a four-door saloon and, with the addition of rear seat trays, made it a perfect family car!

Ford Anglia

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Are your children Harry Potter Fans?

Then they would love travelling around in this! The Ford Anglia was a small family car produced by Ford, UK, from 1958 to 1967. It was available as a two-door or four-door estate car, both built by Pressed Steel Fisher at their Linwood plant in Scotland.

This car was a popular family car back in the 60s and in the early 2000s it was revived with the release of the Harry Potter franchise, with Harry and Ron flying a 105E.


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The BMW E30 is a family car made in the 1980s . It is a very popular classic car and has a lot of fans. This iconic vehicle has been featured in many movies, TV shows and video games, which makes it even more popular among car enthusiasts.

It’s also an excellent choice for families looking for a reliable vehicle that can handle all their needs when it comes to transporting people or cargo around town or on long trips. Some people have even modified them into race cars! If you’re looking for something reliable, then this is the right choice for you!

These are all great options for a variety of reasons. Not only do they suit everyday family life, but bring they the character and soul you want from a classic. They were built to last and still have a place in today’s world, especially for those who love the nostalgia and charm of the past.

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