10 quirky and classic cars you can hire

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The safety, reliability and comfort of modern cars cannot be matched. However, self-drive classic car hire is an opportunity to turn back the clock to simpler motoring times. We take a look at 10 iconic and sometimes quirky classic cars you can take for a spin in Australia or on your next overseas adventure.

Quirky or classic? Quirky and classic. If you're looking for a trip out of the ordinary, we've scoured the web and come up with ten cars that are sure to give you a ride to remember. You might want to relive your past or experience something imagined. It could be a treat for yourself, a holiday surprise or a present to mark an anniversary.

Willys Jeep

You can rent it in ... the UK.

The Jeep is a Second World War icon and this sturdy, reliable vehicle will give every driver that authentic 1940s experience.

Willys Jeep - WW2 treasure. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterblack2007/5004649800/, Peter Black, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/peterblack2007/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Triumph Herald Convertible

You can rent it in ...Scotland.

Top up or top down - it's your choice as you cruise through the Scottish countryside in this beautiful old car.

Triumph Herald Convertible - comfortable cruising. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sg2012/7939232462, Steve Glover, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/sg2012/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

CitroŽn 2CV

You can rent it in ... France.

Step back in time behind the wheel of this classic CitroŽn and enjoy the full vista of French rural life.

CitroŽn 2CV - it's French, it's quirky and it's a classic. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/juanelo242a/16826065590, order_242, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/juanelo242a/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

FJ Holden

You can rent it in ... Queensland.

Take a bit of Australiana for a spin with six cylinders under the bonnet and a three-speed transmission at your disposal in this 50s-era FJ.

FJ Holden - Australian car royalty. Need we say more. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126433814@N04/17286427662/, jeremyg3030, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/126433814@N04/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

You can rent it in ... the US.

One of the last of the 1970s convertibles, the Eldorado was a luxury car in its heyday and will evoke the American love of the large car whether it's riding Route 66 or the freeway.

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible - bring back the smooth seventies. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/that_chrysler_guy/10723409835/, That Hartford Guy, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/that_chrysler_guy/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

VW Beetle

You can rent it in ... Mexico City.

The iconic Volkswagon Beetle will make touring in any city a memorable experience. The Beetle ended its run on the production line in Mexico, but they live on in Mexico City as a unique way to tour the city.

Volkswagon Beetle - luggage in the front, engine in the back. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvanzuijlekom/8462229235, Dennis van Zuijlekom, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvanzuijlekom/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/


You can rent it in ... Budapest.

A symbol of East Germany, the Trabant's boxy, utilitarian style harks back to an era when cars were functional rather than fashionable. A sentimental ride for anyone interested in Communist car history.

The Trabant - a symbol of a bygone era. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99667320@N06/13757453394/, Pixelteufel, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/99667320@N06/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

DeLorean DMC-12

You can rent it in ... the UK.

Fans of Back to the Future might want to take a turn behind the wheel of this famous car with its distinctive gull-wing doors and stainless steel body - just don't expect to travel back in time.

The DeLorean DMC-12 - an unusual car almost as strange as the history of it's creation. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126433814@N04/15704582713/, jeremyg3030, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/126433814@N04/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Morris Minor 1000

You can rent it in ... Sydney.

This cute car was one of the most favoured British vehicles in its day. It remains popular with car enthusiasts who appreciate its classic styling and will give any driver that sense of solid, steady handling.

Morris Minor 1000 - compact yet stylish. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sg2012/8758281007/, Steve Glover, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/sg2012/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Lada Niva

You can rent it in ... Iceland.

The Russian Lada Niva might be a utilitarian off-road car, but the no-nonsense vehicle should take you from sand to mud to snow without a worry.

Lada Niva - a bit agricultural to drive, yet surprisingly capable off road. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladanivabr/2452661583/, serglo_robot, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladanivabr/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/