Top Five Most Lovable Cars



February 11, 2014

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we asked fans of the Historic Vehicle Association’s Facebook page to weigh in on their most beloved favorites. Check out the rundown of the top five “most mentioned” models.  

1965 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Nominated by Pam Shewan and Bryan Vlink

Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Nominated by Donald Miers and John Anderson

1966 Austin-Morris Mini

Classic Mini

Nominated by Angel L. Ruiz

DeLorean

DeLorean DMC 12

Nominated by Robert Kliewer 

1954 Nash Metropolitan

Nash Metropolitan

Nominated by Mark Mattke


Comments

  1. Harley Allen Walkertown,nc

    Mustang is my #1 pick.Been driving them for 48 years.mustang came out 2months after I turned 16.bought my first one in 1967

  2. Dale Carrington Puyallup Washington

    Of these five cars I would say the Metropolitan draws the most interest everywhere I go in mine. From constant waves and photographs as people pass on the highway, to having to add an hour to my errand time talking with people waiting for me in parking lots! The ladies love them, the men are intrigued by them and the younger generation think they are very "rad."

  3. Doc Holliday Blue Grass, IA

    It can't be any of these......everyone knows that Herbie the "LOVEBUG" is the most lovable car in the world!!!

  4. Jan R. Eisen Plymouth, MI

    Very nice and pleased to see a DeLorean show up in a list like this. Too often, this timeless beauty is not taken seriously. But after more than 30 years, the car has a phenomenal recognition and is adored by young and old.

  5. Frank Sifford Charlotte, N.C.

    No Beetle? Get real. Everyone knows that in order to love a car, it must first get you where you're going. With the possible exception of the Mustang, none of your choices will.

  6. David Dewey Oroville, CA

    While I agree that Herbie should have made this list, the MOST loveable and Loved (and hated) car of all time is the Model T Ford--nowadays, they are a "Babe Magnet"!!

  7. mike rossi vashon, wa.

    I agree with Dale, Mets draw a lot of attention when you are out on the road.

  8. Brian Powers Sierra Foothills, Calif.

    I owned a 1957 Isetta Cabriolet, I have never seen a car that made people smile the way the Isetta did. At a recent Barrett Jackson auction there must have been 200 photographs taken of the car, all with someone standing next to it. People's Choice at the 2012 Hillsborough Concours in a field where most entries had more invested in their tires, than the cost of a new Isetta.I wouldn't want to squeeze anyone out, but how about making it "The Six Most Loveable Cars."

  9. Bet Hubbard OH

    The most loved car of all time really is the Ford Mustang. Celebrating 50 years this year, all ages love this car. We have owned our 1965 convertible for 46 years.

  10. Robert United States

    If the MGB isn't mentioned in the top 5 favorites ,they need to do some more considering.

  11. Jim Courtright Show Low, Arizona

    My favorite car of all is the Cadillac ALLANTE' 1993...I've had one for the past 10 years and I LOVE IT. All I can say is that it's beautiful and very FAST.

  12. Jim Morris St'Allis, WI

    Everybody smiles when they see a Morris Minor!

  13. Chuck Wolf Seattle, WA

    Very Interesting as I have an all original 1965 Mustang Fastback GT.....And.....a......1961 Nash Metropolitan convertible! I would have to say the the Metropolitan gets the most looks and thumbs up, even though the Mustang is worth Way more money........But I went on a ride with a friend in his German Amphicar (the car that goes IN the Water!) and that car got more Looks, and caused more commotion, in the Mile from my house to the Water, then ANY other car I've ever seen (of course it is a convertible...And the Powered Surfboard he has on top draws tons of attention too)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Bruce United States

    Won't the unloved Edsel ever deserve a valentine?

  15. Robert McIntyre Laguna Hills, California

    No contest. Donald Healey brought the most well-beloved sports car to masses: The Austin Healey "Sprite". I have had a 1960 Sprite since 1966. It still runs and looks great with the best exhaust note ever. Completely restored in 1990, it still turns the heads after all these years.

  16. Michael Yount United States

    DeLorean? Just because it's mentioned a lot doesn't mean it's lovable. Perhaps a warm-up for a good April Fool's joke? My suggestion would be to simply substitute "my first car" in place of the DeLorean. For most folks, their first car - whatever it was - occupies a special place in their heart. I'm certain this will release a wave of 'my first car sucked!' comments.....

  17. Bobaloobob NYC

    The 1964 Mustang was the last time their was a consensus on anything in the USA. .

  18. Phil Virginia

    As this is about the most lovABLE car and NOT the most loved, the frogeye sprite takes the prize. NOBODY ever looks at a frogeye without smiling.

  19. Grant Kennewick, Washington

    This is always an interesting subject. Over the years, I have had at least 20 collector cars of all shapes and size. At present, I have a 1965 Mustang coupe and a 1928 Ford Model AA truck, stock on the outside with a V8 drivetrain. It draws more attention, especially from women, than any car I have owned. I cannot explain it.

  20. Jake Yasgur Phila. PA

    I saw an XKE convertible in 1962/63 and was hooked. My focus in school was only for scribbling and dreaming about that vision. I feel the same way today. I think the jury is finally concluded that this is one of the sexisty cars ever. What that meant to all us BOOMERS is how that car carried you into your ADOLESCENCE.

  21. Les Wentz Landisville, Pa.

    How about the most Lovable Car/Truck ? El Camino is the correct answer !

  22. John Fenrich Owasso, OK

    I have had three Bug-Eye Sprites and one Morris Mini Minor. I got the most looks and laughs when driving the Sprites but the little green Mini with the 10" wheels and a British flag painted on the top got its share of double takes, too. When I sold one of my Bug-Eyes to buy the Mini, everyone asked: "Why give up such a cute, sporty little car?" To which my reply was: "In the Sprite I can scare the begeezes out of one passenger, in the Mini I can scare three."

  23. Haold Fildey Santa Barbara,CA

    My Spite draws lots of attention. Seems like eveyone had one in their past life. I didn't think there were that many produced.It does take a little longer to run errands since people want to talk and look at it.

  24. Gary Marquis Chico California

    Having owned Mini, a Sprite and a Mustang I would say the most adored car I have ever owned would be a "Deux Chevaux" ( a Citroen 2CV to most Americans ).

  25. Ole Linden,NJ

    Cute has to be small and good looking, so it's a Fiat 500 (from the late 60's) ofcourse.

  26. JERRY COOKSEY ROSE LODGE, OREGON

    I HAVE A 1966 MUSTANG COUPE OWNED FOR 40 YEARS A FAMILY CAR THAT MY TWO SONS LEARN TO DRIVE IN. THE MUSTANG WAS RESTORED BY MY YOUNGEST SON. THE VEHICLE IS ENTERED IN AUTOS SHOWS IN THE AREA, IS GARAGED MUST OF THE TIME HAVE NOT OPERATED FOR A YEAR. THE MUSTANG IS A GREAT VEHICLE.

  27. Jerry Drayton Decatur, Georgia

    What I find amazing, though, is this: a Nash Metropolitan made the list but not a '55-'57 Ford Thunderbird. The "Baby Birds" were an instant classic, as a result of the forthright simplicity of their overall design. The Thunderbird was one of the best designs of the fifties and deserved a place on the list.

  28. ALEXANDRE RICARDO Canada

    I have no doubts: The #1 car is the Beetle. Specially the one with white leather seats!!!

  29. Hat San Diego

    I agree with Doc, Frank and others....nothing puts a smile on peoples faces like a well cared for VW.

  30. Woody Snell Alabama

    Jeepsters rule!

  31. Tom Fountain Valley California

    The Bugeye of course. It's always smiling at you!!

  32. Greg Reid Atlanta, GA

    What? No VW Beetle? Surely, you jest!

  33. Doug Hawthorne NJ

    Can't believe you did not include the VW Beetle. I've had six of them, and it's true love.

  34. David texas

    Where is MGB roadster?

  35. Craig McAlliser United States

    Let's not forget the ubiquitous Model A Ford. With some estimates of between 350,000 to half a million still running, that has to be some indication. And more come 'online' every year assembled from bit and pieces if not complete cars. And then there's the tons of parts available making it almost possible to build a complete car from brand new parts.

  36. Woody Rutter Beaufort, SC

    Think more globally! The little Citroen 2CV ("Deux Chevaux") has to be one of the most lovable of ll time. Homely, beautifully engineered, and a true "peoples' car"!

  37. Dave NM, United States

    1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

  38. Brian Stacy, MN

    Having placed my hands on every one of these, the Bugeye is a Great car and gets my vote of the cars listed. The MKII Sprite, in my opinion is even better but it is still a proper Roadster with removable side curtains, a simple dash design and a slightly more user friendly interior than the Frogeye/Bugeye.

  39. robert mencl Texas

    Citroen Traction Avant

  40. Pete South Georgia

    Tough one, but it'll definitely be from the BMC group. I've owned a 1961 Bugeye since 1962, so my heart is close to those. However, I sold an early Mini that I wish I'd kept. More fun and chuckles per mile than any other car I’ve owned, and I've owned over a hundred various imported cars over the last 58 years. One other thing. One can't be in a bad mood while driving a Mini. Can't beat that.

  41. Richard Smith Boise, ID

    I bought the first '59 Sprite (according to the dealer) sold in the Pacific Northwest. Since then I have owned a '62 Healey 3000, '47 Cadillac Sedan, '65 Mustang, '75 Porsche 911 Anniversary Model, and currently, a '64 Porsche 356 Cabriolet in Guards Red. The '64 is the only car that gets more smiles, and questions, than the Sprite. When I see the Bugeyes in shows now they always have a crowd around them. And everyone is smiling. They were Great little cars...

  42. Bob Ohio

    The Mustang and De Lorean don''t seem to match the rest of the list. I would include the Voltswagon Beetle, and the 1960 Falcon.

  43. Charlie Seymour Galveston, TX

    Lots of lovable cars over the years but the 4 VW Campers turned the most heads, old and young alike.

  44. Mary Florida

    Mopar or no car!

  45. Brian San Diego, CA

    Definitely, a timeless piece and work of art, the DeLorean! You could of received this as a Valentine's gift in 1955, 1981 or in 2015 and appreciate every grain of stainless steel on this gull-wing car! I'd love to unwrap this car anytime!

  46. Brian San Diego, CA

    Definitely, a timeless piece and work of art, the DeLorean! You could of received this as a Valentine's gift in 1955, 1981 or in 2015 and appreciate every grain of stainless steel on this gull-wing car! I'd love to unwrap this car anytime!

  47. Steve Portland, OR

    Obviously none of you have ever driven a DeLorean before. The smiles and reactions it brings from people are extraordinary. People simply love the car. I've been in multiple shows with mine and parked next to some of the most exotic cars, and beautiful classics and street rods and while people give them their due, they flock to my DeLorean. Have any of you almost been collided with on the interstate because the driver next to you was trying to take a picture of your car while driving? I have. Why do they love it? Because it is unique. Because it is a rare sight. Because it is iconic. Because it is beautiful in it's design. It's certainly not the fastest car - John DeLorean already invented one of those, it was called the Pontiac GTO. As DeLorean owners we like to say "We don't drive fast, we drive awesome." Cheers.

  48. Bill Broecker Indianapolis

    It has to be the Classic Mini. Whenever I drive mine and my Jack Russel sits to my left, we get our photos taken constanly, because it looks like he is driving and because he is cuter than me!!

  49. Tom USA

    Although I am partial to the '56 T-Birds, this list has to contain the Fiat Jolly! The name says it all, not to mention wicker seats and that roof! http://significantcars.com/cars/1960fiat/fullsize.html

  50. Kylan Hoss Texas

    VW Karmann Ghia

  51. Chris Campbell Traverse City, MI

    I agree with the guy who said the Metropolitan draws attention. I had its larger cousin, a 1960 Rambler American station wagon for about 20 years. It was the car that always made people smile. You could look around and everybody who saw the car would smile.

  52. Paul Chicago

    This survey was most interesting....ONLY 2 west coasters picked the Beetle, the quintessential flower child, fundamental, reliable car you see EVERYWHERE on the West Coast. I own a '66 Mustang Convertible last 15yrs and a '62 Bug...Both Babe magnets! All the comments were great. All is good !

  53. David South Carolina

    Every era had its favorite car/truck whether was a model T, early flathead Fords and Mercury, early '50 GM V8 and tri-coup Chevrolets, original and later T-birds, VW Bugs, early British and Italian sport cars, early mustangs and Camaro, muscles cars of all makes, and the list goes on. Everyone has their favorites and it would hard to pick five that would fill this bill across the board.

  54. JOHN WESTLAND,MOTOR CITY

    SOMEONE DID'NT DO MUCH HOME WORK ON THIS HOW COULD ANYONE FORGET THE 2 SEATER BABY BIRDS SHOULD BE TOP OF THE LIST OR IN IT ALEAST THE 1955 1956 1957 THUNDERBIRDS WERE/ARE GREAT RIDES HEAD TURNING THUMBS UP & SMILES EVERY WERE YOU GO IF YOUR IN HURRY DO'NT STOP FOR GAS YOU'LL BE LATE THAY HAD 3 TOPS CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP REMOVIBLE PORT HOLE 56/57 OR NON PORT HOLE 55/57 HARDTOP & ZIPPER COCKPIT TONNEAU COVER TELEISCOPEING STEERING WHEEL Y BLOCK V-8 HAD THEIR OWN COOL SOUND OFFERED V-8 292 312 HOLLEY 4BBL.-DUAL 4X4BBL.SUPER CHARGER IN 57 & A 292 2BBL.TOWN & COUNTRY SELF SEEKING RADIO 1957 OFFERED A AUTOMATIC VOL.INCREASE ON RADIO VOL. WHEN MOTOR INCREASED R.P.M.THESE WERE AHEAD OF THEIR TIME THAY WERE CALLED A PERSONIAL LUXURY SPORTS CAR OFFERED EITHER WITH 2 SPEED AUTO FORDOMATIC OR 3 SPEED STICK WITH OVERDRIVE 1957 HAD A FOOT OPERATED HANDS FREE AUTOMATIC WIPERS SQUIRTED WASHER FLUID AND WIPERS SWEEP ONE TIME CONTINENTAL KIT IN 1956 EVERY YEAR OUT OF 3 SOMETHING DIFFERENT WAS ADDED SIDE DOOR GLASS WIND WINGS IN 56/57 SEE THREW TINTED DOME SPEED-O IN 55 & 56 COOL EXCHAUST EXITS ALL 3 YEARS WERE DIFFERENT THREW THE REAR BUMPERS P.WINDOWS 4 WAY P.SEAT ALSO 57 HAD A SPEICAL MEMORY ADJUST 10 SETTINGS DIAL P. SEAT P.BRAKES P. STEERING ENGINE DRESS UP PACKAGE 56/57 LIFE GUARD DESIGN DOORS/LOCKS/STEERING WHEEL LOTS OF CHROME ALL METAL BODY YOU WOULD HAVE TO OWN ONE TO REALLY NO HOW GREAT THESE ARE MY GRAMPA HAD A NEW ONE EVERY YEAR I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10 ALL THE NABORS CAME OUT WHEN HE CAME OVER FOR POT ROAST DINNER EVERY SUNDAY THERE'S ALOT MORE ABOUT THESE ICON CLASSIC RIDES THEIR ONE OF AKIND CAR ALSO LIKE THE DORLOREAN 69 COUGAR 58 CHEIFTAIN 62 VETTE MY 1ST CAR WAS A BLUE 70'S VW LOL! IT WAS FUN LASTED ONLY 6 MOUNTHS I THINK I CAN MAKE A SMALLER LIST OF WHAT CARS I DO'NT LIKE BUT THE BABY BIRD TBIRDS SHOULD'VE BEEN ON LIST OF MOST LOVABLE CARS

  55. Mike McDonald Kansas

    My dad bought Mom a 67 Mustang coupe for her 40th birthday. Burgundy with a black interior. I was 16 at the time. Man was I a happy boy when she let me drive it to school. Needless to say, I still have it. In June, when Mom passed away, my sister and I took her ashes to the cemetery in it. Rip Mom

  56. Bill Robertson North Carolina

    With all due respect, regarding the DeLorean: DeLorean Motor Company built approximately 9,000 cars but only managed to sell half of them before the company ran out of cash less than a year later. DeLoreans were not loved well enough to keep their manufacturer afloat. By contrast, Ford Motor Company built -- and sold -- 15 million Model T's. Model T owners wrote letters of gratitude to Henry Ford himself (as a multi-car DeLorean owner of 12 years, I assure you: if any DeLorean owner were to write John DeLorean a letter, it would not be a letter of gratitude....). While it is nice to finally see DeLoreans on a list other than "worst cars ever built," by the numbers they really don't belong, especially against much more iconic and loved vehicles such as the Checker Cab.

  57. Bobby Boy Hamilton ON.

    As a classic car enthusiast I see the beauty in all the cars mentioned. There are many other cars that show beauty in design,materials, and style.. However for pure popularity and like ability, the Mustangs win hands down. They remain one of the most popular collector cars of all time.

  58. Paul New Jersey

    I've owned over 30 cars over the years, starting with a 33 Chevy rumble seat coupe, but I've never had so many smiles, interest and questions as I've had with my '59 Metropolitan convertible. A common question "does it float?".