Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/15/18 10:45 a.m.

This article dates back to 2011, so don't be surprised if a few of the prices have gone up. Regardless of their prices, though, these cars are still amazing rally companions. There are some new rallies today, too, including our own Orange Blossom Tour and Smoky Mountain Tour.

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Story by Tim Suddard • Photos by Will Brewster unless otherwise credited

It’s a fantasy that’s not uncommon in our world: blasting across the Arizona desert or crossing the Montana high country while taking part in a classic car rally—be it a prestigious national event or a fun local romp. The scene has all the makings of a fantastic getaway, perfectly mixing a wonderful companion, beautiful views and a winding ribbon of asphalt.

Of course, there’s one more thing to consider: Which car do you use for your great escape? Sure, you may dream of bringing a decommissioned racer from the ’60s, but do you really want to deal with a stifling cockpit, practically no luggage space, and a hair-trigger clutch?

While there are lots of great cars out there, some are better suited for rallies and tours than others. Personal preferences are important, but practicality has to come into play, too: consider price, reliability, performance, comfort, curb appeal, trunk space and parts availability.

Event eligibility is another concern. Many classic car rallies, including the biggies like the California Mille and the Colorado Grand, have strict eligibility requirements and don’t take cars from the ’60s onward.

And what about your passengers? As many ardent rallyists have admitted to us, they’d take a different car depending on whether they were heading on a romantic retreat with their spouse or a brash and bold boys’ week away. No matter what your needs, we can help. We have assembled a variety of car choices in several price ranges, factoring in qualities like performance, handling, fun and panache. We’ve sampled the cars, participated in the rallies, and consulted the experts. All you need to do is pick your poison.

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