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Classic Cars in Provence

Classic Cars in Provence

Classic cars evoke a sense of nostalgia and represent a bygone era of automotive design and craftsmanship. In Provence, there is a rich tradition of preserving cars and it is the perfect landscape for Sunday drives through small winding tree-lined roads.

Each photo in this post will be numbered and the make and model of the car can be found at the end of the blog. See how rich your knowledge of classic cars is...


So, what makes classic cars so appealing? For many, it's the sense of nostalgia and the connection to a bygone era. Classic cars represent a time when automobiles were more than just a mode of transportation; they were works of art. The attention to detail, the craftsmanship, and the sheer beauty of these vehicles are what set them apart.


A classic car is typically defined as a vehicle that is at least 30 years old and maintains its original design and specifications. These cars are often sought after for their historical significance, rarity, and aesthetic appeal. Classic cars can range from elegant luxury vehicles to powerful muscle cars, each with its own unique charm.



The 1950s and 1960s are often referred to as the golden age of classic cars. During this time, automakers introduced iconic models that are still revered today. From the sleek and stylish English MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys, to the sublime Italian Alpha Romeos these cars captured the imagination of a generation and set the standard for automotive excellence.



Classic cars also offer a unique driving experience. Unlike modern cars with their advanced technology and creature comforts, classic cars require a more hands-on approach. From manually shifting gears to feeling the wind in your hair, driving a classic car is a truly immersive experience that transports one back in time.









We love classic cars...in fact, we have a close connection to a specialty garage that restores classic cars in Provence: Authentic Garage in the charming village of Saint Cannat in the heart of the region. You can follow their adventures and restoration of many works of art (on wheels) on instagram.



Cars in this post:

1. Citroën 2CV
2. Triumph Spitfire
3. MG A 1600
4. Renault 4L Savane, VW Bug 1300, Renault Caravelle, Jaguar 401G
5. Triumph Spitfire
6. Fiat 500
7. Lotus Elise, Jaguar XK 140, Austin Healey BJ8, Lotus 7 (yellow), Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8L, MG A, VW Bug
8. Fiat 500 Giardiniera, Citroën 2CV
9. Renault R5
10. Ford Mustang
11. Porsches
12. Autobianchi Lutece, Red MG B
13. Fiat 500 Giardiniera
14. Citroën 2CV
15. Morris Cooper Mini
16. Austin Morris
17. Morris Cooper Mini Clubman
18. Packard 180

 Photography and writing by Emilie Johnson. She lives in Provence and can be found on instagram at @emilie_joly_johnson