While wrapping up our Berlin guide, I couldn’t help but marvel at how efficiency and precision run through many aspects of German life — specifically mechanical engineering. It’s no secret the nation produces some of the world’s most covetable cars, from BMWs to Audis, and let’s just say speed, muscle power and style most definitely should be on every female driver’s check list.
So, with summer sunshine finally enabling car hoods to come off and the liberating feeling of wind in the hair, we want to make sure we’re turning heads for all the right reasons when pulling up to the curb. Try to swap those gas-guzzling SUVs and unsightly hybrids for some true road-chic vintage.
My very own set of German wheels just so happens to be my trusty, almost vintage Mercedes — the perfect two–seater for zipping up and down the Hamptons during the summer months, with plenty of space for pet companions and picnic baskets.
The Sunbeam Alpine Mark 1, handled by Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s 1955 To Catch a Thief, is a dream for cruising the narrow, meandering cliff-side roads of the French Riviera. Rarer than a blue diamond and probably just as expensive, this piece of coachwork is not so much about practicality as it is about sheer elegance.
When it comes to bumping around beach-strewn islands, nothing beats the Mini Moke with its vintage British flair and sense of humor. The Moke can seem more Mickey Mouse than Marilyn Monroe, but rest assured that whether in St. Barths, the Seychelles or the Greek Cyclades, this breezy open-sided off-road is top of its game.
If you’re looking for something that will really make you weak in the knees, then the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider is possibly the sexiest little sports car ever to emerge from Italy. Driving from Rome, south to Naples, the Amalfi Coast and perhaps even Capri, you will be forgiven for pretending to be a foxy starlet in La Dolce Vita.
But a true Western adventure — be it in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, or even the Grand Canyon — would be incomplete without an appropriately thrilling car… I’m thinking along the lines of the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible made famous by wild duo in Thelma & Louise. Just don’t let an adrenaline frenzy take over and drive it over the edge!