If you’re looking to get a wicked lesson in cool wedding cars, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wedding did just that. OK, so there was the usual Range Rovers cavalry and the mandatory white Rolls-Royce or two, but their classic Jaguars managed to strike that near-impossible balance of convention, sophistication, and rebellion: Pippa arrived in a Jaguar MkV and that Couple went for their honeymoon in a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type.
Learned the lesson? When it comes to weddings, classic cars beat their modern counterparts. To save you hours of angry Googling, we’ve compiled a list of the classic equivalents of the most popular British wedding cars. For use at your wedding or just to show off the groom …
Big Astons are growing in popularity as wedding cars, but how could you drive another Aston into the sunset than this one? If the DB6 MkII Convertible is good enough for Prince William, it’s good enough for you. With this you can also dodge the old James Bond cliché (he drove a DB5) …
Fast luxury has been Bentley’s unique selling point since its inception. If you need evidence this is it. The Series 1 Continental HJ Mulliner may have a stupid name, but the only danger of getting this £ 1 million classic is if it looks better than you.
Jaguar XJ to Jaguar 420G
The new XJ might be just the thing for crushing continents in 2017, but its predecessors added a bit of sophistication. The 420G isn’t a direct relative, but this Kray Twins-approved sedan is present on the bucket load. Just check the local roads on your route – it’s one of the widest British cars ever built.
We love a modern Maybach, but the original long-wheelbase Benz was this – the huge Germanic Mercedes W100 Grosser. Coco Chanel and Pol Pot had one who says pretty much everything.
There have been six generations of the trustworthy S, but the W108 is the car that inspired the line. The designer Paul Bracq was famous for his sprawling “greenhouses” which not only give you a good view of the world, but also the world a good view of you.
Rolls-Royce Phantom 7 to Rolls-Royce Phantom Mk VI
Rolls-Royce stopped Phantom production this year in preparation for the 2018 model. Therefore, there is currently no “new” flagship scooter. This Mk VI is your classic equivalent. It is so good that the queen has a pair.