Have Fun, Save Gas
Who says econoboxes are the sole path to fuel economy?; The folks at Cars That Matter, an annual publication of collector car prices, compiled a list of classic cars that more than hold their own in fuel economy.
No, we’re not seeing any Camaros or Cobra 289s on this list; understandably, the vast majority of the cars listed are quite small (the BMW Isetta being an extreme example).; With few exceptions, most of these cars are small two-place roadsters with small four-cylinders – like the Austin Healey Sprite (36 mpg city), the Datsun 1600 (26.5 mpg city), or even the Sunbeam Alpine (27 mpg city).
Cars That Matter suggests going so far as making one of these classics not just an occasional ride, but perhaps even a daily driver.; Certainly, making a Bugeye Sprite or a Fiat X1/9 an economical daily driver sounds fun, but there are a number of issues – notably practicality and reliability – that need to be considered before making such a commitment.
Source: Cars That Matter