All-New Shelby Daytona Coupe and Jeep Wagoneer SUV Look 'Retrolicious' in Fantasy Land

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Because fashion is a recurring thing, even the imaginative world of the automotive industry loves to bring us cool retro-inspired vehicles to buy – even in 2024.
So, when it comes to retro looks, there are some major nameplates that lead by example – including in America. If you want something small, cute, and very careful with the environment, the returning Fiat 500e is a great choice – albeit a tad expensive for a city dweller at $34k. MINI is another alternative for something small and fashionable – albeit you should go for the Hardtop or Convertible nowadays because the Countryman is more modern than ever.

In terms of sports cars, you can't go wrong with the 2024 Nissan Z as it's way more in tune with its heritage than the fifth-generation Toyota GR Supra and perhaps more so than even the current S650 Ford Mustang. Of course, the latter still gets an honorable mention alongside the much more expensive Porsche 911! Last but not least, the off-roaders are in abundance, too – from top to bottom, we have the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (which recently went electric), the Ford Bronco, and the best-selling Jeep Wrangler.

Naturally, we shouldn't forget about the Land Rover Defender. Still, if you want our two cents on the matter, it has strayed into a more contemporary look. It's best if we direct our attention to the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser, which now has not one but two retro looks – with round like the original or rectangular headlights like the fan favorites from the 1980s and 1990s. Well, as it turns out, these are not enough for enthusiasts.

Even the imaginative realm of digital car content creators thinks so, by the way – and fan art is merely wishful thinking, but sometimes these automotive design projects look way too good not to share and lament that they're not real. For example, Arthur, the digital restomod pixel artist known as 7imelost on social media, has finished another 'retrolicious' design project after creating stuff like a gorgeous Ferrari 288 GTO or a Honda S2000 homage that he felt it looked like a Toyota GR86.

Anyway, after dwelling around Europe and Japan now he switched to America and used elements from the Dodge Viper and the British MINI for a spectacularly simple Shelby Daytona Coupe restomod – the legendary American sports coupe from the 1960s now looks ready to stand next to the S650 seventh-generation Ford Mustang in the Blue Oval's online configurator portal as if it was just created for the audience. Of course, the coupe's timeless silhouette helps with the feeling, along with the artist's silver-and-blue-striped livery and the big Hoosier drag-rated tires.

If you want something retro and modern from the Mopar side of the equation, though, there's good news. We also stumbled upon a portal dedicated to 1970s and 1980s AMCs and Jeeps called american_jeep_7686 where someone posted a pixel master's vision of "the new Jeep Wagoneer we all wanted." Of course, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but it sure looks modern yet retro at the same time with its LEDs and woodgrain-style wrap.

So, which is your favorite – the Shelby Daytona Coupe or the Jeep Wagoneer? Plus, would you like to see more retro-styled vehicles on the market, or is the current offer more than enough to satisfy all tastes?

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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