Five super romantic date cars for under $5,000

Nothing says "I love you" more than the sweet, acrid smell of unburned hydrocarbons


It’s Valentine’s Day, and many of you will be going out on lovely dates with your lovely dates. But have you ever noticed that in romantic comedies, the protagonist never drives a new, nondescript crossover? That’s because they’re not romantic!

Luckily, we have sourced five c̶r̶e̶d̶i̶t̶-̶r̶u̶i̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶h̶e̶l̶l̶-̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶  affordable classics to make your date swoon when they come out the front door. 

1968 Volkwagen B̶e̶e̶t̶l̶e̶  Love Bug

1968 Volkswagen Beetle
1968 Volkswagen Beetle Supplied / Kijiji

Where better to start than the famous Love Bug itself? is offered for just $1,900 out of Calgary, Alberta and while it may be in need of some tender loving care, it’ll be ready for date night in a jiffy! Sure, it hasn’t run since Reagan was president, but I’m sure it’ll fire to life with a few squirts of ether. The body has a custom matte finish from sitting in the sun for too long, but it seems relatively solid. Inside, the not-laced-with-hantavirus seats are an inviting place for you and your lover to sit, while the faithful pancake-four engine putts you along towards Arby’s. 

1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Supplied / Kijiji

The Love Bug is cute, but there’s no room to stretch out and relax inside. Consider that problem solved with the cavernous interior of , listed for $3,500 in Guelph, Ontario. Contrary to popular belief, these did not have 500 cubic-inch engines. For whatever reason, those were reserved only for the front-wheel-drive Eldorado and these rear-drive sedans made do with a measly 472 cubic inches. That said, if you live in Utah, or your name is Archie, this DeVille has seats for all your dates, and then some. It’s the perfect car to play some in and cruise around with your date(s). 

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

1982 Mercedes 300TD
1982 Mercedes 300TD Supplied / Kijiji

Nothing’s more romantic than a car that will last as long as your love for each other. will likely outlive all but cockroaches and twinkies. The W123-generation is especially famous for being hewn from a solid chunk of granite. This one has 210,000 kilometres and appears barely broken-in. While all Mercedes diesels of this era are slow, this one is perhaps the least slow, with its 3.oL-litre inline-five turbo engine making just around 100 horsepower. Speedy!

1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Supplied / Kijiji

Possibly the only car more prolific as a mobile love shack than the Beetle is the second-generation Pontiac Trans Am. is a great car to drive your date in. This particular example has fresh Adriatic Blue paint and a refurbished interior that you need only install to reap the benefits! The 1980 Firebird was available with a wide variety of engines and none of them could win a tug of war with a new Ford Focus. So, budget some cash for engine upgrades if you want to make it to The Keg on time. 

1967 Triumph Spitfire 

1967 Triumph Spitfire
1967 Triumph Spitfire Supplied / Kijiji

We end our little roundup with a little sports car – , to be exact. What better way to feel close than you date than to drive somewhere with your shoulders touching because the car is four feet wide? Imagine the romance of waiting for a tow truck in the dark because the headlights failed again! 

But which of these rides do you think is the best date car?


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