Nostalgia becomes a big part of our lives as we grow old enough to miss certain items and experiences from our younger years – and retro cars are popular.

The auto industry is well aware of this and seeing as the age that nostalgia sets in (usually around your late 30s and early 40s) is a great demographic for affluent car buyers there have been plenty of retro-styled cars designed to take advantage of this fact.

Certain classic cars have proportions and characteristics that have made them immune to the usual factors that most vehicles are judged by. There is not much that can be done to improve the looks of a Jaguar E-Type or improve on the basic rightness of a Citroen 2CV. However, driving decades-old cars in modern traffic quickly highlights their lack of safety features and maintaining them can be a costly exercise.

Prices too can be exorbitant so the allure of a modern equivalent styled to evoke those fond memories seems like a great idea. If it is done right that is. We highlight some of the best and worst such attempts from around the world. Start slideshow