As the spring sunshine spills across the nation, the sound of revving engines is filling the air as classics across the country slowly drive out of hibernation.
At this time of year, it’s always enjoyable to know which car models are celebrating big annual birthdays. From speedy Triumph Spitfires to scrappy Audi 80s, there are plenty of cherished classics with more than a few candles in their cake!
Which one is your favourite?
MGB Roadster – 60th birthday
Manufactured by the British Motoring Corporation, the MGB Roadster was a characteristically British, open-top motor with a monocoque body and 1.8l engine. It was a comfortable, uncomplicated drive, and received a great deal of praise when it was unveiled at the London Motor Show as a shiny new update of its predecessor: the MGA.
The much-loved MGB Roadster was quick and comfortable enough to rival the Triumph TR series, making it a popular choice in the United States and the rest of the world.
Triumph Spitfire – 60th birthday
The Triumph Spitfire MKI (or Spitfire 4, named after its 4-cylinder engine) was produced between 1962-64, and was nothing if not bold. It was one of the main rivals to the MG Midget, an already-established sports car in its own right, although the Spitfire promised more power than the Midget thanks to its bigger 1147cc engine.