Our Vital Stats take a look at over a hundred glorious classics in detail - with a full car spec, buyer's guide, and valuation for each one. Search by marque or browse at your leisure.

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Alpine A110 (1961-1977)

The Alpine A110 was one of France’s finest sports cars back in the sixties as a competition car and achieved global success, bagging six world class victories. Over forty years later, it has now seen a re-ignition as a modern sports car.

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MG B Roadster MK I (1962 – 1967)

The ultimate 60’s roadster MG’s B series is without doubt the archetypal British roadster and this brand new sports car represented the modern MG of the time with its contemporary specification making it a sheer delight to drive compared to its predecessors and rivals. Rack and pinion steering, independent front suspension and disc brakes were […]

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (1985 – 1987)

The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was produced to compete in group A European Racing and is of course a homologation special produced as a road going car from 1985 launched at…

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Ford Capri Mk I (1968 – 1973)

The Ford Capri was perfect for the seventies with its American influence any red blooded male from Britain would have loved to own one.

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Triumph Dolomite Sprint (1972 – 1980)

The very capable Dolomite Sprint was a much improved version of the Triumph Dolomite 1850 which was produced a year earlier with significantly more power than the aforementioned 1850. Designed for the luxury market, the Sprint had racing blood running through its veins lifting the manufacturers’ title in the 1974…

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MG Midget (1961 – 1979)

In the early days the MG Midget was the perfect roadster, with its gutsy 948cc A series twin SU carbs eking out 46 bhp was fine for the early sixties with roads being un challenged as they were. But later that decade the MG was given more power by way of the Mini Cooper ‘S’ with a detuned head giving just 65 bhp and not the full 76 bhp which the Mini had.

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost (1907 – 1925)

It’s truly incredible how long Rolls Royce have been established, since 1904 and are still synonymous with high quality engineering, simply here the name Rolls Royce and you expect the upmost excellence in standard and have done for 100 years or more.

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Jaguar XJ6 (1973 – 1986)

The Jaguar XJ6 established itself as the go to model for customers, elegant and refined but less heavy on the wallet and not as thirsty as the XJ12…

TVR 280S

TVR S1 – S4 (1986-1994)

It was in the late eighties we saw TVR creating a sports car for the buying market. With the introduction of the S1 and its Ford Cologne V6 engine for the early models then in 1988 the 2.9 ltr with the launch of the S2 model being more powerful.

TVR Cerbera

TVR Cerbera (1996-2003)

The TVR Cerbera was unveiled in 1994 at the Birmingham Motor Show. It was two years later that the first car hit UK roads. A first under Peter Wheelers ownership was a 2+2 coupe with an all new TVR AJP8 4.2 Litre engine.

TVR Chimaera

TVR Chimaera (1993-2005)

TVR’s Chimaera was the new less savage model with a Grand Touring image for the more discerning buyer. Although TVR decided to fit a stonking V8 engine in the Chimera resulting in stunning performance from a luxury roadster.

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TVR Griffiths (1992-2001)

With the birth of the 1990’s we saw TVR go back to the drawing board with their new creation. The trick was producing a short chassis sports car producing in excess of 230 bhp capable of speeds over 150 mph. They of course did and it was called the TVR Griffiths.

Maserati 3200 GT

Maserati 3200GT (1998 – 2002)

Back in the eighties Maserati had sadly dropped the ball with cars that lacked in any style what so ever. In fact it wasn’t until the late nineties that Ferrari got their hands on 50% of the company that things started to improve with Maserati starting once more to make cars that lead in their class.

MGB GT V8

MGB GT V8 (1973-1976)

The 1960’s saw the birth of the iconic MGB in roadster and the MGB GT in coupe form for the first time and both cars were a resounding success for the company.

Aston Martin DB7

Aston Martin DB7 (1994-2004)

Aston Martin has always prided themselves on the DB series of fine automobiles. The iconic saviour of Aston Martin was in fact David Brown way back in 1950 when plans were made to start producing the Le Mans prototype known as the DB2.

Jaguar XK8

Jaguar XK8 (1996-2006)

The Jaguar XK8 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1996 and was the long awaited replacement for Jaguars XJS model. Using the brand new V8 engine the Jaguar XK8 was said to be a true replacement for the world famous E-Type that was discontinued back in 1975.

BMW Z3 Roadster

BMW Z3 Roadster

The 007 Bond edition gave the public a good look at this all new roadster and right from its launch the retro style soft top sold well as sales spiked while James Bond movie ‘Golden Eye’ hit number one at the box office.

Toyota MR2 Roadster

Toyota MR2 Roadster (2000 – 2006)

The all new MR2 roadster had a smaller engine than its predecessor but weighed in over 300 kg lighter and with nearly 30 bhp less still performed equally. This Japanese roadster handles better than a MX5 and a BMW Z3

Fiat Barchetta

Fiat Barchetta (1995 – 2005)

The Italians have been building roadsters since the fifties with great success. So much so they are still building them now with the same formula today. Light, fast and handles well, these are the three main ingredients of an Italian Roadster and still are today.

Lamborghini Miura P400

Lamborghini Miura (1966 – 1971)

Lamborghini took the motoring world by storm including Ferrari when they introduced the Miura to the world in 1966. Never had a sports car looked so sleek and sexy.

The Land Rover Series

The Land Rovers Series (1958 – 1971)

The Land Rover started life back in 1948 with its launch at the Amsterdam Motor Show; it was simply called the Land Rover back then and primarily designed for farm and light industrial use.

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Mercedes-Benz SL (1980 – 1989)

If we look back at the 1980’s Mercedes-Benz stood for wealth, power and taste in the guise of the formidable SL range. Mention Gullwing or Pagoda and any enthusiast will know you were talking about a classic Mercedes SL.

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Vauxhall Cavalier Mk II (1981 – 1988)

Vauxhall launched the Cavalier Mk II at just the right time as the seventies saloon the Ford Cortina was pretty much dead in the water and the Ford Sierra had a ropey start the Cavalier was the go to replacement for family car buyers and company car drivers alike.

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Datsun 240Z (1969 – 1974)

Nissans most iconic sports car has been around for nearly fifty years in one form or another. But the whole Z car phenomena started with the Datsun (now Nissan) 240Z way back in 1969.

Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT (1967 – 1970)

The Japanese were waiting for their very own sports car. Having successfully hosted their first and second Grand Prix events in 1963 and 1964. The Japanese public were now thrilled with everything motor sport and eager to own a car with pace and ability.

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza Turbo/STI/WRX (1992-2000)

Subaru’s Impreza has always had a reputation that consisted of Rally legend and Hooligan Street racer and there’s a very good reason for this. The Impreza performance models were competitively priced and so were snapped up for less than most alternatives.

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Toyota Celica GT Four (1989-1993)

Toyota Celica has always been linked with the World Rally Championship. However the eighties and the nineties saw the Celica create its own path of success starting with the Toyota Celica GT Four ST165.

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BMW E30 M3 (1985 – 1992)

If BMW were to compete in world class group A touring cars, homologation was to be the key. And so the M3 was created to take on the racing world of Motor sport and BMW were deadly serious.

Ford Escort 1983

Ford Escort XR3I (1983 -1986)

The Ford Escort XR3I (1983 -1986) finally arrived as Ford’s produced their first performance Escort in its revised form known as the Ford Escort XR3I.

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Vauxhall Astra GTE (1983-1991)

The Vauxhall Astra GTE arrived in 1983 as a superior version of the SR model with more aggressive style and superior performance.

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Renault 5 GT Turbo (1985-1991)

The Renault 5 GT turbo was spawned from the mid-engined rally car of the early eighties. The Renault 5 Turbo 2 was design for competition where as the Renault 5 GT Turbo was an out and out fast road car.

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Citroen H Van (1947-1981)

Citroens H van is typical of the French. Its unconventional looks gave it the look of an old shed but it was an exceptionally practical design and was used in many different industries.

Commer FC

Commer FC (1960 – 1983)

The Commer FC van gives many people great memories of their child hood, either as the old Telecom or Post Office vans of yester year or the only classic camper with a full size double bed.

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Volkswagen T2 ‘Bay Window’ (1968 – 1979)

Volkswagen Introduced their next generation transporter in 1967 with every part of it completely new and it showed. Gone was the split screen front window as well as the V front end.

Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa (1984-1992)

The Ferrari Testarossa was launched back in 1984 and was the height of 80’s fashion. Its wide and aggressive stance weren’t just stylistic; they were a necessity to avoid the engine heat passing through the interior.

Lamborghini Contach

Lamborghini Countach 5000QV (1985-1990)

The poster car for two decades was every young boys dream when it came to owning a Supercar. The Lamborghini Countach was originally launched way back in 1974

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Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 (1987)

It’s been 30 years since Ford introduced its homologation special. Virtually unbeatable in Touring car racing Ford’s pinnacle fast road car was every young man’s dream.

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Porsche 928 (1978 – 1987)

Porsche had been debating whether to add a more comfortable and practical car to their line up of sports cars.

Lotus Espirit X180R Turbo

Lotus Esprit S3 (1981 – 1987)

The Lotus Esprit s3 was now in its third revision but luckily managed to maintain most of its original Giugiaro’s styling of the series 1…

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Opel Manta A (1970 – 1975)

“We want a Capri” the World cried, so Opel produced the Manta.
The Opel Manta was produced as a serious rival to Ford’s Capri and the European Pony car race had begun just six years after the Americans….

Vauxhall Firenza

Vauxhall Firenza (1971 – 1975)

Before the ‘droop-snoot’ came the original Vauxhall Firenza. A low production model by Vauxhall now means they are a rare sight today, although values seem unusually low considering. Arguably more attractive than the Capri, this cool coupe was based on the Vauxhall Viva with a twist to capture the younger market. Sleek, sporty and elegant was how it was marketed and with a range of engine options. Not sure why this wasn’t a winner.

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Jaguar XJ-S (1975 – 1991)

The Jaguar XJ-S was up against it from day 1 with the whole world expecting an E-Type successor…

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Reliant Scimitar GTE (1968 – 1975)

Most people see Reliant as the makers of comedy cars, such as the Trotters 3 wheeled van or in the seventies the ‘plastic pig’ but the truth of the matter was these small economical runabouts helped with the foundations of a very successful company….

Porsche 911s

Porsche 911S (1966 – 1973)

The real “classic 911”. The long lived success of the classic Porsche 911 is down to constant evolution, and just two years after it was introduced to the public it had already started to improve with the Porsche 911S model becoming the flagship car constantly upping the ante.

1965 Plymouth Barracuda

Plymouth Barracuda (1964 – 1966)

The Plymouth Barracuda has many of the same exterior parts of the successful Valiant model. Such as quarter panels, bonnet, A pillars and windscreen as well as the same floor pan. The Barracuda however looked sportier with its fastback rear and large shapely rear screen instantly recognisable as Barracuda.

Morris Marina 1300 Coupe

Morris Marina Coupe (1971-1980)

British Leyland had decided to continue using the Morris name for their more standard range of vehicles and use the Austin name for the new innovative designs. From around 1968 there were great plans for the Marina Coupe, however due to poor project and cost management, things didn’t quite go to plan.

MG C (1968)

MG C (1967 – 1969)

The MGB GT was a perfectly good sports car in itself when it arrived in 1965 with conventional GT styling of the time at a fraction of the going price, However the MG was a little sluggish when it came to its competition such as the Triumph TR4 and soon after the TR5 which was exactly what MG had in mind when it produced the MGC. The six cylinder 2912cc engine was MG’s answer to fill the gap in the BMC’s range with the demise of the big Healey’s and with such powerful competition from its rival namely Triumph the MG C was born.

Mercedes-Benz 280E

Mercedes-Benz 280E (W123) 1976-1985

Mercedes has been manufacturing grand luxury saloon cars since 1926 so as you can imagine they are experts of the variant and the Mercedes-Benz 280E (W123) was no exception. Introduced in 1976 this big Merc was the order of the day becoming the best selling Mercedes with over 2.7 million cars sold until it was replaced in 1985 by the W124.

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Mercedes-Benz 300SE (1965 – 1969)

Premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1965 the initial line up of W108 cars were the 250S the 250SE and the 300SE engines were used upgraded and refined from the W111 range which the W108 did succeed but did not replace the W111 it simply down-graded it. Understated elegance epitomised the Mercedes-Benz 300SE the [...]
Lotus Elan

Lotus Elan DHC (1962 – 1973)

The Lotus Elan started life as a lightweight roadster in 1963 and was constantly being developed through its four series life span…

Lancia Delta Integrale

Lancia Delta HF Integrale (1987 – 1991)

The Lancia Delta HF Integrale is a direct descendent of the Delta HF 4WD group B rally car with a 2.0 litre twin-cam engine and balance shafts…

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Jaguar E Type 4.2 Coupe (1964-1968)

Surely, the Jaguar E Type screams Cool Britannia from its instantly recognisable sixties curves to its pitch perfect rasping engine notes…

Honda S800

Honda S800 (1966 – 1970)

In 1965 Japan launched its next image car at the Tokyo Motor Show; this was set to compete with the British and Italian dominance in the European market…

Ford Fiesta XR2

Ford Fiesta XR2 (1981–1989)

The Ford Fiesta was Ford’s practical hatch-back and was simple and economical but Ford saw more in the fiesta…

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Ford Fiesta MK II (1983 – 1989)

The Ford Fiesta MK II was Fords first hatchback hot on the heels of its main rival Volkswagen. By 1983 the little Ford had evolved into a modern practical car although still only available in 3 door form or panel van for the light commercial driver, it now had 1.3 and 1.6 engine options as well [...]
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Ford Capri Mk III (1978 – 1987)

The Ford Capri MK III named project Carla in 1978 produced a more powerful version using the 3.0 essex engine for the last time until 1981 when the 2.8 injection model supporting the Cologne V6 replaced it. The new flagship model boasted the best performance figures any Ford had ever seen with a 0-60 mph of 7.7 seconds [...]
Ford Super Anglia 123E

Ford Anglia Super 123E (1962 – 1968)

The Ford Anglia Super 123E joined the Ford ranks above the 105E launched in 1959 with a bigger more powerful version of the original engine now in its fourth generation the Anglia was a brand new car with American styling brought to the UK with the Super sporting fins, chrome and two tone paint, it [...]
Fiat Dino Coupe

Fiat Dino Coupe (1967 – 1973)

The Dino road car came to be thanks to homologation requiring 500 engines produced within 12 months ready to fit into cars not yet specified, This is how Ferrari and Fiat ended up sharing the same engine and name for the Ferrari Dino and the Fiat Dino with the Fiat Dino Coupe being the car [...]
Fiat 500

Fiat 500 (1957 – 1975)

One of the world’s first city cars ever to be produced was Fiats Cinquecento as it was originally called; this little Italian beauty was built with a 479 cc two cylinder engine and was just 9 feet and 9 inches long. However it came in many variations including a very practical estate version called the [...]
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Fiat 124 Coupe

Italy is known for their coupes and Fiat has been making them for over 50 years. Read our vital statistics on the Fiat Coupe 124, with buyer’s guide, history, market trends and example insurance quotes.

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Ferrari 250 GTO (1962 – 1963)

Arguably the most expensive car in the world, the Ferrari 250 GTO is indeed an Italian icon of motor sport. Here are your Vital Statistics, which include a buyer’s guide, market values and a history of the vehicle.

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Chevrolet Camaro (1967-1970)

Chevrolet introduced the Camaro in 1966 as their very own Pony Car. Take a look at our Vital Statistics for all you need to know about this American classic. Include it’s history, buyer’s guide and market values.

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BMW 2000 Touring (1966-1972)

The new class of BMW saloons had arrived in 1961 but the ultimate evolution came in 1966 with the introduction of the 2000 and especially the Touring international….

Austin Metro

Austin Metro (1980 – 1990)

The Austin Metro became a huge success in Britain with over 1 million sold in its ten year production run, in fact the Metro out sold every other car in the UK throughout the 1980s except for one, the Ford Escort mark III (1980–1986). Although described as an all new mass production car many of [...]
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Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato (1970 – 1975)

Alfa Romeo’s speciality back in the sixties were sporty spiders and coupes, and the Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato was another example of this.

Volkswagen Polo II

Volkswagen Polo MK II (1981 – 1994)

The Volkswagen Polo MK II was re-bodied in 1981 as a practical all rounder ideal for the commute to work or simply taking a trip to the local super market, all though it seemed to have lost its looks somewhat with the loss of the Bertone styled body work of the 1ST generation. The flip [...]
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Volkswagen Golf GTI (1977 – 1984)

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most iconic and influential automobiles that Volkswagen has ever produced, every other car manufacturer has looked to this cult masterpiece before designing the own version. VW came up with the idea of a sporty hatchback way back in the early seventies and at the Frankfurt Motor show [...]
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Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint (1976 – 1990)

The Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint was presented to the press in September 1976 and then shown at the Turin Motor Show in November 1976.

Aston Martin DB4 GT

Aston Martin DB4 GT (1959-1963)

In October 1959 at the London Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled its most powerful car to date. The Aston Martin DB4 GT.

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Ford Fiesta Supersport (1980 – 1981)

The Ford Fiesta Supersport is truly an individual looking car with some significant features such as wheel arch extensions, rear spoiler, low profile tyres and additional driving lamps. If you are looking to buy one you should expect the car to have all of these above features. Also it only came in four colours with contrasting stripes (Sunburst Red, Stratos Silver, Diamond White and Black with either red or grey Clara cloth interior) if it’s a different colour or interior it won’t be original.

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Renault 5 Gordini (1976 – 1984)

The rare Renault 5 Gordini is hard to find today so any for sale will either be well looked after models at top prices or worn models that will need close scrutiny but can be picked up at good prices if you are willing to work on the car.

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Triumph TR7 (1975-1981)

The much maligned wedge has had more than its fair share of critics over the last 40 years and up until more recent times had fallen down the route of most humdrum seventies British cars. However the tide has most definitely turned, with a greater appreciation for these iconic little sports cars now becoming more evident as values start to rise.

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Lotus Esprit (1977-1981)

The famous Lotus Esprit was launched in 1975 at the Paris Auto Show and as we all now was a very capable machine. A few tweaks later the Lotus Esprit S2 arrived in…

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Porsche 924 (1976-1988)

The Porsche 924 was a financial stabiliser when the company was at a low in the mid – seventies originally designed by Porsche and commissioned out to VW using many VW/Audi parts and then being sold back to Porsche when VW changed their initial plans. Early models namely pre 1980 cars were not fully galvanised so although all 924 will show signs of rust if not treated accordingly the earliest models will generally be the worst.

Jaguar Mk II

Jaguar Mk II (1959 – 1967)

The face-lift Jaguar arrived in 1959 with a much improved sporting saloon persona. Having more than enough power onboard thanks to the 3.4 and 3.8 version using the E-Type block…

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Mercedes 300 SL (1954 – 1957)

The Mercedes 300 SL was launched not in Frankfurt or Geneva which is the normal launch sites for new models but in New York at the prestigious New York Auto Show in 1954…

Aston Martin DB5 1965

Aston Martin DB5 (1963 – 1965)

Aston Martin is one of the great names in British car manufacturing since 1913 and was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.

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Porsche 944 Turbo (1985-1991)

The Porsche 944 was all the good bits of the 924 with added 928 sparkle. The 944 bridged the gap between the 924 and the 911 and was accepted as a true Porsche unlike the 924 although it came from the same factory which was Audi in Neckarsulm. With a 2.5 litre inline four cylinder engine developed by Porsche it had the right credentials to earn its status in the family album.

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Audi Quattro Turbo (1980-1989)

Every DCI’s dream, the Audi Quattro has found fame of recent time with a certain T.V cop show. However to the motoring enthusiast this German legend has always been iconic thanks to Audi’s competitive motor sport history, with the Audi Quattro Turbo (1980 – 1989) devastating the Rallying world.

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Ford Capri 2.0 GT (1974 -1976)

Ford’s fastback coupe, the Capri proved highly successful and was manufactured for almost twenty years selling nearly 1.9 million in its life time. Today it has a real iconic status with enthusiasts across the globe realising that the Ford Capri really is the original car you always promised yourself.

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Renault Dauphine Gordini (1957 – 1967)

Despite the original popularity producing so many Renault Dauphines these days they are a very rare car, especially the Gordini. Finding a good one will probably be a mission and you’ll be paying top dollar due to its rarity. Here’s what to look out for.

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Austin Metro (1980 – 1990)

BL’s saviour came in the nick of time and was eagerly anticipated for at least a year before its prestigious launch at the British Motor Show in 1980 with the late Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister in attendance. Billed as the British car to beat the world and championed by Lady Diana Spencer, big things were expected for BL’s small car.

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Sunbeam Stiletto (1967-1973)

The name Sunbeam has been synonymous in car production since the early 1920’s with a reputation of producing fine quality cars with a sporting pedigree. Well, let’s face it you don’t design and build Britain’s first Grand Prix winner back in 1923 and come away unrecognised. Sadly financial problems ensued due to costly collaborations until the early fifties when Sunbeam once again started to produce sporty little numbers that attracted the public.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang (1964–1968)

The Ford Mustang was indeed a well thought out concept that completely opened up the car market, giving Ford the upper hand in the US…

Lancia 2000 HF Coupe

Lancia 2000 HF Coupe (1971-1975)

Way back in the 1960’s the car industry saw an increasing interest in the sports coupe with car buyers wanting more than mere modes of transport…

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Sunbeam Alpine (1963–1964)

Overlooked but never forgotten the Sunbeam Alpine may never have sold like an MGB, but with its more luxurious interior and sharp styling, it was way cooler.

The iconic two-seater roadster was indeed the embodiment of sixties motoring with many fine examples for sale from home and abroad. The Sunbeam Alpine hit the scene in 1959 an although not the quickest roadster, it still performed well considering its humble beginnings based on the Hillman Husky with many parts from the Sunbeam Rapier…

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Triumph TR-4A (1964 – 1967)

Triumph had earned itself a reputation for capable sports cars since the early fifties when they introduced the TR-2. Since that time they continued to develop the Triumph Roadster by refining the engine and tweaking the aesthetics to suit changing styles. In 1964 the TR-4A was launched with very little exterior change from its predecessor the TR-4,however underneath was a different story.

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Citroen DS 19 (1955 – 1975)

The DS had been long awaited. It was the replacement for the much loved Traction Avant, first produced in 1934 and one of the most advanced cars of its time. The retro sci-fi styling was by Flaminio Bertoni, an Italian craftsman, painter, sculptor and architect who set up Citroën’s first design studio soon after he arrived in Paris in 1931. Bertoni was also responsible for the Citroen’s 2CV in 1948 which was still being made in the same Paris factory 42 years later. Another of his designs was the corrugated HY van which unbelievable enjoyed a 33 year run of production on sale between 1947 and 1981.

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Rover P5 (1967 – 1973)

Introduced in 1958 and launched at the Earls Court Motor Show of the same year the Rover P5 quickly established itself as Rovers new flagship model above the now ageing P4 model. The P5 was designed and built as a definite competitor for both Jaguar and Mercedes with their big luxury saloons. And this it did well with its smooth 2995, six cylinder engine and commanding appearance not to mention the opulent interior second to non excluding the Bentley of the time.

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Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 (1955 – 1974)

Volkswagen had great success with their people’s car the Beetle and now it was time for something a bit more exotic. The Type 14 or Karmann Ghia was debuted at the 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept for Ghia. It was a 2+2 coupe with hand-shaped body panels smoothed with English pewter normally used in the production of top end cars. The Karmann Ghia adopted the same floorpan and engine variations as the Beetle and so it always looked a lot faster than it actually was.

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Volkswagen Scirocco (1974 – 1992)

When the Volkswagen Scirocco was launched in 1974 at the Geneva Motor Show it was the replacement for the beautiful Karmann Ghia which although had all the right looks of a sports coupe from the 50’s and 60’s never really fulfilled it’s potential as a real sports car due to its lack of power and in some terms, it’s looks. The Karmann Ghia tended to appeal to female customers, whilst the Scirocco (code name EA398 whilst in development), designed by Italdesign in Turin, appealed to both markets.

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Volkswagen Beetle (1957-1967)

The Volkswagen Beetle was produced over seven decades from 1946 until 2004 no other car had been made for so long and remained so similar in looks than this German icon. Its purpose initially was to get Nazi Germany mobile but after the war the British army took control and the car was sold across the world as a practical and economical run around.

This basic car was constantly being improved and updated moving very nicely with the times but also sticking to its air cooled routes much like its Porsche cousin it really was a case of if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

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BMW 7 series (E23) (1977-1986)

These days BMW are renowned for their executive saloons with up to the minute technology and fine German engineering at the heart of the company. But back in 1977 the 7 series range was only their second attempt at the luxury saloon market.

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Porsche 911 Turbo 930 (1975-1989)

It was in 1963 that Porsche launched the 901 at the IAA in Frankfurt as the successor to the 356 model. It wasn’t long after that thanks to Peugeot who had patented the use of all three digit numbers with a ‘0’ in the middle that Porsche changed their new sports car to the 911 we all know and love today. Originally built only as a Coupé, the 911 had an integral body-frame and was powered by a new 2.0-litre flat-six engine, which initially delivered 130 hp. A Targa version was introduced in 1967 with a permanently mounted roll-over bar and removable soft top. The 911 was more powerful, bigger and more comfortable than the car it replaced with the air cooled engine rear mounted with an internal lay out being 2+2.

Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S (1964-1967)

Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S (1964-1967)

The Austin Mini was a revolution when it hit the car market back in 1959, back then it was originally named the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven but by 1961 was officially named the Austin Mini. With its transverse engine and compact body shell the iconic Mini was something never seen before and everyone fell in love with it, which is why it became the best-selling car in British history with a production run of 5.3 million from 1959 to 2000.

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Ford Model T (1908 – 1927)

The words of Henry Ford, of which he was true to with the Ford Model T affectionately known as the ‘Tin Lizzie’. Now everyone could own a car, not just the wealthy thanks to…

Jaguar XJ6

Jaguar XJ6 (1968-1973)

The Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1968 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London and was the last big cat to be introduced under the leadership of the company’s founder Sir William Lyons. The XJ or experimental Jaguar had to be a car to wow audiences as it was a completely new concept to take over were all other luxury saloons built by Jaguar had left off. It was slim and elegant with the 2.8 or 4.2 litre straight six XK-Series engine providing excellent all round performance capable of speeds over 120 mph being much more powerful than the 420 and S Type predecessors.

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MG Metro (1982–1990)

Back in 1982 after the launch of the popular Mini replacement the MG Metro came with two sportier models representing the time of the hot hatch-back. The MG Metro and MG Metro Turbo, both cars wowed buyers with their sporty looks and stylish interiors.

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Mazda MX5 (1989 – 1997)

The Mazda MX5 started a surge of roadsters on a scene that had been left in the dark for over a decade and the nineties saw the launch of…

1989 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 Copyright of Andrew Bone, Flickr

Peugeot 205 GTI (1984-1994)

Some people say so, but I suppose Volkswagen would have something to say about that. Initially the Peugeot 205 Gti model was only available with a 1.6 litre engine, light and well balanced as if this wasn’t good enough Peugeot then produced a 130bhp 1.9 version both variants have the reputation of shall we say exciting driving and not for the faint hearted.

Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI (MK 1 / MK 2)

The VW Golf GTI is one of the most iconic and influential automobiles that Volkswagen has ever produced. The Volkswagen Golf GTI brought a bit of everything to the table, a practical hatchback, economical with pace and handling at an affordable price, what’s not to love. The buying public agreed as the GTI sold well and it didn’t take long for other car makers to catch on such as Ford’s XR2, Peugeot’s 205 GTI and Vauxhall’s Astra GTE to name but a few started to come out of the woodwork.

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Ford Escort RS1600i – (1982-1985)

Everyone loves a classic Ford. They evoke memories of our youth, as the cars you or your dad drove many years ago. Ford decided to create a new Escort back in 1980, and it wasn’t long after we saw the first front wheel drive RS model in the shape of the Ford Escort RS1600i.

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Austin Metro Vital Statistics

Heritage have teamed up with Practical Classics to bring you the ultimate Austin Metro guide. If you’re thinking of buying a Metro or just looking to find out more about the history or value of the one you own this is the essential guide for you. We also compare this British staple with other market […]

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