70S AND 80S CARS
What did you or your parents drive back in the 80s?
Motor magazine July 7th 1984 featuring a showdown between the Peugeot 205 GTi, Fiesta XR2 and MG Metro.
POPULAR OLD CARS
This "supermini" was launched in 1980 as the Austin mini Metro. During its 18 years of production, the Metro wore many names: Austin Metro, MG Metro and Rover Metro. It was re-badged as the Rover 100 series in 1994. I had a red Metro City+ in 1987 and the gearbox needed replacing at just 20,000 miles - it was extremely unreliable!
An abandoned Citroen Visa GTi (aww!)
The Citroen Visa was produced between 1978 and 1988. I once had a go in the GTi version when I worked at the local garage in the late 80's, and it accelerated so quickly I could hardly keep it on the road!
The Citroen AX was launched at the 1986 Paris Motor Show to replace the Visa. It was built between 1986 and 1998. My second car was a red AX and it replaced my unreliable Austin Metro! The AX was economical, nippy and pretty reliable.
This iconic economy car was produced by Citroen from 1949 to 1990. In it's heyday it was technologically advanced (the suspension was great!) and it will always be remembered for it's unusual bodywork. I can highly recommend visiting the 2CV page at wikipedia, where you'll find dozens of great photos! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_2CV
Ford Capri 1.6 Laser at Blackpool, England. Image from an original photograph by Amos Wolfe taken 7th September 2003.
Ford Sierra (Early model)
The Ford Sierra was built between 1982 until 1993. Launched on 21st September 1982, it replaced the Cortina and Taunus. Its aerodynamic styling was ahead of its time, although there were plenty of people who didn't like it.
Ford Escort XR3i (1986 model)
Ford Fiesta XR2 Mk1 (1982)
My dad actually bought one of these second hand when I was about 14 years old, and it was certainly one of favourite cars. He was kind of car mad and bought a different model every year. The funny thing is I now own a new shape frozen white Fiesta (white seems to have come back into fashion) and boy, it makes this one look dated! But it looked great at the time.
Why not visit the XR2 Website -
The latest Fiesta
Fiat Panda (1982-86 model)
Nissan Cherry N12 (1982-86)
Vauxhall Nova (Opel Corsa outside UK) produced 1982 - 1993.
Vauxhall Cavalier Mk II Cabriolet
Vauxhall Cavalier Mk III (1988 - 95)
The Vauxhall Cavalier was a popular family car that was produced between 1975 and 1995. The Mk 1 was produced between 1975 and 1981, the Mk II between 1981 and 1988 and the Mk III between 1988 and 1995.
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1972 Super Beetle
Austin Montego on the front cover of Motor magazine from May 19th 1984
1980 Ford Granada photo by Granada Turnier
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