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  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FORD ESCORT MK1 ESTATE?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FORD ESCORT MK1 ESTATE?

    Matt Bell on 6th April 2019

    These days you wouldn't get away with marketing an estate car with just two passenger doors but back in the ’70s it was common practice: the BMC 1100, Allegro, Alfasud and even the Range Rover were all offered in three-door form.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    Matt Bell on 1st March 2019

    The low-volume sports car is an area where Britain has traditionally excelled, from Morgan to Lotus and TVR with countless others along the way plus modern newcomers like Noble and Radical.

  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… TVR TASMIN?

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… TVR TASMIN?

    Matt Bell on 15th February 2019

    Think of TVR’s ‘wedge’ series of cars from the ’80s and you’ll probably picture a thundering open-topped V8-powered creation. The range started off though with the much less hairy chested Tasmin, which essentially debuted Oliver Winterbottom’s wedgy body style but with the more subtle engine options of either the 2.8-litre Ford Cologne V6 or even briefly the four-pot Pinto and the ‘TVR 200’ badge.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… HILLMAN AVENGER

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… HILLMAN AVENGER

    Matt Bell on 14th December 2018

    What we know as the Hillman Avenger may have begun its life under the Rootes Group in Coventry but it ended production in Argentina of all places having worn no less than seven name badges during its 21-year lifespan.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    Matt Bell on 7th December 2018

    You may not be a fan of BMW's modern range or indeed the drivers of its flashier products, but back in the ’70s and early ’80s the company enjoyed a very different image. Back then, it was a small player on the UK market, much like a German Alfa Romeo or Saab, its customers buying the cars for their engineering and quality.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT BARCHETTA?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT BARCHETTA?

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd November 2018

    As European car makers in the early ’90s from MG to Porsche and Mercedes scrambled to come up with a rival to the MX-5, Fiat's Barchetta was perhaps one of the closest contenders.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT X1/9?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT X1/9?

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th October 2018

    If you enjoy Ferrari tastes in your classics but a real-world budget then there are two routes you usually end up taking: Alfa Spider or Fiat X1/9...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… MG METRO?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… MG METRO?

    Glenn Rowswell on 12th October 2018

    The MG Metro, the ‘British car to beat the world’ was launched in October 1980 to great acclaim and it really was a make-or-break car for the struggling BL – or rather, Austin Rover as it would become...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… LANCIA DELTA HF TURBO?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… LANCIA DELTA HF TURBO?

    Glenn Rowswell on 5th October 2018

    Lancia may have been absent from the UK for a while now and indeed its very existence as a brand looks to be on rocky ground lately. It wasn’t too long ago though that the Delta Integrale was one of the most capable performance cars you could buy, holding its own in company like the BMW M3 and the Sierra Cosworth...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… ROVER STREETWISE?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… ROVER STREETWISE?

    Glenn Rowswell on 28th September 2018

    It's easy to knock the Phoenix-era MG Rover but while products like the XPower SV and CityRover were at best ill-conceived from the word go, there was still plenty of genuinely innovative thinking going on at Longbridge...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… VOLVO 144?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… VOLVO 144?

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st September 2018

    The original boxy Volvo saloon, the 140-Series was the model which saw the brand gaining increased popularity in the UK, building on the reputation for rugged build and practical appeal which had been established with the Amazon...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… CITROEN DYANE?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… CITROEN DYANE?

    Glenn Rowswell on 14th September 2018

    Few readers of CW will be unaware of the history of the Citroën 2CV, the car which had its development interrupted by WW2, causing the early prototypes to be literally buried to escape occupying forces.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MITSUBISHI 3000GT?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MITSUBISHI 3000GT?

    Glenn Rowswell on 7th September 2018

    Mitsubishi may be better known today for its hybrid crossovers but don't forget that the firm has some really credible performance machinery in its back catalogue – including of course the fast and furious Lancer Evo series and the frantic FTO, a favourite of the grey import years...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… SUBARU SVX?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… SUBARU SVX?

    Glenn Rowswell on 24th August 2018

    Subaru has been relying on the horizontally-opposed boxer engine since the ’70s, the ‘Brat’ pick-up featuring the flat-four which ultimately powered the Impreza. When it decided to produce its flagship sports car the firm stayed true to the concept and went for a 3.3-litre flat-six.