We love the 1990s

The decade’s cheap clas­sics

Autocar - - THIS WEEK -

0n the face of it, fu­ture clas­sics from the 1990s have the po­ten­tial to be a bit of a let-down. The 1980s, with their ac­ces­si­ble hot hatches, mon­strous ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials and bal­lis­tic su­per­cars, were a tough act to fol­low, and with in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums bit­ing, you’d be for­given for think­ing cars from the ’90s failed to pass muster.

But don’t write them off too quickly. This was the era in which the widespread adop­tion of fuel in­jec­tion, ABS and power steering im­proved de­pend­abil­ity, safety and us­abil­ity. Yet it was also a time be­fore elec­tron­ics and emis­sions con­trols robbed us of crisp-feel­ing throt­tles and steering with feel. In short, th­ese cars are modern enough to be re­li­able and ac­ces­si­ble, but old enough – and, now, rare enough – to be in­ter­est­ing.

Hap­pily, the buy­ing pub­lic hasn’t yet cot­toned onto this, mean­ing that many of the best cars from the ’90s are still very much within reach. So join us as we take you on a jour­ney through the cars launched in the decade of Brit­pop and Tony Blair that you should be buy­ing now – while you still can af­ford to.

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