Taken in vain

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See­ing ad­verts for the Ford Mon­deo Vig­nale has sad­dened me. It’s an­other once-great name re­duced to a grille and few styling de­tails. Just like Ghia, a once proud coach­builder/de­sign stu­dio re­duced to stick­ers, up­hol­stery colours and a lick of paint. They’re gone, so it would be bet­ter to let them rest in peace rather than be­ing cyn­i­cally held like zom­bies on life support.

Or take BMW’s Mini Coop­ers. Cooper used to be special – to mean some­thing. Pos­si­bly John is re­volv­ing in his grave (faster and a bit more peak­ily than his neigh­bours). An­thony Healey

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