OUR 30-YEAR-OLD ‘HISTORIC’ CARS
KEITH ADAMS EDITOR
The 1986 Rover 800 has earned its classic spurs already. A car this unreliable, I mean, characterful, pretty much ticks the classic box on all counts.
JAMES SADLIER MANAGING EDITOR
The Fiat Uno should definitely be classed as historic given that arguably the company hasn’t been able to reproduce the same brilliance in its subsequent models.
GERVAIS SEYMOUR PRODUCTION EDITOR
I’d confer immediate historic status on the Peugeot 309. Launched in 1986, this was the first ‘French’ car built in Britain. Not a bad motor, actually. Shame about Ryton, though.
DAVID BROWN ASSOCIATE EDITOR
I would nominate the 1.8-litre Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V with its subtle badges, good build quality and performance/economy balance.
DAVID SIMISTER FEATURES EDITOR
1986 was a remarkable year: Leyland DAF vans, L and LX Ford Orions and the Fiat Croma. And me. Yes, I was born then, too. An historic motoring moment.
MURRAY SCULLION STAFF WRITER
Ford’s Escort RS Turbo is incredibly cool and is a fast and usable classic. Not that many remain standard, which would annoy FIVA…
CALUM BROWN WEB PRODUCER
It may only be approaching 30 years old, but the Jaguar XJ40 is historic. It brought Jaguar forward, and set its direction for the next 20 years.
LEISE ENRIGHT OFFICE MANAGER
There’s always a danger using the ‘o’ word. My children tell me I’m old, but they respond quite well to being told they are mistaken.