OUR 30-YEAR-OLD ‘HIS­TORIC’ CARS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

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.

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