ES­SEN CARS WE LOVED

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

1 DAVID SIMIS­TER 1969 FERVES RANGER There’s a lot more to this cutesy off-roader than first meets the eye. Ferves is a con­trac­tion of FER­rari VEi­coli Spe­ciali – as in Fer­rari Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles, an off­shoot of a cer­tain Maranello-based spe­cial­ist, which mated Fiat 500 me­chan­i­cals with a rudi­men­tary four-wheel-drive sys­tem to cre­ate 600 of these pe­tite mud-plug­gers be­tween 1965 and 1970. Fewer than 50 sur­vive, so es­sen­tially it’s a vir­tu­ally ex­tinct, Fer­rari-built clas­sic for Tri­umph TR4 money.

2 MUR­RAY SCUL­LION 1984 VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF II CITYSTROMER RWE RAC­ING CAR Thirty years be­fore the FIA’s For­mula E elec­tric rac­ing se­ries started, there was Grand Prix For­mula E. Driv­ers of this cham­pi­onship favoured this all-elec­tric Golf once word got round how much of a riot it was to drive. I love the wheels too – in fact, it’s easy to see where VAG mod­i­fy­ing groups get their in­spi­ra­tion from. 3 MIKE LE CAPLAIN 1975 CITROËN GS X My par­ents owned a 1979 GS Club for six years, so this pre-facelift car in glo­ri­ous Sev­en­ties or­ange was al­ways go­ing to be my star of the show. The GS is a bit of a cu­rio in that its avant-garde de­sign (de­spite ap­pear­ances, it’s a booted sa­loon, the ra­dio sits be­tween the front seats and the hand­brake lives on the dash­board) is off­set by the slot in the grille – which is where you in­sert the manual crank­ing han­dle!

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