ESSEN CARS WE LOVED
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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