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The Toyota Celica

Mk1 Coupé was ahead of its time! First launched in December 1970, it took the Motor Industry by storm with its flare and panache. It’s style was heavily influenced by its American counterparts, such as the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. It was available in a range of powertrains from 1.4 litre to 2.0 …

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R5 Renault 5 GT Turbo

1985 saw the launch of the explosive R5 Renault 5 GT Turbo. It weighed in at 851 kilos and powered by a 1.4 litre, turbo charged engine, was capable of reaching 120 mph with a blistering 0-60 time of just 8.2 seconds. Such was the success of this Hot Hatch, it continued production until 1991.

Triumph Stag

Sleek, stylish and powerful, the Triumph Stag made a statement of sophistication as well as oozing with power .It was first released in 1970 and was manufactured until 1978.  Styled by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti, the Stag quickly became a winner, powered by a 3-litre Triumph V8 engine and available in hard and soft-top versions. …

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Lancia Beta Coupe

The Lancia Beta Coupe 2 plus, a beautiful classic Italian-designed car, was in a league of just a few in 1974.  It had superb styling both inside and out and came with a range of engine options from 1.3 litre to a 2 litre.  1981 saw the Beta Coupe receiving a minor face-lift, and the …

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Ford Escort MK2 1600

The Ford Escort MK2 1600 Sport complimented the RS Mexico and the RS 2000.  Although slightly lower in b.h.p. at 84, it was only 11 b.h.p. less than the Mexico and 18 less than the RS 2000.  Manufactured between 1975 and 1979, the 1600 Sport was a huge success.

VW MK1 Golf GTI

One of the first real hot hatches was the MK1 Golf GTI. Firstly, powered by a 1.6 litre 18 v engine, then later, with a 1.8-litre engine. Robust and oozing with style, it was probably the most iconic hot hatch that came out of the 80s and inspired a generation.

Ford Escort Mexico

The Ford Escort Mexico MK1 summed up excitement, durability, power, speed and a whole lot more. Winning the London to Mexico World Rally in April 1970, Ford launched the road version in November that year using a 1598 cc crossflow engine. 10,352 of these cars were produced between 1970 and 1974.

Ford MK1 Ford Fiesta XR2

The MK1 Ford Fiesta XR2 made an explosion into the pretty mundane U.K. car market that existed in 1981. Its 1.6-litre engine pushed it from 0-60 m.p.h. in just 9.3 seconds, and the precise steering and toughened suspension made it a dream to drive.  Styled with pepper pot alloys and smart graphics made it even …

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Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina

It all started with the beautifully-shaped iconic Ford MK1 Lotus Cortina.  Those green stripes along the sides, coupled with the Lotus badging, was just wow!  The polished beech wooden steering wheel, along with the aluminium dash with instrument dials inset, even including a Rev Counter, evoked my absolute passion for cars.  The throaty revs of …

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