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12 GREAT EVERYDAY CARS

This list comprises FWD and RWD, two-door saloons, hatchbacks, rear engine and transverse-mounted power plants – but what they do have in common is their blend of affordability with flair.

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SIX SUPERB SALES FILMS

These films are not adverts per se but the genre of short feature that a car or component manufacturer would commission to show potential trade clients or train their sales teams. For me, the six examples here all stand out for the simple reason that each is so memorable:

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FIVE STAR FORDS AT THE NEC

Last year all four generations of Dagenham’s big saloon were represented at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show and there was also a rare opportunity to see a complete ‘Mk. I’ line-up on the ‘Five Stars’ club stand.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST FORD SIERRAS?

Imagine settling down one evening to watch 3-2-1 on an autumn evening only to encounter this vision of the future during the commercial break - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7jiTlv9wwI. After experiencing just 30 seconds of the new Sierra, even Dusty Bin would pale into insignificance.

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PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP – THE X1/9

A little over 40 years ago, those British motorists who craved affordable open-topped transport with that essential sense of brio were finally offered an RHD version of Fiat’s delightful X/19.

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DVD OF THE WEEK – MAGNUM P.I.

One of the key elements of Magnum P.I., as much as Tom Selleck’s moustache and Robin’s fleet of Ferraris, was the actor John Hillerman, who passed away last year. His Jonathan Quayle Higgins VC was one of the great characters of 1980s television and no episode would be complete without him scowling at our hero driving a Ferrari without due care and attention.

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FIVE FAMOUS TAXI CABS

‘Are you sure you can spare it, guvnor?’ ‘I don’t go south of the river at this time of night’. Or in other words five of the most memorable taxi cabs from around the world…

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ALFA ROMEO ARNA?

A little over 37 years ago, Nissan and Alfa Romeo signed an agreement that eventually produced one of the most notably unsuccessful cars of its generation. Even now, the question is often asked in motoring circles – ‘was the Arna a Nissan Cherry with the build quality of the average Alfa?’

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