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News: Do You Remember – The Peugeot 104?

The first Peugeot I can remember was a small and extremely smart hatchback darting amongst the red and cream Leyland Atlantean buses and Morris Oxford taxis of downtown Southampton back in the mid-1970s.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ORIGINAL FORD CORTINA GT?

‘Pure Ford fire, neatly packed into the race-bred, over-square engine’. That is how Dagenham marketed their first post-war car to bear the “GT” badge.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ORIGINAL ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

An Alfasud 1200 has to be one of the most popular choices for the ‘How Many Are Left” lists of cars.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE ORIGINAL HONDA PRELUDE?

In 1979, you just knew that anyone who drove a new Honda Prelude was a sophisticated type; one who understood the intricacies of fondue cooking and who had one of those new “home computers” in their study.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE VAUXHALL FIRENZA?

There are many of us - i.e. people of an age to remember the time of The Protectors on ITV, Spangles and when crimplene flared slacks were the height of fashion – who regard the Vauxhall Firenza as an underrated coupe.

News: Do You Remember the Talbot Horizon?

What was Car of the Year for 1979? Surely it was the Opel Senator or maybe the B2-series Audi 80? But the answer, as all Talbot and Simca enthusiasts will proudly tell you, was the Horizon, a true ‘World Car’ that was made in France, Spain, Finland, the UK and the USA.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL ASTRA Mk. I?

I imagine nearly everyone will recall the original Astra; the first Vauxhall-badged car with front wheel drive and one of the defining cars of the early 1980s. The Astra was more than a very worthy competitor for the VW Golf and the soon to be launched Ford Escort Mk. III, it was as typically early 1980s as listening to Madness’ House of Fun on a Sony Walkman while hiring a Betamax tape of Jaws 2 at your local video library.

News: Do you Remember – The Ford Escort XR3 and XR3i Mk. III?

As #TeamMike is hard at work, resorting a 1989 Ford Escort XR3i for this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, this is the perfect opportunity to remember the original model that caused such a genuine sensation back in August 1980.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE PEUGEOT 604?

1975 saw the introduction of the three cars that shared the 2.7-litre V6 PRV engine.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE STANDARD VANGUARD LUXURY SIX?

In the 1970s I would occasionally encounter a well-polished blue & cream Vanguard Luxury Six.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIAT 850 COUPE?

‘There are three types of GT’ proclaimed Fiat GB in 1968. The ones that are little more than an ordinary saloon cars, nicely packaged. The ones that are hot but leave you cold aesthetically. And the ones that are real stoppers to look at – real goers when you get behind the wheel. In short, cars such as the 124 Coupe and the 850 Coupe – latter representing ‘11’ 10” of sheer excitement’.

News: Do You Remember - The Peugeot 204 and 304?

Today, if you ask the average classic enthusiast to name a FWD Peugeot with a three-digit number commencing with “2”, the odds are he or she will name the 205.