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An Alfasud 1200 has to be one of the most popular choices for the ‘How Many Are Left” lists of cars.
In 1954 Ford unveiled its latest van – one that was ‘Sparkling with Good Points’. The nation’s fleet buyers and shop owners were promised that the Thames 300E would be ‘a credit to your business’, Not to mention that with such a fine vehicle, ‘driving ceases to be work and becomes a pleasure’
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.
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.
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.
In the background of British films and television programmes of the 1950s and 1960s such as The Ladykillers, The Baron or the Look at Life travelogues you will often see a three-wheeled delivery vehicle in the distinctive red and cream livery of British Railways.