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News: A Half Dozen 1970s Hot Hatchbacks

The VW Golf GTi Mk. I may have been one of the most notable ‘hot hatchbacks’ of the 1970s but it was neither the only or even the first of the breed. The half-dozen cars described below are my own selection – all front wheel drive, all with a third or fifth rear door and all of them highly entertaining.

News: Pride of Ownership - FIAT 500F

Pride of Ownership - Fiat 500F. The “F” version was introduced in June 1965 and it is mainly identifiable by its forward-hinged doors and slimmer windshield pillars.

News: Do You Remember The Triumph 1300 & 1500?

It would be fair to say that the 1300 is one of Triumph’s most significant post-war models – it was their first front wheel drive car and it was a prime example of their saloons, which were as important to their brand image as their sports cars.

News: The Fiat 600 Multipla – The Pioneer People Carrier

Some motorists think that the ‘People Carrier’ emerged in the early 1980s along with Wham singles and boasting about owning a Betamax video recorder. However, in 1956 Fiat created the original Multipla - The Pioneer People Carrier - by modifying their rear engine 600 saloon into a four door six seater...

News: CLUB OF THE MONTH - The Fiat Motor Club

The Fiat Motor Club (GB) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the motoring enjoyment of its members. You don’t have to own a Fiat to join, just a love for all things Italian such as cars, food and lifestyle.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER - THE FIAT CROMA?

2020 sees the 35th anniversary of one of the rarest cars in Britain – just one Turbo I.E. remains on the road: https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/fiat_croma_turbo_ie - and it is a Fiat that is unfairly overlooked. The Croma is the third member of the “Tipo Quattro” -Type 4 - family, following the Lancia Thema and the Saab 9000, but pre-dating the Alfa Romeo 164.

News: MID-BEDS VEHICLE RESTORATION AND THE SWEENEY FORD CONSUL GT

The 2nd January 1975 saw the first episode of a new police series entitled The Sweeney and the major automotive star was a Ford Consul GT.

News: FREDDY HARRIS AND HIS TWO MK. I FIAT PANDAS

Fiat GB marketed the original Panda as “The car that ‘knocks spots off its rivals”, and today they are as rare as a watchable episode of East Enders.

News: MEET THE OWNER – MARK MCCLELLAND AND HIS VAUXHALL ASTRA GTE MK. I

Many readers will immediately recognise Mark McClelland’s Astra GTE Mk. I as A 641 SPO won third prize at the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show “Pride of Ownership”. Incredibly,

News: THE SUNBEAM ALPINE GT – A CELEBRATION

The clocks have changed, and there is a certain crispness in the air – in short, it is that time of the year when many classic sports car enthusiasts start considering a coupe rather than a convertible. However, the Sunbeam Alpine GT, with its detachable roof and soignée lines, really was the best of both worlds – assuming you only required two seats.

News: The Corona Rt40 – The First Toyota In Britain

The 1965 London Motor Show was full with exciting new models; the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the Aston Martin DB6, the Vauxhall Cresta PC, the Triumph 1300 and the MGB GT. There was also a quartet from a Japanese firm named Toyota. The entry-level Corona saloon cost £790 16ds 11d, the three-door station wagon £843 14s, the 1600S four-door £1,077 4s 10d and the 1600S Coupe £1,194 3d.

News: MEET THE OWNER – MICHAEL SPINK AND HIS FORD CORSAIR GT CONVERTIBLE

Back in 2005 Michael Spink was presented with one of the finest wedding presents for any car enthusiast - his wife had commissioned the restoration, ‘in secret’, of his 1965 Corsair GT Convertible. He had actually acquired MML 443 C in 1988, but it was garaged in 1996 following transmission issues. Incredibly, the refurbishment process took just 12 weeks, and today the Ford looks fit for a journey to Carnaby Street, preferably accompanied by the sounds of The Yardbirds singing For Your Love.