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When Reliant announced the GTE to the press in August 1968 there was, quite simply no other British car like it. The MGC GT may have been over £400 cheaper and had a similar sized engine to the Scimitar’s 3-litre ‘Essex’ unit, but it was less well-appointed.
Front-wheel or rear-wheel drive? That's been one of the liveliest debates over the course of motor manufacturing history. Each format brings its own advantages. For example, front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars tend to have slightly simpler engineering than their rear-driven counterparts.
Now in its seventh generation, the Ford Fiesta has been Britain's most popular supermini for most, if not all its 45-year life. Introduced in 1976 (and on our shores from 1977), the car made an instant impact, clocking up a million sales before the 1970s were out.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important cars to bear the Triumph badge. When the Acclaim made its bow on the 7th October 1981, it pioneered Japanese involvement in the British motor industry. It was also the right car launched at the right time – an accolade not shared by many other BL products.
The year is 1974, Volkswagen GB has initiated a competitor to re-name their latest import, the 182. The winner was a Mr. Nigel Purden of the Midlands with his suggestion of ‘Trekker’ – and it would be fair to say it was virtually sans rivals in the UK.
We were intrigued by the recent news that around 20 per cent of UK classic cars were failing their MOT. A slightly concerning statistic, you might think – until you remember that many of these cars are not legally required to submit to an MOT in the first place. That's because UK legislation states that cars over 40 years old no longer have to take the MOT test. This is, in fact, one of two exemptions that cars acquire when they reach the big four-zero: the other, of course, is road tax.