In 1989, from a standing start, Toyota took aim at the world’s luxury carmakers and damn near scared the life out of them. Creating an entirely new brand for the venture, Toyota launched the Lexus LS 400 squarely at the likes of Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW and Audi – and came within an ace of toppling […]
Outrageous, sensational, dramatic, exhilarating, extraordinary. Just a few of the adjectives committed to print when the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth burst onto the scene with an extravagant swagger in 1986. Billed as the most exciting Ford since the GT40, the whale-tailed flyer didn’t disappoint. We look at its history.
The Toyota MR2, Japan’s first mid-engined production car, caused a sensation when it arrived in the UK in 1985. Its race-track handling, smooth, high-revving engine and dramatic styling prompted an out-pouring of love from the motoring press. We look at what made it so great.
It was meant to be the ultimate Cortina-basher, a family saloon to herald a bright new future for British Leyland into the 1970s. But the Morris Marina never hit the heights, its numerous flaws prompting regular maulings in the motoring press from the moment road testers got the keys to the first cars. Despite the […]
It remains one of the most spectacular cars ever made, an almost impossibly stylish supercar that also went like a bat out of hell. The “Gullwing” doors of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL imbued an added sense of the outrageous to a car born of impeccable racing pedigree. We look at the history of a car voted […]
The greatest small sports saloon of its time, the BMW 02 series set the Munich company on the road to the 3-series. We look at its history.
It was the best of cars, it was the worst of cars… It was the age of British Leyland, when industrial strife and poor build quality could bring down the best-laid plans of our finest designers and engineers. The Rover SD1 was a triumph of supercar-esque styling, safety and speed, but flaking paint, poor reliability […]
The Austin Metro arrived amid a patriotic fervour in 1980, and played a huge part in reviving British Leyland. But was it a good car?
Long before the Mini was a twinkle in Sir Alec Issigonis’s eye, Austin had already produced a small family car that captured the hearts of the nation. The A30, and its almost identical successor the A35, was dubbed the Steel Teddy Bear thanks to its rounded, cuddly appearance. But it was also a significant milestone […]
The Beetle was a tough act to follow, but when Volkswagen launched the Golf in 1974, boy did they get it right. It couldn’t have been more different to its antiquated predecessor – front-engined, front-wheel drive, and a hatchback, ‘folded paper’ design penned by Giorgetto Guigiaro. But it was the arrival of the GTi in […]