Exploring the World’s Cult Classic Cars
Back in the early 1970s, there was nothing on the market quite like the Fiat X1/9. We look at the history of a car that was years ahead of its time, and in a class of its own.
The Renault Fuego was the epitome of French avant-garde ‘80s design, a four-seater coupe with charm and, in turbo form, plenty of oomph.
The rotary-engined NSU Ro80 was regarded by some as Europe’s best production saloon of the late 1960s. Voted Car of the Year for 1968 for its overall refinement as well as that smooth-as-silk Wankel engine, it could have changed the face of motoring forever.
Ford didn’t get much wrong in the 1960s. The Anglia 105E and Cortina were both runaway successes, while the Zephyr and Zodiac range catered admirably for the executive class. But the Corsair, built to fill a gap between the Cortina and the Z-cars, never caught the public’s imagination. This is the story of Ford’s odd one out.
The three-wheeled car was a very British phenomenon, a result of motoring laws that allowed anyone with a category A motorcycle licence to drive one. Tamworth-based Reliant took full advantage, with the Regal, Rialto and, most famously, the Robin providing affordable car-like motoring on three wheels. Nicknamed the ‘plastic pig’, we look at the history of the Reliant Robin as it celebrates
Put in charge of the newly-acquired Lincoln Motor Company, Edsel Ford famously said: "Father made the most popular car in the world. I want to make the best car in the world.” When the Lincoln Continental was launched in 1939 it was the culmination of Edsel’s vision - an instant design classic that took its styling cues from European cars.