The legends that time (and all of us) forgot. Can we relight the fire for you?
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I had a mk2 astra GTE back in the day and for the most an excellent car. I’m still to this day trying to buy a car that makes me smile like those old hot hatches did back then. Modern cars driving feel are spoilt by unnecessarily large wheels with ridiculously thin tyres which detach the driver from feeling the road beneath.
I must be either an oddball or way ahead of my time, I have owned seven of these cars. The main omission I can think of and possibly my favourite car was a 1991 Audi 90 Sport 20v Quattro, a superb long distance cruiser with some gorgeous design details, a sure footed saloon that would surprise many hot hatches.
We love your thinking with the 90, Sam – something I certainly hankered after in my youth! /RA
How can people forget the Accord Type-R? It seems like it was on sale only yesterday.
For someone like me who grew up in the 1950s in a family and friends culture that lusted after what we thought were great cars from the past, this list makes me nostalgic for those days and also like vomiting. We worshipped such things as PACKARDS, HISPANO-SUIZAS, DUESENBERGS etc. These were, and remain, truly great cars of the past – Classic in the meaningful sense of the term = a perfect representation of a type. These cars were not only typically mechanically sophisticated for their times but were also works of art in their conception and execution (Jay Leno calls them `driveable art’). They were all perfect representation of the best and most expensive automobiles in history.
The cars shown in this website might have some distinguishing characteristics of interest to some person but they are not classics and not great in that sense. The first clue is the fact that they are all virtually devoid of any interesting styling. They are basically look alike boxes that came in to being in an age when cars had lost all the functional features that made styling possible (like separate fenders, headlights etc. To me, your gallery of photos is like starring in to a garbage can.
If you could improve your own knowledge and/or link up with a co-author that knows about classic cars, then you might be able to write an interesting and worthwhile column about the topic. In the meantime, keep the pictures of this kind of hideous junk to yourself.
Sam Nash, I owned a White Audi 90 20V Quattro sport for over 4 years, I traded it in in 2001 and have regretted it and looked for it ever since, THE best car I have ever owned and the sound of that lovely 5 pot engine was unreal. Fantastic car
my car back in the seventy’s was the Toyota corolla ti 1200 two door Christ did that move, had twin Weber carbs ( well jap version )) that was when the first Toyota came too England , l bought it in Canterbury