Can you name these Classic & Retro Cars?
The outdoor show season is all but done and lots of our vehicles will soon be garaged to protect them from the dreaded mix of road salt and rain so let’s have a little fun and see whose knowledge of cars is right up there with Mike Brewer’s and who ‘needs more work’ over the winter 😉
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Can you identify this 'Green Machine"?
It's the rear view of the Triumph Spitfire Mk3. ACCC FACTOID: This was the last of the Spitfire models to include the 'classic' rear before Triumph moved to the corporate 'squared off' look employed across the rest of the range.
Will you pass your next stone guard challenge?
It's a 1966 Mk1 MGB Roadster. ACCC FACTOID: The Mk1 can be distinguished from the later models visually from the front by the spacing between the sidelight / indicator cluster and the grill. The earlier cars had a wider spacing with the later ones being much closer. The grill itself also changed from the 'classic' chrome slats to a honeycomb mesh as the model progressed.
Which car does this front end belong to?
It's a Vauxhall Viva HA. ACCC FACTOID: The Viva was produced between 1963 & 1979 with three different model designation, HA, HB & HC. This stalwart of the roads was featured in song by the likes of Elvis Costello and was the car a Coronation Street character died in on screen !!
Many a child had this in 'Corgi' form - Can you identify it?
It's a Lotus Europa. ACCC FACTOID: Produced between 1966 & 1975, the Europa is a classic example of the Lotus philosophy of 'Simplify and then add lightness' - The Europa name reappeared in 2006 on an Elise based car which ran till 2010
Do you know this famous front-end?
It's Volkswagen Type 2. ACCC FACTOID: It doesn't seem so long ago that Type 2's or Busses / Campers as they are usually known were changing hands for a few hundred pounds but the explosion in popularity as 'celebrities' started using them has caused an explosion in values. With many being converted into Camper Vans, the original Micro Bus & Panel Vans are becoming ever rarer.
More Chrome - But from what vehicle?
It's the famous 'Bug' - The Volkswagen Beetle. ACCC FACTOID: The Type 1 'Peoples Car' is one of the longest running production models in history and was voted 4th most influential car of the last century!
Which car needs this additional breathing aid?
It is the Ford Sierra Cosworth. ACCC FACTOID: The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is a high-performance version of the Ford Sierra that was built by Ford Europe from 1986 to 1992. It was the result of a Ford Motorsport project with the purpose of producing an outright winner for Group A racing in Europe.
Do you have a handle on this Classic?
It's the gorgeous Porsche 911 Targa. ACCC FACTOID: The Porsche 911 was developed as a much more powerful, larger, more comfortable replacement for the Porsche 356. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was initially designated as the "Porsche 901", after its internal project number. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911. It went on sale in 1964.
Can you shed some light on this car's identity?
It's a Porsche Spyder. ACCC FACTOID: The Porsche Boxter Spyder is good for a 180mph maximum speed and a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec. It was lauded for the superb power and handling it possesses and of course those looks!
Best of British? Which Classic is flying the flag?
It's the Mk2 MGB Roadster. ACCC FACTOID: The Mk2 'B' had a few changes from the Mk1 most notably the 4 speed all synchromesh gearbox which necessitated a wider tunnel inside the car. You will also notice different door cards to suit the different handles inside and even headrests!
A bold Retro look - but which famous car is it?
It's that famous front from the VW Golf GTi. ACCC FACTOID: The most difficult job for a car manufacturer must be to replace a successful and much loved line like the Beetle with something just as popular. VW did this with the Golf and created a new marketplace with the hot hatch GTi version. A real game changer!
'If only I'd kept mine' they all cry - but kept what?
It's the Ford Escort. ACCC FACTOID: The Escort had a production run from 1967 to 2004 becoming Fords most popular UK model over that period. Growing through 6 generations, the Escort had Rally success and even joined the 'hot hatch' craze with the ever popular XR series of cars. The early examples are commanding strong money these days.
Built to look good and keep which Classic cool?
It's a Bentley Mk6. ACCC FACTOID: This was the first post war offering from Bentley and despite being eye wateringly expensive, it was very successful. In common with most early post war cars, the steel wasn't of the greatest quality so completely original examples are now hard to find.
A splash of colour adorning which unmistakable vehicle?
It's the Ferrari California. ACCC FACTOID: This landmark car for the Italian giant sported a few firsts. The first front engined Ferrari with a V8, The first to feature a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, The first hard top convertible with a folding metal roof, The first with multi-link rear suspension & The first with direct petrol injection.
Classic shut lines and flowing shapes on which car?
It's the Lotus Elan. ACCC FACTOID: The Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. This style of construction was to be repeated in subsequent Lotus models for nearly three decades. The Elan had legendary roadholding and is still 'a dream to drive'
Another Retro Classic showing its period lines - but which one?
It's the Volkswagen Corrado. ACCC FACTOID: This replacement for the Scirocco was based on the same floorpan as the Golf & Jetta but with the addition of flush windows & an active spoiler. The VR6 variant was named as 'One of the 25 cars you must drive before you die'
A famous front-end, but can you identify it?
It's the famous Ford Popular. ACCC FACTOID: The 'Pop' was Britain's cheapest car when it was launched in 1953. Electrics were 6 volts, a provided starting handle often necessary. Rod operated drum brakes, synchromesh only on 2nd and top gear. The boot accessed with a coach key, no heater or demister, semaphore indicators, pull-wire starter, manual choke. No water pump, engine cooling by thermosyphon – this was very basic motoring.
More classic lights & curves but which car do they belong to?
This is an MG Midget. ACCC FACTOID: The Midget was a badge engineered version of the Austin Healey Sprite and was renowned for it's drivability and sheer fun. You will frequently hear former owners refer to it as the best car they ever drove.
A desirable Retro - but do you know the one to ask for?
It's the Audi Quattro. ACCC FACTOID: The Quattro started life as a famous & desirable Rally winner although if you ask any TV fans, it's now known as the car DCI Gene Hunt drove in 'Ashes to Ashes'.
A real icon - can you name it?
It's the Aston Martin DB7. ACCC FACTOID: Launched in 1994 this was the highest production Aston Martin ever with 7,000 examples being made. The car was based on the Jaguar XJS floorpan but had extensive modifications and improvements to give it the unmistakable 'Aston' look.