1979 Toyota Starlet 1.2 1200 GL 5-door hatchback came with a 5-speed manual transmission (the 1000 GL had a -speed) and courtesy lights on al five does as standard. Another feature to note is the bi-level heater which could allow cold air to come in from the dashboard vents, and warm air to emerge at feet level. There was also a special air-mix mechanism which lets you adjust the temperature freely and had side window dimisters and was somewhat quiet since it was “soundproofed”. Outside, it had a distinctive look with its sport wheels, matte black bumpers which were as practical as they were attractive and all-around protective side moldings. Other features fitted as standard included a door mirror, lockable petrol flap, matt-black windshield wipers to cut down on glare plus a heated rear window with washer/wiper. The hatchback door could either be opened from the outside with a key or from a lever in the driver’s compartment. Even the both the back seats up, there’s still 6.0 cubic feet of space for luggage. They fold independently, but when they are both folded down, your space grows to 21.2 cubic feet.
1979 Toyota Starlet 1.2 GL
The fun, efficient Toyota Yaris, which was all-new for the 2012 model year, continues into 2013 in this five-door liftback model, and is also available in a three-door version. With a $14,370 MSRP, it 1.5 liter 4-cyliunder develops 106 HP. The 2013 Yaris is offered in three grades, with the entry-level L and value-packaged LE editions available either as a three-door liftback or five-door liftback. The sport-tuned SE is available only as a five-door.
2013 Toyota Yaris 5-door hatchback
The 1979 Peugeot 104 ZL was just 11 feet long but was very versatile. Fold down the rear seats and you get 15.4 cubic feet of storage space. With the 954cc engine, there’s plenty of power with a top speed of 84 MPH and because the engine is mounted transversely driving the front wheels, there is alot of room inside. With all around independent suspension to keep the ride smooth and give roadholding to match the ZL was ideal for long distance motoring as well as being great for cruising around town.
In 1977, the Mazda GLC 5-door hatchback had a $3,694 MSRP. GLC stood for “Great Little Car” and was capable of 46 MPG highway and 35 City. It had split rear seats, a standard four speed manual but also had an option of a five speed manual and an automatic transmission.
GTD – these three letters say it all. They stand for “Gran Turismo Diesel” – the long-distance express car of the Golf range. Now there is a new Volkswagen Golf GTD, and this 5-door’s 2.0-litre turbo diesel get 184 PS and up to 380 Nm torque, a combined fuel consumption of just 4.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km, this sporty and sharply designed GTD is more powerful, fuel-efficient and lower-emitting than ever.
2014 Volkswagen Golf five-door GTD.
1986 Honda City Turbo II with Motocompo. It could not be a more rare combination. Even if you removed the folding 50cc Motocompo scooter, (which was included and fit in the rear hatch) in this original Japanese-spec vehicle you would still have an impossible task ahead of you in trying to find one, in any condition. The Turbo II was the factory “hot rod” model of the Honda City. One of the first (and only) production Honda cars with a turbo-charger. It had a 1300cc Turbocharged 4 cylinder engine and a 5 speed manual transmission.
The concept for the Motocompo scooter was that in crownded cities like Tokyo, where parking is at a premium, one could park as close as possible to work and ride the Motocompo in the rest of the way. The little bike is fully equipped with lights, mirrors and horn. It simply folds up tight in the back of the car. Seat and handlebars pop up…and you are ready to ride! If that’s not rare enough for you, the dash top storage is refrigerated for keeping drinks cold! It is currently for sale at California Car. (source: California Car)
1986 Honda City Turbo II with Motocompo
1986 Honda City Turbo II with Motocompo
1986 Honda City Turbo II decal
Volkswagen celebrates the fact that the Scirocco has broken through the magical sound barrier for a sports car of one million built vehicles in 2013 with the Scirocco Million, painted exclusively in “Deep Black Metallic ”. We are huge fans of this car and can’t understand why the brand has chosen, once again, to ignore the US market. It will be sold exclusively in Germany and China.
2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million
The 1979 Fiat Strada was one of seventy designs considered. It was available with a 1300cc or 1500cc engine, a four or five speed or automatic transmission and even a three door version. Even the most basic model came with an FM Stereo, front and rear seats belts, rear wash and wipe and wrap-around bumpers. Prices ranged from £3,044 to £3,742 and got up to 56 MPG.
The 1980 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus had a 2.2 liter Lotus engine linked to a 5-speed gearbox. It had an output of 150 BHP with acceleration of 0-60 in up to 8 seconds and a top speed of 122 MPH. It also offered room for four passengers and with the rear seats fully folded down, it had an amazing 42.7 cubic feet of luggage space.
1980 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
If you wanted raw excitement, then the 1986 MG Maestro was for you. It was propelled by its electronically fuel injected 2.0 liter O-series engine, it could reach 60 MPH in 8.5 seconds and reach speeds of up to 115 MPH. The Maestro’s seats were trimmed in standard MG grey with red piping and included features such as central door locks, tinted glass, a 3-band stereo radio cassette with four speakers, variable delay and programmed wash/wipe and most distinctively an ergonomically designed one-piece fascia. All this, and it got 47.4 MPG at an MSRP of £8,399.
The 1987 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 130 MK2 had a 2.0 liter fuel injected engine, controlled by the Bosch Motronic management system which monitored injection and ignition timing 400 times a second. This high compression unit produced 130 HP making it the most powerful Cavalier to date. It was front wheel drive and came with alloy wheels and low profile tires. It also boasted a superb security coded 4-speaker stereo radio/cassette. It had an MSRP of £10,740.
1987 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 130 MK2
I have no idea how many Jaguar XJ-S Lynx Eventers were produced, but in 1989 the Lynx Cars Limited company of England did just that. A very rare bird that was available in both a 3.6 or 5.3 liter version.
1989 Jaguar XJ-S Lynx Eventer
1980 FSO 5-door, 5-seat hatchback Polonez featured a rigid passenger safety compartment with front and rear crumple zones and impact absorbing bumpers with protective side strips. It had a 1,481 cc engine with a top speed of 94 MPH. Other features included Dunlop radial tires, independent suspension, servo assisted disc brakes on all wheels, brake system failure warning lights, adjustable head restraints, adjustable rake steering column, twin front halogen headlights, rear high-intensity fog-lamps, reversing lights, rear wash/wipe, childproof rear door locks, 2-speed wipe/electric wash, hazard warning lights, rear hatchback remote opening, rear luggage compartment cover, heated rear window, quartz clock, lockable fuel cap, mud flaps, laminated windscreen, flow through ventilation and a glove compartment light. all for an MSRP of £3,375.
The 3 liter,V6 that had a top speed of 120 MPH in the Gran Turismo styled, lightweight fiberglass bodied 1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE is the reason for the three jets in this image I suppose. It was available in a manual or automatic and had a starting MRSP of just £1,875. Pretty cool looking little ride.
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE
The 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1 was developed by Ford‘s Special Vehicle engineers. At the heart of this car is a 1600cc fuel-injected engine complete with intercooler Garrett T3 turbocharger. It generates 132 PS which is transmitted to the front wheels by a close ratio 5-speed gearbox and limited split differential. As a result, the RS Turbo accelerate from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 125 MPH. To handle this performance, the brakes were upgrade, the suspension was both stiffened and lowered and the wide alloy wheels wore ultra-low profile tires. It even had standard Recaro seats.
1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo S1