The 1990 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo had the combined muscle of a Garrett TO2 Turbocharger unit and a 133 DIN PS engine, which drove it from 0-60 in just 7.7 seconds and to a top speed of 127 MPH. The June 20th issue of AutoCar proclaimed “The RS Turbo simply leaves the immediate opposition trailing in its wake”. The styling was appropriately cool as well with its unique alloy wheels and the low profile tires, the body colored bumpers and rear spoiler, the distinctive dark green moulding inserts and the bonnet estimator vents. Among other refinements were the Recaro seats, central locking, power front windows and sunroof, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear lever knob, all standard. A few of the available options included anti-lock brakes and electrically heated Quickclear windscreen.
1990 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo
The special edition 1992 Vauxhall Nova Sri had a multi-point, fuel-injection 1.4 liter engine with a catalytic converter that was described by What Car magazine as “Crisply-responding, smooth-revving and muscular”. It delivered 82 BHP through a five-speed gearbox. It had special sports suspension and upgraded shock absorbers, as well as an anti-roll bar and grippy 14″ low profile tires. It was pretty good looking too, with its aerodynamic spoilers, sports wheels, sports front seat and tinted glass. Other standard features included electric front windows, central locking and a top security radio/cassette. It was available in Glacier White, Breeze Blue, the pictured Flame Red and the optional Black. It was priced at £9,805.
The 1993 Rover Metro GTi 16-valve Catalyst started at £9,995 but entry level Metros were as low as £5,995. The GTi’s K-series engine developed 95HP.
Putting an “E” after a Vauxhall model name was the brand’s way of telling you that you were getting a high level of specification at a really down-to-earth Price. The 1976 Vauxhall Chevette E had an MSRP of £1,636 and was equipped with a 1256cc engine, dual circuit, servo-assisted braking system, front disc brakes and self adjusting rear drum brakes. The interior included standard fittings such as loop pile carpeting, reclining front seats, two speed wipers with a single wipe feature, a heater and demister with two-speed booster fan, a deep front parcel shelf, fitted front seat belts and much more. The back gave you 12 cubic feet of luggage space and if you needed more, just fold down the rear seats and that got you up to 35.3 cubic feet of space. It had an 11 stage body protection and full underbody seal with a 12 month unlimited warranty. All that, and it got 45.3 MPG.
The 1985 Vauxhall Nova 3-Door was part of a 16 model range and became of of Britain’s top ten sellers because they were remarkably well equipped with features like head restraints, halogen headlights a dipping rear view mirror and an intermittent tailgate washer/wiper. In addition to the side stripes and a laminated windscreen, they also included a clock and door pockets for good measure. All Novas benefitted from improved suspension and a completely new range of trim fabrics. You could even get the sporty 1.3 engine from the speedy SR in the L and GL models.
1985 Vauxhall Nova 3-Door
The Honda City Turbo II was produced by Japanese automaker Honda between 1982 and 1986, based on the naturally aspirated Honda City AA. The City Turbo was the brainchild of HirotoshiHonda, son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda as well as founder and owner of Mugen. The City Turbo is one of a very few turbocharged Honda road cars. Hirotoshi took one of Honda’s most unassuming vehicles and successfully turned it into an aggressive street rocket, considered to be well ahead of its time. Impressed, Honda took Hirotoshi’s idea and made a production version, introduced in September 1982. This little rocket had 110PS from its turbocharged and intercooled 1,2 Liter (1,231 cc) Inline-four, 12 valve CVCC-II SOHC engine. (image source: AutoWP and partial text from WikiPedia)
The 1970 Simca 1204 had 1204cc engine that produced just 59PS and got up to 39MPG. In the US, it had an MSRP of $1,875. Simca was Chrysler’s Europe division. As Motor Trend stated at the time, “The Simca 1204 is really what the Maverick should have been. an inexpensive, quality-built, soundly-engineered, fun-to-drive machine that is relevant to an ever growing metropolitan America”.
The 1981 Opel Manta 3-door hatchback was referred to as the Combi Coupe. (image source: John Lloyd)
The 1975 Renault 5 was an exciting new development in car design. It is only 11 feet, six inches long. Light to handle, with a turning circle of just 32.5 inches. It was very roomy and was fully equipped with most of the goodies of the time. Roomy, comfortable and safe with exceptional stability. The bodywork was all-steel construction which, combined with a rigid floor, gave it an extremely resistant body structure. It was available in two versions, the 5L with an 845cc engine and the 5TL with 956cc.
The 1972 Vauxhall Viva HC had two engine options, a 1256cc and a 1600cc. It got 35.2 MPG with a top speed of 85 MPH. It offered five feet of luggage space with the back seats down. Deep-sprung body-contoured seats, through-flow heating and ventilation, face-level adjustable fresh-air vents and a two speed heater and demister. Its body was 28% thicker than its major rivals and had a heat sealed acrylic paint finish. Safety came from its tandem master cylinder braking system, safety steering column and included front seat belts. The price included factory-applied underbody seal and multi-stage phosphate rust-proofing treatment. The Viva 1256cc had an MSRP of £996 and the Viva 1600cc of £1.071.
The 1986 Suzuki Swift 1.3 GTI was the world’s first 16 valve, 1.3 Twin Cam, EPI production car and was described by AutoCar as “one of the most sophisticated small cars on the market… a twin cam tearaway… performing as no 1300cc car should”. 0-62 in 8.6b seconds with a top speed of 112 MPH. Its unique 16 valve, 1.3 twin cam, electronic petrol injection engine delivered 101 PS. It also looked great with its flush-fitting fog lamps and color matched electric door mirrors. With coil sprung three-link torsion bean rear suspension, front ventilated discs, and alloy wheels. All for just £6,750.
1986 Suzuki Swift 1.3 GTI
The limited edition 1980 Vauxhall Chevette Sun-Hatch had a detachable sunroof not to mention a shower of other extras. It had tinted glass all around, sport wheels and special color metallic paint with finishing touches like amber side flashers and side moldings. Some interior features included front head restraints, a clock and a push button radio.
1980 Vauxhall Chevette Sun-Hatch
The 1985 Toyota Corolla Trueno GTV Twin Cam 16 (AE86) had the “Lasre Pegasus” suspension, LSD differential and interior trim design as the two door (known as the GT). It was introduced by Toyota in 1983 as part of the fifth generation Toyota Corolla lineup. It had front vented disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes as standard equipment and didn’t change much during its almost 5-year run except for minor exterior trim pieces. The earlier versions are called “Zenki” (the first), and the later versions are referred to as “Kouki” (last). It was equipped with a DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 which produced 112 HP.
1985 Toyota Corolla Trueno GTV
In 1973, Buick entered the compact field with the Apollo. a 3-door hatchback “coupe”. The rear deck and the rear window was a one-piece tailgate that lifts to an inside cargo carrying space of more than 27 cubic feet. However, with its rear seat in its regular position there’s comfortable seating for three people and no evidence of a tailgate. This newest vehicle of the Buick line offered many of the brand’s regular features, including an optional combination of the 350 cubic inch V8 engine and three speed Turbo-Hydra-matic transmission used in Buick’s intermediate and full-sized cars. Styling was also in keeping with the 1973 Buick line, even including the smart ventiports.
The 1980 front wheel drive Subaru Hatchback was a true economy car that retailed for $3,999 and achieved 41 MPG highway and 32 city. It had standard features like power assist front disc brakes, fold down rear seat, electronic ignition and side window defrosters. Pretty simple little 3-ddor hatch.