More anniversaries on the horizon..

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fergieswatchmaker
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The last couple of years have brought us some pretty
significant anniversaries - Elan, E-type and MGB, to name but a few.

 Suitably inspired, I had a flick through my trusty C&SC A-Z OF CARS books and out popped a few models
that celebrate 40 (yes, forty) years, either this year or next:

 Alfasud

 Audi 80 / VW Passatt

 Austin Allegro (sorry)

 BMW 520

 Fiat X1/9

 Honda Civic

 Jensen-Healey

 Lancia Beta

 Mercedes Benz W116

 Opel Kadett C

 Peugeot 104

 Renault 5

 Not a definitive list by any means, but I think a few of
them laid the foundations of the modern car as we know it.

 Just one question remains, though: where on earth did the
last 40 years go?

 

 

fergieswatchmaker
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Goodness knows what happened to the formatting above...

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TVR M series is 40 too. We've had one anniversary meeting in the Lake District and are hoping to get a big turn out of Ms at the TVR Pre 1980s meeting at Newark in September.

Oliver.

 

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Congrats to the M. Hope you have a great day and get plenty of sunshine (if you can remember what the sun looks like..).

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Thanks. We certainly haven't seen much sun in Yorkshire so far this year, and very little conducive to driving a leaky old 3000S.

That is an interesting list, showing how things were changing. The Allegro launched at the same time as the upstart Honda Civic - now Austin is long gone and the Civic ubiquitous. BMW's 520, now the company car of choice for everyman and having seen off big Fords, Vauxhalls, Rovers etc. If only the British motor industry had known then what we know now...

Oliver.

 

 

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I do think we have to be careful not to overdo the whole anniversary thing. I know it suits C&SC as an excuse to put an old favourite on the cover again (thereby guaranteeing an extra number of off the shelf impulse buys by Mini/MGB/E-Type  (or maybe even Cortina) take your pick, owners. I doubt anyone seriously cares that the Marina was forty recently, or the Avenger. Ditto the 45th anniversary of Status Quo's first number one probably means not a jot to anyone outside of the Rossi and Parfitt families. Will it make a news story next April when I celebrate five years since I gave up the fags? I doubt it.

Certain milestone cars have their place in history, Model T Ford, VW Beetle, Mini or maybe Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and Bugatti 35, but do we really need to be so anorakish about everyone and his dog's birthday?

Chris M.

ps, it is now exactly eight minutes since I started typing this..................

 

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Chris Martin wrote:

I do think we have to be careful not to overdo the whole anniversary thing. I know it suits C&SC as an excuse to put an old favourite on the cover again (thereby guaranteeing an extra number of off the shelf impulse buys by Mini/MGB/E-Type  (or maybe even Cortina) take your pick, owners. I doubt anyone seriously cares that the Marina was forty recently, or the Avenger. Ditto the 45th anniversary of Status Quo's first number one probably means not a jot to anyone outside of the Rossi and Parfitt families. Will it make a news story next April when I celebrate five years since I gave up the fags? I doubt it.

Certain milestone cars have their place in history, Model T Ford, VW Beetle, Mini or maybe Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and Bugatti 35, but do we really need to be so anorakish about everyone and his dog's birthday?

Chris M.

ps, it is now exactly eight minutes since I started typing this..................

 

Now hang on a minute, I wouldn't step outside my house without my anorak..

Actually, it wasn't intended as saddos' list, more a memory jogger for a few unsung heroes. That and the realisation that it's 40 years since I'd have bought with great excitement the relevant copy of Autocar or Motor that would herald each new model ( I was 12 or 13 back then).

Talking of Marinas and Avengers, I'm a big fan of bread-and-butter stuff and I love to see it featured in the magazine. Any other readers champion the cause of the everyman's car, or is it all about Ferrari / Porsche / Lambo / Bugatti?

Now, what to wear to this evening's Eddie Stobart Spotters' Convention..?

 

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fergieswatchmaker wrote:

Talking of Marinas and Avengers, I'm a big fan of bread-and-butter stuff and I love to see it featured in the magazine. Any other readers champion the cause of the everyman's car, or is it all about Ferrari / Porsche / Lambo / Bugatti?

The Marina and Avenger are both ghastly, but I like reading about older bread and butter stuff as much as I do the more exotic marques (and would much rather read about a 1950s Morris Oxford than a 1990s Ferrari, for example).

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Chris Martin wrote:

I do think we have to be careful not to overdo the whole anniversary thing.

Listen to the trophy husband...

But seriously, I think an anniversary is a good thing. It's a good excuse to celebrate the life of a revolutionary car and is only benefitial to keen anoraks. And no, you giving up fags doesn't matter. It's hardly comparable to a milestone for a revolutionary and successful vehicle.