European Car of the Year to be celebrated in Essex


The largest-ever gathering of European Car of the Year winners in the UK has been unveiled as the centrepiece of the Warren Classic Car Show’s spring celebration of the famous award, taking place on 10 May at The Warren Golf & Country Club in Essex.

The first European Car of the Year gong was bestowed on the Rover 2000 in 1964, with 49 winners – some of them seeming unlikely – following thereafter. The club is aiming to gather examples of all 50 winners for the first display of its type in the UK, and has issued a call for anyone with a suitable car to get in touch.

Organiser Nic Waller said: “We already have some interest from owners in the UK and we are sure that there are great examples of all 50 past winners somewhere in the country. We would love these owners to get involved with our quest to get all 50 cars in one place for a fantastic celebration. Many of the more recent winners are cars that you see most days but to find good examples of them all is a challenge, yet one that we are looking forward to meeting!”

In addition to the Rover 2000, the display will include the rotary-engined NSU Ro80, which won in 1968, and the Robert Opron-styled Citroën GS, which took the accolade in 1971. The modern classic contingent is well represented by the Lancia Delta (1980), Opel Kadett (1985) and Volkswagen Golf Mk2 (1992). The most recent winner – announced on 3 March at the Geneva Motor Show – is the Peugeot 308.

If you have a previous European Car of the Year winner in your garage you can join in the display by emailing

Full list of winners
1964 Rover 2000
1965 Austin 1800
1966 Renault 16
1967 Fiat 124
1968 NSU Ro80
1969 Peugeot 504
1970 Fiat 128
1971 Citroën GS
1972 Fiat 127
1973 Audi 80
1974 Mercedes 450S
1975 Citroën CX
1976 Simca 1307-1308
1977 Rover 3500
1978 Porsche 928
1979 Simca-Chrysler Horizon
1980 Lancia Delta
1981 Ford Escort Mk3
1982 Renault 9
1983 Audi 100
1984 Fiat Uno
1985 Opel Kadett
1986 Ford Scorpio
1987 Opel Omega
1988 Peugeot 405
1989 Fiat Tipo
1990 Citroën XM
1991 Renault Clio
1992 Volkswagen Golf
1993 Nissan Micra
1994 Ford Mondeo
1995 Fiat Punto
1996 Fiat Bravo
1997 Renault Megane Scenic
1998 Alfa Romeo 156
1999 Ford Focus
2000 Toyota Yaris
2001 Alfa Romeo 147
2002 Peugeot 307
2003 Renault Megane
2004 Fiat Panda
2005 Toyota Prius
2006 Renault Clio
2007 Ford S-Max
2008 Fiat 500
2009 Opel Insignia
2010 Volkswagen Polo
2011 Nissan Leaf
2012 Chevrolet Volt
2013 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Peugeot 308



It's not going to be THE most exciting collection of cars, is it? An interesting exercise perhaps, and quite a challenge - when did you last see a Fiat 128, a Renault 9 or a Chrysler Horizon? (I just checked and there are few of each still taxed or SORNed)
The more I think about it, the more interested I would be to see them all lined up in chronological order. Good luck, I say.

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