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260bhp 1.8-litre KR 16v engined 1982 Volkswagen Golf Mk1

When we first featured this iconic Mk1 Golf way back in 1999, it was like nothing we’d ever seen before. Almost a quarter of a century later, amazingly, the car still remains the GOAT. Here’s why…

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1982 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 2

With its futuristic, square-edged design and groundbreaking electronics together with the powerful 5.3-litre V8, the William Towns-designed Lagonda was like no other car produced by Aston Martin before or since. To mark the 45th anniversary of the saloon reaching production, we explain its development before driving a beautiful early example.

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1982 Maserati Kyalami

Alejandro de Tomaso rescued Maserati from the wreckage of the Fuel Crisis and based the new Ky alarm on a car of his own marque. Richard Heseltine says the surgery worked.

Editor's comment
DOMINIC JAMES
'I'm an avid horse photographer and couldn't help but get excited when asked to photograph the Maserati Kyalami and all its 280 horsepower - what a beast of a carl I particularly loved its beautiful engine bay, so clean and superbly detailed yet such a powerful V8.’
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1982 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

After the distinctively cheeky character and idiosyncratic mechanicals of the rear-engined aircooled Volkwagens, getting into the firmly-bolstered plaid-clad drivers’ seat of this Golf GTI MkI feels like a total culture shock. Everything is angular, futuristic, hinting at computerised systems and digital precision, created in the same kind of ultra-rational post-oil-crisis idiom that produced things like the Porsche 928 and W126 Mercedes-Benz S-class. Only in-house stylist Herbert Schäfer’s contribution, the gearknob – Schäfer was a keen golfer – hints at any notion of fun. And yet in the Eighties, the Golf GTI would define driving excitement.

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Rally-spec 1982 Ford Fiesta Mk1

Beautifully prepared with an outstanding motorsport spec, this Ford Fiesta Mk1 is just waiting for its time to shine…

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200bhp 1982 Ford Fiesta XR2 turbo Mk1

It may have taken the best part of 20 years to finish, but Neil Shore’s Mk1 XR2 turbo is an incredible creation built from pure determination — and a love of Fiestas.

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1982 BMW Observer Coupé - unique glass-roofed 635CSi E24

In the early 1980s, a designer sought a calling card. With backing from The Observer newspaper, this unique glass-topped BMW 635CSi E24 show-car was the result.

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Restomod 210bhp 2.9-litre 24-valve V6 Cosworth BOB engined 1982 Ford Capri Mk3

This restomod Capri is at once quintessentially British and wonderfully multicultural, shaking off the conventions of the scene to create something unique.

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PPG pace car 1982 Buick Skyhawk Turbo

Showcasing Buick’s turbo technology in the early Eighties was this one-off model, the PPG Buick Skyhawk Turbo, that was built to pace the Budweiser Cleveland 500 in 1982…

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1982 Renault Fuego - First production car with remote locking

By and large, when it comes to the business of fitting innovative technologies into their cars, automobile manufacturers tend to reserve such features for their flagship models or limited-run offerings. The price tags and discerning clientele who can afford it justify the cost of such fancy features.

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1982 Lotus Turbo Esprit

Martin Cliffe developed the engine for the Lotus Turbo Esprit, yet he’d never owned one until recently. Today we both drive it, then compare notes on how it shapes up retrospectively.

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1982 MG Metro

After the demise of Abingdon and the MG sports cars, the Metro arrived amidst some controversy. It wasn’t a big hit with the purists but, today, Austin- Rover’s first hot hatch has quite a following…

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Jaguar XJR-5 finishes third on its debut, Road America, August 1982

Only a handful of endurance racing cars are strong enough to finish their debut race and fewer still finish on the podium.

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1982 Jaguar XJ-S 5.4 Litre V12 Lynx Eventer Shooting Brake

Life Cycle The high-speed musical life of the Lynx Eventer prototype, featuring Tina Turner, Sir Bob Geldof, Cy Curnin, Howard Jones and a bootful of synthesisers. What began life as a substandard outcast soon became a showpiece, and mobile rehearsal studio to.

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