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Prince of Wales standard-looking 1989 Aston Martin V8 Volante with a Vantage engine

When the then Prince of Wales ordered a standard-looking Aston Martin V8 Volante but with a Vantage engine, 22 customers ordered similar cars, creating a now mythical series. We track down a rare example to explain the history and significance of the V8 Volante PoW.

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1989 Daimler Sovereign 3.6 XJ40

The Daimler 3.6 was the ultimate luxury variant of the XJ40. We tracked down a very special one with just 12,000 miles on the clock.

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Road test 1989 Lexus LS400 XF10

The first LS400 XF 10 to be sold out of Japan or America is still a marvel and still going strong today.

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1989 BMW M3 Sport EVO E30

The original M3, based on BMW’s handsome E30 Three Series, arrived with flair and fanfare at the 1985 Frankfurt Auto Show. Here was a well-revised, well-sorted E30 built as a homologation special to challenge the likes of the Cosworth-engined Mercedes-Benz 190E W201 on the racetracks of Europe. While sharing its main components with the road-going Three Series, as per Group A regulations, the M3 was lighter and stiffer and quicker.

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First-gen model 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 930 test versus rare 1989 3.3 Turbo LE 930

How different are the first 911 Turbo and the last-of-line 930 LE, a UK-only runout model limited to fifty units in 1989? We hit rural Suffolk and sample fantastic examples of both...

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1989 Daimler Double Six HE

It’s hard to see this shape of Jaguar without thinking of anything other than the old establishment yet, when new in 1979, the Series III did set the cat among the pigeons. No, really, it did. For the first time Jaguar contracted an outside firm to pen the lines of one of its saloons. Pininfarina subtly altered the Series II’s glasshouse, roof, grille and rear lights to create a new and elegant silhouette. It was hardly a wild departure from what had come before but the combination of foreign design expertise, plus some modern touches to the inside did set it apart – largely for the better.

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A rare UK-spec 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster

Porsche Speedsters have provided a positive twist on the ‘more for less’ concept for almost seven decades, beginning with the 356 in 1954 and taking in various generations of 911, including the Carrera 3.2...

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1989 Toyota MR2 Turbo W20 full-TRD-2000GT kit

The beginning of the 1990s was an exciting time for sports cars: A time where the established brands were releasing affordable performance cars at a rapid rate.

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1989 Porsche 911 Turbo LE 930

It’s been more than 25 years since the original Turbo ceased production. Total 911 goes behind the wheel of the last 930 and finds a surprisingly modern classic

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1989 BMW 325i Coupe Sport E30

Upon reading the term sports saloon, we’d wager a fair few of you conjured up a BMW roundel. After all, the Munich maker has tried to corner this market segment for more than 40 years, earning fame by making fast, class-leading saloons.

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1989 Ford Escort XR3i Cabriolet Special Edition XR3i Mk4

Ford heritage: For Jason Cook, going to look at a car that’s lived by the sea for most of its life didn’t fill him with much hope, but with this special edition Cabriolet he was in for a surprise in more ways than one.

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1989 Ferrari 348 ts vs 1994 F355 GTS

Surely it’s not fair to compare the notoriously lambasted Ferrari 348 with its lauded successor, the F355? But could it be that the former is simply misunderstood – and maybe offers something that’s missing from its illustrious successor?

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1989 Fiat Panda 4x4 Sisley

Simple, rational, essential. That’s the Fiat Panda, whose development ideals stemmed from an ideology that now seems long forgotten. In replacing the 126, Fiat wanted a car that had the same utilitarian abilities as the Renault 4 and Citroen 2CV

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Period Perfect 2.8 VR6 1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Mk2

When Angel Fuentes took custody of this ’1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Mk2 the rare Helios Edition must have thought all its Christmas’s had come at once. Here, Ted Dorset discovers exactly why…

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1989 Porsche 944 S2

Celebrating the 944’s fortieth anniversary, we get up close and personal with this rare survivor: a recently restored Maritime Blue S2 coupe…

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