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1996 Ascari FGT/Ecosse

The Ascari Ecosse is one of the more obscure supercars of the 1990s, yet being engineered by Lee Noble suggests it could be one of the most thrilling. Glen Waddington finds out.

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1996 MGF VVC

Early MGFs have surely become some of the most collectable, with prices beginning to rise. For MGF and TF specialist David Koskela, the first of MG Rover’s open top sports cars hits a sweet spot, particularly in red.

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1992 Maserati Ghibli 2.8 GT Auto Tipo AM336 vs. Ghibli Open Cup Tipo AM336 and Ghibli II Cup Tipo AM336

The final iteration of the Biturbo family – the Ghibli II Tipo AM336 – was launched 30 years ago. While it blew through the 1990s with plenty of praise, it breezed over most people’s heads. Today, we investigate how it’s going down a storm with a new generation of enthusiasts.

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1996 Bentley Continental R

For reader Peter Rogers the perfect car CV has to include a distinctive cruiser that’s also a canny buy. Will a day driving the 1996 Bentley Continental R provide a perfect match?

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Tesla-powered 392bhp 1996 BMW 840Ci E31

Electric cars are taking over, but what does that mean for the future of classic BMWs? This E31 8 Series presents one possibility – it has ditched its original petrol V8 for a Tesla electric powertrain.

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1996 Ford Escort RS2000 4x4 Mk6

We sample a rare example of the performance Escort’s surprisingly well rounded swansong.

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1996 BMW 320i Super Tourer E36

After it won the 24-Hours of Spa in 1997, this E36 Super Tourer ended up mothballed in a museum in Japan. So, what is it doing at Donington Park? Enter ex-BTCC champion Andrew Jordan

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1996 Ferrari F310

Since Enzo’s passing, in 1988, the prancing horse had struggled to get out of the gate. Despite top-tier Drivers — including Mansell and Prost — Maranello was a different shade of red. Having not won a driver’s title since 1979, the Ferrari 642 went embarrassingly winless in 1991 — with Prost acrimoniously sacked. Then, both Mansell and Prost would claim the 1992 and 1993 drivers titles, respectively — for rival, Williams.

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1996 Audi A3 8L

Visit the Audi website today and you’ll be faced with more options than a Woolies pic ‘n’ mix. There are 16 cars to choose from, and that’s before you discover the sub-models. You can’t just buy a new Audi A3, you must decide whether you want the A3 Sportback, A3 Sportback TFSI e, A3 saloon, S3 saloon, S3 Sportback, RS3 Sportback or RS3 saloon. And you thought the choice of flying saucers or strawberry pencils was taxing.

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 993

1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 993 is one of the last air-cooled 911s. 25 years on, we drive one of the best of its kind

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Sbarro’s twin-V6 1996 Alfa Romeo Issima

Sbarro Alfa Romeo Issima. Lurking behind this sports car’s Alfa grille lies a 12-cylinder engine

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1996 Porsche Boxster 2.5 986

Porsche was in an even greater degree of trouble than BMW by the early Nineties. As well as suffering the same set of economic woes, it had no volume-built products in its range to bail it out.

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1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet 993

993 Cabriolet road trip Wilhelm Lutjeharms explores South Africa’s Winelands region in a 993 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. Drives TODAY lowers the roof of a 993 Cabriolet and heads for the mountains to drive three passes in three hours among South Africa’s Winelands district

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1996 Alfa Romeo 164 3.0 24v Cloverleaf vs. 1994 Jaguar XJ6 4.0 S XJ40

Both of these archetypal Eighties executives began their lives well before they went into production, one a joint venture with rivals, the other as a last stand at independence. With the Alfa Romeo 164 and Jaguar XJ40, they're both cars you buy with your heart over your head, one more so than the other.

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