1982 Matra Murena

Succeeding the earlier Matra Bagheera, the car repeated the mid-engined 3 abreast seating arrangement and given the power it deserved in the first place. Sold with both the 1.6-litre...

20 Family Hatchback from the late ’80s

The family hatchback segment has traditionally been the most fiercely contested since its introduction in the mid-'70s. The criteria for success still depended on the badge, but it needed...

Budget motoring in the ’70s

Insurance costs of a car goes a long way to buying a particular model. In the 70’s the cheapest cars to insure were generally European cars with engine capacities...

1997 Citroen Saxo VTS 16V

Following a similar path to the near-identical Peugeot 106, it was an exercise on how two cars could be successfully sold alongside each other thanks to clever marketing. The...

1973 Executive Saloons

Tarnished by their high running costs, executive cars made more sense as secondhand buys as 10-year-old £1000 (about 4K in today’s money) 100 mph saloon cars. The best value...

1972 Opel Kadett 1.2

The Opel Kadett was a good example of economic logic during a time when the cost of car ownership had significantly increased. Originally launched in 1965, the Kadett had...