The guy who said the magic line “Ray, fire up the Quattro” is Gene Hunt, a fictional detective in ‘Ashes To Ashes’ – a TV series set in 1980’s Britain – and he drives a brilliant reddish Audi UR Quattro. And while Hunt’s totally un-PC view of the world makes powerful viewing, it is definitely the Quattro that is become the star of the show.
They are bringing in GBP8,000 on eBay, the internet forums are alive with folks attempting to track down a version for themselves, and for the 30-somethings who were adolescents living in the 80’s, it is made them understand that the automobiles they adored subsequently could be classic cars of tomorrow.
Many people believe, with some reason the car they have had for 20 years might be eligible for an excellent classic auto insurance deal. Others are now firmly in the mindset of the classic car buff and have found some spare cash, gone out as well as purchased a Mk1 Golf GTi Effort.
Except this time, the conversation is not of Triumph Heralds and Morris Minors (although we adore them, of course) it is about what’ll make the classic cars of the future?
Mazda MX5 – An excellent two seater soft-top that has a tremendous fan base for the first Mk1s with the popup headlamps. Began life with a 1600cc engine and then enlarged to 1800cc. Offering ‘old’ styling with cracking dependability and an exceptional spares backup.
Fiat Barchetta – Strange, but oddly appealing. Just sold in small amounts in the United Kingdom and left hand drive, it’s distinctive appearances and this makes it a future conviction that is timeless.
Lotus Elan (1990s versions) – The men at Lotus went mad and plumped for front wheel drive and a Isuzu engine. But with the Lotus badge as well as sharp giving, it’s an allure. But know about how the front wheels are liable for both steering and laying power down.
TVR S – Based greatly on the 1970’s like the 3000 M’s curvaceous sports cars and introduced at the 1986 Motor Show at Earls Court in London. A retro-styled low priced version to give an intro to TVR possession to punters. S1 had a 2.8i Ford engine but the V8s produced 4-litre V8 insanity. Of course it’s going to break down, it is a TVR! Vauxhall VX220 – Yes – a Vauxhall. Lotus constructed the VX220, is much the same to the Lotus Elise, and is distinct, uncommon and interestingly. Not obtainable in enormous amounts, handles and is every inch the classic car that is future.
Aston Martin DBS – Likely your greatest possibility of a ‘bargain Aston’ and in the event you are able to, hunt down among the first 6 cylinder DBS’s of the early 1970’s, started as a stopgap until the V8 came out. Later versions like the DB7, Vanquish and Virage have classic kudos.
While they might have been the basic diet of boy racers in the 1980’s, there is no doubting that ‘hot hatches’ now have their place in classic car folklore.