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770kg seam-welded 1980 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 with 206hp 16v motor

In the relentless pursuit of power-to-weight saving, Frank Wolkers set out his goal to build a sub-700kg Mk1 track car. Here’s how he did it.

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On the hunt for criminals in Bodie & Doyle’s 1980 Ford Capri 3.0S

These Ford Capri 3.0Ss were the cars driven by Bodie and Doyle in a bunch of 1980-filmed episodes of cult TV show The Professionals. We drive both – cardboard boxes beware.

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1980 BMW M1 3.5 Coupe E26

The history of the E26 BMW M1 is a tragic one. First, Lamborghini put the entire project in jeopardy, then the botched Group 4 homologation and the second oil crisis shocked everyone. But owning one of the only 453 mid-engine speedsters built as a result is all the more enjoyable, as Reiner Ahrend knows.

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CzesławAirSuspension air-ride 1980 BMW 318 E21

Fine attention to detail, incredible levels of patience and a determination to make his E21 as perfect as possible means that this much-loved BMWis one of the nicest examples of its kind in Eastern Europe.

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1980 Porsche 911 Targa SC-L upgrade 3.1-litre

Factory sanctioned Porsche power packages are commonplace in the present, but things were decidedly different in the late 1970s, when Zuffenhausen’s 3.1-litre 911 SC-L upgrade was offered in hushed tones...

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1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

This elegant Corniche has found a happy home for life, says its owner. Careful investment and attention has turned a good example into a car to be proud of…and it gets enjoyed, too.

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Modified 1980 Mini Clubman Estate

Nick Klee loved tinkering with an array of cars, often fitting full-on ICE systems, but hadn’t engaged in a rebuild until a 1980 Clubman Estate came on his radar. “I didn’t go out looking for a Mini,” recalled Nick. Apparently, the owners were moving house and the Estate, which had been rotting on a driveway for two years, was surplus to requirements. For just £50 he became the new owner. “I started stripping it down and I was left with an awful lot of bodywork.”

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 vs. 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL Automatic V116

Marking 50 years since the launch of the 116-series S-Class with help from two keen owners. Half a century after their grand debut, the 116-series Mercedes-Benz S-Classes remain highly impressive limousines, combining breathtaking sophistication with self-assured looks and effortless performance – characteristics that are serving them well in today’s collector market.

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1980 Volkswagen Jetta Mk1 gets 250bhp R32 transplant

Blending classic performance styling with modern muscle, JP van der Horst’s Jetta is a home-brew hot rod with the details to match the best in the business

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Stunning 1980 Volkswagen Caddy Mk1 1.5 Diesel

Kyle Bush has built this stunning 1980 Volkswagen Caddy MK1 and with a father who was a VW mechanic for 34 years, it was perhaps inevitable that he’d catch the bug…

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1980 Pontiac Trans Am

Having purchased his dream 1980 Pontiac Trans Am, Joe London began restoring the car and added a few individual touches along the way – as you do!

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