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Looks back to 1982

It’s sometimes amazing just how quickly time passes. I look at the subject of this month’s Across the Pond as an example. The year 1982 doesn’t seem that long ago to me, but four decades have passed since then.

1982 Alfa Romeo Alfasud 1.5 Ti X Tipo 901

Some may question why the Alfasud rates such a lofty position as seventh in our top 12. After all, this is a car that could so easily have a tragic opera written about it, so troubled was its birth and its early life, as it returned to base mineral elements. The reason why the Alfasud is in seventh position – and why the tragedy of its reputation for rust is all the more acute – is because it’s an absolute cracker of a car.

Jaguar XJ-S takes its first ETCC podium, Vallelunga, April 1982

There was more than a little criticism from the press when in early 1982 Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) announced it was to enter the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) with a Jaguar XJ-S. Big, heavy and very thirsty, it was – on paper at least – an unsuitable choice for this highly competitive series, just as the XJ12 Coupe had been five years earlier. Worse still, TWR’s effort had limited backing from the factory, only getting paid when the cars finished on the podium. With BMW dominating the series, doing so would be a tall order.

1982 Mercedes-Benz 230GE Cabriolet short-wheelbase W460

Signal of intent Restored by Cardock Classics in Ireland, this 230GE Cabriolet must be one of the best in the world What started out as a paint polish turned into a detailed restoration of a rare open-topped G-Wagen in Ireland, and now it could be coming up for sale Restored 230GE Cabriolet

1982 Porsche 911 SC “Safari RS”

In the heart of South Africa, a 911 collector decided not to simply restore his SC to be used as a daily, but to upgrade it to be taken far off the beaten track. Written by Wilhelm Lutjeharms Photography by Peet Mocke.

Mercedes-Benz R107 at 50 - full story of the longest-lived of all SL roadsters

The Mercedes-Benz R107 is the longest-lived and most numerous of all the SL roadsters. Here's the full story behind its 50-year success. Words Massimo Delbo. Photography Marco Nagel/Mercedes-Benz.

Mike Brewer’s personalised 1982 Porsche 911 SC

Taking pride of place in Mike Brewer’s personal collection of cars, this modified 1982 911 SC benefits from bespoke bodywork and a Rasant Products tuning package…

Walter Rohrl and the Monnet 1982 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS

Motorsport variants of the 924 proved successful, as demonstrated by this restored pre-series Carrera GTS mud machine, recently reunited with its original wheelman, Walter Röhrl

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