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1985 Consulier GTP LX

The great melting pot — America. A country whose rich diversity is reflected equally in its car culture, imbued for generations with the international tastes of its enthusiasts. While the nation’s love of American muscle is unmistakably loud and proud, it also embraces and celebrates the gamut of everything weird and wacky from the motoring world.

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1985 Ferrari 308GTSi

Enzo Ferrari famously stated – in the early years of his firm’s road car career – that his cars would be solely 12-cylinder powered. The practicalities of that decision probably didn’t sink in at first, but by the late Sixties, even he had to admit defeat, first introducing the V6-powered 206 and then the 246GT Dinos

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Kamei-kitted Typ19 1985 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk2 - period perfect 80s icon with a 2.8 VR6 twist

There are many different types of hero in this world; ones that leap off tall buildings in a single bound, those who fight off evil empires, and then ones that fight off ghosts and drive VWs in their spare time… like John Vanek.

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ABF 2.0-litre engined 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco GL Mk2 Typ 53B

Having taken a gamble with a cheap project car, Bobby Mahi found a trusted pair of hands when it came to bringing this show winning Scirocco to life – he built it himself.

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1985 BMW 318i Baur E30

For Those About to Rock… …we salute your superior motoring choices. For David Gowar, it’s been a symphonic E30 Baur love affair for thirty years and counting – his 300,000-mile unrestored example is still going strong.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 W201

A nut-and-bolt restoration of this 190E 2.3-16 has allowed Jaz Duley to rekindle his treasured memories of youth.

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1985 Cadillac Seville Roadster 4.1-litre V8

We’re going to have to take the ‘Roadster’ epithet with a pinch of salt. Sure, to all intents and purposes this car looks like a convertible. It’s certainly what I thought it was, every time I passed it. You see, it was parked outside a neighbour’s house for a week or two. And I happened to know that my neighbour is the proprietor of Hill Farm Automotives, which was selling the 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser that too km’ learned Colleague Mark Dixon down Memory Lane a while ago.

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1985 Fiat Strada Abarth 130TC

Fiat’s rev-happy Strada Abarth 130TC may not be the most exalted hot hatch, but it has character to spare. We try a rare survivor and come away smitten.

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1985 MG EX-E Concept a symbol of hope?

After the closure of Abingdon and the end of MGB and Midget production, the prospect of a new MG sports car seemed a distant dream but, at Frankfurt in 1985, Austin-Rover stole the show

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1985 Holden Commodore HDT Group A VK

The toughtest and most revered first-GEN Commodore of them all was the VK group a SS of 1985.

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1985 Honda Acty

A long-held love of micro-vans and trucks meant that when Phil Egan spotted this odd little Acty up for sale, it was just too good an opportunity to miss.

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1985 Pininfarina Azzurra Spider Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Pininfarina Azzurra Spider – née Fiat 124 Sport Spider – is a pretty car of timeless character; deserves decent and timeless drives. And 50 years of marriage warrants proper celebration so Australian couple Michael and Christa Wapler headed to Germany, picked up a low-mileage, very original 1985 Azzurra Spider, drove across the Alps and toured the Italian countryside. Under the Tuscan summer sun and more.

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1985 Jaguar XJ-S based PBB Monaco

We drive a rare example of the Jaguar XJ-S based-Monaco, one of only 12 that were converted between the early Nineties and 2001 by PBB Design, that features characterchanging glass-fibre body panels

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1985 Audi Quattro S1 E2

Summoning the spirit of Quattro means filling some big shoes. To find out how big, we drive Stig Blomqvist’s actual Group B rally car.

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