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1986 Citroën CX II Prestige Automatic

Citroën’s spaceship for the road still has the ability to astonish with its cleverness and complexity, 50 years after it was launched.

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1986 Ralliart Group A Mitsubishi Starion

This was one of the first Ralliart cars built. We drive it, and meet two other examples that prove the Mitsubishi Starion is an unsung motor sport hero.

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1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

It’s likely that among the cars we have here, for those of a certain age at least one bounces off the page, rebounds off memories of teenage bedroom walls and slams straight into your affections. Hands down, for me it’s the Cossie. Not for me Porsches, Ferraris or Lambos. For many others it was the same – why? Because this was a Ford Sierra – a car that, albeit initially unloved, swiftly became as much a staple of British life as Woolworths and Bullseye. Only this Sierra had a turbocharged fourpot and a rear wing seemingly large enough to perch Concorde on. Oh, and with some relatively minor modifications, could be tuned to 350bhp and beyond, blowing automotive exotica into the weeds.

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1986 Audi Quattro 10v/WR

The Audi Quattro was by no means the first four-wheel-drive road car, but prior to this they were exotic curiosities or (slightly) sanitised off-roaders. The UR-quattro was something different. Previously, the performance car was largely defined by an even number of cylinders, usually naturally aspirated and rear-driven. The Audi Quattro stripped all that away with a warbling five-pot and a turbocharged surge that brought white-knuckle wastegate-whistle adrenalin to a relatively mass-market executive coupé – one that looks like it’s been pounding the weights in the gym. The sheer brutality of designer Martin Smith’s vision is still staggering. Remember – the Quattro was launched when the condom-beaked MGB was still on sale.

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360bhp RSR-inspired 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Restomod

Complete with TracTive suspension, a G50 gearbox and 360bhp on tap, this stunning RSR-styled 911 Turbo has the ‘go’ to match the ‘show’...

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1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 vs. 2024 Toyota GR86 GT ZN8

Toyota’s cult classic AE86 meets the new GR86 to see if there really is a common thread of dynamic DNA linking the 36 years that separate this pair.

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Ex-factory, street-legal 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

Aimed at amateur racers wishing to pit their talents against a few hardened pros, the 944 Turbo Cup series spawned motorsport machines almost identical to their roadgoing siblings. Suddenly, anyone could play race driver...

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1986 Heron MJ1

The last Heron MJ1 — the world’s only fibreglass monocoque production car — was built after the factory closed its doors when the owner’s mum decided she needed a project.

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2.8-litre 12v VR6 engined 1986 Volkswagen Golf Mk2

When we first clapped eyes on Nick Ponterio’s incredible Mk2, we had no idea it was the same car that graced these pages almost a decade before, albeit in a very different guise.

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2.8-litre 24v VR6 engined 1986 Volkswagen Golf GLI Mk2

There’s just something so right and timeless about a Rallye-fronted, Audi-handled, big bumper Mk2 and Gaets Orr’s 24v V6 example is one of our favourites. Here’s why…

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1986 BMW 520i E28 BAGS air suspension

With its outstanding original spec, this clean E28 has sent its owner – a seasoned modifier – in a new and more sympathetic direction.

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1986 Audi Ur-Quattro and e-tron GT

All-wheel-drive technology has defined the Audi brand for more than four decades, so it’s a moment to savour when the latest model to wear the famed quattro badge meets its formidable forebear.

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1986 Porsche 944S

Every bit the ‘proper’ Porsche, does the 944 stack up as an affordable alternative to the ever more costly 911? We try the 16-valve 944S to find out.

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1986 Porsche 959

It’s the seminal Porsche superstar that has influenced more than three decades of the 911’s evolution, but can the 959 still cut it today?

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