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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.

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...

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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?

350 bhp RWD 1986 Ford Escort Series 1 RS Turbo

Having wanted a rear-wheel drive Series 1 for years, Glen Sexton has finally built one just the way he wanted — which means 350 bhp of Cosworth power and perfect looks...

1986 Rolls-Royce Camargue

Pininfarina’s styling for the Camargue was as close as Rolls-Royce ever got to radical. After 47 years, can we finally appreciate the car’s unique looks?

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL SportLine R107

After fulfilling his dream of R107 ownership, Tom Lee soon turned his attention to upgrades and has since created his perfect roadster with help from SL Shop.

1986 BMW M5 E28 vs. 1992 BMW M5 3.8 E34

We got the rare opportunity to sample pristine examples of the E28 and E34 M5 back-to-back, and what an experience it was

1986 Peugeot 205 T16 E1/E2

We’re talking about the best rally cars of all time. The World Rally Championship (WRC) was never more exciting and chock-full of memorable machinery as it was during the Group B era of the 1980s; a time when the cars were considered more wild and outrageous than their F1 counterparts, coining the phrase “Formula 1 for the forest”.

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 based replica 1973 911 RS 2.7

Mike Flannery’s Carrera RS 2.7 evocation makes use of Carrera 3.2 mechanicals and a raft of wide-ranging improvements to be even better than the real thing…

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