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Skoda Favorit Type 781 - 1987-1995

Chris Randall marks 35 years since a modest Skoda hatchback appeared, which would be the start of much greater things for the historic car maker.

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1987 Zastava Yugo 513 5-Door

Budget models rarely survive in significant numbers, not least because few owners were willing or able to invest money in maintenance and repair. Ian Macaulay's Yugo 513 has beaten the odds though, and is believed to be one of only two survivors in the UK.

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1987 Ferrari F40

And so we arrive at a notable benchmark on this journey: the Ferrari F40 was the first production car to exceed the magic ‘double-ton’. You could argue that the F40 owes its existence to healthy opportunism rather than a well-planned marketing strategy. Ferrari’s sales had faltered in the early 1980s, with fears that its products were turning ‘soft’ under Fiat’s corporate blanket.

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1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster Studie

The 911 Speedster Studie helped give Porsche’s icon a new lease of life – and put fresh air between the plans of an infamous CEO…

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Welsh Wizardry 1987 Lancia Delta Integrale Group A

Paul Davies is lucky enough to own two Italian rally legends: a Lancia Delta integrale Group A and a genuine Fiat Stilo Abarth Trofeo. We’re lucky enough to drive both in his homeland of Wales.

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1987 Daimler-badged XJ40 3.6

The Daimler 3.6 was once the pride of the pack; today, less than 50 remain taxed and in use. The flagship XJ40 is now a seldom seen scarcity… A rare beauty.

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1987 BMW M6/M635CSi E24

BMWs can be awfully confusing when it comes to their badging. Back in the day, a 323i E21 simply meant that it was a 3 Series body with a 2.3-liter engine. A E12 535i was the 5 Series body with a 3.5-litre engine — simple, right? M3s were all two-door coupes; except, they are four-door sedans now; and the M4 is now the M3 coupe; the 320i may have a 2.2-liter engine; and the 323i E21 could have the 2.5-liter — confused? Me, too. (And, perhaps, so is BMW!)

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1987 Ferrari 328 GTB

Ordering a brand-new Ferrari in 1987 was a unique experience, and travelling to Maranello to pick up the latest 328 GTB was next level for owner Roger Walker

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1987 Jaguar XJR-8 Track Test

Having previously put a Porsche 962C through its paces, Andrew Frankel finally gets to drive the sports racer that gave the Germans a mauling in 1987 – the Jaguar XJR-8. And this chassis was the wildest of all

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1987 Alfa Romeo 75 3.2 V6 Racing Car - giant-killer on test

Oldie But Goodie Being competitive in a classic car in a race series intended for modern cars takes skill and clever preparation. We track-test George Osborne’s V6-powered 75 at Silverstone to find out how. Story by Roberto Giordanelli

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