• VW Golf GTi Mk 2

Hot Hatchbacks: 1970s-1983/84

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the past two issues we’ve looked back at how performance cars moved from being the enjoyable playthings of lucky people within some sectors of society, to their availability as everyday cars for family use. This trend accelerated through the 1960s and continued through the 1970s, with manufacturers becoming more adept at developing performance cars, [...]

  • Riley’s fancy Mini – the Kestrel

Affordable Sports Saloons Part 2. 
The 1960s: GT or not GT

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The move towards more-fun-to-drive cars gathered pace through 1958 and 1959, as the big companies began to realise that brisk performance could be designed into a family saloon without much company design effort or expenditure and sell at a sensibly higher (and more profitable) price to add more appeal to their model ranges. While some [...]

  • Contemporary advert for the Spitfire Mk III

The Cass Files – Sports & GT Cars

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By late 1967, sports and GT coupé fans here in New Zealand were eagerly awaiting sightings or considering purchase of some of the 1966–67 new models from Britain and Europe. We had read about them in Motorman and seen the road reports in UK Autocar and Motor magazines as well as in Wheels and Modern [...]