• Nissan Pulsar GTI-R brochure

The Cass Files – Performance ‘Oriented’ – Mid-to-late ’80s Japanese Hot Hatches

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last time we looked at the development of the hot hatch from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s. Although design during that period had been progressed mainly via the European manufacturers, by 1983–4 some of the Japanese manufacturers were beginning to move into that market segment. While VW with the Golf Gti and Peugeot [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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 [...]