Many and sports cars that fascinated us and they made dream of the 80s. Not long ago you were leaving with a story with the best models of the early. Now, it is time for the end of a golden age. Today, our weekly section "Cars for remembrance"Pays tribute to these 20 cars for history. Juan Ignacio Eguiara, deputy director of Automobile Magazine, tells us his impressions with all of them.
Alfa Romeo 75
My first memory of a Alfa Romeo 75 It was at a dealership near my house in Vitoria. I accompanied my brother was going to buy a 33 and there were exposed a brand new 75 America which I fell in love instantly. I still remember that distinctive smell of "Alfa" which subsequently stalled over the years I try more based Alfas. That handbrake double arm and a precious instrumentation. Eventually I tried it and I still fell in love again with her rear-wheel drive and the atmospheric mechanical it sounds like angelic symphony.
I I was always more than 205, why I had a GTI 1.9. But eventually I was going more for the eyes, because from the point of view prestacional dynamic and had no doubt. his frame was an example of nobility and its engine range, with 1.9 130 hp, It was the most complete ones. But always he stressed more for their diesel, as it always did with Peugeot models. Although my little heart will always be with 1.9 GTI.
This is one of the cars is an icon, a legend since birth. In the background was a experimental car to develop new solutions with AWD and supercharged engines, covered under the regulations B Group, as the test bed had to be the competition. Fruit of them were 337 models produced for the street they did delight all those lucky people who had the chance to see them. I was one of them.
During this period of the late 80s, Audi grew and expanded as anyone could imagine. Before that it was a fairly unknown brand, especially in Spain, but from 80, its image grew like wildfire. You can say it was this generation of Audi 80/90 which conquered the hearts of all those who wanted a good, aspirational car, but the relatively affordable. The result was a Total sales success.
This was one of the great successes of Citroën in its history. Was the Visa successor it had nothing to market success. However, a much more successful reconsideration, the AX was one of the preferred utility for all who were beginning to drive or wanted a small car for the city. But at that time, really, as the AX car was a complete car, which was good for all and not only was restricted to the city. Low weight and very frugal engines, allowed a consumption record. I still remember that version 14 D that we threw gasoline 500 500 pesetas.
In my time of EGB this probably was for me the best selling car... because he saw on all sides. Renault definitely hit squarely and I think his success was based on responding very well to the taste of the drivers of that era. Because in Spain at the time of the EGB, the car I liked was the sedan three volumes of very marked profile. That is, the boot is good and big saw was. He had to put camping chairs to go to the field on Sunday.
Peugeot earned a deserved reputation in the 80s by having the best diesel engines. And one of the models that served to boost this reputation was 405. As with the 21, was highly appreciated by car drivers of the era notchback profile -designed by Pininfarina- preferred by then, but its popularity thanks to its range of diesel engines deepened. It was of the first to master the technology turbo in these mechanical.
He VW Second generation Passat, internally called the B2, it is that we really live our generation. The first did not come to our country because it was a very expensive car import. The second was the one who was seen more in our streets, but it was still a very expensive car for the time and that not everyone could access. Though of course many craved by its peculiar liftback body with tailgate, which gave a lot of capacity and had lots of glass area.
Was the successor of a myth as was the Ritmo that had us all in love with his Abarth version. Type had an ever more popular character and even designed from the start as well as a body of three volumes, called Tempra. This, oddly enough, did not have the success that was presumed to this type of body in Spain. But the compact type and itself that had picked the latest technology for the time, as direct injection, allowing this wonderful version "Sedicivalvole" another legacy model.
For we live in the era of EGB, the role of this model believe it was lower than its predecessor, the R11. But no doubt it was a commercial success because at that time there was so much competition in the market and Renault, by manufacturing at its plant in Palencia, copaba much of the share of the segment. I never found a nice car and me and my generation of EGB was a transition from the Mégane R11 missed.
the name SL comes from the German Sport Leich, what does it mean lightweight sports and he applied for the first time in the 300 SL, the gullwing. But really, this name represents Mercedes its flagship convertible. There are several generations but which would occupy the third period EGB (R107) which began trading in 1972 and the fourth (R129) which is owned decade. A four-seater that increased use with removable hardtop in the SLC version.
It had a difficult mission, that of replace the revolutionary CX. When this substitute was launched, more modern and avant-garde, no longer she surprised us both his air suspension. Perhaps it was a commercial failure and was not one of the cars that most permeated my generation. It was much better than its predecessor, one authentic luxury saloon I would say, but did not finish enthrall the public. It is true that this type of large sedans representation, began to have competition in Spain's premium brands that took the public.
It was a revolution because He approached the coupe concept to the general public and in a wonderful way. He It was very nice car and with a drag coefficient record in the category of Cx 0.26. had 4 good places and a rear gate that led to a trunk that could be extended to 980 liters. It's amazing how now seem unable to make such a car, ie, beautiful, practical, sporty and within reach of every budget.
It started in the 90s and certainly has earned a place of honor in the French brand and in our memory. Is one of the oldest models Renault allowing you to sell million units and have countless versions. When I started working on the highway, it had just been released and He was one of the first cars I tested for the magazine. The car was trendy and it remained for a long time.
I still remember when the director of Autopista then came a presentation where the car had excited him. It was him Mazda MX-5. So much he enthused you bought one. So anyone will miss that says it is one of my favorite cars. Broke schemes and He made available to all pure roadster It is transmitting a unprecedented driving pleasure. We have been four generations but all with the spirit of the first, we remember the guys in the EGB.
He first sport I tried really was the NSX. I was so excited that even today remains one of my favorite cars. At that time it was a revolutionary car, central tandem engine which he had been tuned by none other than Ayrton senna, my idol by then. The accuracy of the shifter and turns up as the 3-liter V6 270 hp still gives me the willies. I must also say that their effectiveness was very high but his behavior was critical limit. I remember as a photoshoot He gave me a frightened the back and almost I give me a guardrail ... fortunately everything was a shock.
If I have to say some characteristic of First first (Forgive the redundancy) generation is its reliability and robustness. They were unbreakable, though They were not very graceful from the aesthetic point of view. The Japanese have never excelled in this regard, but the first was the first (pun again) that attracted the general public and could see very often on our streets.
Say Toyota Celica for me is quickly recall Carlos Sainz version. That was the first car that went to do a photo shoot and combining the excitement of trying a "car world" to the street and the responsibility not accidentarlo in violent photo shoots we did then, I stressful. But this was in the fifth generation, the most popular, but where he began to forge his reputation It was the third comprising the 80s.
During the time of the EGB, SUVs were fashionable. Eventually, the fashion ended up becoming quite the opposite, because it was a phenomenon that fell into disuse. Say then everyone wanted to have a TT for the "day to day" and now they want an SUV. But back to the '80. He TT best known and popular was undoubtedly the Vitara. Especially for its hardness. In fact, there are still many still circulating in our roads, because it was a very robust car.
As with many Japanese models at the time of the 80s and early 90s, Honda Civic was a marginal car. Just he looked for our neighborhoods and was only available to very high purchasing power. Until we reached the sixth generation in 1996, he did not begin to really see the Civic by Spain. And soon they gained a deserved reputation his VTEC petrol engines for its high capacity to lap up and achieve high power low displacements.
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