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This Nissan Cherry, owned by Ed Rattley from Lincolnshire (pictured) was selected by motoring journalists as “Best in Show” at the Festival of the Unexceptional.
The last new car to carry the Austin badge, the Montego had its fans but it arrived too late to seriously challenge those other everyday classics, the Ford Sierra and the Vauxhall Cavalier.
The Rapid followed the Estelle as Skoda’s main coupe, and it soon overcame doubters wary of the older car’s shortcomings. Autocar and Motor Magazine said it handled "like a Porsche".
Designed to bridge the gap between the Renault 4 and 16, the 6 suffered from a lack of power even when revamped. This beautifully-kept example is a Mark III, the version introduced in 1974.
Given a facelift to sell it to the ‘executive’ market, the SE6 version of the Scimitar was a genuinely decent grand tourer – and if it was good enough for Princess Anne, it was good enough for us.
The Vanden Plas Princess 1300, based on Austin’s ADO16 platform, was a ‘luxury’ version of the firm’s own 1300 and was produced until 1974. 135 remain licensed in the UK.
‘Everyday’ the Cortina may have been in the ‘seventies, but it was a fabulous motor – especially the GT and GXL versions. It was the UK’s bestseller for four consecutive years, too.
Modelled as a ‘baby Chevrolet’, the Chevette ended up looking rather unprepossessing – but it was the best-selling car in its class in the UK from 1975 to 1978.
Despite a sales bump thanks to the advert showing it ‘handbuilt by robots’ to Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’, the Strada’s build quality was in fact fairly poor, though modern styling helped.