Each week on our social media pages, we share a photo of a retro car, hopefully to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Some of these cars have a design that is unseen in today's market, so it's great to to be able to bring them together in a celebration of amazing motors.
The Triumph TR-4 used its 2138cc engine to capture The SCCA National Sports Car Championship from 1962 to 1965, cementing itself as an iconic legend. It comes as no surprise that the TR-4 is now a highly sought after collectable car.
Did you know that the 1980 MG Midget was powered by the 1500cc Triumph Spitfire engine, and sold in excess of 225,000? Despite this, volume wasn't enough, and in 1980 the factory was closed.
In the 80s and 90s the Quattro proved to be one of the best performance cars available. The larger model Quattros in the 80/90 series offered a 2.2-litre, 5 cyl engine with 162hp. In fact at that time the Quattro was known for having some of the lowest coefficient of drag (Cx) figures of any sedan in the world.
This sohc 2492cc V-6 engine car featured a microprocessor-controlled digital ignition system for increased performance and more efficient fuel expenditure.
Introduced in 1961, the E-Type Jaguar was unequaled in its combination of style and performance. Monocoque construction, independent rear suspension, wire wheels, disc brakes and a 3.8 litre engine moved the sleek cat 0 to 60 in 6.8 sec, and topped out at 150mph!
The Turbo R and its predecessor, the Mulsanne Turbo, represented a serious attempt to regain Bentley's long lost sporting image. A luxurious burled walnut and Connolly leather interior coupled with fully independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and an engine capable of 140+ mph to speed placed the two Turbo Bentley's among the fastest luxury touring cars.
The 5.3 litre V-8 first appeared in 1970 and became the 'standard' model of the marque. These were powerful cars capable of speeds approaching 140mph even when equipped with automatic transmission.
First produced in 1975, the Esprit was uprated with the addition of a turbocharger in 1983 and styling refinements for '88. Performance is what this car's about- 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 156mph.
The famous 283ci V-8 with optional fuel injection was introduced in 1957. This was the first American production engine to deliver one horsepower per cubic inch. In fact, the 1960 Rolls-Royce V-8 was based on the chevy block.
The RS 500 was a world beater on and off the track. Powered by a Cosworth-designed, aluminum alloy twin-cam 16 valve, fitted with a Garrett-AirResearch blower, the RS 500 was, and is still an iconic car worldwide.
Introduced in 1978, the SC was to have been the final 911 model, since its planned replacement, the front-engined 928, already had gone into production. However public demand kept the 911 production alive, and in 1981 the new Porchse chairman, Peter Schultz, confirmed his intention to continue producing the car.
A development of the 1970 2800 cs, the 3.0 csi offered 200hp, Bosch injected engine capable of 137mph when coupled with the Getrag manual gearbox. The 3.0 csi ceased production in 1974, but has gone on to become a very desirable collectable.
Manufactured between, 1954 and 1957, this car was the successor the the XK120. It offered improved steering and a 210hp engine. A well looked after XK140 can reach anywhere from £60k to £200k.
This was the first 4-cam V-12 Ferrari not built specifically for racing. Although with 300bhp at 8000rpm and a 166mph top speed, who could tell?