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Top 10: Anniversaries of 2016

We’re entering a new year of automotive anniversaries, with 2016 seeing some important ‘birthdays’ coming up. From the arrival of crucial new sportsters twenty years ago to the launch of Honda in the UK half a century ago, it’s an important period for nostalgia fans.

Can you believe it’s four decades since the Fiesta took a bow, or since Rover and Lotus changed their image via the SD1 and Esprit? It’s also twenty years since the arrival of the Boxster, XK8, SLK and Elise, a fact that’s sure to make us all feel old. So check out these ten top anniversaries of 2016 – and let us know which ones are important to you.   

Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Ford Fiesta MkI – 40 years

Launched in Europe in 1976 but not available in Britain until the following year, the original Fiesta was Ford’s first front-wheel drive production car. It was a huge success too, with 1.75 million sold worldwide by the time it was replaced by the new-look Mk2 in 1983. From the 957cc Popular through to the eventual 1.6-litre XR2 that arrived in 1981, there was a Fiesta to suit every small-car buyer, even if the initial line-up was a little sparse. Still, it was enough to get the Fiesta off to a flying start, 'Oh what a beautiful baby!' announced Ford.

Read our Ford Fiesta review

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anglebox    on 4 January 2016

Don't forget the Volvo 'Amazon' - launched in 1956, it turns 60 this year.

Cappuccino Break    on 4 January 2016

It's the 30th anniversary of the Rover 800 this year, too.

FearsomeJimny    on 5 January 2016

Now must be the time to buy a 480! Everyone needs to have pop-up headlights at least once in their life.

Maltozo    on 10 March 2016

Ahhh the Esprit S1. The personification of love/hate. Essentially a posh kit-car with pretentions. A fantastic drive to match it's badge but, Vauxhall parts, Marina parts, Rover parts and more equalled all this unequalled fun....and hideous unreliability, design flaws and absolute heartbreak. Unfettered S1 better than 'soft' turbo: far lighter to push when it broke down. Seriously flawed genious creates seriously flawed 'supercar' (sic) of the day

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