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Top 30: Top classics in 2013

Since HJClassics went online in April 2013, we've been counting which reviews you've been reading, and have been keeping a monthly track in our Top 10 Section. But for our year-end chart, we've totted up how many Google searches have landed in the website reviews section, to come up with a definitive list of what classic cars currently float your boat. And there's a lot of you into classic cars - we're now running at around half a million page views per month, and it's growing quickly.

The number one car - our Classic Car of The Year - won't be a surprise to anyone who regularly follows the charts, but there are some interesting entrants in our Top 30 for 2013. The conclusions that we can draw from the Top 30? Internet-using classic car fans are in love with cars from the 1980s, with the comfortable majority harking, or at least reaching their maximum popularity, during the 1980s. There is a smattering of 1960s and '70s mainstays, but what you seem to really appreciate usable retro cars. It will be interesting how these trends develop throughout 2014.

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The first affordable 1990s roadster from MG (we'll count the RV8 as a 1960s remix) comes in at number nine, and it proved a very close-run thing between the MGF and the Mada MX-5. And that's reflected in the two cars' performances in the British sales charts when new. The MGF has an enthusiastic following, and it already an established part of the classic MG scene, despite there being more than a few shabby examples still on the road.

The MGF continues to take a beating from so-called experts who chide it for being unreliable and fragile, but the truth is, all its weaknesses are so well known that as long as you choose the right specialist to look after it, an MGF should not be any more trying to own than any other classic English sports car.

Read the MGF review


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