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Top 10: 1986 NEC show cars

The annual classic motor show at Birmingham’s NEC has been attracting thousands of visitors each year since the early 1980s. The event has grown massively over the decades, yet even in those early days was a must-see for enthusiasts of all ages – including Honest John Classics follower Mick Dean, who took these photographs at the NEC in May 1986.

Mick tells us: 'I was using my newly-purchased Chinon SLR camera – and the fact that I’ve got the end of the film roll on the Anglia 105E photo suggests I wasn’t quite used to it!'

So check out the cars that were exciting the NEC crowds 30 years ago – and remember to comment in our forum if you were also at the show.

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Jaguar E-Type SI

A 1962 E-Type roadster in show-worthy condition is worth big bucks these days, and even 30 years ago was a major undertaking for any enthusiast. The good news is that this particular example has survived the last three decades, and according to DVLA records is still MoT’d and taxed. Does anyone know who the proud owner is now? The original 3.8-litre E-Type was widely considered to be the best-looking car of its time, as well as one of the fastest thanks to its claimed top speed of 150mph.

Read our Jaguar E-Type review


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