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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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Ford Sidevalve Owners' Club

The Ford Sidevalve Owners’ Club has been exhibiting at the NEC since the early days, and the 1986 show was no exception. The club’s stand displayed an interesting array of cars, including this smart-looking example of the 100E-series Anglia. The 100E was launched in 1953, available initially in two-door Anglia and four-door Prefect guises – both powered by the same 1172cc version of Ford’s venerable sidevalve engine, linked to a three-speed manual transmission. The Anglia was the most successful model, with almost 346,000 built during its six-year run.

Read our Ford 100E review


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