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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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Sunbeam Rapier

The Sunbeam Rapier Owners’ Club is another group that’s long been connected with NEC classic shows, hence its rather impressive stand at the 1986 event. Several examples of the ‘Series’ Rapiers of 1955-67 were displayed, including this smart two-tone red and white car. The Rapier was essentially a two-door coupe version of the Hillman Minx of the time, albeit with extra power and a sportier image. Sales were fairly modest despite the Rapier’s long career, although it now enjoys a loyal following – and, of course, the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club is still going strong.

Read our Sunbeam Rapier review

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