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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 Anglia 105E / 123E

Another organisation that’s been involved with the NEC from the very first show is the Ford Anglia 105E Owners’ Club, which inevitably put on quite a display at the ’86 event. This low-mileage Anglia 1200 Super belonged to Geoff Salminen at the time, while the 997cc two-tone Deluxe in the background was owned by Honest John Classics contributor Paul Guinness. The club is still around to this day, with a worldwide membership, an active social scene and a very impressive spare parts service.

Read our Ford Anglia review


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