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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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Alongside the inevitable Midgets and MGBs on the MG Owners’ Club’s stand was this superb 1954 TF, dating from the penultimate year of Abingdon’s long-running T-series production. This particular TF was one of the last of the 1250s, built just before the launch of the more powerful TF1500. And the good news now is that it’s still around, with DVLA records showing that it’s currently taxed and presumably in use. If you’re the lucky owner of this classic MG, we’d love to hear from you!

Read our MG T-series review


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