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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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Riley RME

Another NEC exhibit that’s made it through to the 21st century is this last-of-the-line Riley RME, built in 1955 – the final year of RM-series production. It’s currently taxed (and MoT exempt, of course), so hopefully it’s still being put to good use. The 1496cc RME enjoyed a three-year production run and was essentially an updated version of the old RMA, which dated back to 1945. Between 1952 and ’55, just 3446 examples of the RME were built – making survivors like this one something of a rarity nowadays.   

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