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Top 10: Anniversaries of 2016

We’re entering a new year of automotive anniversaries, with 2016 seeing some important ‘birthdays’ coming up. From the arrival of crucial new sportsters twenty years ago to the launch of Honda in the UK half a century ago, it’s an important period for nostalgia fans.

Can you believe it’s four decades since the Fiesta took a bow, or since Rover and Lotus changed their image via the SD1 and Esprit? It’s also twenty years since the arrival of the Boxster, XK8, SLK and Elise, a fact that’s sure to make us all feel old. So check out these ten top anniversaries of 2016 – and let us know which ones are important to you.   

Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Rover SD1 – 40 years

Rover’s executive hatch celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, an event that won’t go unnoticed by its loyal army of fans. The SD1’s debut in 1976 marked a major turning point for Rover, with sleek, aerodynamic styling setting it apart from its saloon car rivals. An array of different derivatives arrived over the years, helping Rover’s long-running hatchback to enjoy a successful career, with a third of a million cars built during its eleven years on sale. But it was the eventual arrival of the high-performance Vitesse – with up to 190bhp on tap – that was the real highlight.

Read our Rover SD1 review

Comments

anglebox    on 4 January 2016

Don't forget the Volvo 'Amazon' - launched in 1956, it turns 60 this year.

Cappuccino Break    on 4 January 2016

It's the 30th anniversary of the Rover 800 this year, too.

FearsomeJimny    on 5 January 2016

Now must be the time to buy a 480! Everyone needs to have pop-up headlights at least once in their life.

Maltozo    on 10 March 2016

Ahhh the Esprit S1. The personification of love/hate. Essentially a posh kit-car with pretentions. A fantastic drive to match it's badge but, Vauxhall parts, Marina parts, Rover parts and more equalled all this unequalled fun....and hideous unreliability, design flaws and absolute heartbreak. Unfettered S1 better than 'soft' turbo: far lighter to push when it broke down. Seriously flawed genious creates seriously flawed 'supercar' (sic) of the day

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