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Top 10: Modified cars that became classics

Almost since the motor car first arrived, people have wanted to modify them. Whether it was more performance they were after, or something a bit more stylish, the temptation to alter the original design has always been a strong one. And things were to reach their zenith in the 1970s and 1980s when all manner of cars - whether suitable or not - were subjected to the attention of the tuners.  

From high-quality engineering to wild bodykits, there really was something for everyone, and while not all were tasteful they certainly added colour to the motoring landscape.  Here then is a chance to take a trip down memory lane and re-visit some of our favourites.

Words: Chris Randall

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Tickford Capri 2.8i Turbo

With its substantial bodykit and white paintwork there was certainly nothing understated about the Tickford Capri which wowed the crowds at the 1982 NEC Motor Show. Costing the best part of £14,000 the addition of a turbo boosted power to 205bhp – enough to punch the coupe to 60mph in a supercar-baiting 6.5seconds.


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