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Top 10: Car of the Year winners

The European Car of the Year award is open to cars available new in at least five European Union states, and which sell a minimum of 5000 per year. The event has grown significantly since the award was first run in 1964, but the spirit of the event remains the same. We've chosen 10 of the best award winners. It’s subjective, of course, so let us know what you think…


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1966 Renault 16

The idea that a family car could have four doors and a hatchback rear was still quite a novelty back in 1965. But then, the Renault 16 was a sensational car when it arrived on the scene, giving the French middle classes a genuinely interesting mid-market choice. The rest of Europe could only marvel at how the engineering team at La Regie could adapt the FWD package so successful in the smaller R4 to a much larger car.

The CoTY panel voted convincingly for the R16 over and above the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Oldsmobile Toronado, a decision that looks to have been the right one in retrospect.


Pete E    on 17 October 2016

Looks like my first comment was lost. I bought my Fiat 128 while serving in the forces in Germany, 1970 model. Brought back to the UK and after 93,000 miles decided to upgrade. Dinitrol treated from new, just one small hole in valance when part x'd. It certainly was a grea little car. As I have said, I still have an original hubcap on my wall.

David Walls    on 17 October 2016

Whilst serving in the MN we took the first Austin 1800 to NZ, arriving in Jan 1964. Needless to say, the wharfies, using our derricks, dropped it from about 30 feet and it never turned a wheel. Signs of things to come.

Mv Napier Star Cadet!

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