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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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1965 Austin 1800

In the competition’s early years the UK did pretty well – mainly because the UK industry was going through one of its most creative periods, spearheaded by BMC’s brave decision to push forwards with FWD across its sprawling range. The Austin 1800 did have rather a lot going for it – masses of room inside, keen handling, ample performance and an excellent ride.

It’s interesting to see that the 1800 beat the arguably more pioneering Autobianchi Primula into second place. But although that car had FWD with an end-on gearbox and hatchback packaging, it was let down by its aging 1221cc engine and leaf-sprung rear suspension.


Pete E    on 17 October 2016

I forgot to say in my original comment, I still have one original hubcap hanging on my wall.

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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