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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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1971 Citroen GS

The FWD, Hydropneumatically-suspended, air-cooled Citroen GS was a technical dead-end, but one that remained in production for 15 years, and which proved that engineering conformity was still a long way from engulfing the European car industry.

The GS offered all the advantages of a large car, such as supreme high-speed stability, loping ride quality, and shared much of the magic that made the larger SM such an amazing car. Of course, we know it failed to make money for its maker, and proved to be the penultimate Citroen to be powered by an air-cooled flat-four, so – a glorious might have been.


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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