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The Iconic British Cars of the 80’s Our Families Had

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They got us to the supermarket, took us to school and were packed to the rafters on trips to the coast. Here are some of the classic 80’s family cars that took us all places.

They may not be exotic but are sure to evoke some fuzzy feel-good memories of happy days growing up. Whilst being mass produced these cars are all getting rarer as each year goes by as well.

Let’s invoke some happy memories and see if you’re family had one of these! Let’s go…

Austin Metro


Made famous by Princess Diana. The Metro was the 80’s alternative to the long-running Mini. Sportier models include the MG Metro Turbo which had a bit more poke to it.

Renault 5

Renault 5

The Renault 5 was middle-class Mum’s school run favorite. Ours was the GT Turbo (Naturally!)

Ford Cortina


Early 80’s family car. The Cortina had been in production in various forms since the 1960’s. Even after their replacement came out they were still a firm favorite and seen on the roads in big numbers until the late 80’s, especially in Gold.

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