Cars celebrate big birthdays in 2022

We have selected 10 classics born every 10 years between 1962 and 2002 which all deserve a toast on their birthday.

1962 was a particularly successful year. The MGB, Ford Cortina Mk1, and BMC 1100 are included, but the Triumph Spitfire, Daimler 250, Lotus Elan, Triumph Vitesse, and Renault 8 and 10 have also been released.

If space allows, other cars we could have added to the mix include the Fiat X1 / 9 (1972), Citroën BX (1982), Nissan Micra (1982), Ford Mondeo (1992), Nissan 350Z (2002) and the Jaguar XJ (2002).

So buckle up and take a trip down memory lane to celebrate the best automotive birthdays of 2022 …

Austin / Morris 1100 – 60th anniversary

The British Motor Corporation (BMC) 1100/1300 series was Britain’s best-selling car for most of the 1960s. Created by Mini designer Alec Issigonis, it was actually a larger version of small automobile icon.

A total of 2,250,757 units (there were also MG, Riley, Wolseley, Vanden Plas and station wagon versions) were built at both Longbridge in the West Midlands and Cowley, Oxfordshire, before the end of production in 1974.

Ford Cortina – 60th anniversary


Originally launched in 1962, the Ford Cortina has grown into a British institution.

Manufactured in Dagenham, Essex, between 1962 and 1966, the popular Mk1 Cortina was a compact and affordable popular car in direct competition with the BMC 1100/1300.

Available as a two- or four-door sedan and station wagon, it was replaced by the larger Mk2 (1966-1970) with a more modern and square style.

When launched the Mk1 had a 1.2 liter four cylinder gasoline engine, a top speed of 76.5 mph, it took 20 seconds to reach 60 mph from standby and fuel consumption was 30 , 2 mpg.

MGB – 60th anniversary


Replacing the MGA in 1962, sales of the MGB and its variants (MGC and MGB GT V8) totaled 523,836 cars.

Available as a roadster and GT 2 + 2 coupe (pictured) from 1965 onwards, it was a rival to Triumph’s TR series and was popular around the world, especially in the United States. When it first went on sale in 1962, it cost £ 690 plus £ 260 in car tax, which was lower than the Triumph TR4 (£ 750).

A classic British sports car with a timeless look and fun to drive, the MGB remained in production until 1980 and is now highly desirable.

Renault 5 – 50th anniversary


The Renault 5 was one of the first modern city cars and has just been awarded the European Car of the Year 1973 by the Audi 80. Extremely popular, nearly 5.5 million copies of the sedan Practice were manufactured over two generations before production ended in 1996.

Notable variants included the Renault 5 Gordini hot hatchback (it arrived in 1976) and the last high-performance Renault 5 Turbo (1980-6), which became an automotive icon.

Fiat 126 – 50th anniversary


Unveiled in October 1972 at the Turin Motor Show as a replacement for the iconic Fiat 500, it’s fair to say that the boxy little 126 wasn’t so cute.

However, a remarkable 4.5 million copies were produced (almost as many as the Mini) until production finally ceased in 2000.

It was slow (0-60 mph took about 40 seconds) and the rear seats were really just for kids, but it was popular and has become a cultural icon in Poland.

Audi 80 – 50th anniversary


Audi was still finding its marks as a brand in the 1970s – we are talking about before “vorsprung durch technik”. The light and efficient Audi 80 (B1) entered production in 1972 and won the European Car of the Year award the following year.

Popular in Europe in particular, it was marketed as a compact executive car, but has always been a prime choice in the UK where its rivals included everything from the Triumph Dolomite to the Ford Cortina. It continued in production until 1978.

Ford Sierra – 40th anniversary


Released in 1982 and refurbished in 1987, Ford’s replacement Cortina was the fifth best-selling car of the 1980s.

It was a global car – made in Germany, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Argentina, Venezuela, South Africa and New Zealand. However, by the end of the 1980s, sales were down and it was technologically outdated compared to its competition.

So in 1993 it was replaced by the Mondeo, a modern front-wheel drive family car – and the rest is history. A total of 1,299,993 Sierras were sold during its lifetime.

McLaren F1 – 30th anniversary


Created by designers Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, the stunning McLaren F1 became the world’s fastest production car in 1998, when it hit 240.1 mph.

Arguably the greatest supercar ever to be made, the McLaren F1 featured many developments in Formula 1. For example, it was the first production car to use a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.

Perhaps its most unique feature was its arrowhead seat, positioning the driver in the center of the car with the passenger seats placed on either side behind. Only 106 McLaren F1s were made before production ceased in 1998.

Renault Twingo – 30 years old


The original Twingo made its debut at the 1992 Paris Motor Show, instantly becoming a classic in city car design.

Cute with a cheeky smile, it was a winning combination and still looks fresh today. Some made it in the UK, despite the fact that it was never produced in right-hand drive form.

Also manufactured in Taiwan, Spain, Colombia and Uruguay, by the end of production in 2012, more than 2.6 million Twingos Mk1 had been produced.

Ferrari Enzo – 20th anniversary


Named after its founder, the Ferrari Enzo is an iconic supercar. Built from 2002 to 2004 to celebrate Ferrari’s first Formula 1 World Championship title of the new millennium, only 400 examples were produced.

Powered by a powerful V12 producing 650 hp, it could reach 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. Developed using F1 technology, such as a carbon fiber body, automated manual transmission (with paddle shifters), and ceramic disc brakes, it also featured advanced aerodynamics to generate force. support.

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