The 1980s was a decade of some of the most significant events in recent history, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of the first personal computer, and the disaster of Chernobyl. But this was not a particularly great time for the American auto industry, as it faced poor quality control, increased import competition, and a deep recession. It was withdrawn from the North American market by the end of the year, but on the other side of the big pond, some of the best hot hatches were born.
late brake show upon Youtube I recently visited Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands region of England. Here is his amazing collection of 1980s cars, probably in a big shiny building. Instead, Mark his Holland collection, featured in the video attached at the top of this page, lives in an old rusty barn. That doesn’t mean the car has been abandoned, this is by no means a barn find.In fact, these are all very healthy sports cars driven on a regular basis.
No 1980s hot hatch collection would be complete without two icons from the small hatchback segment. Of course, we are talking about the Peugeot 205 GTI and Renault 5 Turbo, but these are the first two of his machines that appear in the video. At this point in the clip he reveals two facts. The owner of the collection, so far he owns 14 Peugeot 205s and has spent a lot of money on restoring Renault 5 Turbos.
Right behind the two French ladies are two other interesting cars. Volkswagen Corrado VR6 in silver on the left, MGF in blue next to it. Of course, we’re moving into the 1990s with these two, but the collection includes more cars from the 80s. It also has some early 2000s hot hatches like the Mini Cooper S JCW and the Renault Twingo RS. But if he really wants to focus on the ’80s and his ’90s gems, he’ll have to jump to the 13-minute mark. The collection currently includes about 25 vehicles, so there’s a lot to see.