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Rewind to the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s

We’re traveling back to the United Kingdom in the middle of the 1980s. The picture below was taken in the parking of a Fenwick store but we don’t know exactly where or when.

What car(s) can you identify in the following image? What one(s) would you most like to have in your garage?

Given the choice, we’d probably pick either the silver Jaguar XJ sedan parked on the left side of the picture or the blue-ish Saab 900 sedan behind the group of people walking. We’d be tempted with any of the Minis, and for some reason a clean, base-model mk2 Golf sounds good as well.


Note: We don’t know where this picture comes from, it’s been on our hard drive for a while now. If you own the rights to it shoot us an email, we’ll credit you.

15 thoughts on “Rewind to the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s

  1. i will take the VW bus, any of the mini’s and ford fiestas ( if they do not have the 1600cc kent motor that we got i would retro fit one ). i also would take the 900.

    • Wow, I’m amazed you managed to find where the picture was taken!

      I don’t think that’s a 3-Series, it kind of looks like a Mercedes but that’s not it, either. I’ll look into it.

      • There are actually not that much Fenwick stores in the UK and their website has a nice store locator showing a map with them all. The first one (London) was clearly not it, and for some sheer dumb luck I thought continuing the search with the northernmost (Newcastle) was a good idea. And what do you know, the next one was York… Easy as pie.

        For comparison: I faintly remember having been in 1997 to a fast food place in France, and I tried to find it again with online maps (spoiler: I was able to find it). Let me tell you, *that* was hard work. I remembered it faintly as a Quick, but it might have been a McD as well. I remembered it along the N7 between Avignon and Lyon, but it might have been between Nimes and Marseille, or north of Lyon along the N83. I remember some more details, but I wasn’t sure. Equipped with that kind of “knowledge” I tried to look for it… After looking intermittently for quite some time, I almost gave up, I already had begun thinking I imagined the place… But then (after considering some changes the surrounding had since 1997) I found it: a Quick in the south of Valence.

        And you are right, that is not a E21 3-series, it is missing the distinctive BMW C-pillar. And the rear lights are flush with the rear bumper, unlike the E21.

      • Quick south of Valence – if you’re ever in the area be careful, there are lots of well-hidden speed cameras on the freeway. Guess how I know, ha.

        A month ago I found an abandoned house with a Mercedes w124 in the driveway on the outskirts of Paris. I didn’t have time to stop, it was raining anyways. I’ve been trying to find it again on Google but I can’t for the life of me remember where it was.

      • I wish I could help you, but the outskirts of Paris is a bit of a large-ish area… Do you have anything more to go on, like from where to where you were driving?

  2. The best car there is the Haze Arctic Blue Jaguar XJ-S, although the XJ6 Series 3 comes close. I also like the green Cortina GT (3-door) and either of the two Triumph Dolomites. Amazing that so many of these cars are Fords; these days these buyers would have divided up into VW, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and BMW.

  3. I think the brown BMW in the bottom left is actually a Vauxhall Carlton (Opel Rekord). I will take the gold Ford Granada between the blue Golf and the blue Saab 900 at the far left end of the third row of cars where a group of people are walking.

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  5. I’d have the plain blue Skoda next to the silver Jag over the white one with its slutty pop up sunroof and vinyl roof covering – proper mutton dressed as lamb lol. The real devile in me says the Maxi near the exit – the fact its in brown just seals the deal for me !!

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