80s CARS

13th April 2010
Renault 12 Gordini

Whatever happened to the Renault 12?

PetrolBlog asks: whatever happened to the Renault 12? Although it lived on as a Dacia, it's all but extinct in the UK. Contains gorgeous Gordini photos.
7th April 2010
Fiat Strada Ritmo 60 CL

Whatever happened to the Fiat Strada?

Handbuilt by robots and now all but forgotten. PetrolBlog asks: whatever happened to the Fiat Strada, a car known on the continent as the Fiat Ritmo.
1st April 2010
Lancia Beta Coupe HiFi

Yesterday’s specials: Lancia Beta Hi-Fi

Remember the Lancia Beta Hi-Fi? The crass, marketing-led special edition designed to boost sales of this once proud but now flagging brand.
30th March 2010
Citroen GS Special 1977

Whatever happened to the Citroën GS?

It was an affordable atlernative to the DS and a former European Car of the Year. But PETROLBLOG asks: whatever happened to the Citroën GS?
23rd March 2010
Mazda Capella or Montrose

Whatever happened to the Mazda Montrose?

PETROLBLOG remembers the Mazda Montrose, known elsewhere as the Capella or 626, which was named after a Mazda dealership in Scotland.
17th March 2010
Renault 11 TSE Electronic

Achtung! Renault 11 Electronic

Remember the Renault 11 Electronic with the oh-so-80s digital dashboard? PetrolBlog had forgotten, which is why this should serve as a reminder.
16th March 2010
Matra-Simca Rancho

Whatever happened to the Talbot Matra Rancho?

The Matra Rancho was a pioneering crossover, with the looks of a premium SUV but none of the off-road ability. Where did they all go?
13th March 2010
Citroen-CX

Citroen CX shows its Grace

In one of the most memorable television adverts of the 1980s, here's a Citroen CX being spat out of the mouth of a Citroen CX.
9th March 2010
My First (Hyundai) Pony

Whatever happened to the Hyundai Pony

Once upon a time, PetrolBlog doodled cars like the Hyundai Pony at school. Today, all the Ponies have bolted and there are hardly any left.
2nd March 2010
Chryler Alpine red

Whatever happened to the Chrysler Alpine?

PetrolBlog asks: whatever happened to the Chrysler Alpine? The 1976 European Car of the Year has disappeared without a trace.
23rd February 2010
Citroen Visa GTI on track

Whatever happened to the Citroën Visa?

Do you remember the Citroën Visa? PetrolBlog does, but there aren't many left in the UK. This feature contains a brilliant TV commercial.