THE Audi Quattro may have had the BBC promotional campaign behind it, but a new survey has found the Porsche 911 is in fact the nation’s favourite car of the 80s.
Gene Hunt would doubtless mutter resignedly about ‘southern nancies’ but the Porsche 911 has beaten his beloved Audi Quattro in a new survey of dream eighties cars.
With the hit BBC TV series, Ashes to Ashes drawing to a close this week, the Porsche 911 took almost a third of all votes (29%), just pipping the Audi Quattro with 28%, to be crowned the decades most desirable car, in a poll conducted by vehicle check specialists HPI.
Both cars left their 80s rivals trailing in the dust, with only the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and BMW M5 to make any impression in the survey with 15% and 12% respectively.
The survey also asked respondents about which iconic cars from that period they most fondly remembered, and it was another TV car that swept all before it. The Ford Capri SLE 71R, immortalised by Terry McCann in Minder, polling 30% of the votes, receiving more than twice as many votes as the Jaguar XJ6 driven by his TV boss Arthur Daly which polled 11%.
Nick Lindsay, Director of HPI, said: ‘The success of Ashes to Ashes and the proposed remake of Minder have piqued people’s interest in 80s cars again and, though you need to approach older cars with care, they need not necessarily be old bangers. In fact, as this survey has shown, many of these vehicles are highly desirable classics.’