Forty years ago Alton Towers first opened its theme park, ice skater Robin Cousins won Britain’s only gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics and ex-Beetle John Lennon was shot dead in New York. The famous Abingdon MG car factory closed, too, while electric cars were regarded as a marginal distraction and hybrid vehicle power was virtually unheard of. A tidy selection of brand new ICE-powered motor cars were launched, however, covering most key sectors of the market.
Six automotive flops of 1980 – Axon’s Automotive Anorak
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