The cars are the stars in Ashes to Ashes

The cars are the stars in Ashes to Ashes  
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on 02/07/2008

Cars from the 1980s are back in fashion as ‘Ashes to Ashes’, the new series that sees the return of DCI Gene Hunt, starts tonight (7th February 2008) on the BBC. This time the action takes place in the eighties, with Gene swapping his Ford Cortina for an Audi Quattro. And BCA (British Car Auctions) is predicting a rise in nostalgia for 80s cars as a result.

Robin Lawton, Head of BCA’s ‘Classics’ department commented “We’ve seen a rising interest in cars from the 1980s in recent sales and we expect the start of the new BBC TV series to fuel this even further. People are beginning to feel a sense of nostalgia for 80s fashions and this includes cars like the Golf GTI, Rover SD1, Ford Cortina, BMW and Mercedes models of that era, several of which feature in our next Classics sale.”

The first BCA Classics sale of 2008 is on 26th February 2008 at Blackbushe and a selection of 80s classics are on offer, including a Mercedes Benz 500 SEC once owned by Bob Monkhouse, a Lotus Esprit S3 and a Porsche 911 Turbo.

But so far no one has put a 1980s Audi Quattro up for sale, although Robin Lawton, Head of BCA’s Classics Division isn’t surprised. “The early Audi Quattros that do come up for sale create a great deal of interest with enthusiasts, but with only 11,452 built over the eleven year production period they are pretty thin on the ground now.”

Lawton concluded “Classics from the 80s have probably been undervalued in recent years. We may well see a surge in interest in the weeks and months ahead!”

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