This year’s NEC Classic Car Show was jam packed with some of the world’s finest classic cars. Each of the numerous show halls was filled with everything from Fast Fords to Ferraris but look closely and you could also find some thoroughly mundane metal among the ranks. This gallery is dedicated to those very cars.
1996 Ford Mondeo Ghia X
Located within spitting distance of some of the world’s rarest cars was this 1996 Ford Mondeo Saloon. The Mk1 Ford Mondeo is all too easily forgotten, yet back in 1994 it wore the title of European Car of the Year. In this range-topping Ghia X form it used a 2.5l 24v V6 engine. This particular model has covered just 48,000 miles and was astonishingly clean.
Ford Escort Mk6 1800D police car
Next up is another soon to be classic (okay, maybe not) from the blue oval. Here we have a Mk6 Escort patrol car from the year 2000. Originally ran by Norfolk Police, it was used by the Force for several years before it was donated to the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts club. With its 1.8l naturally aspirated diesel engine it must’ve been a favourite among joy riders.
Rover 416 GTI
Slip along a few halls and I’d passed several original GT40s, a Maserati 250F and this absolute stunner. Here we have a 1990 Rover 416 GTi, it could well be the least inspiring car ever to hold those three letters. Better still, this one is an automatic, meaning the half decent Honda D series engine under its bonnet will never be able to impress as it should. Still, it’s in great nick thanks to a body restoration from its current owner, who says he wouldn’t mind seeing it in a museum one day.
Same stand, another Rover, this time a 414ie from 1999. The owner purchased this car for ‘little more than scrap value’ after it got into the wrong hands. Unknowingly (yeah right), the car was sold with a blown headgasket, something that’s truly synonymous with the feeble 1.4 litre Rover K-Series engine that’s under the bonnet. Still, the current owner has since replaced the head gasket and uses this example as a daily driver.