Martyn Raybould

Martyn Raybould


SVA Says: In the UK Classic Car world its not so simple and many would say much better, because while ‘Historic’ is based on age, ‘Collectible doesn’t just mean ‘Old’! An Enzo Ferrari is instantly collectible as is a Porsche 918, because they are expensive yes, rare, yes, desirable yes.. So when Mazda brought out special editions of the World beating MX-5 with their ‘California’ and ‘Gleneagles’ its ‘Monaco’ and a ‘BBR Turbo’, these too become collectible and for insurance purposes from just 15 years old.. Smart money is forget the overall value and age isnt everything, look for what is Special, limited in its run and unusual, THAT ladies and gentlemen is Future Classic or Collectible! And, if you really want to know more about this amazingly affordable, ultra reliable sports coupe, go the the MX-5 Owners Club..

All parked up
One of the many MX-5 Owners club gatherings

“There’s no magic rule to say when a vehicle becomes a ‘classic’,” says Tiddo Bresters, president of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles), “but reaching 30 years of age is one of FIVA’s clear criteria. 

“So in 2020 we’re delighted to welcome a whole new raft of 1990 classics to the fold, as they celebrate their 30th birthday, thanks to their caring owners. Historic vehicles don’t have to be hugely rare or valuable; the ‘new classics’ range from supercars to city cars to motorcycles – but all are important milestones in the story of our motoring heritage.” 

Happy 30th birthday to not only the MX-5 World beater but also…
The remarkable Honda NS-X, the first version of the much-admired V6 mid-engined two-seater, offering 160mph in a comfortable, practical, safe package but still a joy to drive. 

Again the first in a long line, the original Renault Clio supermini hit the streets in 1990 and rapidly became a familiar sight; small and unassuming, maybe, but a worthy classic. 

An object of both ridicule and great affection, the 1990 Trabant 1.1 was the fourth, final and rarest version of the East German car, now with a four-stroke instead of its infamous two-stroke engine. 

The iconic VW Transporter / Bus / Kombi dates back to 1950, but 1990 saw the introduction of the VW Transporter T4, the first with the engine in the front. 

At the other end of the performance spectrum, the Lamborghini Diablo – with its mid-mounted V12 and top speed close to 200mph – went on sale in January 1990. 

The Lotus Carlton looked like an ordinary saloon with a hefty bodykit but, thanks to Lotus, it drove like a sports car up to 177mph. Fancy it in red? You’re out of luck; they were all dark green. 

On two wheels rather than four, the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy went into production from 1990, a V-twin cruiser motorcycle with solid disc wheels. 

Or what about the Norton F1, the road-going, race-derived motorcycle that came only in black, gold and grey, in line with Norton’s John Player sponsorship? 

Meanwhile, 30th birthday wishes also to go the Aston Martin Virage VolanteBMW E36Ford Fiesta RS TurboNissan PrimeraFiat TempraToyota PreviaLand Rover Discovery five-doorMaserati ShamalSuzuki VX800 motorcycle and a great many more. 

What makes a vehicle ‘historic’?
According to FIVA, a historic vehicle is ‘a mechanically propelled road vehicle’ that is:

  • at least 30 years old
  • preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition
  • not used as a means of daily transport
  • part of our technical and cultural heritage 

MX-5 photograph
 by Makarand Baokar

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