As February 2016 slides into memory, we bid a silent adieu to yet another theme.
So by way of round-up or merely a chagrined ‘how the hell did we fail to mention that’ groan, we return to the subject one last time to look at a couple of special editions we really should have got around to before now. First and most glaring (in every sense of the word) has to be the 1995 Volkswagen Polo Harlequin special edition. Between the Rock Tribute special editions we featured earlier and this duo, one can only speculate as to what those crazy guys & gals in Wolfsburg were imbibing? Solvents perhaps. But surely it can only have been blind prejudice and a staggering lack of vision that prevented VW’s European rivals from adopting this colour concept en-masse.
From the innovative house of British Leyland came this, the 1980 Austin Allegro Equipe. Appearances are often deceptive; it was so much more than a be-striped two door 1750HL. In fact, so good was the Equipe, the denizens of Portello were reportedly quaking in their hand-tooled brown suede loafers, so surely it can only have been blind prejudice and a staggering lack of vision on the part of the UK buying public that the Alfasud maintained its position of handling and performance benchmark. The Equipe deserved so much more.
In 1984 PSA began its sponsorship of French tennis – one that continues to this day. To mark this, a series of Roland Garros themed special edition Peugeots was created, the 1989 205 edition featuring attractive metallic green paintwork with a unique green/white upholstery, special Rolland Garros badging, and a white folding top. Surely it can only have been blind prejudice and a staggering lack of vision on the part of tennis authorities across the globe that prevented this concept from being served up worldwide. After all, who wouldn’t have coveted a Mercury Topaz Flushing Meadows?
Finally, staying with PSA, during 1988 and 89, French buyers – well mostly ladies if we’re honest – could drive away in a Citroen AX Air France Madame. Perhaps our readers from across the channel can cast further light on this curiosity which wasn’t even painted in Air France colours – instead being offered in (Jet?) black with little in the way of stand-out features, apart from some extra interior kit like twin interior vanity mirrors and small ‘Air France Madame’ door and tailgate badges. Nevertheless it can only have been blind prejudice and a staggering lack of vision on the part of the European aviation industry that this link between cars and national carriers didn’t take flight. What’s that you say? Lufthansa? Ford Ka? Oh crap.