1991 was an eventful year to say the least. Ayrton Senna won his 3rd Formula 1 world title. The Simpsons were coming into their 3rd season, George Bush declared victory in the Gulf War and the Super Nintendo was released to usher in a new generation of video game fans. Roseanne Barr and Molly Meldrum were a prominent figures on our TV screens, and Terminator 2 redefined what we thought could be done with the action movie.
Much to the future delight of some and the future chagrin of others, Ed Sheeran and Louis from One Direction came into the world. Unfortunately, neither Ed Sheeran nor the Super Nintendo can be officially classed as antiques yet. These 1991 cars though, under the rules of the Antique Automobile Club of America, certainly can.
Get ready to feel old, and possibly take another look at that insurance policy, because you could be driving a classic car and might not even know it.
Toyota MR2 W20
The W20 is easily the most-loved of the 3 generations that made up the history of the Toyota MR2 Spyder. Sleek as hell for its time, mid-engined and rear wheel drive (yep, just like a Porsche) the guy from Regular Car Reviews described the second generation MR2 as “proof that love exists, and it wants to be found.”
Ford EB Falcon
Older Ford Falcons are still everywhere on our roads, living out their final years in varying degrees of dignity as first cars for teenagers, as family coaches for those who still can’t let go of the 90s, and sitting on ridiculous wheels in low-income areas.
It did however usher in the era of the “XR” badge Falcons, so we have reason to thank them. Next time you see what appears to be a clapped out EB Falcon with about 800,000km on the clock, remind yourself that you’re looking at an antique, and appreciate it.
The Honda NSX is the first and only car on this list that’s already so respected, so admired and so revered that it already feels like a true classic. One of the truly great supercars of all time, the NSX was built to be faster, cheaper and more reliable than the Italian supercars that dominated the era, a task they were aided in by the great Senna himself.
Ferrari Testarossa 512 TR
The Ferrari 512 TM is, in my opinion, one of the best looking Ferraris ever made (or at least since the dawn of the 1970s). Keeping those classic side vents that made the original Testarossa about as synonymous with the 80s as Synthpop and cocaine addictions, the revised 512 TM brought a glimpse of the future to the model. It’s original flat-12 engine was also beefed up, taking its top speed nearly up to that magical 320km/h mark.
Mazda RX-7 FD
Yep! The very first FD RX-7, released in 1991 to massive acclaim, is pretty much seen as one of the best cars to come out of Japan. Whether or not you’re a permanent resident of Camp Rotary, there’s no denying that the third-gen RX-7 was one of the finest handling, well balanced and well ageing cars ever made.
Chances are on your way to work this morning you probably saw about 10 of these without even noticing. The Toyota Camry. The everyday car to end all everyday cars. Everything boring and brilliant about family motoring condensed into 2 words. Think of it basically like the automotive equivalent of the Antiques Roadshow, so I guess it’s only fitting that it’s now an antique itself.
Nissan Pulsar N14 GTI-R
One of the most stupidly quick, feared, revered and respected hot hatches ever, the GTI-R is about as obnoxious of an antiquity as they come. The N14 Pulsar had AWD which, when combined with it’s turbocharged 2 Litre engine, took the standard GTI-R from 0-100km/h in less than 5 seconds. A stripped-back NISMO edition was also produced, and it was also homologated for use in Group A rallying.