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The World Cup of Classic Cars

Slide 1 of 25: It’s a question we ask ourselves every four years: who would win a football-derived international classic car tournament?We don’t mean having a kickaround with classic cars. That would be silly. No, we’re talking about a competition that pits countries against one another in a battle of motoring heritage – where their respective starting elevens are made up of that nation’s automotive history, from mainstream makes to obscure manufacturers.Can Poland, with its plucky Polski Fiat, topple Germany's arsenal of legendary marques? Can Uruguay, with its cities full of classics, clinch a shock win over the manufacturing might of Australia? And, with big hitters Italy and the USA out of the running, can some automotive upstart claim the crown?You don't have to wait until 15 July to find out: here's the inaugural Classic Car World Cup – based on the entrants to this year’s footballing equivalent.

Slide 2 of 25: First up, we’ve got the group stages – and Group A offers slim pickings in the heritage stakes. With no car-making history to speak of, Saudi Arabia never leaves the bottom of the table, while Egypt’s state-owned Nasr car company – founded in the ‘60s – proves to be no Salah compared to the countless classics kept alive on Uruguay’s roads. Top spot goes to host nation Russia, though, with its rugged Lada and GAZ wagons dominating the opposition.

Slide 3 of 25: Into Group B (no, not that one) and we see a closer reflection of the footballing world in our four-wheeled competition. It’s an all-Mediterranean affair at the top, with Spanish classics – including a raft of Fiat-derived Seat machines and several BMC models marketed through Authi – edging out a sterling effort from Portgual’s racing Edfor marque and the '50s Alba. Despite its fleet of Mercedes taxis and a host of French makers on its property, Morocco finishes a disappointing third, with Iran hauled off to the authorities for alleged badge-engineering on the Hillman Hunter-derived Paykan.

Slide 4 of 25: Firm favourites France put on a class performance to head up Group C, with the heady team of Renault, Peugeot and Citroën achieving a clean sweep. Australia comes in a respectable second, the decades-long Ford/Holden story backed up by the manufacturing might of Mitsubishi, Toyota and even British Leyland. Peru’s 1908 Grieve machine is only good enough to beat down-and-out Denmark, whose campaign is blighted when its DAB bus is disqualified on account of being, well, a bus.


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