The absolute Car of the Year record holder is Fiat with nine victories. It all began in 1967 with the 124, which is also recognisable to many as the Soviet-licensed VAZ-2101 that was steadily redeveloped into the boxy Lada Riva, which still maintained much of its 1967 DNA even in the early 1990s.

Runners-up: BMW 1600 and Jensen FF.