Top 10 best rally cars

Here are ten of the best rally cars, from the original Mini Cooper to the high-tech Mitsubishi Evo

Rallying is one of the oldest forms of motorsport. Its origins date back to the Paris-Rouen horseless carriage competition held in 1894 and the Monte Carlo Rally of 1911 generally being cited as the earliest rallying event.

This makes it at least 40 years older than Formula 1 and while it may take a more committed sort of enthusiast to camp out in a forest to catch a fleeting glimpse of a fire-breathing Citroen than it would to attend a Formula 1 GP, the experience arguably remains more involving.  

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With most rally cars being loosely based on production models, the link – however tenuous in reality – is still there when enthusiast see the familiar outline of a Ford Focus jumping its way across the horizon. Here we focus on a selection of the best rally cars from the late post-war era up to the turn of the century.

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They may not all have been the fastest or most successful on paper, but each car here left an indelible mark on the rallying world and they continue to evoke fond memories in generations of rallying enthusiasts to this day.


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