1980s Rover 200 Series

rover_220_turbo_coupe_1The Rover 200 Series, and later the Rover 25, are a series of compact cars produced under the British marque Rover from 1994 to 2005.

There have been three distinct generations of the Rover 200. The first generation was a four-door saloon car based on the Honda Ballade. The second generation was available in three or five-door hatchback forms, as well a coupé and cabriolet (in relatively small numbers). Its sister model, the Honda Concerto was built on the same production line in Rover’s Longbridge factory. The final generation was developed independently by Rover on the platform of its predecessor, and was available as a three or five-door hatchback. After the sale of Rover in 2000, and following a facelift, the model was renamed and sold as both the Rover 25 and MG ZR. Production ceased in 2005 when MG Rover went into administration. Production rights and tooling for the model, but not the Rover name, now belong to Chinese car manufacturer Nanjing Automotive.

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1995 Allied Dunbar – Lets Face the Music and Dance

allied_dunbar_logoThe Company was founded by Sir Mark Weinberg, Lord Joffe and Sir Sydney Lipworth after Abbey Life was taken over, when they obtained seed finance fromHambros Bank, and set up its headquarters in Swindon town centre in 1970 under the name ‘Hambro Life Assurance’.   It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1975.  The company expanded its financial adviser operations during the late 70’s and early 80’s, acquiring the Allied Unit Trusts of which it was soon the major unitholder, to become ‘Allied Hambro’ in 1984; after Hambros disposed of their highly profitable investment, changing to ‘Allied Dunbar’ in 1985 after it purchased Dunbar & Co., a small private bank; following the acquisition by BAT Industries,  the asset management department was hived off to form Threadneedle, and it was bought out by Zurich Financial Services in 1998.

Its forceful direct sales force became the Zurich Advice Network (ZAN) in 2001.  In 2005 and following changes in industry regulation ZAN evolved into a stand-alone limited entity known as Openwork – a directly authorised multi-tiered financial distribution network.

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1980 Ford Fiesta

ford feistaThe Ford Fiesta is a supermini car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1976 to present. It has been built in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, China, India, Taiwan, Thailand and South Africa.

In 2010, the sixth generation Fiesta (Mark VI)  had been introduced worldwide, including in the United States and Canada, making it the first Fiesta model to be sold in North America since the Fiesta Mark I was discontinued at the end of 1980.

The Fiesta has sold over 16 million units since 1976,  making it the third biggest selling Ford nameplate of all time behind the Escort and the F-series.

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1980 Elastoplast

elastoplastElastoplast is a brand of adhesive bandages (also called sticking plasters) and medical dressings made by Beiersdorf.  Beiersdorf bought UK and Commonwealth rights from the parent company, Smith & Nephew in 1992 for £46.5 million. It has become a genericized trademark for “sticking plaster” in some Commonwealth countries including the United Kingdom and Australia.

In some countries in Europe Hansaplast, a brand name started by Beiersdorf in 1922, is used instead.  A third trademark, named Curitas, is used in parts of Latin America.

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