The turn of the millennium signalled a big change for modern Britain – including car design.
Is it just us, or has our perception of time passing been totally screwed up by the millennium?
The 90s feel at once like they literally just happened, and like they were a long, long time ago.
It’s not totally bonkers when you think about it.
Technology has advanced so rapidly that things like cassette tapes and CDs are basically obsolete, but streaming services keep the music that once played on them alive and current even 20 years later.
As for fashion, it’s always gone in circles – we’re praying the return of low-rise jeans doesn’t last long – but go into any high street shop and you’ll understand why Gen Z are dressing like an extra on the set of Friends.
And if you’ve got a Netflix account, you’re probably still watching shows that first aired during your school days, because new releases are prone to being cancelled one season in.
No wonder we can’t make sense of how much time has passed, when we’ve created a world that keeps pop culture standing still.
And we’re not necessarily mad about it.
There is something to be said for being the last generation to grow up in a world before smartphones, streaming and social media existed.
Before we were all chronically online.
But despite our ongoing nostalgia for a time long passed, something has actually managed to escape this peculiar time warp.
Car design has continued to propel itself into the future, leaving many beloved models behind. But when you consider how safety innovation is shaping car design, the past is where those familiar favourites belong.
All the same, you’d better strap on your seatbelts for this journey back to the 90s – and the iconic cars from our youths that (just sometimes) we really miss.