Lancaster Insurance Pride Of Ownership cars and stories
By Lancaster Insurance Services |
4th March, 2016
A mixed bag of stunning classic cars have been confirmed for the Pride of Ownership display, to be sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, held 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC. Here, we announce the vehicles over a number of days.
Richard Atkinson’s 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk
Richard Atkinson’s father owned the only Studebaker Golden Hawk imported into the UK. Even after his father sold it, Richard was hooked on Studebakers, and in 1998 Richard finally managed to buy the car from its then-current owner. Unfortunately, it was too far-gone to restore, but this didn’t stop him. “I bought a similar car in 2005, but in 2006 the workshop it was in caught fire. It, and ten other cars, were incinerated. I’d lost my second Golden Hawk.”
Many people would have given up here, but Richard started looking again, buying a third example in 2007. The car had been off the road since 1983, but it was Richard’s best bet so far. After a five-and-a-half year bare shell restoration taking over 1100 man-hours, the car was completed in April 2012.
“It’s not a numbers-matching car but that doesn’t matter,” says Richard, “It’s got a fully reconditioned Packard 352 engine and Ultramatic 2-speed transmission, which are correct OEM units. It’s also a period correct colour scheme, and Studebaker’s most popular for 1956.”
With just over 600 left worldwide, you’re not likely to see many in the UK – and none in this condition. Even in America, the car’s homeland, Golden Hawks of this calibre are rare. “It’s automotive art, and I love the amount of smiles and waves it garners from young and old alike!”
Harry Constable’s 1952 Humber Pullman Limo
Harry Constable was told when he got his Humber Pullman that it was beyond restoration – too much work and too few spares. The seller didn’t know Harry’s father had had four, and there were several spares dotted around his home!
“A gentleman near Glasgow owned it first, and used it for weddings, funerals, and taxi service,” says Harry, “But the engine seized in 1957, so the car was stored until he could afford to fix it!”
Before this could happen, the Scottish owner died, and the car was left to a man in Cambridgeshire. He stored it, intending to rebuild it, but decided he was too old for such a project. He put the car into an online auction, where Harry’s daughters saw it and bought it for him in 2012.
“It took me three years, and there were some challenges! Some parts I had to make from scratch, and some I had to adapt from other cars. The pistons and liners had to be shipped in from Australia! But as I did my City and Guild certificates in 1972, I had a good grounding in older cars and nothing was too hard to achieve.”
And Harry feels it was worth it for the way the car floats down the road, as well as the memories of the Pullmans his father had. Winston Churchill had six of them too – clearly a happy customer to have had so many. “And I bet 7-8mpg wasn’t a problem for him!” says Harry.
James Basey’s 1964 Vauxhall Viva HA Deluxe
James Basey might only have had his Viva since August, but the 20-year-old is already getting stuck in. He’s had his car fully resprayed after bodywork repairs.
“The rear wheel arches were rusted through and both of the doors were shot when I bought the car. There was also some minor damage across the vehicle. HA Vivas are getting rare, especially in good condition, and I wanted to preserve this one.”
James owns a second Viva – and these aren’t his first step in classic car ownership; his first car was a Mini.
“I like the shape of the HA Viva. Not many people do, but the sharp lines with curves at the back drew me to the car.”
James hasn’t needed to do much else – four years ago it had new wings, bits of chrome, and a poor respray which has since been rectified. It’s had a new clutch and tyres, but baring that it’s mechanically perfect.
Insurance at such a young age is difficult, so James is considering selling his second Viva. “I’d rather use the money I’d need to insure a second classic at my age to make the first one as good as I can. I do have a modern car as well, so I don’t need two classics. But we’ll see.”
David Oxford’s 1970 Rover 3500S NADA
David Oxford has owned a North American Spec P6 3500 before, just prior to buying his first Rolls Royce in 1995. “I regretted parting with the car and have always hankered after another one. Well back in April 2006 one came my way, and believe it or not it was almost identical to the first one so I had to have it!”
David had previously worked for Hooper and Co, and decided to apply his skills to the interior of his Rover. The door caps and dash were all replaced with 'burr walnut veneers, all the upholstery was covered in black leather, and the carpets were replaced with green Wilton.
“I installed Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit head rests to all the seats and Silver Shadow illuminated vanity mirrors in the rear quarter panels. The non existent radio was replaced with an Alpine radio/cd player with four speakers mounted in the doors – Rolls-Royce fashion.”
Mechanically the engine has received a top end overhaul including the carburettors. But David’s final mod was the best of all: a champagne bar installed in the centre rear armrest, with two mini bottles of Moet and two fine cut crystal glasses!!
Lee Roberts’ 1992 Mini ‘John Cooper Tribute’
Lee’s Mini was his first car – and he’s made it his own. It started as a Cooper 1.3 SPI, and was bought from a woman in his hometown of Oundle.
“It’s had seven owners, and it was once a company car with a solicitor in London. I used it every day for 12 years, then it got to the point where it needed a lot of attention.”
Lee stripped the car to a bare shell, before rebuilding it to the spec you see today. The BRG with white roof original has given way to a BRG shell with a Gunmetal roof, while inside there are Porsche 924 front seats and a full retrim in green leather with grey Alcantara.
“My children love the Mini - my daughter Lily aged six has grown up with it and loves going to shows with me. My son William aged two loves the noise it makes and loves going on little outings in it. My wife Danielle is not its biggest fan but likes it a lot more now it's been restored.”
Artie Lofts’ 1972 Triumph Stag
Artie had a Stag many years ago, and the memories never quite left him, so in 2014, he bought another – but with a twist; this one was a long term Practical Classics feature car in the 1990s.
“I bought it because of its history,” says Artie, “Its restoration was clearly documented in Practical Classics, and while it was showing its age it looked like a good car. The former owner in Gatwick had bought it for his wife but she didn’t like it – it drove beautifully back to Grimsby.”
It needed a little love – with crazed paint and tired trim. So Artie had the shell stripped and a lot of unnecessary filler removed, before a full respray. It’s also been retrimmed with new seats and door cards.
“I’ve had the wheels polished, and rebuilt the engine with help from Robsport. I think it’s not in the condition it was when Practical Classics finished its first restoration – it’s not a concours car, but I don’t mind because I bought it to enjoy it.”
Anthony Clapcott’s 1984 Austin Ambassador HLS
Anthony’s Ambassador was bought the usual way – “My dad had one which I learned to drive in, and I had to have this one when I saw it in a housing estate in Warrington!” The car had done just 40,000 miles, and was in sound condition.
“I heard nothing for four months, having left my number with the owner’s neighbour.” But then he was invited to discuss the car – and bought it soon after.
A thorough service, new belts, new fuel and a replacement carburettor was all it needed to run – the carb fitted to save tuning twin carbs to run properly. A replacement exhaust and tyres were fitted to make it roadworthy – but bodily, all it needed was a good polish.
In December 2014, Anthony removed the engine to cure a leak from the crank pulley, and while he was at it had the car resprayed. “It wasn’t bad – but every panel has a small defect. I stripped it and took it to a local bodyshop.”
Anthony’s Ambassador will never be sold – it makes him smile too much! “I love the attention from passers-by too.”
Stuart Turp’s 1969 Capri 1600 GTXLR
Stuart’s Capri is rare – not only was 1969 the launch year, but his car has every option pack available. “It’s a GT XLR, which means it has everything from leatherette trim to a chrome tailpipe. The Capri was the car you always promised yourself – I bought this one in 1989 having promised myself just that!”
Stuart restored the car himself, though work was slow at first. He’s recently had the bodywork re-done by a local garage, with new wings, a new front valance and a full respray of the original Amber Gold. “It wasn’t cheap, but money isn’t the point of an old car and to me it’s worth every penny. It’s exactly how I want it now, and correct in every detail.” The back axle was also powdercoated at the same time, and Stuart refurbished the wheels and detailed the wheel arch areas himself.
Stuart’s car has featured in Heartbeat and The Damned United, among other television credits. It’s also won several awards and trophies at car shows up and down the country, and has been featured as part of the coveted Meguiar’s Club Showcase. This is the first show Stuart has taken the car to since its recent new paint, and he’s looking forward to it. “I’ve always been a Ford man, and I’ve had 11 Capris now – MK1s, MK2s and MK3s. To me, it’s like a poor man’s Jag!”
Ben Lambert ‘s 1992 Mazda RX7 FD3S Type R
Ben Lambert loves his Mazda RX7. He’s always wanted to own one before the age of 25, and bought this car in 2012 from his cousin, after asking for first refusal. “The second owner imported the car to the UK, but wasn’t the best keeper for it. It ended up having a blown engine, bodywork issues and interior parts missing by the time my cousin bought and rebuilt it. He decided to sell the car due to working unsociable work hours and didn’t see the need to keep it anymore.”
Within the first year it had OEM Mazdaspeed trim parts and had been resprayed, while Ben found the missing interior trim and refitted it. He’s had several pulleys and brackets under the bonnet anodised in purple, it’s been lowered, features uprated brakes and a retrimmed interior. It’s getting to the point where he’s happy with it, and it’s been seen at several Japanese car events in the UK. “I do have future plans for finishing it off, so it doesn’t stop here. I just need to find the bits!”
Ben Lambert ‘s 1999 Mazda RX7 FD3S Bathurst
Ben Lambert bought this RX7 Bathurst Edition in 2013 from a passionate RX7 enthusiast. It had been imported into the UK in 1995, and rebuilt by specialist Rotechnic in 2003. “I’d been searching for a Bathurst, as I wanted a project car to sit alongside my good car. This car had been looked after, but I wanted to take it to my own level.”
Ben’s had it painted, as well as fitting a single turbocharger conversion and having the head ported. “I think it’s putting out about 500bhp,” says Ben, “I’ve uprated the injectors and fitted a K+N Turbo filter to sit alongside the new GT35r turbo. It’s a lot of fun!”
Just 700 Bathursts were made, all of which had interior upgrades and red trim. Ben’s made a few changes but the unique interior remains. “Inside, I’ve not really changed anything. I’ve found some factory floor mats, which are a rare accessory now, but most of my work has been under the bonnet.” It’s been painted to get rid of some slight paint defects, and the wheels have a custom finish. “I wanted one before I was 25, and I achieved that. Now I’ve got a pair of beautiful RX7s, I’m happy – but there’s always something more to do.”
Steve Turton’s 1985 Jaguar XJ-SC
Steve’s Jaguar was intended for America, but never got there. “It’s part of a pilot batch of US spec XJ-SCs, but because Jaguar was concerned that convertibles would be outlawed the cars never made it.” Jaguar stored the cars for some time, then they were converted to RHD by the night shift and sold here. “The side running lights and the leather patch on the left doorcard where the mirror controls were are the main differences. This car was the first of ten black examples in the back, and one of just two in triple-black – body, roof and trim.” Built in 1983, it wasn’t registered until 1985 – making this car early enough to have been built in conjunction with Tickford. Production moved in-house in 1984. “It was used by Jaguar Cars for several years, and has links with a well-known test cricket player.”
John Ducker’s 1960 Austin Healey 3000 MK1
“When I was a student in 1971,” recalls John Ducker, “I had an Austin A40. I went on holiday to Cornwall, saw a Healey 100/4 in a garage, and went for a look at it. The seller wanted my A40 plus £10, I offered him the car and £5. The next day he phoned and accepted. I drove it for six months, then sold it to buy my wife’s engagement ring.”
In 2006, John decided to look for a classic car for his retirement, and found an A40 which he repainted the same colour as his first one. When he finally retired in 2012, he started looking for a Healey and found this car on eBay in America. It took 24 months for John and his brother – who did the welding – to restore, including new floors, sills, and repair panels to the wings and doors.
“It looks brilliant,” John enthuses, “We finished it in September 2015, just in time to miss the summer, so it’s not really had much use. But everything is done just how I want it now, ready to use and enjoy. I’ve since bought another two Healeys to restore – it’s a full blown case of Healeyitis!”
Jim Scott’s 1966 Ford Cortina Deluxe
Jim Scott’s only ever owned one classic car – and was inspired by his brother. “He had a Lotus Cortina, which I liked and which prompted me to look for a project of my own. I bought my Cortina Deluxe in 1990 – it belonged to a friend’s uncle, who had had it from new.”
Jim’s a Ford fan, having owned nothing else in a fifty year motoring career – his current daily driver is a Focus.
Prior to retirement Jim was a mechanic, which meant he had the perfect facilities to see what he’d bought. Unfortunately, when he put the car on a lift and got underneath he found he’d dived in at the deep end – there wasn’t much metal in there.
“It took me two years of night and weekends to restore – and I did everything except the top coat of paint myself at home. The interior was in excellent condition, and needed no work. I had to rebuild the engine but the gearbox and axle are still going strong as they left the factory.”
Jim’s no stranger to winning awards with the car, having collected well over 500 for the car in his ownership. “I won 30 awards last year – and it’s not like the car’s a trailer queen, we did 7000 miles in 2015. I’ve been in the final of eight successive Autoglym Concours, it’s been in the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, and it’s been a class champion in the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Champion of Champions event multiple times.”
Jim’s done over 180000 miles in the car since restoration, spanning the length and breadth of Britain. But then, when a car is your pride and joy, that’s what it’s there for.
David Woods’ 1960 Austin A40 Farina
After 18 years in storage, David’s A40 was destined for the scrapyard, until it was bought by a man called John Osborne. “All the club members told him that he would need numerous panels, a welder and lots of patience,” says David, “That advice turned out to be completely wrong!”
Over the next year John stripped the car down and painted it. Not a single panel or weld was needed. The correct shade of BMC Tartan Red was applied to the body, but John decided that the original BMC black roof wasn't black enough so he used Taxi black to paint the roof.
The car still retains its original paint in its wheel arches. The engine and gearbox have been painted, the brakes rebuilt and a new clutch fitted. In 2003 the car was returned to the road.
After 12 years enjoying the car, John put the car up for sale – David saw it and bought it within the hour by phone.
“Since I have owned the car I have had a classic car specialist undertake a thorough front to back and top to bottom service. This included replacing all but one of the rubber hoses and a thorough flush out of the engine and radiator.”
All David has to do now is repair a hidden split in the driver’s seat. Barring that, it’s ready to enjoy.
David Moult’s 1974 MGB GT V8
David Moult got his MGBGT V8 from his father. “It was garaged for 32 years before I had it from him!” David restored the car over a two-year period starting in 2013, replacing every component which had worn and bringing the car back to as new condition. The MGB GT V8 was MG’s second attempt at spicing up the MGB, after the six cylinder MGC. It was inspired by the conversions of Ken Costello, though the conversion was engineered as to fit under the standard MGB bonnet. Its first event was MGLive at Silverstone in June, where he entered it into the Pride of Ownership competition. “I was amazed to find I had come second – it’s really rewarding after all the effort I’ve put in. To be here is the icing on the cake!”
Paul Riley’s 1986 Audi Quattro
When Paul was growing up, the Audi Quattro was the car all his friends wanted. "I was no different", he says, "All I wanted was to have my own Audi Quattro. And now I have!"
Paul bought the car from its third owner in 2006, at which point it has been part of a collection for five years. The previous owner never drove it, even though it was his pride and joy. But that’s not what I’m about –I wanted it to be my fun car, so when I burned a piston out I stripped it and rebuilt it from top to bottom to get it how I wanted it.
The colour scheme is unique –Paul’s car was Mars Red, but having grown up watching rally Quattros
he’s emulated the look with a factory spec stripe kit. Dad and I both used to go and watch the Lombard rally, that’s where it all comes from. The Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show is only the car’s second show appearance since the rebuild, and the car is testament to the quality of his work. I’ll never sell it –I love it far too much!
Andrew Underwood’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
Andrew has owned his Silver Shadow for 16 years and has won many awards.
To enable him to aim higher and enter bigger, more prestigious events however he knew he'd have to move onto the next stage of total restoration. He has worked on the car till all times of the night spending 14 months and many hundreds of hours stripping and re-assembling the car with the help of his workshop manual and by asking advice from professionals.
Andrew is immensely proud of the restoration work he has achieved and delighted with how this magnificent Silver Shadow looks now. He's looking forward to exhibiting it throughout the 2014 Classic Season and if he gets the response he'd like and indeed the response it deserves then he'll enter his Rolls Royce into some of the National Awards. That said, Andrew has had a taste of the glory that could welcome with a National accolade as his Rolls reached the top 50 of The Classic Car Of The Year Award 2013.
Geoffrey New Souldern, Oxfordshire 1986 Mercedes 300SL
One owner from new isn’t something you can say about many classic cars, but Geoffrey New’s Mercedes SL is one of them. “I ordered it new exactly 30 yrs ago and collected it from the factory at Stuttgart in May 1986.I ran it in driving through the Black Forest and Alps returning to the factory for a first service. I have owned it ever since.”
Geoffrey’s car is a 100th anniversary model, commemorating 100 years of the Benz Car Company. It’s in original condition, though it’s been sympathetically restored when needed. The suspension and top end were refurbished approximately 14000 miles ago, and it’s had a new hood to replace the sun damaged original. “I was fortunate enough to be able to spend four years in New Zealand, I took the car. What better way of touring?”
Geoffrey claims his Mercedes is the cheapest car he’s ever owned in terms of cost per mile – “The fact that I have owned the car continually for 30 years is testament to its quality.”
Martin Healey’s SAAB 96 2-stroke
Martin first bought a SAAB 35 years ago, after his wife Mandy guided him toward them.
“I’d always wanted a two stroke 96, but it became impractical as an everyday car and so it had to wait until I could buy a project seven years ago.”
The intention was to restore it, and for Michael and Mandy to take it to shows together.
“We were looking forward to seeing and enjoying the car when it was done –Mandy loved the shape of it.”
Sadly, Mandy died before the project was completed, and so never saw the finished car.
“The only way I felt I could continue with the restoration was to do it for her, and dedicate the car to her. I think she would have been very proud of the result.”
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To celebrate our love for classic cars, Lancaster Insurance is giving enthusiasts another opportunity to purchase its Special Edition Top Trumps packs.Club of the month – Blackpool Thunder Car Club
Launched this month (July), Blackpool Thunder is a TVR club for the 21st Century. Spearheaded by Steve Charlesworth, Alex Leith and Howard Bryan, the club is run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and welcomes all TVR owners and fans.CAR OF THE MONTH – FRED DUKES AND HIS 1958 BEDFORD CA “ARISTOCRAT”
When you see a 1958 Bedford CA “Aristocrat”, you instantly know you are in the presence of a vehicle of distinction. There is the timber framing on the bodywork, the wonderfully over-the-top bonnet mascot and the opening Perspex rear windows.
28 July 2020
Hitting the road in a classic camper can be a dream holiday but it also comes at a cost. If your last campervan trip cost more than you planned, make sure you follow these tips for a more affordable adventure next time.
24 July 2020
In our last blog about the Viva HB Brabham, we noted its HA predecessor and how just one is believed to survive. The owner of that very car recently contacted us and so here is the story of Andrew Pyle’s Vauxhall - one of the most exclusive vehicles ever to wear the Griffin badge.THE JAGUAR XJ COUPE - A CELEBRATION
Some cars have the rare distinction of being even more exquisite in the metal than they are in PR photos – such as the Jaguar XJ Coupe.60 YEARS OF SEAT BELTS IN BRITISH CARS
The Jensen 541S was quite a star of the 1960 London Motor Show. As compared with its 541R predecessor, it was four inches wider, lacked the familiar adjustable front air flap and featured a limited-slip differential and Dunlop disc brakes fore and aft.
21 July 2020
In 1931, HM Government published a new book for ‘ the instruction and education of all road users as to their duties and obligations to one another and to the community as a whole’.THE AUSTIN MINI METRO – A CELEBRATION
The 1980 International Motor Show was quite an event for my ten-year-old self, and two cars in particular attracted vast crowds at the NEC.MEET THE OWNERS – FRED DUKES AND ADRIAN MILLER WITH THEIR VAUXHALL VIVA BRABHAMS
Some vehicles take on an almost mythical quality; such is their rarity; the Morris-badged Metro Van, the basic-specification Austin A110 Westminster and, of course, the Brabham Viva HB.
15 July 2020
Few light commercials are an essential part of 20th-century music and film culture – but the BMC J4 achieved this on two occasions.
14 July 2020
The year is 1966 and families from Southampton to Croydon are avidly taking part in Heinz’s “Greatest Glow On Earth” competition. Entrants were asked to pair eight soups with a tempting array of main courses and to complete the phrase ‘I like to take Heinz soup on a picnic because…’.60 YEARS OF THE PEUGEOT 404
In the 1960s, advertisements for the 404 might contain the phrase ‘wins again!’, for the mighty Peugeot took first place in the East African Safari no fewer than four times.Meet The Owner- Theo Kyriacou and His Lancia Trevi
Anyone who visited the 1980 Motor Show will recall the crowds around the new Austin Min Metro and Ford Escort Mk. III – plus a new Lancia, for the Trevi made its British debut at the NEC.
13 July 2020
It would be fair to say that the Magnette ZA created quite a stir at the 1953 Motor Show. The name may have been borrowed from a pre-war racer, but it was the first MG with monocoque bodywork and the first to use the British Motor Corporation’s 1.5-litre ‘B-series’ unit.MEET THE OWNER – PAUL COLLARD AND HIS TRIUMPH RENOWN
‘I’ve always liked the ‘30s and ‘40s look of British cars - the sound, the leather, the body lines - but had only owned ‘70s Triumph Dolomites! Approaching retirement from Sussex Police, I started to look for the next Classic’.
10 July 2020
2020 marks the 70th birthday of several key post-war models, from the Ford Zephyr Mk. I to the Jaguar Mk.
09 July 2020
Forty-one years ago, the sight of a new Rover V8S in the company car park was a sign that its owner had ‘arrived’.
08 July 2020
Classic car shows are relaxed weekends that are fun for the whole family. To make the most out of your visit, we’ve listed a few simple dos and don’ts below.The pros and cons of owning a classic
Thinking of buying a classic car? Fantastic idea! But before you dive into the world of Morris Minors or MG Midgets, it’s wise to take a moment to think.
03 July 2020
Many classic car lovers dread having to give up their beloved motor when they start a family. But having kids doesn’t mean your days of stylish motoring are behind you. In fact, there are several models of classic car that will suit your love for all things retro and still fit two child seats in the back.
02 July 2020
Peter Sellers, who died forty years ago today, was quite possibly the greatest actor of post-war British cinema, despite a spate of dreadful pictures towards the end of his life.Mandatory MOTs to be reinstated from August
Update: The government has confirmed that mandatory MOT testing will be introduced from 1st August in England, Scotland and Wales. The announcement comes with the gradual easing of lockdown restriction and rising traffic levels.
30 June 2020
The Renault Owners’ Club is run by a group of volunteers and is recognised and supported by Renault UK.CAR OF THE MONTH – CHRIS POLLIN’S PONTIAC TRANS AM
When Chris Pollin takes his Trans Am for a spin, the public reaction is sometimes dramatic. This is hardly surprising, for not only is the Pontiac a rather magnificent vehicle in its own right, but it is also a doppelganger for the star of a certain television programme.DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MISTER SOFTEE ICE CREAM VAN?
The arrival of an ice cream van was once as much a part of a summer evening as a schedule of television programmes that you would generally avoid.
26 June 2020
How do you keep yourself and your family protected from the small but potentially serious risk of becoming infected by germs that have lingered on your dashboard or steering wheel? Our quick guide gives you the basics.How to manage on-board water in your motorhome
Read on for our quick guide to water in your motorhome. And remember – a good water system is just one of the motorhome essentials you need to put in place.MEET THE OWNER – JAMES BARNES AND HIS MG METRO TURBO
As the Metro approaches its 40th birthday, it seems only appropriate to pay tribute to one of the rarest and most desirable versions.
25 June 2020
As recently as the 1980s, you might regularly encounter a medium-sized van that resembled an inverted soap-dish.
24 June 2020
UPDATE: the latest advice from the government yesterday makes it clear that camp sites and caravan parks in England can open from 4th July, if they are Covid-secure.
23 June 2020
When the world was young and The Goodies ruled BBC2, the sound of a Wales and Edwards electric motor was as much a part of the morning’s routine as hearing the postman’s BLMC J4.MEET THE OWNER – STEVE WATKINS AND HIS 1982 TOYOTA HI-ACE DEVON CAMPER
‘I bought my Toyota Hi-Ace Campervan in 2018 having looked at VW “Bay Window” Vans, but I wanted something a bit more a) unusual and b) reliable’.
18 June 2020
When looking at photographs of 1980s traffic, you often encounter Japanese cars that have now almost entirely vanished – the Mitsubishi Spacewagon, the second-generation Honda Accord, and the Nissan Stanza60 YEARS OF THE VOLVO P1800
If you were watching ITV in the 1960s a Volvo P1800 would have seemed almost impossibly glamorous.
16 June 2020
An Alfasud 1200 has to be one of the most popular choices for the ‘How Many Are Left” lists of cars.THE RANGE ROVER AT 50
The 17th June saw the launch of one of a select group of cars that deserves to be referred to as ‘iconic’. And so, here are 12 facts about the Range Rover:MEET THE OWNER – ANDREW JONES TURTON AND HIS TRIUMPH TOLEDO
‘I always get the “nice Dolomite mate” - I can’t help but put them right by telling them it’s a Toledo’. Andrew Jones Turton‘s 1973 example is now an unusual sight, but in their heyday, they were the Triumph that you were most likely to encounter outside of the Co-op.
12 June 2020
In the 1970s I would occasionally encounter a well-polished blue & cream Vanguard Luxury Six.60 YEARS OF THE LANCIA FLAVIA
There are some cars that revel in their exuberance – their very appearance proclaims to the world ‘I’ve arrived and to prove it I’m here!’.
10 June 2020
Some cars seemed destined to become remembered as only a “missing link” between two popular models, yet the 875 deserves a better fate.MEET THE OWNER – DOUG MOODY AND HIS FORD CORTINA “WOODY” ESTATE
Doug Moody is the proud owner of a very fine collection of Consul Cortina Mk. Is – including a version that is widely remembered, despite it enjoying a limited production run.
09 June 2020
‘I have lived at my present address since 1985 and didn’t know my close neighbour Keith had a car until about seven years later’.SUMMER MOTORING – 1970S STYLE
As the summer approaches, here are seven recollections about the joys of holiday motoring during the 1970sDO YOU REMEMBER – THE PEUGEOT 604?
1975 saw the introduction of the three cars that shared the 2.7-litre V6 PRV engine.
02 June 2020
In this blog we’re not focusing on the major “Bond Cars” but the sort of vehicles that were within reach of the average cinema patron.
29 May 2020
With lockdown being gradually eased and from Monday, car show rooms in England being able to trade, people appear to be turning their attentions to purchasing a new car.CAR OF THE MONTH – DAVID BROOKS AND HIS 1961 FORD PREFECT 107E
Since we last met David’s Ford Prefect 107E, it has been treated to new main bearings and a fresh coat of paint. There have also been ‘little repairs’ to the off-side wheel arch and the bottom corner of the bonnet – and last year the Prefect appeared on the Boston ClassicHow to spot a gem when buying a classic car
Buying a classic car should be one of the most exciting purchases of your life. These cars are treats for most people - a significant investment of money, time and emotion. Yet the reality is that many people find it a process fraught with danger and risk.
27 May 2020
‘Pure Ford fire, neatly packed into the race-bred, over-square engine’. That is how Dagenham marketed their first post-war car to bear the “GT” badge.CLUB OF THE MONTH - THE "BEARS"
The “Bears”, as they are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts. Since the club was formed in 1989, their primary aim has been to raise money for children’s charities through their own social, dream rides and touring events, and to support other charitable events.REFLECTIONS ON THE 1970S CAR SHOW
Our mission, should we decide to accept it, was to create an online event on the Classic Car Enthusiasts Forum – Powered by Lancaster Insurance that people could engage with throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend. It would embrace all forms of 1970s motoring life, from Dr. A.F. Kendal’s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II and Peter R.
19 May 2020
In the 1950s and 1960s, you were as much likely to see a Scammell Scarab in red & cream British Railways livery as a Lyons Corner House or a police constable on point duty.
15 May 2020
‘The original Herald design sketch was of a coupé. To my mind, it is the best-looking body style for a Herald, and the two-tone red and white paint is also my favourite colour combination’. And Rich Philpot’s 1963 example is the epitome of the Triumph that you could ‘Park With Pride!’
13 May 2020
As road traffic is now reduced to 1955 levels, here is a glimpse into a lost world.MEET THE OWNER – SHANE FENTON AND HIS 1958 BEDFORD CA
‘I restore cars as a hobby and intended to give it a makeover, but to be honest, it’s too original, and I love it the way it is like a time machine’.THE ISETTA – THE BMW FROM BRIGHTON
In the 1950s there were three British towns or boroughs associated with the assembly of overseas vehicles – Acton for Renault, Slough for Citroën and Brighton for the BMW Isetta.
12 May 2020
UPDATE: the latest advice from the government makes it clear that non-essential travel in England over greater distances is now allowed. We have been receiving a lot of enquiries so have put together the guidance below to ensure you stay within the law as you take your classic car out again.
07 May 2020
Gavin Bushby is not only the Chairman of the Fiat Motor Club; he is also the proud owner of a very unusual Coventry-built saloon: a Talbot Solara Rapier. ‘Beautiful gold, with brown, brown, beige, and brown velour’. And the colour scheme was not the only attraction of this fine car as it presented the driver with plush ‘inserts on the door trim pads and ‘front hockey-stick armrests’.
04 May 2020
Thirty-four years ago, Patrick Bradley’s Austin Montego HL was as familiar a sight as people fleeing from Sigue Sigue Sputnik on Top of The Pops. He came this now rare car ‘last year as my dad had Maestros and Montego when I was a kid. I wanted to get one to remind me of my childhood. These cars were everywhere when I was growing up in the 90s – now there is hardly any left sadly.’
30 April 2020
Nostalgia for the 90s is in full swing at the moment – it’s enough to make those of us old enough to vividly remember the decade feel very old indeed.CLUB OF THE MONTH - The Fiat Motor Club
The Fiat Motor Club (GB) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the motoring enjoyment of its members. You don’t have to own a Fiat to join, just a love for all things Italian such as cars, food and lifestyle.Ways you can save money when taking out insurance
If your insurance is up for renewal, we’d encourage you to give the team a call directly to discuss your circumstances. As a specialist classic broker, we truly understand the industry and can offer a number of benefits with our policies including a two year agreed value option, vital protection such as salvage retention options and choice of repairer are available.
29 April 2020
Ian Quarry remarks that his 1965 Morris Mini Traveller is often 'smiled at and noticed…'. This is not surprising, as the car that represented 'Wizardry at work again!'
28 April 2020
Manoeuvring a motorhome on Britain’s busy roads can be a challenge at the best of times. Narrow, congested lanes can mean getting your motorhome from A to B takes a fair amount of skill and precision.
27 April 2020
May 1950 saw the debut of a car with a fair claim to being the most important post-war Alfa Romeo. The 1900 was both their first with unitary bodywork and their first with LHD. The Italian rule of the road had changed from left to right in 1924.
23 April 2020
Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show have announced the 2020 event has been cancelled, due to the on-going climate, but can confirm the date for the 2021 show is Sunday 18th July.
22 April 2020
It would be fair to say that Dan Godley is a dyed in the wool Ford Granada enthusiast. ‘After I passed my driving test in 1994 I bought a 2-Litre for £40’.
21 April 2020
‘I’ve always had retro or classic cars. I was just looking for a new project and found the Granada. The fact it was an old police car was an added bonus, and it’s just opened up a whole new world’. B 457 AHJ is ‘a 2.8 Automatic’, and the mileage is just under 104,000.
20 April 2020
The 4CV is, without any sense of hyperbole, one of Renault’s most famous cars. It was their first to sell more than a million units, and it was developed in circumstances that are hard to envisage.
16 April 2020
An MG 1100 has to be one of the most attractive cars of its generation - especially when finished in Connaught Green. Brian Hall came across his 1967 example five years ago – ‘it appeared at local shows having just been bought from the original owner who had kept it for 40 years, I had the first refusal on it, but I thought he wanted too much for it so I didn’t buy it’MARK CLINTON’S FIAT 130 BERLINAS
As a child growing up in rural Hampshire in the early 1970s, there was a select group of cars that seemed to exemplify an impossibly remote world of glamour. Admittedly, I was raised in a village where Marty Wilde was still regarded as a young Teddy Boy and watching BBC2 a sign of dangerous radicalism. The fact that my family ran a succession of near wrecks also shaped my views concerning automotive excellence. At that time I classed any vehicle where the passenger door did not actually fall off as a “luxury car”.When Did You Last See – A Vauxhall Royale Coupe?
John Worth’s splendid Royale Coupe is a ‘not quite one family’ car. It belonged to his father ‘until 1985. He liked six-cylinder Vauxhalls, needed a hatchback and four seats - and enough towing capacity for a horsebox’.
15 April 2020
In the spring of 1980, a new motoring title hit the W H Smiths and Martins of the nation. The front cover featured an Austin A40 “Farina” and a Riley 4/47 while the name of this new publication was Practical Classics. And, in the words of the 2020 editor Danny Hopkins ‘the 40th anniversary edition is the May issue which goes on sale on 15th April’.Sir Stirling Moss 17th September 1929 – 12th April 2020
Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss passed away on the 12th April at the age of 90. His racing career commenced in 1948 as an 18-year-old racer in a Cooper 5000 and ended 14 years later with his crash at the International 100 race at Goodwood. During that time, as Giles Richards wrote in The Guardian, he went on:Mazda MX-5 winner joined Brian Chandler on track day
On Friday 6th March John Williams, the winner of our MX-5 competition last year, joined Lancaster Insurance and Brian Chandler at Donington Park to test the Mazda at one of the most internationally renowned and historically significant circuits in the world.
14 April 2020
Just as with cinema, food and literature, every country has its own unique take on car manufacture. Historically, the Europeans and Japanese have highlighted handling, while the traditional American approach was to go for power. And they don’t get much more powerful than the American muscle cars of the 60s and early 70s.
08 April 2020
‘People usually believe that the car is a hearse. As almost every car is now a hatchback, she does not generate that much attention anymore, but Jaguar folks are all highly amazed that there was ever a five-door XJ’. And this is quite understandable for the marque expert Georg Dönni owns one of the most exclusive cars ever to wear the famous Daimler fluted grille.
07 April 2020
There are some quite incredible classic car rallies to be found out there. As long as your classic car is up to the challenge (rallies can be quite the endurance test), you should really consider participating in one. But where?
02 April 2020
For many, spring signifies starting the engine of our classics and looking forward to the season ahead. This year, however, we understand enthusiasts will be unsure when they’ll be able to do this. We’ve been receiving a lot of queries from club members during this time, so Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, answers a number of these questions.
31 March 2020
‘When we bring her out the amount of people that come up and start asking about it…’ remarks Chris about the Cimitan family’s Fiat. And this is hardly surprising, as any 127 is now a very unusual sight – let alone the third-generation GT 1300.
30 March 2020
The public reaction to Stephen’s Citroen Rosalie 10CV (who, of course, goes by the name “Rosie”) is often one of surprise – ‘most people have never seen one or didn’t realise that Citroen’s were ever built in the UK and the fact it is a RWD surprises most’.
27 March 2020
On the 29th September 1967, ITV screened the first episode of The Prisoner which featured an unusual taxi cab - one that offered a ‘local service’ only.MID-BEDS VEHICLE RESTORATION AND THE SWEENEY FORD CONSUL GT
The 2nd January 1975 saw the first episode of a new police series entitled The Sweeney and the major automotive star was a Ford Consul GT.TONY POUNDER AND HIS 1954 STANDARD TEN RALLY CAR
It would be fair to say that Tony Pounder is quite the fan of the Standard Eight family and one prize member of his fleet is a 1954 Ten that was ‘built by the works for pre-war racer Leslie Brooke it took part in the 1955 Monte Carlo and RAC Rallies and the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally – alas without much success!’AUBONE BRADDON AND HIS 1967 FORD ANGLIA PICK-UP
Aubone Braddon is a gentleman who clearly appreciates the Anglia 105E family as his fleet comprises twelve examples of “The World’s Most Exciting Light Car”.TONY BROOKS AND HIS ROVER P5B MOTOR CARAVAN
This P5B 3.5 Litre Motor Caravan owned by Tony Brooks goes by the name “Apollo”, and it is one of the most distinctive classics you are ever likely to encounter.FREDDY HARRIS AND HIS TWO MK. I FIAT PANDAS
Fiat GB marketed the original Panda as “The car that ‘knocks spots off its rivals”, and today they are as rare as a watchable episode of East Enders.MEET THE OWNER – PETER COBB AND HIS MGB LE ROADSTER
Peter Cobb finds the best aspect of driving his MG ‘is when you get it out on the B-roads in Surrey where I live, with the hood down it transports me back to the ‘eighties.’MEET THE OWNER – PAUL HAUGHEY AND HIS FIAT CROMAS
To see one Croma on the road is an unusual sight – but Paul Haughey’s fleet includes two! The blue one is a CHT with just over 48,000 miles, and the Green one is an IE Super with just over 21,500 miles.Club of the month
Our accolade this month goes to the Traction Owners Club. The clubs’ aim is to promote interest in all pre-1957 water cooled Citroën cars including rear wheel drive models and the iconic front wheel drive Traction Avant.
26 March 2020
If you wish to become a NHS volunteer using a vehicle insured with Lancaster (whether this is for delivering food, medicine or transporting patients to routine medical appointments) we will extend cover at no additional cost. Click here to find out more.PAUL WALSH AND HIS EX-GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE FORD CAPRI INJECTION SPECIAL
When Greater Manchester Police commissioned a fleet of twenty Injection Specials in 1986 marked the end of an era for the region’s traffic police. Fifteen years earlier the force first employed the 3000GT form, but by 1992 the Sierra RS Cosworth succeeded the last Capri Mk .IIIs1965 Morris LD30 Mk. III “Wandsworth” Ambulance
This is our tribute to the London Ambulance Service whose personnel voluntarily maintain a priceless historic fleet. One of the star exhibits is the Morris LD30 Mk. III “Wandsworth”.ADRIAN FELL AND HIS 1964 LAND-ROVER FIRE ENGINE
To restore a Land-Rover Fire Engine is a significant achievement – especially one that was once used by your father. Lees Fell worked for the Aylesbury printing firm Hazell, Watson and Viney where 16 members of its staff doubled as part-time firemen.
23 March 2020
The Two Point Six was a highly exclusive machine even when new – the production run was just 2,000 - and the Gerald Palmer designed coachwork, with its slight overtones of the Lancia Aurelia Berlina, must be some of the most elegant of the 1950s.MEET THE OWNER – JON HARPER AND HIS ROVER 2600
'Never been painted or welded, which goes to show miracles can happen'. And Jon Harper's 1978 Rover 2600 is believed to be the only example in Avocado, that uber-1970s BL colour scheme, still on the road in this county.MEET THE OWNER – TONY POUNDER AND HIS STANDARD TENS
To say Tony Pounder is an aficionado of the Standard Eight/Ten family would be a mild understatement. For starters, his fleet includes two 1958 Tens – one blue, one white – that are very much on the road.The Jabbeke Triumph TR2 Joins The British Motor Museum
It is Wednesday 20th May 1953, and the location is the Jabbeke highway in Belgium. When Ken Richardson took to the wheel of MVC 575, he set a new record for a two-litre production sports car. As the narrator puts it ‘it’s safe to predict a great future for new Triumph sports car’.
19 March 2020
We appreciate you might be worried about the impact the coronavirus may have on your insurance with us. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and doing all that we can to provide the services you require at this time.
16 March 2020
The very handsome Audax Series Hillman Minx owned by Budd Birkett is a prime example of a “Ronnie Stevens” motor-car. For those readers not devoted to 1950s and 1960s British comedy films, Mr. Stevens would often enter a scene wearing a snappy sports jacket and uttering the words ‘Hello, old man!’.DO YOU REMEMBER - THE FORD CORSAIR?
One of the most popular films of Ford Heritage’s superlative YouTube collection is a 1963 gem entitled Jim Clark Drives Corsairs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yybJ5yRzbA4.
13 March 2020
There is one question that Steve Waddingham is often asked regarding his 1975 Austin Allegro – 'where's the square steering wheel...?'.THE SHORT AMERICAN CAREER OF THE “AUSTIN MARINA”
What was the final Austin-badged car to be officially marketed in the USA? It was not the ADO16 or the Mini, for that honour goes to the Marina.
11 March 2020
During the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s there appeared to be seven main approaches to "Limited Edition" cars. The first was to adorn the tail-end of a long-running model with as many extras as possible.
09 March 2020
Some motor-cars look upon fashion with disdain – cars such as the Volvo PV444/544. The advertisements may have hinted at a world of excitement, glamour and Trad Jazz.
06 March 2020
The answer to the question is probably ‘no’, as the Hunter was in production for just two years, and it was never a major seller. Yet, as the swansong to the independent Singer marque and a motor car of integrity, it deserves to be better remembered.
03 March 2020
'A car awe-inspiring enough to be part of any tale too good to be true' wrote Ronald Barker in Car magazine of April 1981.DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIAT 850 COUPE?
‘There are three types of GT’ proclaimed Fiat GB in 1968. The ones that are little more than an ordinary saloon cars, nicely packaged. The ones that are hot but leave you cold aesthetically. And the ones that are real stoppers to look at – real goers when you get behind the wheel. In short, cars such as the 124 Coupe and the 850 Coupe – latter representing ‘11’ 10” of sheer excitement’.MEET THE OWNER – JOHN GORDON AND HILLMAN AVENGER SUNSEEKER
‘When I passed driving test my driving test forty years ago, my first car was an Avenger 1250 De Luxe’ remarks John Gordon. ‘I’ve driven at a lot of classics since that Hillman – but I was unable to resist the call of the Sunseeker’.60 YEARS OF THE MINI VAN
The British Motor Corporation unveiled the Austin and Morris Mini Van in 1960, and when production ceased twenty-two years later, they were as much part of everyday life as ageing punks mooching around the local Wimpy Bar.
28 February 2020
Sunday, March 1st marks the last of the current series of Top Gear - nearly 44 years after the first edition. Memories of the programme are often defined by the first presenter you recall, rather in the manner of your favourite Doctor Who. Some will recall Noel Edmonds, who seemed to really dislike the Strada and whose report incurred the wrath of Fiat GB. Others will always associate the programme with Chris Goffey. Sue Baker or Frank Pope. And, of course, there was the great William Woollard of subsequent "Woollarding" fame, seen here reviewing a Lada, an FSO, a Yugo and a Skoda.
27 February 2020
Lancaster Insurance is thrilled to be returning to the NEC for the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery!MEET THE OWNER - ROB FOSKETT AND HIS HILMAN SUPER MINX CONVERTIBLE
'I have had a few runs out with the roof down, but as I only bought it last September, I am looking forward to using it in better weather'. With a car such as a Super Minx Convertible, it is quite understandable why Rob Foskett is anticipating the summer.
26 February 2020
In 1960 The Morris Eight Tourer Club was formed, now known as The Morris Register, after a name change in 1968, the club admits all cars and commercials that were designed before 1940.
25 February 2020
At this time of the year, many of us dream of summer holidays; a time when the skies are not an almost permanent shade of grey.CAR OF THE MONTH – MICHAEL WALL AND HIS 1970 HILLMAN AVENGER SUPER
‘The younger generation sometimes say, “is that a Mk.1 Escort?” – much to my annoyance! I am very occasionally asked “is it a Viva?” but the most common reaction is “what is it?”.
24 February 2020
'My late father was into classic commercials and did the steam rallies when I was a kid with his old AECs and Fodens. I wanted to do the rallies again with my kids, so it needed to be able to tow a caravan. I'm into 50s and 60s Fords so it had to be a Mk. II or Mk. III Zodiac or Zephyr'.
20 February 2020
‘I’ve always been more a van man than car man’ remarks Stephen Hitchcock and, as proof, he is the proud owner of not one but two Austin A35s. The 1959 orange example has been a part of his fleet for the past two years and the grey (and red) 1960 model since 2004 - ‘I used it to advertise my business’.MEET THE OWNER – NATHAN WILLMOTT AND HIS HEARTBEAT MORRIS MINI VAN
‘I don’t think there’s another programme quite like Heartbeat. I think younger people relate to it being a part of their childhood as many I talk to had to go to bed after it finished on a Sunday evening watching it with the family and it also meant school was in the morning. Us older people appreciate the vehicles and the music’.50 YEARS OF THE HILLMAN AVENGER
The Hillman Avenger is one of the most uber-1970s cars that you are likely to encounter - one that firmly belongs to the realm of Fletcher Maths, How We Used To Live on ITV “Schools Television” and those strange “Pink Panther” chocolate bars from the corner newsagent.
14 February 2020
A select group of cars are instantly likeable – cars such as the Sunbeam Imp Sport and the Singer Chamois Sport. Their combination of looks, performance and charm, are quite formidable – ‘Sparkling sports performance with luxury saloon comfort’, as the Rootes Group put it.
12 February 2020
Before you strap the surf boards to the roof and jump into your trusty campervan, check out our top UK locations where you can find some serious surf action.Fire safety when touring in your campervan
Fires in campervans are extremely rare, but when they do happen they can cause a huge amount of damage. If you have ever lost a campervan to fire or seen one go up in flames, you’ll know just how dramatic, upsetting, and costly it can be.
04 February 2020
When Matt Debbage takes LLW 911K for a spin, the reactions from members of the public are usually ‘any combination of “nice car, my Dad / Grandad had one” /”I had one - it was so rusty” / “awful cars”/ “ooh look - a ‘Doloshite’” / “Is it a Sprint mate?”’.
03 February 2020
The Ford stand at the 1959 Motor Show famously hosted the new Anglia, but it also featured an old favourite with a fresh set of badges. The 105E did not entirely succeed all of Dagenham’s small cars, for the Prefect was upgraded with the 997cc engine as the 107E while the “New Popular replaced the venerable “sit up and beg” 103E.DO YOU REMEMBER – THE SUZUKI WHIZZKID?
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the SC100 “Whizzkid” in the metal – and I had forgotten just how small they are. There were moments when I was convinced that it was ankle-height and the Suzuki remains one of the few cars that makes an Austin A35 seem as large as a Ford Granada.Best classic car shows of 2020
The start of a new year means a whole heap of new and exciting car shows to put in your calendar.FIVE 1970S ENTRY-LEVEL LARGE SALOONS
Or, how to achieve style and comfort with a minimum of outlay. Austin/Morris 1800 “Wedge”. When BL unveiled their replacement for the “Landcrab” in March 1975 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxgdRAuDsTEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxgdRAuDsTE - the focus was inevitably on the flagship Wolseley, but the four-cylinder Austin and Morris was equally important.
30 January 2020
When you see the Mazda belonging to Peter Linn, a certain number by Spandau Ballet inevitably comes to mind. Yet, this is not only one of the most uber-gold cars on the road today but an immaculate example of the very rare 929L Estate.ONE FAMILY FROM NEW – MICHAEL WRIGLEY’S RENAULT 20 TS
‘She’s a 1978 4 speed TS. The 5 speed came out May 1979, much to the chagrin of my father who bought her new’, remarks Michael Wrigley of his utterly magnificent one family Renault 20.
29 January 2020
The 1000MB was not the first Skoda marketed in the UK, but it was almost certainly the first to capture the attention of the family motorist on a restricted budget.CAR OF THE MONTH – MEIRION WOOLF AND HIS AUSTIN 8 CWT “MINOR” PICK-UP
Two years ago, Meirion Woolf brought himself a rather splendid present for his 40th birthday. ‘My parents owned a 1953 “Split Screen” and ever since then I’ve been a Minor fan’ - and so he acquired LEJ 443 J.
27 January 2020
Lancaster Insurance is delighted to be continuing its support of the 2020 MG Owners’ Club (MGOC) Race Championship, its 17th year as the headline sponsor.Club of the Month – The XR Owners Club
To celebrate the launch of our ‘win a 1984 Ford XR3i’ competition, our club of the month goes to The XR Owners Club. Formed in 1983 to bring together XR enthusiasts who share a common passion for the marque, the Club also caters for the Fiesta Supersport and the mk3 Escort 1.6i Cabriolet.
21 January 2020
2020 sees the 35th anniversary of one of the rarest cars in Britain – just one Turbo I.E. remains on the road: https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/fiat_croma_turbo_ie - and it is a Fiat that is unfairly overlooked. The Croma is the third member of the “Tipo Quattro” -Type 4 - family, following the Lancia Thema and the Saab 9000, but pre-dating the Alfa Romeo 164.GEMS FROM THE SAINSBURY’S ARCHIVE - SOUTHAMPTON 1977
The year is 1977, and the people of Southampton are still amazed by the recently opened Sainsbury’s hypermarket in the Lordshill district. Some say that this is the biggest news to hit the city since the Silver Jubilee celebrations or the FA Cup Victory of the previous year.
20 January 2020
Do you love having fun as much as you love classic cars? If so, you’re not alone and there’s a festival just for you!
17 January 2020
Fifty-four years ago, you might have been reading the motoring press when a startling advertisement catches your eye; ‘ISL 1982 - dial it if you dare’. The challenge was to ‘tame Audi – the saloon that sports Mercedes power’. Furthermore, ‘All that power plus front wheel drive means Audi likes to go. All the way around curves. Do you?’.“Forgotten Favourites” at the Beaulieu’s International Autojumble
As any visitor to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will tell you, the cars that often attract the crowds are the now rarer than rare family saloons of bygone years. Think Ford Cortina Mk. IV 1.6 GL, Austin Mini Metro L, the Hillman Super Minx Series III or the HB-series Vauxhall Viva SL.Do you know your European speed limits for motorhomes?
Travelling around Europe in your motorhome can be so much fun! Don’t allow your trip to be spoilt by legal pitfalls. Before you set off, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the speed limits and regulations of each country, as they often vary.
16 January 2020
Forty years ago, a new Fuego would have provoked second glances. It is not just that it looked so different to the 15 and 17 that it replaced; it is also that the Renault appeared to hail from another age in comparison with the Ford Capri Mk. III or the Opel Manta B.THE CITROEN 2CV6 SPECIAL – AN APPRECIATION
My next door neighbour recently gained custody of a 1987 2CV6 Special, which gave me the opportunity to experience true economy motoring of the 1980s. Anyone who complains about the sheer amount of distracting luxuries in modern smalls cars would surely appreciate the Citroën, as here is a car that proudly lacks nearly everything.
10 January 2020
There is something undeniably imposing about a Ford Zodiac Mk. III. It is the sort of car that demands a camel-haired overcoat and a trilby hat, one for trips to Goodwood or at least a journey in style to the cash and carry.4 of our favourite celebrity petrol heads
Celebrities with cash burning a hole in their pocket, are able to indulge their passion for classic cars in a way that the rest of us can only dream of. Which celebrity petrol heads are most aligned with your taste in classic motors?THE AUSTIN ALLEGRO RE-VISITED
For (too) many years, the Austin Allegro was an easy punch line for tired comedians. If you believe the myths, the official press launch on the 17th May 1973 was the occasion for universal abuse from the motoring press.The best motorhome clubs you can join
Owning a motorhome enables you to get away from it all. But did you know it can also provide you with a whole new community?
09 January 2020
Any reader who has a spare million dollars or so might care to attend Mecum Auctions tomorrow (10th January) in order to acquire the world’s most famous Ford Mustang.
06 January 2020
The 1960 Earls Court Motor Show was the venue for the re-appearance of one of Britain’s most famous car marques. This famous concern, well known for its vintage sports cars, makes a welcome return to motor manufacturing with a roadster of distinctive styling to say the least.
03 January 2020
South Hampshire in 1979 was a bleak and lonely place. It was a realm where remote communities were reputed to regard the Test Card as a form of witchcraft and Children of the Stones was thought to be a public information film.
02 January 2020
A fresh encounter with one of the first Austin Mini Metros. Those of us of an age to recall the 1980s will almost certainly remember the sound of the A-series engine in full spate. In the very early part of the decade you were less likely to encounter the S (do any of those survive) or the HLS than the L or the basic model.CELEBRATING – THE MORRIS 1100
Put simply, the British Motor Corporation’s ADO16 range is one of the most important family of cars in the history of the UK’s automotive industry. When the original Morris 1100 debuted on 15th August 1962, it was not just the Mini-formula writ large; it introduced thousands of drivers to the concepts of FWD and Italian-styling all at a price within reach of the average suburbanite.
19 December 2019
Auctions are a great place to pick up a classic car. Depending on which end of the market you’re operating in, you might be able to get your hands on a bargain or that rare gem you’ve always wanted. But to come away with a good deal, you’ve got to play your cards right.TOP TEN SMALL ESTATES OF THE 1970S
Or, ten ways to convey luggage, children, dogs, cats and the weekly shopping at MacFisheries in style: AUSTIN ALLEGRO ESTATE Yes, its looks were controversial, although Allegro fans prefer the word ‘individualistic’.The best UK pubs to visit on your next motorhome trip
Whatever your idea of the perfect motorhome holiday, you’re likely to want to include a visit to a pub while you’re away for a well-earned tipple after a day on the road.The Austin Tasman/Kimberley – The Landcrab From Down Under
Thirty-nine years ago, British Leyland Australia introduced the X6 range, their rivals to the Falcon, the Valiant and the Holden. The advertisements modestly proclaimed that ‘At last the kind of car Australian motorists have been waiting for. The new Kimberley X6 and Tasman X6 from British Leyland.THE VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 CAMPER
Sixty-eight years ago, the German coachbuilder Westfalia noted how many Type 2 owners would use their VW as overnight accommodation for weekend trips, and so they introduced their “camping box”. As the name suggests, it was a detachable compartment containing a folding bed, a two-burner cooker, a towel-rail, a “vanity mirror”, a washing up bowl and two drawers.
18 December 2019
Going abroad in your recreational vehicle is a great deal of fun. Planning your route and making the necessary preparations before you depart helps ensure your channel-crossing trip runs smoothly, so it’s well worth the effort.MEET THE OWNER – SIMON HOAR AND HIS FORD CORTINA 2.3S MK. IV
‘When I was growing up my dad owned a 2-litre Cortina Ghia Mk. IV. He’d owned it from new, and it was his pride and joy’. The eight-year-old Simon Hoar not only ‘learned vehicle mechanics from a very young age’ but developed a great affinity with Dagenham’s most famous product.DO YOU REMEMBER – THE FIRST RENAULT ESPACE?
It is hard to convey just how different the Renault Espace seemed from the majority of cars back in 1985 when British sales commenced. It bore no resemblance to the company’s 18 Estate and nor was it directly comparable with the likes of the Citroen CX Safari or the Peugeot 505 Familiale.50 YEARS YOUNG
On the 20th December, I reach my half-century. So, in celebration of my great age, here are some totally random recollections: My First Automotive Memories: It all began with the paternal Vauxhall Viva HB De Luxe – a two-door model finished in Turquoise.40 YEARS OF THE LANCIA DELTA
The 1979 Frankfurt Motor Show saw the launch of a crucial new Lancia. It was the belated heir to the Fulvia and an upmarket compact town car to complement the Beta and the Gamma. The Delta was declared Car of The Year 1980, but 40 years ago, there were considerable mutterings about the Delta’s relationship with the 1978 Ritmo/Strada; Fiat acquired Lancia in 1969.
16 December 2019
From everybody at Lancaster Insurance, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous start to the New Year! Below are the opening and closing times over the festive period, should you need to speak to one of our team.
11 December 2019
Christmas came early for John Williams from Cheltenham as he received the keys to our prize-giveaway Mazda MX-5. Following our 2019 competition, which ran from March up until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery in November, John beat thousands of other entrants to be randomly selected as our winner!
05 December 2019
Slick, stylish yet still affordable, the Ford Capri was Great Britain’s answer to the Mustang. As it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary, the everyman’s classic still endures, boasting a loyal fan-base and an iconic vehicular and pop cultural status.
04 December 2019
‘The Sprint must be the answer to many people’s prayers’. That is what Autocar thought of the latest Triumph back in July 1973, as the scribe raved about the ‘quite impeccable’ manners and how it was a ‘tremendously satisfying car to drive’. Today, thousands of enthusiasts would agree with those words.
03 December 2019
The array of models produced by the overseas plants of BMC/BL do tend to prompt one question – could any of them have succeeded in the UK? The Australian-market Wolseley 24/80 - a 16/60 powered by the locally-designed “Blue Streak” 2.4-litre six - certainly had its merits but by 1964 it would have clashed with the Austin 1800 “Landcrab”.
02 December 2019
One of the few times that I ever encountered a new Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 in the metal was at a car dealership in Salisbury circa 1984. It was certainly an impressive-looking machine albeit faintly dated, redolent more of 1972 than a car launched in 1979. It also appeared to share its doors with the smaller Alfetta saloon.
29 November 2019
The 2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, took place on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November and was a Top Trump show not to be missed.
28 November 2019
You never forget the cars seen on television during your formative years, and so here are ten examples of fine machinery in now-forgotten series. Fans of The Danedyke Mystery, Touch and Go, Accident, King Cinder, Potter’s Picture Palace or The Freewheelers will have to wait for anther blog…
27 November 2019
Jack Barnes is the owner of a car that can be truly called a ‘time warp’ vehicle. He came by his 1968 Escort 1100 De Luxe Mk. I three years ago when there were a mere 18,000 miles on the clock and every detail reminds you of why the ‘small cars that aren’t’ made such an impact on British motoristsTHE ORIGINAL AUSTIN-HEALEY
One of the most famous stories about the 1952 London Motor Show is that the new Healey 100 was parked behind a post as Donald Healey was so dubious about the appearance of the radiator grille.40 YEARS OF THE TALBOT SUNBEAM LOTUS
“By any standards the first new model to bear the Talbot name has superb performance; by the standards of any other small three-door hatchback saloon — even the Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS — the performance of this 2.2-litre, 150 bhp Lotus-engined Sunbeam is absolutely sensational.”
26 November 2019
Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles is a non-subscription Facebook-based group founded in 2014 and they have a worldwide membership of more than 25,000 and growing.
25 November 2019
A few weeks ago, we featured a blog about the Vespa 400 – and Eric Christoffersen is the proud owner of two examples. Few people in the UK are familiar with this splendid machine and so when he is out and about, the public reaction is often one of confusion.DO YOU REMEMBER THE CHRYSLER SUNBEAM?
In the late 1970s, a new Chrysler Sunbeam was the sort of car that cut a dash, one that seemed to belong in the same world as the hostess trolley and the Goblin Teasmade. A few people admiring one in the local shopping centre car park would have guessed it was developed at breakneck speed.A MINI ALTERNATIVE? – THE VESPA 400
In the aftermath of the Mini’s 60th birthday, it is always interesting to consider some of its alternatives from 1959 – such as this gem. When the Piaggio company created the original Vespa scooter in 1946, it literally revolutionised Italian mass-transport.
21 November 2019
Once again motoring enthusiasts flocked to Birmingham’s NEC in their thousands to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Over 71,000 attendees joined the three-day celebration and grand finale to the classic motoring show season.5 great British classics
We might be slightly biased, but we believe that British automotive engineering is the best in the world. So, trying to pick out just five great British-built classics is no mean feat.Which campsites in the UK are open all year round for motorhomes?
With the colder season now drawing in, it’s time to think about putting the motorhome away until it warms up again… or maybe not! A winter tour can be a lot of fun – you just need to know what campsites are open at this time of year.35 YEARS OF THE TOYOTA MR2
Signs That You Feel Old: Lesson Number 489 – when you realise the MR2 is now 35 years old. Virtually anyone who visited the 1984 Motor Show will remember the interest and the sheer excitement on seeing Toyota’s first mid-engine sports car – and the first mass-produced mid-engine car from Japan.
20 November 2019
1962 was the year of two crucial new MGs – the B and the marque’s first FWD car. The 1100 made its bow in October of that year, introducing motorists to the delights of the ‘Most Advanced MG of All Time'.40 YEARS OF THE VAUXHALL ASTRA
If you paid a visit to the Scottish Motor Show back in 1979, you might well have encountered a very significant new model from Vauxhall, in the forms of an Astra 1300S GL Hatchback – ‘Aerodynamics in Action’ - and 1300S L Estate – ‘Designed with Flair, engineered with quality’.Where are the best motorhome destinations this winter?
As a motorhome owner, you have complete freedom over where you go this winter. But, of course, you want to ensure you end up somewhere that’s going to make for a good time.Tips for your first classic car restoration project
We’re here to help ensure you don’t become yet another classic car enthusiast with a half-finished restoration project sat in the garage forever. Or perhaps you’ve already reached that point and you need to be inspired to get your tools out again?
19 November 2019
The 12th November 1949 marked the press launch of a rather remarkable commercial vehicle. It was a van that was essentially a box on wheels, with access to the load bay via side doors and a rear engine. Its standards of handling, gearchange and steering surpassed virtually all domestic rivals, and the new Volkswagen Type 2 looked set for a long career.
15 November 2019
‘Most people think it is either an Innocenti or a British Mini with Innocenti bits – about one person per year recognises it as an Authi’.70 YEARS OF THE VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2
The 12th November 1949 marked the press launch of a rather remarkable commercial vehicle. It was a van that was essentially a box on wheels, with access to the load bay via side doors and a rear engine. Its standards of handling, gearchange and steering surpassed virtually all domestic rivals, and the new Volkswagen Type 2 looked set for a long career.
14 November 2019
Rotary Clubs distributed a total of £61,000 to one national and 18 local charities at Sherborne Castle on 8th November. Nigel Young, Chairman of Trustees for the Sherborne Classic Cars CIO, said ‘This was a truly astonishing result following 12 months of work by the Organising Committee from members of the Yeo Vale, Sherborne Castles and Brue Valley Rotary Clubs.'
13 November 2019
You really could not miss the Ford Mustang on the Lancaster Insurance stand at the 2019 Classic Motor Show. It was a vehicle so stunning that Mr. Steven McQueen himself would have undoubtedly fallen in love with it, had he entered a time portal during the planning for Bullitt.
12 November 2019
Such was the impact of the 2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, no mere report could possibly do it justice. Here are just 50 impressions of the event from our resident blog writer Andrew Roberts:
08 November 2019
Growing up in a Hampshire village where the local newspaper would bear a headline such as ‘Chaos As Radical New Strawberry Punnet Design Is Unveiled’, a Ford Escort Ghia Mk. II appeared the epitome of high living.Top Ten Limited Edition Ford Capris
Every Ford Capri is special, but some are more special than others. Here are ten examples from the Heyday of the Limited Edition Capri.
06 November 2019
For the past 71 years, Land-Rover has been associated with serving the public – police, fire, ambulance, coast-guard, mountain rescue – and, of course, the AA and the RAC.The Mini Cooper S MK.III - A Celebration
Many of you have been following https://www.facebook.com/italianjobmini/ and will be very familiar with Tanya Field’s Cooper S Mk III, which goes by the nom-de-Mini of “Paddy”.
05 November 2019
One of the many attractions of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the opportunity to play Top Trumps – a game that will resonate with many of my vintage.Car of the month: Andrew Bell's Ford Granada GL MK. I
‘A lot of people mention The Sweeney, and most assume it is the 3-litre - despite the badging on the wings’. But his splendid Ford is actually a 2-Litre G and, as it dates from April 1977, it is one of the last of examples of the Mk. I before the launch of the Mk. II.
04 November 2019
If you watch virtually any British police drama of the 1970s, you might have the idea that every vehicle that was not a Flying Squad Ford Consul GT was a Rover P6B or a Triumph 2.5 PI Mk. II. However, one vehicle that was equally associated with law enforcement was the BLMC ADO16 Panda Car.
01 November 2019
As the London – Brighton Veteran Car Run 2019 takes place this Sunday - https://www.veterancarrun.com/ - we are proud to present (cue Tim Turner-style jolly voiceover), a tribute to one of Britain’s greatest films; GenevieveThe M1 at 60
Britain’s first motorway, the Preston By-pass, commenced operations on the 5th December 1958 but this new highway promised a brave new world, one where motorists would eventually be able to travel to and from London with no speed limits.
30 October 2019
Was 1959 the year of the ultimate Motor Show? Some readers might argue that this might be more applicable to the 1948 event. Others consider it was 1955, 1962 or 1970.
28 October 2019
What is the most famous Ford Capri in the history of British cinema and television?
25 October 2019
THE ITALIAN JOB 50thANNIVERSARY with ART by BEX - BEX CELEBRATES THE ICONIC ITALIAN JOB ANNIVERSARY WITH HER EXCLUSIVE SIGNED ARTWORKS
24 October 2019
We sometimes forget how slow-paced life in the recent past could be; telephone calls that took aeons for the local exchange to connect, television sets that took minutes to warm up and cars that appeared to take centuries to reach 60 mph. The Hillman Husky never had any pretensions to speed, but it provided reliable and honest transport for many years after the end of production.
23 October 2019
‘The public reaction to my Austin-Healey tends to be a selection of the following – “I had one of those in the past but had to because of wedding/divorce/university fees” - or something of the nature – or “I had to stop being silly when I got married and had to buy a practical car”’.
22 October 2019
‘Most people think it is either an Innocenti or a British Mini with Innocenti bits – about one person per year recognises it as an Authi’. In 1965 the British Motor Corporation signed an agreement with Nueva Montaña Quijano S.A. to form Authi - Automoviles de Turismo Hispano Ingleses – and Simon Wheatcroft’s Cooper 1300 is one of over 140,000 Minis to leave the Pamplona factory.Our tips for driving a motorhome for the very first time
If you’ve only ever driven cars until now, the prospect of getting behind the wheel of a motorhome might seem pretty daunting. The thought of scraping the side of your new pride and joy as you attempt to make a manoeuvre is not pleasant at all.
21 October 2019
When Autocar evaluated the BMW 1800 Ti their conclusion is best described as ‘uber-1965’; "For the sporting driver who is denied a two-seater for family reasons we would put this 1800TI high on the list. Yet this car would appeal as much to the young (but rich) bachelor who enjoys his driving, knows how to handle a fast machine and most of all appreciates quality engineering."
18 October 2019
Lancaster Insurance, headline sponsor of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year alongside the show.Why some people still adore classic cars
People who have never owned a classic car may wonder what all the fuss is about. They’re inconvenient, they break down, and they’re not as safe as today’s modern motors, with their high tech air bags and crumple zones.The most amazing classic cars
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. So, trying to come up with a list of the most amazing classic cars is fraught with subjectivity. But we think you’re sure to agree with at least a couple of the cars we’ve selected on this list.
17 October 2019
The first ten classics to secure a place in the autumn final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership will showcase the widely varied tastes of motoring. Always such a diverse display at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the autumn final is no exception and includes the first ever Ferrari in the line-up.
16 October 2019
Any FE-series Vauxhall has the ability to turn heads – especially the 1978 VX2300 owned by Paul Stokes.
14 October 2019
‘You get a mixture of reactions – some people really love it and some people who don’t really get it’, remarks Freddy Harris of his 1982 Panda 45 – and this reflected the response to the first RHD examples in May 1981.
11 October 2019
To celebrate this year’s theme, attendees to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery have the opportunity to buy a special edition Classic Car Top Trumps pack.
10 October 2019
Towards the end of the Escort Mk. II’s run, Ford introduced a spate of limited-edition versions. There was the Linnet, the Goldcrest and the Huntsman Estate; the last-named much appealed to my younger self with its list of extras that included ‘Halogen Driving Lights’ and ‘Tailgate Wash/Wipe’.
09 October 2019
Every now and then, a classic car will go to auction with a price tag so high that only the billionaire enthusiasts stand a real chance of ever owning it. Let’s take a look at the 10 most expensive classic cars ever to be sold at auction. In reverse order...Meet the owner - Adrian Pascu-Tulbure and his Dacia 1310
In the wake of our recent blog on the Dacia 1300/3010, the Romanian interpretation of the Renault 12, we are pleased to introduce Adrian Pascu-Tulbure, the owner of one of these fine cars.Is my classic car eligible for MOT and road tax exemption?
You may have heard about the MOT and road tax perks of owning a classic car, but you might be unsure whether you can benefit from them. By the end of this article, you’ll know whether or not you’re eligible for MOT and road tax exemption, and how to declare your classic car as exempt.
08 October 2019
If you’re the blushing bride, wedding day transport might be quite low on your priority list, after the dress, the cake and the photographer. But the car that’s going to get you to the church on time needs some careful consideration, too!
07 October 2019
‘Admiration as it is so different from a Euro box – but you do get the odd critic!’. These are some of public responses to Nicholas Jervis’s 1958 Standard Vanguard Sportsman, which is now one of the most exclusive British saloons of the 1950s.
04 October 2019
Car thefts have risen rapidly in the last five years, putting a greater emphasis on ensuring you are doing all you can to keep your pride and joy secure and in your possession.
03 October 2019
The 12th November 1949 marked the press launch of a rather remarkable commercial vehicle. It was a van that was essentially a box on wheels, with access to the load bay via side doors and a rear engine. Its standards of handling, gearchange and steering surpassed virtually all domestic rivals, and the new Volkswagen Type 2 looked set for a long career.Meet the Owner - Ed Herridge and his Vauxhall Cresta PB
‘An extra gear would be nice’ remarks Ed Herridge of his 1963 Cresta but this is a minor cavil about one of the most handsome - and underrated of all Vauxhalls. When the PB made its bow on the 3rd October 1962, the press and public alike were highly taken with its understated looks.
02 October 2019
With summer quickly turning into autumn and winter, it’s time to think about preparing your classic car for hibernation. Storing your vehicle so that it’s protected from the elements will help prevent corrosion and keep out those musty smells that can permeate your car’s interior.NEC Classic Launches '35 Years of Motoring' with Greatest Hits Radio
Another exciting new display has been added to this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, as part of its 35th anniversary celebrations. A special ‘35 years in motoring with Greatest Hits Radio’ display will show how motoring has evolved since the first show opened in 1984.Meet the owner - Liam Dover and his Austin A105 Vanden Plas
‘A lot don’t know what it is. Or have never heard of an A105 Vanden Plas and are shocked. But everyone loves them - young and old’.