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ENTRY LEVEL CARS

FIVE ENTRY LEVEL CARS

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 13th May, 2022

Aka who needs electric windows, a fuel gauge, windscreen washers, a boot floor?… 1953 Ford 103E Popular. Sixty-eight years ago, Ford proudly boasted that for just £390, you too could own the cheapest ‘full size’ new car in the UK.

Vauxhall

THE VAUXHALL MAGNUM – A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 13th May, 2022

Last year we celebrated the fiftieth birthday of the Firenza, which neatly brings us to the 1973 revision of the Vauxhall’s HC family.

Humber Sceptre

Meet the Owner - Nicholas Harries and his Humber Sceptre

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th May, 2022

When the Rootes Group unveiled the Humber Sceptre in 1963, they modestly proclaimed “Never before has there been a car so superbly equipped…with such performance…at so modest a price.”

VAUXHALL HERITAGE COLLECTION

THE VAUXHALL HERITAGE COLLECTION AT THE BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th May, 2022

Many readers would have seen photos of Vauxhall’s remarkable heritage vehicle or had the pleasure of seeing the exhibits in the metal. So the news that Gaydon is to be the home of the collection is indeed welcome.

TR8

THE TRIUMPH TR8 REMEMBERED

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th May, 2022

Forty one years ago, production ended of one of the great post-war British sports cars. One US motoring journalist wrote, ‘I didn’t think they’d ever make cars like that again, but the Triumph TR8 reminds me why I fell in love with cars in the first place’. Countless other enthusiasts feel the same way.

Ford Prefect

THE FORD 100E: A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th May, 2022

When the Anglia and Prefect 100E made their bow at the 1953 Paris Motor Show, they marked a major development for Ford of Great Britain.

Dennis Waterman

DENNIS WATERMAN 24TH FEBRUARY 1948 – 8TH MAY 2022

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 11th May, 2022

Dennis Waterman was a part of the lives of several generations of Britons. For some, he will be the Triumph Stag driving former Detective-Inspector Gerry Standing of New Tricks.

MG 1300

CELEBRATING THE MG 1300 MK. II

  • 10th May, 2022

The 1969 Motor test of the MG 1300 Mk II was headlined “At last – real performance”, and in the previous year, Autocar found it “great fun to drive”. They also regarded it as “refined and gentlemanly and will serve equally well the enthusiast driver and his not so enthusiastic wife”.

TRIUMPH ACCLAIM

THE TRIUMPH ACCLAIM – AN APPRECIATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important cars to bear the Triumph badge. When the Acclaim made its bow on the 7th October 1981, it pioneered Japanese involvement in the British motor industry. It was also the right car launched at the right time – an accolade not shared by many other BL products.

181

THE VW TREKKER – A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

The year is 1974, Volkswagen GB has initiated a competitor to re-name their latest import, the 182. The winner was a Mr. Nigel Purden of the Midlands with his suggestion of ‘Trekker’ – and it would be fair to say it was virtually sans rivals in the UK.

R3

THE SHORT BUT FASCINATING SAGA OF THE RENAULT R3

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

It goes without saying that when the R4 made its bow in 1961, it altered Renault’s future and small European cars per se. Not only was it the company‘s first car with FWD (the front-wheel-drive Estafette van debuted in 1959) it also popularised the five-door format for the mass market.

Daimler

THE REMARKABLE DAIMLER ONE-O-FOUR LADIES MODEL

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

The 1950s so often appear to be another world – the National Anthem played at the end of cinema bills, newsagents selling Woodbines and The Daily Herald…and vehicles aimed exclusively at the female driver.

TOYOTA CELICA

THE ORIGINAL TOYOTA CELICA; A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

One of the many highlights of this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was the opportunity to marvel at the first-generation Celica.

CITROEN DYANE

THE CITROEN DYANE 6 – A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th May, 2022

There is a strong case for suggesting the Dyane is one of the finest family cars of its generation. Here is a Citroën that offers all of the 2CV’s virtues – but with the bonus of a tailgate.