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Trafficator

THE HISTORY OF DIRECTION INDICATOR

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 18th January, 2022

Or the story of a device that we all take for granted… 1925. Oscar A. Waltz, Jr patents a ‘turn signal’, but it never enters production. 1929. Oscar J. Simler devises a new form of a traffic signal with an array of lights. Arrows denote left and right turns, augmented by a yellow brake light and a red ‘Stop’ lamp. But, alas, it did not catch on.

DATSUN LAUREL C230 LOW-RIDER

MEET THE OWNERS: JOSH AND ADAM GIBLIN AND THEIR DATSUN LAUREL C230 LOW-RIDER

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 14th January, 2022

“We just wanted to build it into a low-rider because of the inspiration of Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre vids. Thought it would be awesome to have a Datsun on hydraulics”. It has to be said that the gulf between Dr. Dre and the Laurel’s original UK image is not so much vast as one that spans aeons.

Quick guide to private number plates

  • 13th January, 2022

For some classic car owners, a personalised number plate represents the perfect finishing touch. Here's an introduction into the world of private number plates – what they are, how to get one, and how much you can expect to pay.

Morris 1800S

THE MORRIS 1800S: A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 13th January, 2022

It is early 1969, and you have it all; the Scott Walker hairstyle, the Paisley shirt and a Ford Cortina GT Mk. II. Yet, you are beaten by a Morris 1800 bearing an ‘S’ logo on the boot at the traffic lights. What is the world coming to?

Ford Cortina

WHY CLASSIC CARS ARE IMPORTANT

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th January, 2022

As I have recently acquired a sixty-one-year-old Wolseley – you can read about it in a blog later this month – it is a timely opportunity to pay tribute to the people who are essential to the world of classic cars.

Setac Land Rover

MEET THE OWNER - SIMON MALTBY AND HIS LONDON MET ‘SETAC’ LAND ROVER

  • 12th January, 2022

The Land Rover was used by the nation’s constabularies almost from the outset of production in 1948. They might be seen patrolling the Mersey Tunnel, rural beats or major highways. Simon’s Series III 109 left the factory on the 8th December 1977.

WOLSELEY CLASSIC

WHY I BOUGHT A WOLSELEY

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 11th January, 2022

I had no plans to buy a car at the beginning of the year, but fate decreed otherwise. So this autumn, I became the proud owner of a 1960 London Metropolitan Police specification Wolseley 6/99 Traffic Car. Here are the twenty reasons behind this surprise purchase.

Lancia Flavia

Classic cars with women's names

  • 11th January, 2022

Down the decades, women's names have been far more popular in the naming of car models (and even one marque – hello, Mercedes!) than men's names. It may have something to do with the long-held habit of labelling cars (and boats, and other forms of transport) as 'she'.

Bond Car Advert

The best Bond girl cars

  • 11th January, 2022

From the amphibious Lotus Esprit that plunges into the sea in The Spy Who Loved Me, to the bright yellow Triumph Stag careering around Amsterdam in Diamonds are Forever, cars have always been a huge part of the appeal of the James Bond movie franchise.

Eyesight checks to do before your next drive

  • 10th January, 2022

How often, though, do you think about whether your eyesight is up to the job? The likelihood is that you may not be checking in on your eyes, and their fitness for driving, as often as you should be.

TRIUMPH ACCLAIM

MEET THE OWNER – JOHN NEWTON AND HIS TRIUMPH ACCLAIM CD TRI-MATIC

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th January, 2022

John Newton’s Triumph is a prime example of one of the most crucial British Leyland products of the 1980s. He encountered the Acclaim when he was “just looking for something to restore - but they are addictive!”.

FORD GRANADA 3000S

MEET THE OWNER – LEE PAINTER AND HIS FORD GRANADA 3000S

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th January, 2022

For many Granada enthusiasts, the 3000S Mk 1 is one of the rarest and most desirable models. Lee Painter’s Diamond White example looks like it’s just emerged from a Ford dealership circa 1977.

Renault 5

10 of the best classic Renaults

  • 7th January, 2022

When it comes to adventurous styling, the French marques – Peugeot, Citroen, Renault and others – have always been at the forefront of things.