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Six Ford Capri MK.I Rivals

Imagine that you’d hailed a lift in a passing Tardis and the Doctor had kindly deposited you at the 1972 Earls Court Motor Show, together with sufficient funds to purchase a reasonably priced coupe that was not a Ford Capri. Asides from making a gripping episode of Doctor Who, it is a scenario that requires no small amount of consideration. Of the British motor industry, the MGB GT and the Arrow-series Sunbeam Rapier had somewhat different images while the Volvo 1800ES and the Reliant Scimitar GTE were too expensive. As for the various products of Alfa Romeo, BMW and Lancia, they were rather too exotic, but that still leaves us with six interesting choices:

1967 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

There is a select group of cars that have a natural presence, and the Fiat definitely belongs in this category. The original 1.4-litre Sport Coupe was launched in 1967, a year after the 124 Berlina, with Mario Bonao’s coachwork disguising the fact they had a floorpan in common. By 1970 the facelifted bc-series had twin headlamps and a 1.6-litre engine option, and two years later the final cc-series had a modified grille and came in either 1,592cc or 1,756cc form.

On paper, a 1.8-litre 124 Coupe – especially when fitted with Cromadora light alloy wheels – would have been an ideal competitor to a Capri 2000 GT, but the Fiat and the Ford seemed to occupy different worlds. The latter belonged in the world of visiting the Golden Egg in Woking every Saturday and trying to look like Tony Anholt in The Protectors while the former conveyed an air of genuine sophistication. As Car noted in 1975, the Fiat was ‘brimming with all the brio that makes the better Italian cars all, the more enjoyable’.


1971 Morris Marina 1.8 TC Coupe

Three initial points. A) The Marina’s styling was not unaccomplished, especially given that A) BL intended it to “stop-gap” model B) it was brought to production in under three years and C) In 1973 the Morris Marina was the second best-selling car in the UK. British Leyland did hope that at least some potential buyers of a mid-range would instead opt for the 1.8 TC Coupe which shared its engine with the MGB, with a rev-counter and “sports wheels” as standard

A 1971 five-car group test by the Motor concluded that the Marina was the ‘easy winner among this quintet if you want maximum accommodation in a coupe of sorts’ and that it was ‘very good value indeed’. In the same year, Motor Sport in the same year pointed out enough positive points – ‘the 1.8 TC version has an excellent performance above 2,000 r.p.m’, ‘The gear-change is good’ and ‘The interior arrangements and controls deserve high marks’ to hint at its potential. Indeed, the Marina was yet another BL product that was launched in a rush and had Project ADO28 debuted in 1972; this might have allowed for time to deal with the initial suspension issues. As it was, the TC Coupe represented somewhat of a missed opportunity.


1970 Opel Manta A

Or a coupe version of the Ascona A, although the Manta’s debut in September actually predated its saloon counterpart by several weeks. At that time, the Opel brand was relatively unfamiliar in the UK, and any example of the first-generation Manta would have seemed faintly exotic; the sort of coupe for a chap or chappess who would not instantly faint when confronted with the wine list.

The Manta of choice was, of course, the 1.9-litre Rallye RS, costing £1,475 in the UK and gaining the proud owner a matt black bonnet, a 102 bhp power plant and a maximum speed of 110 mph. Meanwhile, the test from Motor Sport is a further reminder of how remote 1971 now appears:

“The Opel Manta, likewise an eyeable fastback 4/5-seater, is better balanced in appearance and I think it is perhaps fair to say that whereas the Capri looks and feels a man's car (I nearly wrote a cad's car), the Manta, light as to response and controls, is somewhat more effeminate.”

Absolutely no comment.


1971 Renault 15 and 17

The 1970s was the era when imported cars really began to be seen in considerable numbers on British roads, and by that time many drivers who were contemplating a new Capri also looked at the 15 and 17. Renault’s previous offerings in this market were the rear-engine Floride and Caravelle, but the 1971 Paris Motor saw the debuts of their first FWD coupes. The entry-level 15TL boasted a 1.3-litre engine while the range-topping 17TS had a 1,565cc plant in Bosch fuel injected guise and a five-speed gearbox. There was also the three-door coachwork some three years before the arrival of the Capri II, the splendidly comfortable seats and, with the 17, that dynamic if almost unreadable, instrumentation.  Formidable!


1970 Toyota Celica A20

When the Celica made its bow at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show it was as a 2+2 version of the equally new Carina saloon - but that is to underestimate the impact of its appearance.  Toyota hoped that the Celica would appeal to budget-conscious Camaro and Mustang drivers in their US export markets while in the UK it instantly caught the eye of those who craved a “Yank Tank” as well as the Capri. The main engine choice for the European market was a 124bhp 1.6-litre twin-carburettor unit, and although the 1600ST version was £64 more expensive than a Capri 1600 XLR at £1,351, it had a top speed of 105 mph as opposed to 96 mph.

When Autocar tested a 1600ST in late 1971, they concluded that it was a ‘very well-made and exceptionally well-equipped sports coupe which will do a lot for the Toyota image in this country’. Further praise such as ‘such good value’ and ‘no rival at the price’ only enhanced the Celica’s appeal, and it is easy to appreciate why any surviving example attracts such attention at events and shows. And my own favourite detail of the A20 has to be the dashboard finished in imitation rosewood – a truly early 1970s touch.


1971 Vauxhall Firenza

Sales copy of previous generations is so often a window onto a lost world – e.g. when Vauxhall informed its customers that ‘The forward thrusting bonnet peak emphasises the spirited characteristics of the Firenza’. Yes, this more than a coupe version of the 1970 Viva HC, it was a car for an utterly hip and groovy individualist, be it in (not especially rapid) 1,159cc form or in more potent 2-Litre SL guise. Naturally, you would wish to specify the latter with optional “Starmist Metallic” paint and Ro-Style wheels, in case other habitués of the A32 Little Chef regarded you as a square.

However, the Firenza was yet another car in need of further development. The 1971 Motor group test mentioned above thought the Vauxhall was ‘basically a very good car indeed’, but it suffered from a lack of refinement from its running gear and a ‘penny-pinched specification’. By 1972 the 2300 Sport SL joined the line-up snd its seven-dial fascia was deemed a vast improvement on the layout of the cheaper models – a Viva-style strip speedometer did not enhance the Firenza’s sporting image. In that same year, Motor described it as ‘an extremely good car’ and noted the Vauxhall’s ‘outstanding low speed torque’ – i.e. here was an interesting and low-key alternative to a Capri…


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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.


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'.


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’.


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

£61,000 donated to charity from Classic and Supercar Show

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

The 2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

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

Seventy Years of the AA Land-Rover

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 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

Top Trumps at the NEC

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

Meet the Owner - Lee Jones and his Austin 1100 Panda Car

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

Genevieve - A Celebration

As the London – Brighton Veteran Car Run 2019 takes place this Sunday - - we are proud to present (cue Tim Turner-style jolly voiceover), a tribute to one of Britain’s greatest films; Genevieve

The 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.

October 2019

30 October 2019

Celebrating the 1959 Earls Court Motor Show

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

40 Years of Minder

What is the most famous Ford Capri in the history of British cinema and television?

25 October 2019

The Italian Job 50th Anniversary with Art by Bex


24 October 2019

A Celebration of the Hillman Husky

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

Meet the Owner - Steve Everest and his Austin-Healey 3000 MK.1

‘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

The Mini from Spain – Simon Wheatcroft's Authi Cooper 1300

‘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

The BMW Neue Klasse – A Celebration

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 celebrates 35 years in the classic car game at NEC

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

First Ten Classics Revealed in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership Autumn Final

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

Meet the Owner - Paul Stokes and His 1978 Police Vauxhall VX2300

Any FE-series Vauxhall has the ability to turn heads – especially the 1978 VX2300 owned by Paul Stokes.

14 October 2019

Meet the Owner - Freddy Harris and His Fiat Pandas

‘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

Five Lancaster Insurance’s Special Edition Top Trumps packs to include exclusive golden ticket

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

40 Years of the Ford Escort Harrier

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

Classic cars sold at auction: The most expensive ever!

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

12 classic cars for your wedding day

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

Meet the owner - Nicholas Jervis and his Standard Vanguard Sportsman

‘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

Our top tips for keeping your classic car secure

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

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.

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

How do you store a classic car?

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’.

September 2019

30 September 2019

A Celebration of the Daimler DC27 Ambulance

There are three types of vehicle that you might reasonably expect to encounter in a British film of the 1950s – a police Wolseley 6/80, an RT double-decker bus and a Daimler DC27 ambulance.

Club Of The Month - The Jaguar Drivers' Club

This month’s accolade goes to The Jaguar Drivers' Club. Formed in 1956, the clubs’ headquarters are in Luton and it is the only Jaguar club officially recognised by Sir William Lyons.

27 September 2019

Lancaster Insurance support the MX-5 Owners Club/Motorsport Club Race of Remembrance team

This year, we are supporting the MX-5 Owners Club/Motorsport Club team in the Race of Remembrance 2019. Held at Anglesey for the sixth year, the annual event weekend includes an endurance race taking place on the Sunday over 12 hours.

25 September 2019

Car of the month: Jake Clappison's Triumph Spitfire 1500

‘There’s a lot of pointing, and saying wow!’, for a car such as Jake Clappison’s 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is always going to cause a minor sensation when it is out and about. Firstly, there is that Inca Yellow paint finish, secondly it is in stunning condition and thirdly, the Spitfire must be one of the most handsome British sports cars ever made.

24 September 2019

Lancaster Insurance ‘Classic & Supercar Show’ donating £60,000 to charity

The show will donate a total of £60,000 this year which is to be shared by The British Heart Foundation and 16 local charities. Over the last few years, £231,000 has been donated to a selection of causes and in early November a cheque presentation will be held at Sherborne Castle with representatives from this year’s charity recipients.

20 September 2019

Meet the owner - James Ross Sinclair and his Volvo 343

For many years, James Ross Sinclair craved a Volvo 343 and so XRU 557Y recently joined his Triumph 2000 Mk. II and his Renault 10. ‘I have an odd almost unexplainable liking for them. Partly the multicultural background, partly the DAF history, the questionable British snob value of a small Volvo, the odd design - and they are genuinely fun to drive too’.

18 September 2019

Always Acceptable - The Dacia Denem

Many of us, over the years, compile a shortlist of cars that we read about in brochures but never encountered in the metal. For example, I cannot recall ever seeing the single-headlamp Vauxhall Cresta PC “Standard”, a Citroën LNA, a Lancia Prisma or a Mitsubishi Tredia on the road.

17 September 2019

Alex Cursley Review – Snetterton

The Hyundai Coupe Cup mid-season meeting was held at a sunny Snetterton, so for me it was like a home coming. It had already been a fantastic week, as I got married and celebrated my birthday, so I was going into the race meet on a high.

Meet The Owner – Peter Frost and his Wartburg 311

‘Most people haven’t got a clue what it is. Some think it is a Volvo while others read the badging on the front and get it confused with a Borgward’. But to be fair, Peter Frost’s 1963 Wartburg 311 Luxus-Limousine is a fairly exclusive sight, even by the standards of the classic car world.

MX5 30th Anniversary Rally

2019 sees the 30th anniversary of the MX-5 and Lancaster Insurance were proud to be headline sponsors for the MX-5 Owners Club celebrations. This year also sees the Owners Club mark their 25th anniversary, so last weekend’s National Rally was one not be missed!

12 September 2019

Meet The Owner – Tim Mullings and his Morris Marina Jubilee

‘I receive so much respect when I take it for a drive; thumbs up and waves from pedestrians and headlamps flashed by other drivers. And it is small wonder that Tim Mullings’s Morris Marina Jubilee attracts such positive attention for if you owned one of these fine cars some 46 years ago, you would have enjoyed enhancing status in your community.

03 September 2019

50 Years of the Triumph 2000/2500 MK.II

In the early 1970s, the sort of person who owned a new Triumph 2000 or 2.5 PI Mk. II was an instantly familiar type. They would dress fashionably but not outrageously – think Terry Scott as opposed to Jason King – and they would regard Watney’s Red Barrell as an abomination and Hai Karate aftershave as totally naff.

02 September 2019

Do you Remember the Triumph Renown?

We never learned if the Miss Marples of the Margaret Rutherford series of films for MGM-British owned a motor-car – but if she did, it was likely to have been a well-polished Triumph Renown Limousine.

50 Years of the Renault 12

In the 1970s, a Renault 12 was a vehicle that stood out in virtually any car park. The radiator grille was angular, there were height adjustment levers next to the headlamps (to compensate for heavy loads) and the roof sloped upwards over the rear passenger compartment.

August 2019

30 August 2019

Club of the month – Talbot Express Owners Club & Forum

For owners seeking technical expertise on a Talbot Express, the Talbot Express Owners Club & Forum should be your first point of call for the sheer breadth of knowledge and experience.

28 August 2019

The Mini at 60 Cavalcade

On the morning of August Bank Holiday, certain residents of Cowley must have thought they were experiencing a Doctor Who-style time warp, as 60 Minis thundered along the road from the Mini Plant Oxford. The Cavalcade was, of course, a 60th birthday celebration of one of the select few cars that merit the term ‘icon’ and was an event that involved the resources of BMW UK, BBC Radio Oxford, Tanya Field, and countless enthusiasts who gave their time and effort.

27 August 2019

Car of the Month - Roy Williams and his Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth

On 10th January 1989 Roy Williams acquired a 1987-vintage “Diamond White” example of one of the greatest sporting saloons of its era. In the words of Andrew Frankel, ‘in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the Cosworth RS500 won 40 races on the trot, a number unapproached by any other car before or since’.

Aston Martin steals the show at Lancaster Insurance Passion For Power!

HUNDREDS of classic, super and performance cars guaranteed a fantastic weekend to remember as the Lancaster Insurance Passion for Power show lived up to its name.

23 August 2019

Formidable! - Guylaine Bouriad's Citroen Dyane 6

Guylaine Bouriaud would be the first to say that few people brought a Citroën Dyane 6 for its blistering top speed, but then it is a car that offers so much else.

22 August 2019


My earliest memory of the Mini dates from 1974 when every Thursday a neighbour’s maroon ten-year-old Morris Super De Luxe would transport us to the delights of the Hedge End branch of Fine Fare (‘Jacob’s Cream Crackers – 2p Off!’).

19 August 2019

Ian Creese's Apache - The Austin from South Africa

‘I’ve had people ask me “have you cut and welded three cars, because the front looks like an Allegro, the rear looks like a Triumph and the middle section is from an Austin 1300?”’. Ian Creese is used to such comments, as on 4th July 2016 he acquired a version of the ADO16 that was never marketed in the UK – the Austin Apache.

17 August 2019

Sixty Years of the Mercedes-Benz Fintail

A Mercedes-Benz “Fintail” (“Heckflosse” in Germany) is a car that exudes gravitas and menace in equal measure.

15 August 2019


Now in its fourth year, the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership has become a popular feature for competitors and classic car enthusiasts alike at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Entries are now open for the autumn final to be held at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November.

13 August 2019

Lancaster Insurance introduces two years agreed value

Classic car insurance specialist, Lancaster Insurance, has revealed it has introduced a two year agreed value added benefit. Live now, the new option allows enthusiasts to carry on their agreed valuation with their renewal should nothing happen or change.

12 August 2019

BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship

This weekend Brian Chandler and his team will be at Donington Park for the latest round in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship – good luck from everyone at Lancaster!

09 August 2019

Join in Ford Capris’ 50th birthday celebrations with the Capri Club!

This year sees the Ford Capri celebrate its 50th birthday and The Capri Club is marking it in style.

The Latest Star of the British Motor Museum - A 1971 Morris Marina De Luxe

Many readers will have learned to regard the term ‘time warp classic’ with suspicion as it all too often refers to an eBay “bargain” that Albert Steptoe, let alone Arthur Daley, would have rejected.

06 August 2019

Seventy Years of the Bond - The Original British Minicar

Stan Cornock of the Bond Owners’ Club is more than familiar with the myths surrounding the Minicar, not least because he has been driving them ‘since 1958’.

July 2019

31 July 2019

Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2019 review

We’re thrilled to announce that over 10,000 people attended this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars show! On the day, over 2,100 classic, motorsport and supercars were displayed over 36 acres of Sherborne Castle Estate, with 37 car clubs attending.

Hyundai Coupe Cup 2019 Race Reviews with Alex Cursley

Expectations were high as Lancaster Insurance and I started the 2019 Hyundai Coupe Cup together for the 5th season!

30 July 2019

Car Club of the Month: Three Counties Vintage & Classic Car Club

Based in the Bournemouth Area, the Three Counties Vintage & Classic Car Club primarily draws its members from the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset but does have members from as far afield as Cornwall, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

War and Peace Revival 2019

Lancaster Insurance are immensely proud to have been the classic car sponsors of the five-day military and vintage show – the War & Peace Revival which ran from 23rd – 27th July held at the beautiful Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, Kent.

Car of the month: David Frost's 1966 Ford Mustang

On 17th April 1964, Henry Ford II unveiled a car at the New York World Fair, one that sold 22,000 units on that same day. It was, of course, the Mustang, the car Ford intended as ‘the working man’s Thunderbird’.

26 July 2019

From 1984 – The 35th Anniversary Hall’ – More Details of NEC Classic Celebrations Revealed

As 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, the organisers have chosen to theme Hall 8 as ‘From 1984 - The 35th Anniversary Hall’. Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 8-10 November, this part of the show is dedicated to marques, models and clubs that have appeared since 1984.

25 July 2019

Phew - What a scorcher!

As the nation braces itself for what could be the hottest day on record, here are a few memories of past heatwave motoring

24 July 2019

What makes a classic car valuable?

Nothing conjures up an image of laidback luxury quite like a classic car. But if you’re considering buying a Bentley or purchasing a Porsche, it’s important that you don’t just leap into the driving seat without checking a few things first.

22 July 2019

Meet The Owner - John Fisher's 1966 Austin Mini Convertible

When the Mini collector John Fisher takes his Tweed Grey 1966 Austin Convertible for a spin he often encounters one of the following questions - ‘did you cut the roof off it yourself?’ or ‘why hasn’t it fallen in half?’ To which the answer is always, the work was undertaken by Crayford of Westerham in Kent - and their standards were renowned in the UK and overseas.

18 July 2019

Meet The Owner - Garry Dickens and His Austin Super Seven

At first glance, 272 NHY is a prime example of the early Mini, one that bears the “Seven” badging that adorned all pre-1962 Austin versions. But then you notice that the grille does not quite resemble that of a typical De Luxe model, the two-tone Grey and “Almond Green” paint finish and the elaborate interior. Garry Dickens is the proud owner of an “Austin Super Seven”, one of the most short-lived and fascinating aspects of the Mini story.

Lancaster Insurance unveils sponsorship of War and Peace Revival

Lancaster Insurance has announced it is the classic car sponsor of next week’s War and Peace Revival. The show, a five-day military and vintage festival, will take place from 23rd – 27th July at Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, Kent and is set to welcome thousands of enthusiasts.

16 July 2019

Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars 2019 preview

This Sunday (21st July) is the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2019. The show is once again taking place in the picturesque grounds of Sherborne Castle and we’re thrilled to be headline sponsor for the third year.

15 July 2019

The Lancaster Insurance Classic American Stars and Stripes

Last weekend (6th & 7th July), the Lancaster Insurance team made their way to Tatton Park as we were honoured to headline sponsor of the Lancaster Insurance Classic American Stars and Stripes.

Overlooked? Eddie Rattley's Nissan Cherry Europe GTI

‘The Arna/Cherry Europe has more myths surrounding it than most cars’ observes Eddie Rattley, Nissan expert extraordinaire.

War & Peace Revival 2019

War & Peace Revival - The five day military and vintage festival takes place at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, Kent and brings together not only thousands of classic military vehicles but vintage, cars, commercial vehicles and tractors too! Lancaster Insurance are proud to be the official Classic Car Sponsor for the event.

12 July 2019

Beyond Rare – Terry Cooper's Two-Door Fiat 127

Terry acquired VUR 404 S some four years ago, and he restored it in honour of his late mother. One of the most challenging aspects of the process was acquiring the parts.

11 July 2019

Lancaster Insurance up for top industry award

Lancaster Insurance is celebrating the news that it’s been shortlisted in the UK Broker Awards, where it will be competing for the prestigious ‘Marketing & Customer Engagement Award’ title. Taking place on Friday 13th September at The Brewery, London, the awards celebrate ‘the superheroes of the insurance industry’.

Ten Reasons to Watch British Pathé Newsreels

For many years, the British Pathé newsreel was as much a part of a visit to the cinema as the B-film (‘I tell you, Inspector, I was nowhere near Southampton Docks that night!’), the travelogue, the main feature and the over-priced confectionary. Their final newsreel was produced in February 1970, and today the Pathé back catalogue is free to access on YouTube. Here are just ten reasons why we so enjoy showcasing this quite incredible historical resource

Ten Tropes From Old Motoring (and Car-Related) Adverts

Or, the joys of the days when almost every new product seemed to be available in the ‘giant “economy” size for just 6d extra!’

A Cracking Turnout For The Stars & Stripes Weekend At Tatton Park

The Lancaster Insurance Classic American Stars & Stripes Car Show shifted up a gear at the weekend as thousands of visitors admired a superb line-up of Mustangs, Corvettes, Cadillacs and many more American dream machines in the spectacular backdrop of the National Trust property, Tatton Park.

10 July 2019

Meet The Owner – Emily Meunzberg and her Opel Manta A

In late 1974 Emily Meunzberg’s grandfather took delivery from Bridge Motors of Skellingthorpe of a Manta A 1.9 Berlinetta, one that has been part of the family for the past 45 years.

09 July 2019

What are the benefits of owning a motorhome?

Jumping into a motorhome and taking off into the wilds without a backwards glance – it’s a dream for many of us. If you’re still mulling over whether you should make that dream a reality, we’re here to help.

What are the most popular classic cars in the UK?

Few things beat owning your very own classic car. It feels good to have a little slice of history in your garage, and to own something no longer in production.

6 most common types of campervan to use for a UK holiday

Exploring the great British Isles by campervan is one of life’s little pleasures. In fact, there are an estimated 225,000 campervans and motorhomes on the UK’s roads right now, meaning more of us than ever are choosing those mode of transport as a way of getting out and seeing our amazing country.

08 July 2019

The World's First Hatchback? – The Citroen Traction Avant Commerciale

The world's first hatchback? - the Citroën Traction Avant. Citroën naturally promoted it as one of the most versatile cars you could hope to find.

05 July 2019

An Arresting Triumph - Southend-on-Sea Police's TR4

The summer of 1962 and you are cruising down the A127 towards Southend-on-Sea in your new Sunbeam Alpine Series II. The hood is down, the sun is shining, and you are wearing a particularly tasteful cravat. In short, you have not a care in the world until you hear the unmistakable sound of a police car bell – only the vehicle seen in the rear view mirror is not an Austin Westminster but a Triumph TR4…

04 July 2019


The theme of the 35th anniversary Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, has been revealed as ‘Top Trumps’, the iconic card game that has been played across the world for over 40 years and is now more popular than ever!

03 July 2019


Early summer in 1969, when many Britons were talking of the impending moon landing and of the new album being recorded by John, Paul, George and Ringo at Abbey Road. But in London, the major news on the 14th of July was the inauguration of a new type of crossing, one that opened with this faintly bizarre ceremony – Pelican Pedestrian Crossing (1969). Its name was Pelican, derived from “pedestrian light controlled” after the Government had rejected “Greenways” and “Lightways”.

02 July 2019

Meet The Owner - Stuart Scrivens and his Datsun 100A Cherry

‘It gets a lot of attention believe me - most people do not even know what it is! All I get is “ what is it?’ – to which Stuart Scrivens replies, ‘it’s a Datsun 100A’.

June 2019

28 June 2019

Seventy Years of the Rover P4

Just imagine you had obtained tickets for the 1949 London Motor Show and were eager to mentally plan your latest car, even if the domestic waiting list meant a possible delivery date in 1952.

26 June 2019

Club Of The Month - The Jaguar XJS Club

Formed in 2012, the Jaguar XJS is a relatively new club on the scene and is passionate about raising the profile of the marque.

Meet The Owner - Jason Himpson and his two-door Vauxhall Cavalier Mk.I

‘Filling up can take a while’, remarks Jason Himpson of his 1980-model Cavalier 1600L, for this, is a classic that attracts attention at virtually every filling station or supermarket car park.

Porsche 917 and 962 to star at Lancaster Insurance Classic and Supercars Show - Sherborne Castle 2019

Derek Bell is to be reunited with the iconic Le Mans winning 917 and 962 Porsches at the Lancaster Insurance Classic and Supercars Show.

24 June 2019

BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship - Anglesey Circuit

Brian Chandler and his team were out in full force earlier this month at Anglesey Circuit for the latest round in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. Check out their latest video to see how the team got on!

Sarah Coombes - MG Owners' Club Championship

Here our sponsored driver, Sarah Coombes, talks about her past two rounds of the MG Owners’ Club Championship.

Car Of The Month - Aaron Britton's Datsun 240Z

There are various forms of courage in returning a classic car to its former glory – such as embarking on the refurbishment of a 240Z despite having a background in finance rather than engineering.

21 June 2019

The Ultimate Summer Car? - Bob Hart's Beach Mini

As the 60th anniversary of the Mini approaches, we will be featuring blogs on the many facets of its story – including the version aimed at the “Jet Set” of bygone days.

19 June 2019

The Allegro From Italy - The Innocenti Regent

You are looking at one of the more exclusive cars to hail from Italy – one that is now less seldom encountered than a Ferrari Testarossa and rarer than Lamborghini Espada.

Drive It Day 2019 - The Austin Maxi's 50th Birthday

Cowley on the 28th April was the venue for a rather special “Drive It Day”.

17 June 2019

60 Years of the BMW 700

This August sees the 60th anniversary of a small car that changed the destiny of one of Europe’s most famous car manufacturers.

13 June 2019


The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, are planning a ‘super show’ to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the UK’s biggest indoor motor show this November.

12 June 2019

Brian Holdworth's Hindustan Ambassador

“Icon” – a term that is so overused as to be virtually meaningless.

11 June 2019

An Ultra-Rare Renault - Steffan James Mather's 1973 5TL

Which was the first European FWD hatchback to really impact on the great British motorist?

10 June 2019

The Story Of 200 FGN

Picture the scene – the year is 1963 it is wet, cold and your Hillman Minx Series III De Luxe has failed to proceed one October evening.

07 June 2019

Classics World Roadtrip Day 2

Our journey continued on the A30, one of the UK’s longest A-roads, through the picturesque Devon countryside eventually arriving at Honiton, a market town famous for its lace and pottery.

Who are the top 5 Motorhome bloggers in the UK?

Once you’ve caught the road trippin’ bug, you’ll be desperate for a regular slew of inspiration. There’s no better supply of trip ideas than bloggers who have made it – quite literally – their job to travel across the UK and further afield and report back on their findings.

Classics World Roadtrip Day 3

On the final day of our road trip, we arrived in the A30’s true home, Cornwall. Traversing from the rolling hills of Devon to the stark expanse of Bodmin Moor, through the Cornish picturesque villages our journey was nearing it’s end.

The Ultimate Convertible? - Andrew Burford's Ford Skyliner

Andrew Burford is the owner of what might well be the ultimate convertible on British roads.

06 June 2019

A Walk On The Mild Side - Andrew Thomson's Talbot Horizon 1.1 LE

Back in the early 1980s, to buy a Talbot Horizon 1.1 LE was to enter a world of luxury that was almost beyond human comprehension.

05 June 2019

Classics World Roadtrip

This week, we’re thrilled to be joining Classics World on their roadtrip to celebrate the 30th anniversary of four incredible cars; Mk1 Mazda MX-5, Land Rover Discovery, Rover 200 and Citroen XM.

04 June 2019

MotoFest Coventry

You can usually see Alex Cursley, one of our sponsored drivers, in the Hyundai Coupe UK but last weekend he was at MotoFest Coventry for the first time! Check out the video below to see how he got on.

03 June 2019

What accessories do I need for a motorhome trip?

You’ve finally got your dream motorhome and you’re ready to set off on your first adventure – not quite! First you have to think about what you want to take with you on your journey.

May 2019

31 May 2019

One Of The Greatest Citroens - The Ami 6

About forty years ago, I encountered a car that truly mesmerised my younger self. As the focus of my village was a large yachting marina, it was not uncommon to see unusual LHD vehicles used by owners and their crews – but I had never seen anything like that small ivory-coloured saloon with the French licence plates.

30 May 2019

June Club of the Month: X1/9 Owners Club

Our June Club of the Month is celebrating its 35th birthday this year, as in May 1984 the club was born!

29 May 2019

Car Of The Month - Robert Meldrum's Vauxhall Viva HB Estate

Robert Meldrum is now more than used to being approached at car shows with the opening lines ‘my dad had one of those, but it was the saloon’ – a sentiment that I can instantly echo.

“Number Please” – The Post Office Telephones Mini Van

Picture the scene – you are in a telephone box, about to make an important call but either button “A” is refusing to function or that new-fangled “Pay on Answer” system has eaten all your 6d coins.

28 May 2019

The Ultimate Company Car? - Adrian Bowler's Ford Cortina GL MK.V

‘Petrol station trips can be interesting and long’, remarks Adrian Bowler, but this is only to be expected when you are the proud owner of a Ford Cortina 1.6 GL Mk. V.

22 May 2019


The year is 1962, and you are planning your summer holidays. Some of your neighbours have started venturing to the Costa del Sol, but you prefer to your two weeks in a part of the world where Kellogg’s Frosties and Wonderloaf are readily obtainable - and where there are no strange electrical sockets.

16 May 2019

What’s the difference between a campervan and a motorhome?

If the idea of road trips, surfing and getting away from it all appeals to you, then so too will the idea of owning a campervan or motorhome.

14 May 2019


Any Series 3 version of the Austin Allegro is now quite an exclusive sight.

10 May 2019


If, six decades ago, you were in the market for a compact and robust small car, the sales copy of one particular model might have caught your eye - ‘Elegance of a fine taste.

09 May 2019

When Motorways Were Glamorous

When the nation was young and The Goodies was the highlight of the week, motorways were rarely associated in mind with glamour.

08 May 2019

The Chris Salter Citroen Collection

It would be fair to say that Mr. Chris Salter is an aficionado of French cars –‘I learnt to drive in my parents’ Renault 16TX, when 17, and I was given the car’.

03 May 2019

Sarah Sullivan Second Season Focus!

Our sponsored driver, Sarah Sullivan, is now in her second season in the MG Owners’ Club Championship.


Many an owner of a classic car will have experienced being approached at a show or in a petrol station with the opening gambit ‘my dad/mum/aunt/uncle/headmaster had one of those.

The Autoism Charitable Car Meet

You know that you are definitely middle-aged when not only police officers, but DJs, actors and even politicians start to look young.

02 May 2019

Meet The Owner - Paul Stevens and his 1960 Citroen ID19

The year is 1960, and the good citizens of Slough are fleeing in terror from what appears to be an alien spacecraft; albeit one that uses four wheels.

01 May 2019

Meet The Owner - Adrian Fell and his 1964 Land Rover Fire Engine

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the Land-Rover and to celebrate, we have the story of a very distinctive version.

April 2019

26 April 2019

Meet The Owner - Nick Price and His Triumph Herald 948 Convertible

Sixty years ago a new small car was unveiled to the motoring press, and various dealers in a musical gala staged at the Albert Hall. Your host was Mr. Bob Monkhouse, and the star of the show was, of course, the Triumph Herald.

25 April 2019

Club Of The Month - Lotus Drivers Club

Our club of the month goes to the Lotus Drivers Club! Founded over 40 years ago, the club has a presence in numerous counties up and down the country and its philosophy is embedded in its name - to get members and enthusiasts out and driving their Lotus at every opportunity.

Car Of The Month - Paul Clappison's MGB GT

‘I’ve always liked MGs but never thought I would ever own one’. However, two years ago – and ‘after a three-year search’ – Paul Clappison became the owner of a white GT.

Meet The Owner - Neil Osborn and his Citroen Ami Super

As this year sees 100 years of Citroën, we commence a series of celebratory blogs with one of their most intriguing “Q” cars – the Ami Super.

24 April 2019

Do You Remember - The Renault Dauphine Minicabs

The Renault Dauphine was not the first minicab to operate in the UK, for that honour goes to the Ford Anglia 105Es used by Carline Cabs, but they almost certainly enjoyed the highest profile.

23 April 2019

Lancaster Insurance Breakdown Cover

We love hearing back from our customers and wanted to share the great feedback we’ve had from one of our valued customers, Mike Dean. Mike is a member of the Morris Minor Owners Club and insures his Morris Traveller with us.

18 April 2019

Meet The Owner - David Brooks and his Ford Prefect 107E

When David Brooks takes his Ford Prefect 107E for a spin it inevitably attracts a great deal of attention – ‘it’s amazing the interest it gets. Quite often it’ is “my Dad had one” or “my Grandad had one”’.

17 April 2019

Meet The Owner - Sam Spinks and his 1960 Austin "Seven" Mini

Mr. Sam Spinks often finds that his 1960-vintage classic is a frequent cause of confusion for members of the public – ‘they go “ah, look it's a Mini and then they walk to the back and see the “Seven” and then start to question “is it a Mini?”’.

16 April 2019

Easter 2019 Opening Hours

Lancaster Insurance would like to wish you and your families a Happy Easter. Our opening times will be slightly different over the Easter weekend, please click here to view.

Lancaster Insurance gears up for Tatton Park classic car shows

Lancaster Insurance is thrilled to be reinforcing its commitment to the industry by supporting three classic car events at Tatton Park this year as headline sponsor.

12 April 2019

50 Years Of The Mini Clubman

2019 is a year of so many automotive anniversaries, including 50 years of a Mini variant that practically defined the formative years of anyone who grew up in the 1970s.

11 April 2019

Meet The Owner - Charlie Wakeford-Mahy and His Vauxhall Chevette E

From time to time you might encounter a once popular family car that prompts the question ‘when did I last see one of those?’.

Do You Remember - The Peugeot 204 and 304?

Today, if you ask the average classic enthusiast to name a FWD Peugeot with a three-digit number commencing with “2”, the odds are he or she will name the 205.

Cars That Changed History - The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Picture the scene – it is 1955, and you are travelling westwards along the A36 in your Standard Vanguard Phase for a Sunday afternoon in the New Forest.

05 April 2019

50 Years of The Bedford CF

This year is, as any classic enthusiast knows, one packed to the gunnels with significant motoring anniversaries, including 50 years one of Britain’s most familiar vehicles.

04 April 2019

Meet The Owner - Elliot Dunn and "Black Bess"

This is the tale of a rather significant Vauxhall Wyvern, one that goes by the name of “Black Bess”.

Carrying On - With The London Vintage Taxi Association

On Sunday 31st March, Windsor was visited by an icon of British cinema. To a casual observer, the Austin 12/4 Low-Loader with Strachan coachwork was a wonderfully preserved example of the sort of taxi that you so often see in newsreels of London.

Important Communication: Brexit and Driving in Europe

We are keeping a very close eye on all the latest Brexit news and working closely with our insurers to ensure our customers interests are looked after.

02 April 2019

Six Ford Capri MK.I Rivals

Imagine that you’d hailed a lift in a passing Tardis and the Doctor had kindly deposited you at the 1972 Earls Court Motor Show, together with sufficient funds to purchase a reasonably priced coupe that was not a Ford Capri.

01 April 2019

Five Splendid British Estate Cars Of The 1960s

It would be fair to say that this BMC duo mainly appealed to drivers who were not especially interested in “Swinging London” and who regarded Edgar Lustgarten crime films as ‘too thrilling for words’.