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ALMOST EXTINCT – SEVEN RARE CLASSICS

  • Harry Brown |
  • 18th September, 2020

There is, as many of us are all too aware, a grim fasciation in perusing www.howmanyleft.co.uk for the numbers of once-familiar sights. Here are seven cars that are on the verge of vanishing from our roads.

The Ford Consul and Zephyr-Six Mk.I At 70

  • Maxine Bowell |
  • 18th September, 2020

Seventy years ago, two of the stars of the 1950 London Motor Show could be found at Stand 154. The Ford Consul and Zephyr-Six not only promised ‘motoring satisfaction at a minimum of cost’ they also appeared startlingly modern in comparison with the Anglia E494, the Prefect and the V8 Pilot.

THE VAUXHALL VIVA HC AT 50

  • Harry Brown |
  • 16th September, 2020

Sometimes age catches up with even the most alert of classic enthusiasts – not least the fact that on the 1st October the Vauxhall Viva HC celebrates its 50th birthday.

Diana Rigg 1938 - 2020

  • 15th September, 2020

As with many of my generation, I first encountered The Avengers in the 1980s, when Channel Four re-screened Series Five – and after just one episode, I was a devotee for life. There was the theme tune by Laurie Johnson and the villains played by Peters Bowles and Wyngarde, or Kenneth J Warren; eccentrics, mad scientists and bounders who try to maintain the status quo by any means possible. Of course, there were also the motor cars.

THE CITROEN GS AT 50

  • 11th September, 2020

On 24th August 1970, Citroën unveiled a car that redefined mass-motoring – the GS. Here are 20 facts concerning this most remarkable of cars:

Meet the Owner - Terry Temlett and his Ford Anglia 105E Estate

  • 11th September, 2020

Several of our blogs have covered cars that were once as familiar as listening to Alan Freeman announce Pick of The Pops – and possibly none less so than Terry’s 1965 Anglia Estate. He came by it ‘on Facebook Marketplace; and purchased after inspection’. The condition was ‘minor fettling required’ and the Ford was a natural choice of classic as ‘I served my apprenticeship on 105Es’.

The Original Sunbeam Rapier – A Celebration

  • Maxine Bowell |
  • 11th September, 2020

It is a testament to the Sunbeam Rapier that it managed to cause a stir at the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show despite competition from the Citroën DS, the Jaguar 2.4 and the MGA to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Every detail, from the ivory-coloured steering wheel to the two-tone paint finish denoted ‘The car that has everything!’. Yes, here was an affordable grand tourer that was so up to the minute it even lacked a starter button.

MEET THE OWNER – MARK MCCLELLAND AND HIS VAUXHALL ASTRA GTE MK. I

  • 10th September, 2020

Many readers will immediately recognise Mark McClelland’s Astra GTE Mk. I as A 641 SPO won third prize at the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show “Pride of Ownership”. Incredibly,

THE MOT TEST AT 60 – A CELEBRATION

  • 9th September, 2020

1) The Test was introduced on Monday 12th September 1960. At that time it was voluntary and only applied to cars aged ten years or older

THE FORD ESCORT MK.III AT 40

  • 8th September, 2020

September 1980 saw Ford unveil the latest Escort - and to celebrate four decades of what was once Britain’s most popular car, here are 21 thrilling facts:

THE FIAT 600 MULTIPLA – A CELEBRATION

  • 4th September, 2020

Sixty years ago, contestants and officials at the Olympic Games were transported by a fleet of extremely distinctive Fiats.

7 classic cars made famous by Bond

  • 3rd September, 2020

For nearly 60 years from ‘Dr. No’ to ‘No Time To Die’, cinema audiences around the world have been treated to 25 brilliantly breathtaking Bond movies. In that time, we’ve come to have certain expectations — exotic locations, vicious villains, beautiful women, preposterous plots, and crazy, gadget-laden car chases. We just hope Q has his classic car insurance up to date!

Best classic cars for first-time owners

  • 1st September, 2020

Whatever your tastes – whether for sportiness, economy or sheer practicality – there’s a whole world of classics out there just waiting to be discovered. So what’s stopping you?

Club of the month - Classic Camper Club

  • 28th August, 2020

This month the accolade goes to the Classic Camper Club, which will celebrate its 30th birthday next year!