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Datsun

MEET THE OWNER – JOE WILLIAMS AND HIS DATSUN PATROL 160

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 28th June, 2022

“His name is ‘Darius the Datsun’ and out of all of my cars, he seems to have captured the heart of the most people”. Joe Williams is the proud custodian of a 1983 Patrol 160 SWB, the third generation of a Nissan 4x4 that had a major impact on Land-Rover’s Commonwealth export markets.

Bandit

CELEBRATING THE BERKELEY BANDIT

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 28th June, 2022

Last month, a unique open two-seater sold at auction for £28,000. 700 CNM was not just a star of the 1960 London Motor Show but the only known example of the Berkeley Bandit, one of the most promising sports cars of its generation.

Ren 5

THE RENAULT 5 AT 50

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 28th June, 2022

It was not the first front-wheel drive hatchback, as the Fiat 127, Autobianchi A112, Austin Maxi, Simca 1100 and Autobianchi Primula predated it. Nor was it the first FWD Renault, as the Estafette van debuted in 1959.

Mercedes Benz

Parkers Guide turns 50

  • 27th June, 2022

Parkers, the comprehensive car valuation and reviews service, turns 50 in 2022 (as such, it's got a few years on us here at Lancaster Classic Car Insurance – we celebrated our 35th birthday not long ago).

Father and son repair

Classic car tyres

  • 24th June, 2022

When it comes to maintaining your classic car, we bet you've got a decent checklist of all the essentials you need to look after: engine, brakes, transmission, interior and so on. But how often do you consider your car's tyres?

Austin A70

The Austin A70 Hampshire; A Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 24th June, 2022

One car I have long craved is the A70 Hampshire. Firstly, there is my abiding fascination with the immediate post-war era, as the Austin made its bow in October 1948 into a world of smog, Woodbines and black and white films starring Nigel Patrick.

007

BOND FILMS RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREEN

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 24th June, 2022

Many readers are already aware that the 25 Bond films are being re-screened in Vue and Odeon Cinemas across the UK and Ireland culminating in ‘James Bond Day’ on the 5 October.

Lights Camera Action

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION?

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 24th June, 2022

Many readers are probably familiar with this sensation; you are watching a film set in World War 2 only to notice a 1962 Citroën 2CV in a street scene or a Routemaster bus making a surprise appearance in ‘1946’.

Vauxhall Cresta

ALMOST EXTINCT – VAUXHALL CRESTA PC STANDARD

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 23rd June, 2022

There is always a sense of excitement in finding a car you thought extinct in the UK. The single-headlamp Cresta PC Standard is such a car, as the most familiar version of the big Vauxhall was the twin headlamp De Luxe.

Tracker Porsche

Protect your pride and joy with Tracker UK

  • 22nd June, 2022

This Spring, why not trial a Tracker with Lancaster Insurance as we offer up a special 20% discount on the Tracker system that is taking the motor world by storm.

VW Beetle Cabrio

Introducing our July Club of the month – the VW Beetle Cabrio Owners Club GB!

  • 16th June, 2022

With summer firmly here, what better focus for our club of the month then a little sporty number, the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet to be precise.

Ford Cortinas

The Last of the Ford Cortinas

  • 16th June, 2022

It is 1982 and the words of the year are “The Falklands”, “Margaret Thatcher”, and “Sanyo Music Centre”. Meanwhile, the 22nd of July saw a momentous event in automotive history.

LR2

MOTORING IN 1952 – THE LAND-ROVER 80

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 8th June, 2022

By 1952 the Land-Rover 80 was a familiar aspect of everyday life in many parts of the UK. Since its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show in April 1948, the first-generation 80 had gained a 2-litre engine, a new grille, and selectable two or four-wheel drive replacing the freewheel system.

MG TD

The MG TD – A Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 8th June, 2022

Seventy-two years ago, MG informed readers of The Motor that the TD “would win friends and influence people from Hollywood to Monte Carlo”.