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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”.

AUSTIN ALLEGRO

MEET THE OWNER – STEVE YOUNG AND HIS AUSTIN ALLEGRO SERIES 1 ESTATE

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th June, 2022

Steve Young is the owner of one of the rarest cars in the UK - an Austin Allegro Series I Estate that narrowly escaped the scrapyard. As he explains, “‘It was laid up in a garage from about 1989 to 2018.

Bank Holiday motoring

THE JOYS OF PAST BANK HOLIDAY MOTORING

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th June, 2022

The recent May Bank Holiday was the opportunity for many of us to enjoy our classic cars. Plus, conjure a few memories for those of a certain age.

classic cars lined up in a row

10 classic car checks to do before your next drive

  • 31st May, 2022

We were intrigued by the recent news that around 20 per cent of UK classic cars were failing their MOT. A slightly concerning statistic, you might think – until you remember that many of these cars are not legally required to submit to an MOT in the first place. That's because UK legislation states that cars over 40 years old no longer have to take the MOT test. This is, in fact, one of two exemptions that cars acquire when they reach the big four-zero: the other, of course, is road tax.