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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MORRIS MARINA ESTATE?

  • 7th June, 2024

Evoke Classics Ltd. is shortly to auction a car guaranteed to turn heads at shows – which was once as familiar as How We Used to Live on Schools ITV. And according to the brochure, “Both work and pleasure motoring are accommodated with equal ease and efficiency” with the Morris Marina 1.8 Super De Luxe Automatic Estate.

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Meet The Owner – Jon Kinahan and his Citroën Dyane 6

  • 6th June, 2024

Scotty Tremayne’s friend, Jon Kinahan, owns one of Citroën’s finest cars. In his words: He is a big lover of the 2CV and has a 2CV Charleston. He was approached roughly eight years ago by a chap who breaks 2CVs about an MOT failure Dyane.

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MEET THE OWNER – SIMON BROWSE AND HIS TRIUMPH HERALD 12/50

  • 6th June, 2024

I’ve always sided with the underdog. Ford and Austin got most of the glory and notoriety for their compact Saloons at the time. Triumph, not as much – it is much the same story with the MGB versus the Spitfire.

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THE RAREST VAUXHALL VIVA HA IN THE WORLD? – THE BRABHAM GT

  • 6th June, 2024

I wrote a blog about a Brabham-converted Vauxhall Viva HA in Australia a few years ago. At that time, there were believed to be only two in the world, with the other residing in the UK.

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The Lancia Thema at 40 by Andrew Roberts

  • 30th May, 2024

“I’ve always liked Lancia because my grandfather drove a Beta that the whole family loved and I’ve long admired the Thema. It was hard to find one in the UK, so I imported mine from a dealer in the Netherlands, which was neither complicated nor expensive. Mine is a V6 with the PRV engine. I’m not sure why Lancia elected to use that, but I love it.

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1984 was a great year…

  • 30th May, 2024

This year, we're celebrating something special. Not only is it Lancaster Insurance’s 40th anniversary, but it’s also the 40th anniversary of the Classic Motor Show. We’re thrilled to join forces, yet again, at the UK’s premier classic automotive event to make this year's show bigger and better than ever!

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Ben Crosby’s Ford Racing Puma 0376

  • 30th May, 2024

At the young age of 13 years old Ben was gifted some money and asked his parents if he could invest it in a car. The answer was, of course as long as he invested it wisely, so following on in his Dad’s footsteps he went on the hunt for a Ford Racing Puma, however unfortunately his budget didn’t allow for a concours example!

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2024 HERO-ERA London to Lisbon Rally – Platts and Ripley take maiden victory on all-Austin podium!

  • 30th May, 2024

The 2024 HERO-ERA London to Lisbon Rally reached the finish on Saturday 4th May, in the historic city of Lisbon, 2800 km and 10 days after it began at Brookland’s, London. The winners of the event were Graham Platts and Neil Ripley, driving a 1956 Austin Healey 100M, the oldest car on the event.

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MEET THE OWNER – JON COUPLAND AND HIS TOYOTA MR2 MK.1A

  • 24th May, 2024

“It is exceptionally rare, being one of the earliest in the UK. It is a Mk.1a, which they only produced for a year (the same as the colour). I know of maybe only four in the UK in that shade”.

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MEET THE OWNER – JOHN WALLIS AND HIS BORGWARD P100

  • 24th May, 2024

If the fates had been kinder, the name "Borgward" would have been as familiar to 2024 drivers as Audi or BMW. John Wallis, a long-term devotee of the German marque, has recently become the custodian of the P100 ‘Big Six' - Borgward's last hurrah and a car with the potential to be one of the finest big saloons of its generation.

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Meet The Owner – Steven Gray and his Vauxhall Chevette 2300HS

  • 24th May, 2024

Steven Gray recently fell prey to a phenomenon known to many classic car owners. There he was, minding his own business and thinking his current fleet of Bedford HAs and Vauxhall Chevettes was quite enough, when suddenly he was caught in the tractor beam of a tempting vehicle.

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Meet the Owner - Ian Gillson and his Renault 16TL

  • 24th May, 2024

“My father had TL back in 1977, and around 1980, the family acquired a 1974 TS. Sadly, it succumbed to the dreaded rust and ended in Renault 16 Heaven, but I never forgot them”.

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MEET THE OWNER – JAMES ROSS SINCLAIR AND HIS WOLSELEY 1300

  • 24th May, 2024

These things were so popular in the 1960s and 1970s that nobody took any notice of them. There was at least one on every street. By the late 1970s/early 1980s, they were falling apart and becoming a rarer sight. If familiarity breeds contempt, then 50 years after production finally ended, I think objectively, this is a very pretty car.

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THE SUBARU 360 – THE CAR THAT TRANSFOMRED JAPANESE MOTORING

  • 13th May, 2024

Bonham Cars Online is currently listing one of the most significant cars in Japanese motoring history: This 1968 360 is an example of the vehicle that brought mobility to so many families. Not to mention that the 360 was the pioneer car to wear the Subaru badge.