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Renault 4

The Renault 4 Plein Air – A Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th August, 2022

It is the late 1960s, and you are hip, groovy, and generally “with-it”. You also crave beach transport with greater comfort than the Mini Moke can hope to offer, and Renault is now offering an open-top version of the 4 – the Plein Air.

Andrew Roberts

THE FIAT X1/9 AT 50

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th August, 2022

Fifty years ago, Fiat introduced three important new models – the 126, the 132, and a small mid-engine sports car greeted with some apprehension by many a Triumph and MG dealer.

Volvo P1800

THE CORGI SAINT VOLVO – THE FIRST BRITISH DIE-CAST FILM/TV SPIN-OFF

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th August, 2022

Virtually all die-cast model enthusiasts know that 1965 was the year of the Corgi ‘James Bond Aston Martin DB5’ - but it was not their first film/TV spin-off.

Sport Hatch

MEET THE OWNER – BILLY MAXWELL AND HIS VAUXHALL MAGNUM SPORTSHATCH

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 5th August, 2022

“Just 197 were produced, making it the lowest number production model. Its rarity is added to as Vauxhall never produced brochures or price lists. Dealers were offered them as company cars not for sale direct to the public although many found their way onto the forecourt”.

Cribbins

BERNARD CRIBBINS 29TH DECEMBER 1928 – 22ND JULY 2022

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 5th August, 2022

During the 1980s, it seemed an unofficial rule of BBC television that Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. had to be scheduled during school holidays.

man driving a cabriolet car in the sun

What Is A Cabriolet? The Best 80’s & 90’s Cabriolets For The Summer

  • 4th August, 2022

For anyone not aware of cabriolet cars, the word derives from French origin and refers to vehicles that have either a hard or a soft-top retractable roof; or as you may have heard to these types of vehicles called a convertible.

PADDY HOPKIRK

PADDY HOPKIRK MBE 14th APRIL 1933 – 21ST JULY 2022

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 3rd August, 2022

In 1964 some 299 cars were poised to take part in the Monte Carlo Rally including six BMC factory Mini Coopers. Their competition was fierce, with British Fords, Chryslers, Citroëns, Mercedes-Benzs, Saabs, Sunbeams, and Volvos due to take part. As for the favourites, Motor Sport observed

Is this the oldest MX5 in the UK?

  • 29th July, 2022

That same year Ellie and her husband, Jonathan, joined the MX-5 Owners Club to meet other enthusiasts in the area and learn more about the model. After reading in the national club's magazine Soft Top Hardtop, she learnt that a gentleman called Sam took the title for the oldest model in the UK with a chassis number 37.

MX5

The Great Classic Trade-up – Our second car revealed…

  • 27th July, 2022

We’ve now secured our second car – a 1993 Mazda MX5 Mk1 Eunos Roadster V-Spec Type 2 Edition – and we’re in love! We’re truly smitten with our new purchase at Lancaster Insurance HQ – a beautiful MX5 with all the bells and whistles, due to it being a V-Spec edition, which is a rarer model than the standard Eunos Roadster.

MX5

Our August club of the month is… The MX-5 Owners Club!

  • 27th July, 2022

MX-5s are high on our agenda this month and to celebrate the wonderful roadster further, the world’s largest MX-5 Club is our club of the month!

Morris 1100

THE MORRIS 1100 AT SIXTY

  • 27th July, 2022

On the 15th of August 1962, the British Motor Corporation invited the ADO16, the car that would head the UK’s list of best-selling cars for many years. Company politics meant it was sold as a Morris, an MG, an Austin, a Vanden Plas, a Wolseley, and a Riley.

MG Owners Club Race

The Lancaster Insurance MG Owners’ Club Race Championship has been waving the flag for production based MG racing for over forty years

  • 27th July, 2022

Ellie is the proud owner of a 1989 MX-5 Eunos, the oldest MX-5 believed to be in the UK today! The Japanese Market Spec model came to our shores in 1998 and fast forward five years to 2003, and this is when ‘Suki’ and Ellie’s journey began.

What is the British Commercial Vehicle Museum?

  • 27th July, 2022

Get your ticket from the conductor and hop on board as we introduce the rather wonderful British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

A Lotus badge on the front end of an orange Lotus

10 of the best Lotus cars ever made

  • 21st July, 2022

Are you new to the world of classic cars? Perhaps you’re a younger driver looking to stand out from the crowd with a stylish vintage motor? If so, we’d like to introduce you to the wonderful world of Lotus. Let’s take a look at some of your possible options.