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JAMES RAILTON - AND THE NISSAN CEDRIC THAT CAME IN FROM THE COLD

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Andy Roberts

“I’ve always been a Japanese car guy. My first car was a 1983 Suzuki SJ410, and I have had a 1985 Mazda 323 RWD estate, Suzuki SC100 and 1998 Subaru Impreza etc. I had been looking for a large classic Japanese estate car for a while and when I saw the Cedric, I had to get it”.

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40 YEARS OF THE OPEL MONZA

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Andy Roberts

40 years ago, British motorists were introduced to a coupe that was not only one of the most luxurious cars to bear the Opel badge and a fastback alternative to the Senator saloon but the ideal grand tourer for the professional who could afford a BMW – but who decided not to.

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60 YEARS OF VOLVO IN THE UK

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Andy Roberts

The name of Volvo is so well established in the UK that is very difficult to believe that there was once a time when it was only enthusiasts of rallying, and ‘foreign cars’ who knew of the Swedish marque.

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70 YEARS OF THE MORRIS MINOR

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Andy Roberts

A memory – it is 1975 and we are travelling towards Lewes in my maternal grandfather’s dark green four-door 1955 Morris Minor Series II.

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70 Years of the Jaguar XK120

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Andy Roberts

Suppose you were a visitor to the London Motor Show in 1948 and you had just put your name on the waiting listing for a Morris Minor.

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THE ONLY TRIUMPH HERALD HATCHBACK IN THE WORLD

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Andy Roberts

‘Ten years on a garage floor with no wheels then twenty years in a back garden…’. Those are the succinct words of Chris Gunby, Triumph enthusiast extraordinary when he acquired the only Herald Hatchback in existence.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE LANCIA TREVI?

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Andy Roberts

Some cars appear to be forgotten shortly after, or even during their production run despite their merits; the Honda Quintet is one such model that comes to mind.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE RELIANT SCIMITAR GT?

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Andy Roberts

There is a select group of cars of such aesthetic appeal that you really have to encounter them in the metal (or GRP) to appreciate their beauty - or, put somewhat less pompously, the Reliant Scimitar GT is an exceptionally handsome motor car.

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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – ON PATROL

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Andy Roberts

Polished black Wolseleys with Winkworth bells, Bakelite telephones, traffic lights on striped poles, road signs ordering motorists to ‘Halt’ – all captured in the Pathe archive

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DVD of the Week - Adam Adamant Lives!

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Andy Roberts

The story so far – the year is 1902 and Adam Adamant (gentleman, adventurer and all-round decent chap) is frozen in ice by his mortal enemy ‘The Face’. 64 years later he is thawed out after being found by workmen on a building site, and after coming to terms with the new world of Carnaby Street and beat combos, Adam quickly establishes himself as a crime fighter extraordinary.

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50 Years of the Triumph TR5

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Andy Roberts

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the TR5, a Triumph which represented a bold technical development for the British motor industry.

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DVD of the Week - School for Scoundrels

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Andy Roberts

There are three standard reactions to School for Scoundrels, the first being ‘this is a masterpiece of comedy cinema, one starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim and Janette Scott’. The second tends to be ‘what is a “Bellini” and the third is often along the lines of ‘what on earth is a “Swiftmobile”?’

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50 Years of the Austin 3-Litre

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Andy Roberts

If any car deserved the title of ‘misunderstood’ it is the Austin 3-Litre, one of the last products of the British Motor Corporation (BMC). Insure your classic car today with Lancaster Insurance

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Seven Splendid Special Edition Minis

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Andy Roberts

This is far from an exhaustive short list of the vast number of special Minis – merely seven examples that caught my eye during the 1970s and 1980s…

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Pride of Ownership - Cortina MK. III

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Andy Roberts

The Ford Cortina Mk. III is possibly the most uber-1970s car in British motoring history, a vehicle to be mentioned in the same breath as Amazin Rasin Bars, The Goodies, Watney’s Red Barrel, Noddy Holder crooning Coz I Love You and the Raleigh Chopper.

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Do You Remember The Talbot Tagora?

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Andy Roberts

Do You Remember The Talbot Tagora? There are some cars that almost literally became part of our everyday life but the Talbot Tagora was not one of them.

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