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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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Do You Remember – The Renault 16?

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Andy Roberts

43 years ago, I encountered a car that I genuinely thought belonged in the world of Star Trek or Doctor Who; i.e. the front windows and the door locks were operated at the press of a button.

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Do You Remember The Triumph 1300 & 1500?

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Andy Roberts

It would be fair to say that the 1300 is one of Triumph’s most significant post-war models – it was their first front wheel drive car and it was a prime example of their saloons, which were as important to their brand image as their sports cars.

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Pride of Ownership - FIAT 500F

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Andy Roberts

Pride of Ownership - Fiat 500F. The “F” version was introduced in June 1965 and it is mainly identifiable by its forward-hinged doors and slimmer windshield pillars.

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Top Ten Autumn Coupes

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Andy Roberts

With Autumn upon us, this is the time of year when the thoughts of even the hardiest sports car driver often turn to words such as ‘warmth’ or at least ‘not being really cold’. Hence my not at all definitive but very eclectic choice of Top Ten Autumn Coupes Mk

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A Lotus Family 60th Birthday Celebration

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Andy Roberts

The theme of this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is Family Ties and on the stand of the Lotus Historic Register, you will find a quartet of vehicles that are celebrating their sixtieth birthdays.

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60 Years of the Ford Thames 400E

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Andy Roberts

In those distant days before the introduction of the Transit in 1965, a remote time when listening to Adam Faith’s records was regarded as evidence of mild decadence, the van of choice for many a builder, grocer or jobbing gardener was the Ford Thames 400E.

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Top 10 Overlooked Cars in Bond

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Andy Roberts

Nearly all of us are familiar with the Aston Martin DB5, the Lotus Esprit and the other cars prepared by the Q division, but this is a tribute to those often unsung four-wheeled heroes of the Bond films.

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Do You Remember the Ford 'Consul' Granada

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Andy Roberts

Back in the 1970s, the likes of the Ford Granada GXL or Ghia Mk. I were often regarded as vehicles for the local elite; factory owners or the proprietor of a small chain of tobacconists. You were more likely to encounter one of the cheaper models as a minicab, company car or estate carrying a family to a holiday in Swanage and for these versions, Ford revived a famous badge - the Consul.

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Remembering The Green Goddess

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Andy Roberts

This column is by way of a tribute to one of the most interesting public service vehicles of post-war Britain - the Bedford ‘Green Goddess’ fire appliance. Its origins date back to 1949 when the Home Office created the Civil Defence Corps (CDC), whose purpose was to work alongside the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) in the aftermath of a nuclear war.

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