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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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Six Of The Finest Ice Cream Vans

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Andy Roberts

Decent weather is final upon us (at least it was when I wrote those words!) and, as the cinema adverts used to claim back in the 1960s, now is the time for ice cream. Highly decorated and still a part of the motoring landscape, the ice cream van is a very welcome sight at the end of a long summer’s day so here are six classic examples.

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The Austin K2/Y Ambulance

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Andy Roberts

As with many of my generation, I first encountered the Austin K2/Y via re-screenings of Ice Cold in Alex on television. It is a film that showcases the talents of John Mills and Anthony Quayle at their considerable best and one of the principal characters is the battered but indomitable ambulance, which was one of the key British military vehicles of the Second World War.

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40 Years of the Saab 99 Turbo

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Andy Roberts

This year marks a double celebration for Saab, not only is it the 40th anniversary of the Turbo, it is also the 50th birthday of the 99.

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Adverts of the Week - Wolseley

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Andy Roberts

‘What a magnificent car’, the three business-like gentlemen seem to be saying. ‘We like the cut of the owner’s jib for anyone who appreciates the 6/99 is clearly a chap amongst chaps. He obviously deserves a seat on the Board of Directors and 5,000 guineas per year’.

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Top 10 Beach Cars

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Andy Roberts

The top 10 beach cars.. or if you prefer, ten cars that help to make a successful vacation. In chronological order, we have:

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Top 7 Doctor Who Cars

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Andy Roberts

The announcement on July 16th of the Thirteenth Doctor sent me back to the distant past, one long before Christopher Eccleston – a time of disused quarries, entertaining rubber-costumed monsters and when masterminds who craved to rule the universe sported pointed beards to highlight their malign natures. And, as it turned out, quite a variety of cars…

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Do You Remember the Reliant Kitten?

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Andy Roberts

Many of us have been nearly bored to death by various jokes concerning that mythical car, the ‘Robin Reliant’. Firstly, it was and is a Reliant Robin - just as you would not refer to a ‘Cortina Ford’ or ‘Chevette Vauxhall – and secondly, the Tamworth company did not lack for ambition with their small cars during the 1970s.

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Do You Remember the Morris Ital?

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Andy Roberts

In the 1980s the Morris Ital was an essential aspect of everyday life. British Telecom Vans would attend to vandalised telephone boxes and no car park would have been complete without at least one Snapdragon Yellow 1.3 HL or an Applejack Green Estate.

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The Alvis-Healey at the Classics & Supercars Show Sherborne Castle

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Andy Roberts

To many people, including myself, Sherborne Castle is one of the most stunning buildings in England, and that is without considering the display of rare, desirable and downright magnificent cars that will be taking part in Classics & Supercars Show on the 15th and 16th July.

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7 Summer Motoring Classics

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Andy Roberts

The months of June - September are when classics and Sunday motoring are as natural a combination as Tony Hancock and Sidney James. Some will take part in shows such as Hatfield House on 9th July, while others will take a deserved break from the working week and gently motor towards the nearest tea room. This magnificent seven list was selected of cars that I regard as being perfect for a summer weekend - even when stuck in a traffic jam on the A46.

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The Batmobile - A Tribute to Adam West

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Andy Roberts

Nearly every fan of all fine motor cars, television and superheroes, in general, know that there is only one real Batmobile. Just as the only Batman for me will forever be the late Adam West who died aged 88 on 9th June, the definitive transport for the caped crusader must be accompanied by Neal Hefti’s score, have tail fins and flames emitting from the exhaust pipe.

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