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HOW MANY SURVIVE? - THE MORRIS “ITAL” 575 VAN

Michael Carpenter is a young man with a mission and his most recent challenge was the restoration of a vehicle now so rare as to make the Jaguar XK120 appear positively common and one that is sure to draws crowds wherever it goes. It is, of course, a 1984 Morris “Ital” 575 Van.

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Do You Remember - The Leyland Sherpa Van

The words “Leyland Sherpa” and “glamour” go together about as well as Love Island and “programmes that do not make you want to throw your TV set out of the window” – but the sober-looking commercial is a part of so many people’s lives.

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BUILT TO LAST – THE VOLVO AMAZON ESTATE

During my primary school years, one of our close neighbours owned a dark grey 1966 Amazon Estate and compared with the Ford Cortina Mk. IIIs and Datsun 120Y Sunnys that populated the village, the Volvo looked far older than its years.

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CARS FOR SUMMER – THE TRIUMPH TR4

The TR4 is, in my ever so humble opinion, an exceptionally handsome motor car; purposeful, commanding even, and beautifully proportioned. The coachwork blends the ruggedness of the previous TRs with such refinements as winding windows that 1961vintage sporting motorists were already starting to crave.

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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK - ON THE BUSES…

The year is 1959, the month is October and the weather may be best described as ‘wet’. Some of the cars in this shot taken near Earls Court - the Austin A55 Cambridge Mk. I, the Rover P4 and the Ford 100E Anglia - will almost certainly be heading for the Motor Show, lured by the opportunity to see this strange new small car from BMC, one where the engine is mounted sideways.

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DO YOU REMEMBER - THE ORIGINAL FIAT PANDA?

The Panda is now well into its third generation but when did you last see one of the original versions? Once experienced, this was yet another Fiat could never be forgotten – the boxy yet attractive styling by Giugiaro, the flat windshield with its single wiper, the rear bench that could be arranged to form a hammock and the front ashtray that could be slid across the fascia.

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50 YEARS OF THE RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE

The place is outer London, the year is 1971 and the venue is a chase in a forgotten thriller entitled Universal Solider. The law is in a Jaguar S-Type Traffic Car and they are pursuing a red sporting estate car that positively exudes both elegance and menace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhP-xPlaqYw. N.B. Fans of Browns Lane classics might want to avoid viewing this scene.

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MY FAVOURITE CONVERTIBLE – THE FORD ZODIAC MK. II

As the decent weather continues (fingers crossed), my thoughts have been turning to that vital topic – what it the greatest convertible of all time? And after much deliberation and thought – plus some very subjective and biased decision-making- my convertible of choice had to be the Ford Zodiac Mk. II.

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BUILT TO LAST – THE FORD CORTINA

‘How?’, you might fairly ask, can certain versions of the Ford Cortina be ‘built to last’. Some of them – the Mk. IV comes to mind – are now exceedingly rare but to see any cherished survivor at a car show or on the road is to be reminded of their impact.

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50 YEARS OF THE BMW 2002

Some great motor cars immediately draw attention to themselves, be it at shows, in dealerships or when overtaking you on the M3. Others adopt a more low-key approach and exude a quiet sense of confidence - cars such as the BMW 2002.

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