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60 YEARS OF VOLVO IN THE UK

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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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE TRIUMPH TOLEDO?

It is almost inevitably the case with cars that belong to an elaborate hierarchy that the most expensive versions are the ones that capture the public imagination; the Hillman Avenger Tiger, the Ford Escort RS1600 and RS2000 Mk. I and the Dolomite Sprint.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE VAUXHALL CAVALIER CENTAUR?

1978 was a watershed year for Vauxhall. It was the year when FE 1800/2300, the last of their large mid-Atlantic style large saloons, was replaced by the Euro-Executive style Carlton, the year that the Royale outshone even a Toyota Crown regarding sheer luxury and chintz-appeal – and the year of the Cavalier Centaur.

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THE RETURN OF THE GOLDFINGER ASTON MARTIN DB5

Sir Christopher Lee and the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. Yes, the great Gentleman of Horror was Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, and he was considered to play the eponymous Dr. No, but he has not an apparent connection with Goldfinger.

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CarFest South

Our prize-giveaway Golf has had a dream summer so far, going up and down the country being displayed at various shows and potentially meeting its new owner, and this Saturday will be attending the legendary CarFest South at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire.

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MY FAVOURITE FIATS – THE 2300 FAMILY

The passing of Sergio Marchionne on the 25th July had many of us thinking about Fiat and how he was instrumental in the marque’s future and even survival. It would be easy to create a “Top 10” or even a “Top 100” of the company’s finest vehicles and still have room to spare.

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70 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN A90 ATLANTIC

Imagine you were paying a visit to Earls Court in 1948, revelling in Britain’s first Motor Show for a decade. Naturally, your head would have been turned by the Jaguar XK120, the Morris Minor, the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 and the other new vehicle while on the Austin display is an open tourer which featured a power-operated top.

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