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1965 Morris LD30 Mk. III “Wandsworth” Ambulance

  • 26th March, 2020

This is our tribute to the London Ambulance Service whose personnel voluntarily maintain a priceless historic fleet. One of the star exhibits is the Morris LD30 Mk. III “Wandsworth”.

ADRIAN FELL AND HIS 1964 LAND-ROVER FIRE ENGINE

  • 26th March, 2020

To restore a Land-Rover Fire Engine is a significant achievement – especially one that was once used by your father. Lees Fell worked for the Aylesbury printing firm Hazell, Watson and Viney where 16 members of its staff doubled as part-time firemen.

MEET THE OWNER – BERNIE PEAL AND HIS RILEY TWO-POINT-SIX

  • 23rd March, 2020

The Two Point Six was a highly exclusive machine even when new – the production run was just 2,000 - and the Gerald Palmer designed coachwork, with its slight overtones of the Lancia Aurelia Berlina, must be some of the most elegant of the 1950s.

MEET THE OWNER – JON HARPER AND HIS ROVER 2600

  • 23rd March, 2020

'Never been painted or welded, which goes to show miracles can happen'. And Jon Harper's 1978 Rover 2600 is believed to be the only example in Avocado, that uber-1970s BL colour scheme, still on the road in this county.

MEET THE OWNER – TONY POUNDER AND HIS STANDARD TENS

  • 23rd March, 2020

To say Tony Pounder is an aficionado of the Standard Eight/Ten family would be a mild understatement. For starters, his fleet includes two 1958 Tens – one blue, one white – that are very much on the road.

The Jabbeke Triumph TR2 Joins The British Motor Museum

  • 23rd March, 2020

It is Wednesday 20th May 1953, and the location is the Jabbeke highway in Belgium. When Ken Richardson took to the wheel of MVC 575, he set a new record for a two-litre production sports car. As the narrator puts it ‘it’s safe to predict a great future for new Triumph sports car’.

Covid-19 Message

  • 19th March, 2020

We appreciate you might be worried about the impact the coronavirus may have on your insurance with us. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and doing all that we can to provide the services you require at this time.

MEET THE OWNER – BUDD BIRKITT AND HIS HILLMAN MINX

  • 16th March, 2020

The very handsome Audax Series Hillman Minx owned by Budd Birkett is a prime example of a “Ronnie Stevens” motor-car. For those readers not devoted to 1950s and 1960s British comedy films, Mr. Stevens would often enter a scene wearing a snappy sports jacket and uttering the words ‘Hello, old man!’.

DO YOU REMEMBER - THE FORD CORSAIR?

  • 16th March, 2020

One of the most popular films of Ford Heritage’s superlative YouTube collection is a 1963 gem entitled Jim Clark Drives Corsairs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yybJ5yRzbA4.

MEET THE OWNER – STEVE WADDINGHAM AND HIS AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1100 DE LUXE

  • 13th March, 2020

There is one question that Steve Waddingham is often asked regarding his 1975 Austin Allegro – 'where's the square steering wheel...?'.

THE SHORT AMERICAN CAREER OF THE “AUSTIN MARINA”

  • 13th March, 2020

What was the final Austin-badged car to be officially marketed in the USA? It was not the ADO16 or the Mini, for that honour goes to the Marina.

THE FIRST BRITISH “LIMITED EDITION” CAR – THE MORRIS MINOR MILLION

  • 11th March, 2020

During the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s there appeared to be seven main approaches to "Limited Edition" cars. The first was to adorn the tail-end of a long-running model with as many extras as possible.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE VOLVO PV444 AND PV544?

  • 9th March, 2020

Some motor-cars look upon fashion with disdain – cars such as the Volvo PV444/544. The advertisements may have hinted at a world of excitement, glamour and Trad Jazz.

Do you Remember the Singer Hunter?

  • Harry Brown |
  • 6th March, 2020

The answer to the question is probably ‘no’, as the Hunter was in production for just two years, and it was never a major seller. Yet, as the swansong to the independent Singer marque and a motor car of integrity, it deserves to be better remembered.