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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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60 YEARS OF THE CARRY ON FILMS

On the 31st August 1958, Anglo-Amalgamated released a low-budget National Service comedy film starring William Hartnell, Bob Monkhouse and Shirley Eaton. The title was Carry On Sergeant and it was the supporting cast who would become world-famous so, in tribute, here are ten examples of prime car-related moments in the series

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70 YEARS OF THE WOLSELEY 6/80

The scene – a warehouse somewhere in London docklands, circa 1953. A gang of ne’er do wells, as immediately recognisable by their scowls, black shirts and white ties, have stolen a several crates of kippers and are making their getaway in a Ford V8 Pilot acquired that very day from a bombsite motor trader.

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