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Top Ten 4-Seater Coupes

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Andy Roberts

Do you dread the thought of leaking hoods and malfunctioning heaters as autumn approaches? Then have no fear of frost or damp as we present a list of our Top Ten 4-Seater Coupes! - Written by Andy Roberts.

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1950 Nipper Milk Truck

We caught up with Jonathan Smith to find out more about this sole survivor, a rather quirky looking vehicle that didn’t have a seat and had no doors or windows. But Jonathan just couldn’t resist the charm of a 1950 Nipper Milk Truck.

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The Magnificent Seven Microcars

Written by
Andy Roberts

The Magnificent Seven Microcars... Or, a wholly and utterly subjective list of my very favourite microcars – all very different and all with industrial levels of charm! - Written by Andy Roberts.

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An interview with Gavin Nettmann

Not many people can say that they own their dream car: this is not the case for Gavin Nettmann. His love affair of a certain classic car has spanned 42 years. Here in an interview exclusive to Lancaster Insurance, Gavin tells us when his dream of owning a classic Mercedes finally became a reality.

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Mercedes-Benz W123 40th Birthday

For many years the W123 series Mercedes-Benz was an omnipresent sight across the globe, the taxi that would take Euro-executives to their hotel, the Polizei car that would gong you for speeding or even the ambulance that might save your life. 40 years after the first examples graced showrooms, they are widely regarded as one of the finest vehicles to bear the Tri-Star emblem. - Written by Andy Roberts.

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50 Years of the Hillman Hunter

It seems to be a rule of the land that everyone of a certain age had a ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’, ‘Uncle’ or ‘Grandad’ who inevitably ‘once drove a Hillman Hunter’. We look back on 50 years of this classic car. - Written by Andy Roberts.

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Overlooked Gem – The Citroen Dyane

The recent August bank holiday put me in mind of a car-related film that was forever being screened during the 1970s and 1980s, one that was so bad that it must have been aired to drive the young viewers back to school. Go for Take was made in 1972 and starred an array of depressed-looking British character actors but it did boast, as a sole redeeming feature, a chase involving a Reg Varney and the overlooked gem: Citroen Dyane. - Written by Andy Roberts.

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35 YEARS OF ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES AND THE “BOYCIE” E-TYPE

Obviously, there is no need to point out this extremely obvious fact to readers of the Lancaster blog but to the wider world – including owners of ‘zany’ wedding cars and lazy tabloid sub-editors – the fact that the automotive star of Only Fools and Horses was a Regal Supervan Series III does need repeating. The idea of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter using a Reliant came from the show’s creator John Sullivan; in most shows the automotive star is a 1966 model but in the early seasons, the Trotters use an H-registered Regal. - Written by Andy Roberts.

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Mercedes- Benz 450 SE 1979: An interview with Gavin Nettmann.

Written by
Andy Roberts

Not many people can say that they own their dream car: this is not the case for Gavin Nettmann. Since 1974, aged 5, Gavin fell in love with cars. At the age of 5, his next door neighbours (an orthopaedic surgeon)and a civil engineer) living across the road both owned a Mercedes-Benz ‘S-Class’ 350SE. It’s a love affair that has spanned 42 years. Here in an interview exclusive to Lancaster Insurance, Gavin tells us when his dream of owning a classic Mercedes, finally became a reality.

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THAT WAS A PUBLIC INFORMATION FILM

In the 1980s it was not uncommon for a television viewer to fall asleep during a BBC1 revival of Dracula AD1972 only to awake not to a be-caped Christopher Lee but a Morris 1100 attempting to overtake a Bedford CA pick-up.

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60 Years of the ‘Audax’ Series Hillman Minx

60 years ago a new Hillman Minx was the company car that all ambitious sales representatives craved. No prospective client could fail to be impressed by those sharp modern lines with the wraparound rear screen while the boot was large enough for any number of sample cases.

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The Ford Zodiac Mk. II at 60

On 21st February 1956 there was only one car that all ambitious skiffle band leaders, rock and roll vocalists and entrepreneurs deemed as essential as two jars of Brylcreem per week.

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Future Classics?

Future Classic Cars: This is not going to be one of those articles that attempt to state ‘what is a classic’ as there appears to have been more than 567,239 of these over the past twenty years.

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Lancaster Insurance supports annual charity Ford run

Over the weekend of the 20th - 21st August, classic Fords will be out in full force for the annual ‘North Wales Classic Fords Snowdonia Run’. In its seventh year, the event, organised by the North Wales Classic Fords Club and supported by Lancaster Insurance, will drive the 100 mile route taking in breath-taking views throughout.

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