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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE FIAT 128?

‘The remarkable thing was that the little car did not look remarkable: its virtues were matters of engineering not mere styling…In the numerous new standards it set, the Fiat 128 was quite exceptional’.

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TEN BRITISH CARS MADE OVERSEAS

As a younger classic enthusiast, one of my favourite books was the World Car Catalogue, not least because of its array of overseas-built British cars. Here is a sample of just ten such vehicles:

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OLD ADVERTISEMENTS – THE FORD CORSAIR

I have long had a soft-spot for the Corsair, the Ford that once bridged the gap between the Cortina and the Zephyr. It has an agreeably mid-Atlantic air, with an appearance faintly reminiscent of a 1961 Thunderbird but dimensions more suited to British roads.

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TOP FIVE BRITISH GT FAMILY SALOONS

Visitors to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will have had the chance to see some of the cars that defined a certain type of motorist – the boy racer. So, Englebert Humperdinck sideboards immaculately shaped and Luncheon Vouchers at the ready for that ‘business dinner’ at the local Berni, here are five GTs worthy of the most go-ahead sales rep.

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EIGHT CAR-BASED OFF-ROADERS

With the prospect of certain local authorities being unprepared for the concept of frozen water falling from the skies, here are eight vehicles that will make snow-bound commuting a more entertaining prospect:

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE RELIANT SCIMITAR GT?

Written by
Andy Roberts

There is a select group of cars of such aesthetic appeal that you really have to encounter them in the metal (or GRP) to appreciate their beauty - or, put somewhat less pompously, the Reliant Scimitar GT is an exceptionally handsome motor car.

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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – ON PATROL

Written by
Andy Roberts

Polished black Wolseleys with Winkworth bells, Bakelite telephones, traffic lights on striped poles, road signs ordering motorists to ‘Halt’ – all captured in the Pathe archive

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE AUSTIN FX3?

Of all the lost sights of post-war Britain – traffic lights on striped poles, teddy boys, 78 rpm Alma Cogan records, ten shilling notes, jumpers for goal posts, - one of the most evocative is possibly the Austin FX3 taxi.

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DVD OF THE WEEK - DANGER MAN

As a devotee of ITC’s spy and adventure series, Danger Man has a pride of place in my DVD collection. This was the TV series that made Patrick McGoohan a star when the first episode was aired in September 1960 and four years later the show was extensively revamped.

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