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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Who will be the Ace of Clubs?

As the 2016 call for entries goes out, the second of our car club special features sees Richard Morley, Operations Director at Lancaster Insurance, reflecting on the importance of the Classic & Sports Car Club Awards, and why you should enter. Who will be the Ace of Clubs?


We review the Silverstone Classic & Ford Fair

'Two very different shows, one very vibrant movement.' They were just a week apart and in the same venue, yet this year’s Silverstone Classic and Ford Fair couldn’t have been more different – although there was one marked similarity. We review them here.


Classic Car Drawings

Lancaster Insurance Services employee Kiarni Buddery, Insurance Technician, tell us about her hobby of fine art which includes drawing classic cars.


Lancaster Insurance search for classic car ‘superstars’

Cambridge based classic car insurance intermediary and ‘Best Company’, Lancaster Insurance is searching for ‘superstars’ to join a brand new apprenticeship programme, with a real difference. The insurance specialist, known for ‘putting the fun into insurance’, is looking for ten passionate and enthusiastic people, who are exploring an alternative to university and eager to make their first foray into the world of work.


Top Ten Four-Seater Classic Convertibles

When the sun shines (last year it was on August 5th) many a classic enthusiast has the urge to head for the beach. And with any of these fine top ten four-seater classic convertibles, they can take friends or family with them... - Written by Andy Roberts.


I Want That Car

With the increase in classic car values reported over the last ten years this could be just the time to be considering a new purchase, and with low interest rates and recent gains, financing a classic over three years at a reasonable APR rate could pay serious dividends over ten years.


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