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MEET THE OWNER – SIMON HOAR AND HIS FORD CORTINA 2.3S MK. IV

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 18th December, 2019

‘When I was growing up my dad owned a 2-litre Cortina Ghia Mk. IV. He’d owned it from new, and it was his pride and joy’. The eight-year-old Simon Hoar not only ‘learned vehicle mechanics from a very young age’ but developed a great affinity with Dagenham’s most famous product.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE FIRST RENAULT ESPACE?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 18th December, 2019

It is hard to convey just how different the Renault Espace seemed from the majority of cars back in 1985 when British sales commenced. It bore no resemblance to the company’s 18 Estate and nor was it directly comparable with the likes of the Citroen CX Safari or the Peugeot 505 Familiale.

50 YEARS YOUNG

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 18th December, 2019

On the 20th December, I reach my half-century. So, in celebration of my great age, here are some totally random recollections: My First Automotive Memories: It all began with the paternal Vauxhall Viva HB De Luxe – a two-door model finished in Turquoise.

40 YEARS OF THE LANCIA DELTA

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 18th December, 2019

The 1979 Frankfurt Motor Show saw the launch of a crucial new Lancia. It was the belated heir to the Fulvia and an upmarket compact town car to complement the Beta and the Gamma. The Delta was declared Car of The Year 1980, but 40 years ago, there were considerable mutterings about the Delta’s relationship with the 1978 Ritmo/Strada; Fiat acquired Lancia in 1969.

Lancaster Insurance’ Christmas Opening/Closing Times

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 16th December, 2019

From everybody at Lancaster Insurance, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous start to the New Year! Below are the opening and closing times over the festive period, should you need to speak to one of our team.

We have a winner - Lancaster Insurance reveal winner of the MK1 Mazda Eunos Roadster!

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 11th December, 2019

Christmas came early for John Williams from Cheltenham as he received the keys to our prize-giveaway Mazda MX-5. Following our 2019 competition, which ran from March up until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery in November, John beat thousands of other entrants to be randomly selected as our winner!

Why we love the Ford Capri

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th December, 2019

Slick, stylish yet still affordable, the Ford Capri was Great Britain’s answer to the Mustang. As it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary, the everyman’s classic still endures, boasting a loyal fan-base and an iconic vehicular and pop cultural status.

THE TRIUMPH DOLOMITE SPRINT – A CELEBRATION

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 4th December, 2019

‘The Sprint must be the answer to many people’s prayers’. That is what Autocar thought of the latest Triumph back in July 1973, as the scribe raved about the ‘quite impeccable’ manners and how it was a ‘tremendously satisfying car to drive’. Today, thousands of enthusiasts would agree with those words.

THE MINI FROM ITALY

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 3rd December, 2019

The array of models produced by the overseas plants of BMC/BL do tend to prompt one question – could any of them have succeeded in the UK? The Australian-market Wolseley 24/80 - a 16/60 powered by the locally-designed “Blue Streak” 2.4-litre six - certainly had its merits but by 1964 it would have clashed with the Austin 1800 “Landcrab”.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE ALFA ROMEO ALFA 6?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 2nd December, 2019

One of the few times that I ever encountered a new Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 in the metal was at a car dealership in Salisbury circa 1984. It was certainly an impressive-looking machine albeit faintly dated, redolent more of 1972 than a car launched in 1979. It also appeared to share its doors with the smaller Alfetta saloon.

Relive the 2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 29th November, 2019

The 2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, took place on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November and was a Top Trump show not to be missed.

TEN OVERLOOKED TV SERIES WITH GREAT CARS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 28th November, 2019

You never forget the cars seen on television during your formative years, and so here are ten examples of fine machinery in now-forgotten series. Fans of The Danedyke Mystery, Touch and Go, Accident, King Cinder, Potter’s Picture Palace or The Freewheelers will have to wait for anther blog…

MEET THE OWNER – THE JACK BARNES FORD ESCORT MK. I

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th November, 2019

Jack Barnes is the owner of a car that can be truly called a ‘time warp’ vehicle. He came by his 1968 Escort 1100 De Luxe Mk. I three years ago when there were a mere 18,000 miles on the clock and every detail reminds you of why the ‘small cars that aren’t’ made such an impact on British motorists

THE ORIGINAL AUSTIN-HEALEY

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th November, 2019

One of the most famous stories about the 1952 London Motor Show is that the new Healey 100 was parked behind a post as Donald Healey was so dubious about the appearance of the radiator grille.