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News: Top Five British Sitcom Cars

This is an absolutely personal, biased and subjective list of British sitcom cars that made an impact on the younger me... Here are my top five British sitcom cars! - Written by Andy Roberts

News: An Overlooked Classic? – The Austin Maxi

The Austin Maxi is a car that deserves to be better remembered – a FWD hatchback with a transversely mounted OHC engine and a five-speed gearbox was a truly radical idea for a family saloon in 1969. This was a new BMC offering that was launched at a time when the Vauxhall Victor FD 1600 could still be ordered with a three on the column and, even more incredibly, it was intended to replace the A60 Cambridge. - Written by Andy Roberts

News: THE FIRST BRITISH “LIMITED EDITION” CAR – THE MORRIS MINOR MILLION

During the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s there appeared to be seven main approaches to "Limited Edition" cars. The first was to adorn the tail-end of a long-running model with as many extras as possible.

News: THE SHORT AMERICAN CAREER OF THE “AUSTIN MARINA”

What was the final Austin-badged car to be officially marketed in the USA? It was not the ADO16 or the Mini, for that honour goes to the Marina.

News: THE TALBOT SOLARA – AN APPRECIATION

Gavin Bushby is not only the Chairman of the Fiat Motor Club; he is also the proud owner of a very unusual Coventry-built saloon: a Talbot Solara Rapier. ‘Beautiful gold, with brown, brown, beige, and brown velour’. And the colour scheme was not the only attraction of this fine car as it presented the driver with plush ‘inserts on the door trim pads and ‘front hockey-stick armrests’.

News: SUMMER MOTORING – 1970S STYLE

As the summer approaches, here are seven recollections about the joys of holiday motoring during the 1970s

News: WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE – A BOND 875?

Some cars seemed destined to become remembered as only a “missing link” between two popular models, yet the 875 deserves a better fate.

News: MEET THE OWNER – ANDREW JONES TURTON AND HIS TRIUMPH TOLEDO

‘I always get the “nice Dolomite mate” - I can’t help but put them right by telling them it’s a Toledo’. Andrew Jones Turton‘s 1973 example is now an unusual sight, but in their heyday, they were the Triumph that you were most likely to encounter outside of the Co-op.

News: Do You Remember - The Morris 1800 MK.1?

In the 1960s the British Motor Corporation was renowned – or notorious, depending on your point of view – for its “badge-engineering”. This would occasionally result in some very short-lived modes, such as the Morris 1800 Mk. I, which debuted in 1966 and lasted only until the launch of the Mk. II “Landcrab” in 1968.

News: Meet the Owner - Terry Temlett and his Ford Anglia 105E Estate

Several of our blogs have covered cars that were once as familiar as listening to Alan Freeman announce Pick of The Pops – and possibly none less so than Terry’s 1965 Anglia Estate. He came by it ‘on Facebook Marketplace; and purchased after inspection’. The condition was ‘minor fettling required’ and the Ford was a natural choice of classic as ‘I served my apprenticeship on 105Es’.

News: THE VAUXHALL VIVA HC AT 50

Sometimes age catches up with even the most alert of classic enthusiasts – not least the fact that on the 1st October the Vauxhall Viva HC celebrates its 50th birthday.

News: Car of the Month - Rick Burmingham and his Morris Marina 1.8 HL

Mr. Burmingham never really noticed the Marina ‘until my dad bought a used 1.3 saloon in 1975.’ That Morris proved so reliable that four years later ‘he insisted on me buying a 1.3 Coupe to replace a rusting Mini’.