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News: The Story Of 200 FGN

Picture the scene – the year is 1963 it is wet, cold and your Hillman Minx Series III De Luxe has failed to proceed one October evening.

News: The Hillman Avenger Remembered

To many people of my vintage age (i.e. born the year of the Mini Clubman) those pictures of Howard Hargate’s Avenger Super in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership at the Practical Classics Restoration Show in March 2017, will prompt countless memories. The Hillman Avenger is an uber-1970s car, one forever to be associated with Spangles, Wimpy bars, packets of Vesta Chow Mein and, in my case, Sussex Constabulary patrol cars.

News: CAR OF THE MONTH – MICHAEL WALL AND HIS 1970 HILLMAN AVENGER SUPER

‘The younger generation sometimes say, “is that a Mk.1 Escort?” – much to my annoyance! I am very occasionally asked “is it a Viva?” but the most common reaction is “what is it?”.

News: Do You Remember – The Humber Sceptre?

1963 saw the Rootes Group introduce two high -profile cars, one entirely new and the other based on its existing lineup of medium-sized cars. The former was, of course, the Hillman Imp and the latter was the Humber Sceptre, one of the most downright agreeable cars to hail from Coventry.

News: Man in a Suitcase

Many readers who grew up during the 1980s will recall how late on autumn nights ITV would screen re-runs of a spy programme concerning a prematurely grey-haired America private eye who drove a succession of Hillman Imps... - Written by Andy Roberts

News: At The Sign Of The ‘Bloated Pacman’ – The Happy Eater

"If in my memory, at any rate, the Little Chefs seems to belong to a 1970s of Hillman Avenger Supers and educational trips to the Marchwood Power Station, then I associated the Happy Eater more with the 1980s." - Written by Andy Roberts

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE TRIUMPH TOLEDO?

It is almost inevitably the case with cars that belong to an elaborate hierarchy that the most expensive versions are the ones that capture the public imagination; the Hillman Avenger Tiger, the Ford Escort RS1600 and RS2000 Mk. I and the Dolomite Sprint.

News: NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – ON PATROL

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

News: OLD ADVERTS – THE FORD CORTINA MK. I

If some 55 years ago, you were in the market for family transport that could seat five, carry a large quantity of samples cases and have looks that were trans-Atlantic without being exaggerated, this short film would have provided a few ideas.

News: LANCASTER INSURANCE CAR OF THE MONTH – THE JAGUAR XJ COUPE

Just suppose you were taking a stroll around the 1973 Motor Show at Earls Court, with vague ideas about upgrading your Hillman Hunter.

News: SEVEN BANK HOLIDAY TRAVEL MEMORIES

This 1955-vintage photograph of North Woolwich, with the trolley buses and side valve Fords baking in the sun, put me in mind of so many past Bank Holiday journeys.

News: TEN TREMENDOUS FUEL ADVERTS

The photograph of the A1 services near Doncaster is more than an illustration of the fine vehicles you might have seen on the Great North Road circa 1963 – a BMC J4 van, a Morris Minor 1000, Ford Prefect 100E, a VW Beetle and, at the pumps, a very rare Ashley Sportiva.