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News: The Great Classic Trade-up challenge – Goodbye to the Honda Acty and hello to a BMW E36 323 convertible!

The Honda Acty Romahome proved something of a surprise hit. Late on the Sunday afternoon of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, an enthusiast from Lincolnshire dropped by the Lancaster Insurance stand and offered us £5,000 for it and the chance to sell it on quickly at a fair price was too good to turn down.

News: 60 Years of the BMW 700

This August sees the 60th anniversary of a small car that changed the destiny of one of Europe’s most famous car manufacturers.

News: 50 YEARS OF THE BMW 2002

Some great motor cars immediately draw attention to themselves, be it at shows, in dealerships or when overtaking you on the M3. Others adopt a more low-key approach and exude a quiet sense of confidence - cars such as the BMW 2002.

News: THE SENATOR – VAUXHALL’S ANSWER TO BMW AND MERCEDES-BENZ

There is a select group of cars that are so quietly efficient and dependable that they were often taken for granted during their lifetime. The Vauxhall Senator is one such vehicle – purposeful, luxurious and rather handsome. Plus, in 24v form, one of the great Q-Cars of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

News: The best cars with straight-six engines

The Jaguar E-Type, the BMW M5, the 'James Bond' Aston Martin DB5 and that gullwing-door Mercedes – some iconic cars, down the decades, have sported straight-six engines.

News: The Mini at 60 Cavalcade

On the morning of August Bank Holiday, certain residents of Cowley must have thought they were experiencing a Doctor Who-style time warp, as 60 Minis thundered along the road from the Mini Plant Oxford. The Cavalcade was, of course, a 60th birthday celebration of one of the select few cars that merit the term ‘icon’ and was an event that involved the resources of BMW UK, BBC Radio Oxford, Tanya Field, and countless enthusiasts who gave their time and effort.

News: BUILT TO LAST – 50 YEARS OF THE PEUGEOT 504

It was the Car of the Year for 1969, defeating the BMW E3, the Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina and the Jaguar XJ6. It was a car that would be seen across the world – from Paris to Sydney and from Nairobi to Lagos.

News: 50 YEARS OF THE JAGUAR XJ6

Amazing “Fact of The Day”: the XJ6 was not the Car of The Year 1969. This is not to cast aspersions on the Peugeot 504 or the runners up, the BMW 2500/2800 and the Alfa Romeo 1750, but more a note of sheer incredulity.

News: 50 Years Of The Audi

Fifty years ago, the Auto Union introduced a FWD saloon that truly established Audi as an alternative to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Citroën, Lancia and Rover.

News: 40 YEARS OF THE OPEL MONZA

40 years ago, British motorists were introduced to a coupe that was not only one of the most luxurious cars to bear the Opel badge and a fastback alternative to the Senator saloon but the ideal grand tourer for the professional who could afford a BMW – but who decided not to.

News: Do You Remember – The Layland Princess?

‘A comfortable ride, is nicely flexible in the gears, well equipped and spacious’ - that was the opinion of Car magazine when it tested a certain Wedge-shaped car opposite a Citroen CX2000 and a BMW 518.

News: Cars I Learnt to Drive In

In recent weeks I’ve spotted an Audi A1, BMW 123d and a new Mini Cooper as driving instructor vehicles in my local town. Feeling rather cheated as I passed my driving test in a battered Vauxhall Corsa just eight years ago, I shared my bewilderment with work colleagues who were only too happy to reminisce about the cars they learnt to drive in.