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News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE SCAMMELL SCARAB?

In the background of British films and television programmes of the 1950s and 1960s such as The Ladykillers, The Baron or the Look at Life travelogues you will often see a three-wheeled delivery vehicle in the distinctive red and cream livery of British Railways.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE ALFA ROMEO ALFA 6?

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.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MOBIL ECONOMY RUN?

If you happened to glance at the Radio Times or similar publication some 57 years ago, you might well have read the following startling announcement:

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE HILLMAN SUPER MINX?

For many of us it is the smallest details of an old car that can evoke such powerful memories – the transmission whine on a Vauxhall Viva HB, the tip-up seats on a four-door Morris 1100 – and the oval shaped interior mirror on a 1965 Hillman Super Minx.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE DATSUN 120Y SUNNY?

For many, including myself, one of the most memorable aspects of the 120Y Sunny are its wheel trims. Before you had a chance to absorb the subtle beauties of its quasi-American styling, there were the hubcaps that resembled pie tin lids - yet another reason why the Datsun appeared so different from its British rivals.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIAT 132 AND THE FIAT ARGENTA?

In the 1970s when the world was young, Valerie Singleton, John Noakes and Peter Purves were the stars of Blue Peter, and when kipper ties were still in the vanguard of fashion, cars such as the Fiat 132 occupied that strange middle-ground between the Cortina and the Granada markets.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE DATSUN 140J VIOLET?

In my early years, I was initially convinced that the Datsun 140J Violet was an American car and looking at the brochure photos, it is easy to understand the confusion of my younger self.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL CHEVETTE 2300 HS?

In the very late 1970s, you might sometimes encounter owners of the Vauxhall Chevette L engaged on secret work in their lock-up. After months of carefully applying “Strobe stripes”, a front spoiler and a home-applied change of body colour from ultra-sensible brown to silver, they too could to take the roads in their own interpretation of the incredible 2300HS.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER - THE PANTHER DE VILLE

If you happened to be reading The Daily Mirror on January 2nd 1980, glumly contemplating the return to work in the new year, the following headline may have caught your eye – ‘Big, extravagant, and drinks like a fish… (and that’s only the car)’.

News: Do You Remember? Ladybird Books

Classic car enthusiasm often begins at an early age. It can be prompted by literally any encounter with a car, the admiration for an Austin-Healey 3000 owned by a neighbour or via the library at your junior school. It was there that the seeker of automotive wisdom might discover Motor Cars – A Ladybird Recognition Book – where from the first page, you would be irresistibly hooked.

News: Do You Remember the Reliant Kitten?

Many of us have been nearly bored to death by various jokes concerning that mythical car, the ‘Robin Reliant’. Firstly, it was and is a Reliant Robin - just as you would not refer to a ‘Cortina Ford’ or ‘Chevette Vauxhall – and secondly, the Tamworth company did not lack for ambition with their small cars during the 1970s.

News: Do You Remember the Ford 'Consul' Granada

Back in the 1970s, the likes of the Ford Granada GXL or Ghia Mk. I were often regarded as vehicles for the local elite; factory owners or the proprietor of a small chain of tobacconists. You were more likely to encounter one of the cheaper models as a minicab, company car or estate carrying a family to a holiday in Swanage and for these versions, Ford revived a famous badge - the Consul.