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News: THE MINI FROM SPAIN – SIMON WHEATCROFT’S AUTHI COOPER 1300

‘Most people think it is either an Innocenti or a British Mini with Innocenti bits – about one person per year recognises it as an Authi’.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE CHRYSLER SUNBEAM?

In the late 1970s, a new Chrysler Sunbeam was the sort of car that cut a dash, one that seemed to belong in the same world as the hostess trolley and the Goblin Teasmade. A few people admiring one in the local shopping centre car park would have guessed it was developed at breakneck speed.

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

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

News: THE TRIUMPH DOLOMITE SPRINT – A CELEBRATION

‘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.

News: 50 YEARS YOUNG

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.

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

‘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.

News: TOP FIVE BRITISH GT FAMILY SALOONS

Visitors to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will have had the chance to see some of the cars that defined a certain type of motorist – the boy racer. So, Englebert Humperdinck sideboards immaculately shaped and Luncheon Vouchers at the ready for that ‘business dinner’ at the local Berni, here are five GTs worthy of the most go-ahead sales rep.

News: OLD ADVERTISEMENTS – THE FORD CORSAIR

I have long had a soft-spot for the Corsair, the Ford that once bridged the gap between the Cortina and the Zephyr. It has an agreeably mid-Atlantic air, with an appearance faintly reminiscent of a 1961 Thunderbird but dimensions more suited to British roads.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE FORD CORTINA MK. IV?

There are some cars that just look ‘right’ and the fourth generation Cortina belongs in that elite category.

News: SIX SUPERB SALES FILMS

These films are not adverts per se but the genre of short feature that a car or component manufacturer would commission to show potential trade clients or train their sales teams. For me, the six examples here all stand out for the simple reason that each is so memorable:

News: 50 YEARS OF THE VAUXHALL VENTORA

A car does not have to be riotously expensive to convey a measure of true style – a fact that is demonstrated by the original Vauxhall Ventora.

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.