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News: 10 of the best road-going rally cars

Rallying's 1980s and 1990s heyday produced a whole new type of performance car: the homologation special. These were road-going versions of the snarling rally champions that their makers had to produce in sufficient numbers for the latter to qualify for racing.

News: Classic Hondas we love

Something similar can be said of Honda, which in its relatively short history (it only properly came into being in 1949) has dedicated itself to some quite brilliant feats of engineering, whether out on the F1 track or in the car showroom.

News: CHRISTMAS GIFTS; DINKY TOYS

Ninety years ago, Meccano Ltd. unveiled their range of ‘Hornby Modelled Miniatures’ as companions to their O Gauge railways.  However, by April 1934, the firm branded them as ‘Dinky Toys’, and they dispensed with the suffix was dropped in the following year.

News: 10 reasons to visit the British Motor Museum

In short, the museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the cars that we have produced over the decades – and, of course, for all fans of classic and vintage cars. Which includes us here at Lancaster Classic Car Insurance and, we imagine, many of our customers.

News: Z CARS AT SIXTY

Exactly 60 years ago, the BBC broadcast a new police drama series that would go on to capture the imagination of the viewing public. It featured some of the most recognisable vehicles in TV history as Andrew Roberts explains…

News: THE AUSTIN 1800: A CELEBRATION

Any visitor to the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show looking for reasonably priced but imposing four-cylinder transport had a choice of five models.

News: MEET THE OWNER: PADRAIC O’RIORDAN AND HIS MERCEDES BENZ 300SE

It is difficult to appreciate just how exotic any new Mercedes Benz Fintail would have appeared to the average Briton in the early to mid ‘sixties. t that time, even the cheapest 190 seemed to belong to a Cold War cinema drama, preferably one with a score by John Barry.

News: Classic cars used in crime

These are some of our favourite classic crime cars, from both fact and fiction. Some of these still make realistic ownership prospects today. They now enjoy iconic status (and not just down to certain criminal associations), so be sure to protect them with some specialist classic car insurance.

News: THE RAREST CARS IN THE UK: DATSUN 280C

In the late 1970s, any Datsun larger than a Laurel was a rare sight in the UK. You might occasionally find a 280C in major dealerships, but you were more likely to see them in brochures than on the road in the main.

News: MEET THE OWNER – CAMERON BURNS AND HIS MORRIS 1800

After recently succumbing to the lure of the ‘Landcrab’, Cameron Burns bought himself an 1800 Mk 3. His Morris was fitted with several decadent extras: reclining front seats, hazard warning lights, an alternator and a heated rear screen.

News: MEET THE OWNER – JOHN NEWTON AND HIS TRIUMPH ACCLAIM CD TRI-MATIC

John Newton’s Triumph is a prime example of one of the most crucial British Leyland products of the 1980s. He encountered the Acclaim when he was “just looking for something to restore - but they are addictive!”.

News: Best classic cars from the 1960s

The 1960s were great for car design in general – and for British car design in particular. High employment, rising wages and a general renewed sense of optimism after the hardships of the post-war years meant that car ownership rose considerably across the decade.