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There is a strong case for suggesting the Dyane is one of the finest family cars of its generation. Here is a Citroën that offers all of the 2CV’s virtues – but with the bonus of a tailgate.


Many of us are old enough to remember when a family picnic tended to involve egg and cress sandwiches, explosive bottles of R Whites lemonade and an overheating Morris 1100 De Luxe just outside of Weymouth.


Aka who needs electric windows, a fuel gauge, windscreen washers, a boot floor?… 1953 Ford 103E Popular. Sixty-eight years ago, Ford proudly boasted that for just £390, you too could own the cheapest ‘full size’ new car in the UK.

News: 10 classic car checks to do before your next drive

We were intrigued by the recent news that around 20 per cent of UK classic cars were failing their MOT. A slightly concerning statistic, you might think – until you remember that many of these cars are not legally required to submit to an MOT in the first place. That's because UK legislation states that cars over 40 years old no longer have to take the MOT test. This is, in fact, one of two exemptions that cars acquire when they reach the big four-zero: the other, of course, is road tax.

News: Lancaster Insurance reveals top classics from 1952

As the nation hangs its Union Jack bunting, finalises street party plans and prepares to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Lancaster Insurance has revealed which classics, built in the year the Queen came to the throne, are still firm favourites with enthusiasts!

News: Best car factory tours in the UK and Europe

For many true petrolheads, buying, owning, driving and maintaining a car – while hugely rewarding – isn't quite enough. No, if you are a genuine car nut, you want to go a bit further than this – you want to see how these marvels of technology and locomotion actually come into existence.

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Many readers are probably familiar with this sensation; you are watching a film set in World War 2 only to notice a 1962 Citroën 2CV in a street scene or a Routemaster bus making a surprise appearance in ‘1946’.

Audi TT Classic Car Insurance

At Lancaster Insurance, we have been proudly arranging classic car insurance for over 35 years. Specialising in arranging cover for your cherished vehicle, our tailored and comprehensive policies are designed to protect your investment. Lancaster Insurance has access to some of the most competitive classic car, vintage car and classic vehicle insurance schemes in the UK. We work with carefully selected underwriters to enable us to offer both comprehensive and bespoke insurance solutions, with our customers in mind. Using our wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry, we are able to quote for virtually every classic car available. To speak to a member of our specialist classic car customer service team call 01480 484826 or click here and we’ll call you back at a time that’s best for you.


It was not the first front-wheel drive hatchback, as the Fiat 127, Autobianchi A112, Austin Maxi, Simca 1100 and Autobianchi Primula predated it. Nor was it the first FWD Renault, as the Estafette van debuted in 1959.

News: 17 things to pack for your next seaside campervan adventure

There has been something of a staycation boom in the UK the past couple of years, with people rekindling their love for the British coast, in particular.