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  • RETRO ADS – LANCIA THEMA

    RETRO ADS – LANCIA THEMA

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The last few years of Lancia sales in the UK were depressing for this proud Italian marque, with figures plummeting and losses mounting. There were some decent models on offer, however, including the Thema executive saloon; and in this 1985…

  • RETRO ADS – FIAT AMIGO

    RETRO ADS – FIAT AMIGO

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Even back in the ’Seventies, the month of January would see the arrival of TV adverts for summer holidays, tempting us to visit Spain… or maybe Skegness. Anyone who’d invested in their own Fiat Amigo Spacemaker motorhome, however, could ignore…

  • CW OPINION – IS A MID-LIFE CRISIS FUELING AN 80s CAR REVIVAL?

    CW OPINION – IS A MID-LIFE CRISIS FUELING AN 80s CAR REVIVAL?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    A lingering concern for many in the classic car world in recent years has been the apparent failure of many cars from the ‘Eighties and ‘Nineties to enter the realms of classic-dom. Whether or not you’d brand such cars as…

  • RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL VICEROY

    RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL VICEROY

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Take one Carlton bodyshell, fit Royale-style headlamps and a posh new grille, install the 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine from the Opel Commodore, adorn the car with a host of luxury fittings and you suddenly had the new Vauxhall Viceroy. So proud…

  • RETRO ADS – BRITISH PARACHUTE SAFETY BELTS

    RETRO ADS – BRITISH PARACHUTE SAFETY BELTS

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    But that didn’t stop the famous Midlands-based accessories firm Desmo from offering these British Parachute Safety Belts, designed to “reduce the risk”. Yes, once you’d pulled the shoulder straps over each side of your body and managed to clip the…

  • RETRO ADS – POLO PERFECTIONS

    RETRO ADS – POLO PERFECTIONS

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    British motoring magazines were already impressed, with What Car? claiming the Polo was its “nomination for the world’s best small car”. But VW had to convince the buying public that the Polo was not only competent but that it also…

  • RETRO ADS – ALLEGRO OF A LIFETIME

    RETRO ADS – ALLEGRO OF A LIFETIME

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Nor did the advert say how long the Special LE was likely to remain on sale, preferring instead to describe it as “for a limited period, the Allegro of a lifetime”. The advice was simply to snap one up before…

  • RETRO ADS – TAUNUS IS TERRIFIC

    RETRO ADS – TAUNUS IS TERRIFIC

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    It was imported via Lincoln Cars Ltd., a subsidiary of Ford that was also responsible for the brand’s American imports. “The Taunus is terrific!” boasted the advert, going on to explain that you’d love it “from the moment you first…

  • NEW RETRO CARS LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCED

    NEW RETRO CARS LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCED

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Experience non-stop high-speed track action, thousands of cars on display and plenty of live features and entertainment to keep you busy all day. The show brings together the finest club cars from all marques; from Ford, Vauxhall, VW, BMW, Mercedes…

  • LOW MILEAGE ITALIAN COLLECTION FOR SALE AT RACE RETRO

    LOW MILEAGE ITALIAN COLLECTION FOR SALE AT RACE RETRO

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Each of the three cars has been tucked away as part of a large private collection currently owned by arguably one of Europe’s most fastidious collectors of classic cars. The highlight of the collection is possibly one of the finest…

  • CW OPINION – IS THE UK DRIVING TEST GOOD ENOUGH?

    CW OPINION – IS THE UK DRIVING TEST GOOD ENOUGH?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The driving test is something that all generations of potential drivers since the mid-‘Thirties have had to contend with. Adaptations and changes have constantly evolved the test so that many who first took it would hardly recognise it today. The…

  • CW OPINION – WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT CLASSIC CAR THEFT ?

    CW OPINION – WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT CLASSIC CAR THEFT ?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    With increasing numbers of news stories appearing in both the specialist and mainstream press regarding the theft of classic vehicles you might assume Britain’s police force is taking seriously this particular issue. Controversially, however, a recent report by HM Inspectorate…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    With Christmas trees appearing in homes throughout the country this month, we thought we’d join in the festive cheer via this advert from 1960. “Get into an Austin and out of the ordinary!” suggested the simple headline, showing the latest…

  • CW OPINION – SHOULD BANGER RACING BE REGULATED?

    CW OPINION – SHOULD BANGER RACING BE REGULATED?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Legislation that passed through the House of Commons introduced long-overdue regulations for the car scrapping industry. The Scrap Metal Dealer’s Bill will require dealers to have a license and proof of ownership for cars being scrapped (to provide verifiable records of…