Nostalgia

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT PANDA

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FIAT PANDA

    25th January 2019

    Like a modern-day 500, Fiat’s original Panda was designed originally as affordable utilitarian transport but the minimalist approach encouraged some innovative thinking which gave the car a cult appeal across Europe.

  • THE HISTORY OF THE DISC BRAKE

    THE HISTORY OF THE DISC BRAKE

    18th December 2018

    Disc brakes offer better stopping performance than comparable drums, including resistance to ‘fade’ caused by overheating. We trace the development of this important automotive innovation back to the opening years of the Twentieth century.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… HILLMAN AVENGER

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… HILLMAN AVENGER

    14th December 2018

    What we know as the Hillman Avenger may have begun its life under the Rootes Group in Coventry but it ended production in Argentina of all places having worn no less than seven name badges during its 21-year lifespan.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    7th December 2018

    You may not be a fan of BMW's modern range or indeed the drivers of its flashier products, but back in the ’70s and early ’80s the company enjoyed a very different image. Back then, it was a small player on the UK market, much like a German Alfa Romeo or Saab, its customers buying the cars for their engineering and quality.

  • CANARIAN CLASSICS

    CANARIAN CLASSICS

    5th December 2018

    The Canary Islands boast a thriving classic car scene, as well as a large and active all-marques club on the isle of Gran Canaria – as Paul Guinness was recently reminded.

  • UNLIKELY RECORD BREAKERS

    UNLIKELY RECORD BREAKERS

    30th November 2018

    We revisit some unlikely records which were broken by car makers in their quest for publicity.

  • FIND ME A… CLASSIC PICK-UP

    FIND ME A… CLASSIC PICK-UP

    30th November 2018

    Few classics are more useful than a pick-up, the kind of machine that will turn heads and carry loads in equal measure. Paul Guinness looks at a selection of today’s best-buy models

  • FORGOTTEN HERO: DAIMLER SP250

    FORGOTTEN HERO: DAIMLER SP250

    23rd November 2018

    The last car to be developed by an independent Daimler company, the adventurous Dart ended its life with the name SP250 under Jaguar ownership.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

    23rd November 2018

    You could consider the Alfasud as a kind of Italian Hillman Imp: a great design pairing sporting appeal with small car practicality but flawed by government interference in manufacturing.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… Datsun 280ZX

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… Datsun 280ZX

    16th November 2018

    Anyone clued-up on classic cars will be aware of the Datsun/Nissan 240Z, the car which showed the Japanese could create a credible sports car capable of competing with the European makers... but its successor is rather less widely known.