Nostalgia

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FORD ESCORT MK1 ESTATE?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FORD ESCORT MK1 ESTATE?

    6th April 2019

    These days you wouldn't get away with marketing an estate car with just two passenger doors but back in the ’70s it was common practice: the BMC 1100, Allegro, Alfasud and even the Range Rover were all offered in three-door form.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    1st March 2019

    The low-volume sports car is an area where Britain has traditionally excelled, from Morgan to Lotus and TVR with countless others along the way plus modern newcomers like Noble and Radical.

  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… VAUXHALL CAVALIER MK3

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… VAUXHALL CAVALIER MK3

    22nd February 2019

    The last of the Cavaliers and also – in European markets – the first of the Vectras, the Mk3 Cavalier was once a common sight but like so many fleet cars has suddenly started to disappear. Don't believe us? Just try and find one today outside a car show.

  • 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