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  • RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH TR7

    RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH TR7

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The launch of the Triumph TR7 convertible four years after the hard-top was yet another example of a missed opportunity for British Leyland. While not everyone admired the look of theTR7 coupé, few could deny that the convertible was a…

  • RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH TR6 AMERICAN ADVERT

    RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH TR6 AMERICAN ADVERT

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    When promoting the Triumph Spitfire and TR6 to an American audience, British Leyland Motors Inc. of New Jersey boasted that its sporty twosome was “from the land of British Racing Green”. As this advert explained, “in international automobile races, green…

  • RETRO ADS – FORD VANS

    RETRO ADS – FORD VANS

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Throughout the ’Eighties, Ford’s sub-Transit commercial offerings were among the best-selling vans in their sector. But as the decade was drawing to a close, the Blue Oval couldn’t afford to rest on its corporate laurels, hence this updated line-up of…

  • RETRO ADS – CITROEN 2CV

    RETRO ADS – CITROEN 2CV

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    We’re big fans of the Citroën Deux Chevaux here at Torque Monkeys, and not just for its fuel economy and unmistakeable Gallic charm. No, we’re also admirers of the 2CV’s robustness and its ability to traverse all kinds of weather…

  • RETRO ADS – ZENITH CARBURETTORS

    RETRO ADS – ZENITH CARBURETTORS

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Back in the ’Sixties, it was common practice for any performance-hungry motorist to swap their car’s standard carburettor for a higher-performance equivalent, all in the hope of gaining a few extra horsepower and improved acceleration. And one of the biggest…

  • RETRO ADS – FORD ANGLIA 105E

    RETRO ADS – FORD ANGLIA 105E

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The 1959 Earls Court Motor Show was something of a classic by any standards, with BMC proudly showing off the new Mini, Triumph exhibiting its neat little Herald and Ford revealing its adventurous looking new Anglia saloon, available in both…

  • RETRO ADS – FORD MODEL Y

    RETRO ADS – FORD MODEL Y

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    To anybody more familiar with Ford’s post-war cars, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of the Model Y, the company’s first model designed specifically for non-American markets. Not surprisingly, it caused quite a stir at the 1932 Motor Show, held…

  • RETRO ADS – MORRIS MINOR

    RETRO ADS – MORRIS MINOR

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Despite punching way above its weight in terms of how it handled, early advertising for the Minor did nothing to extol its virtues or indeed encourage buyers at all for that matter. Instead, in line with the post-war ethos of…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A55

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A55

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Back in 1961, BMC wanted you to “get into an Austin and out of the ordinary”. With its latest Pininfarina-styled A55 saloon, the company seemed convinced it could change your life for the better, claiming that its four-door family-size offering…

  • RETRO ADS – 750 YEARS OF VAUXHALL?

    RETRO ADS – 750 YEARS OF VAUXHALL?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Well, not quite. Back in 1985, however, the company was boasting about the ancestry of its name when it said “if it had not been for a 13th century Luton landowner, Fulkes de Brealte, we wouldn’t be who, or indeed…

  • RETRO ADS – WARTBURG 1000 DE LUXE SALOON

    RETRO ADS – WARTBURG 1000 DE LUXE SALOON

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    It’s 1966 and you’re in the market for a brand new car. The trouble is though your budget is restricted to less than £600 all-in. And for your family’s needs, BMC’s evergreen Mini is simply too small. So what do…

  • RETRO ADS – SERIES III LAND ROVER

    RETRO ADS – SERIES III LAND ROVER

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Of all the many derivatives of the Series III Land Rover built throughout the ’Seventies and early ’Eighties, it’s the pick-ups that were among the most useful and versatile. Whether it was a farmer going to the rescue of a…

  • RETRO ADS – MINI COOPER

    RETRO ADS – MINI COOPER

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Throughout the ’Eighties the good old Mini struggled on, appealing to motorists who craved economy and who weren’t put off by the model’s age. Even so, back in 1989 (30 years after its launch), the Mini line-up of just City…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN ALLEGRO

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN ALLEGRO

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Dating back to 1973 is this launch-year brochure for the Allegro, which it hailed as “The new driving force from Austin”. Inside, meanwhile, came a selection of A4-size leaflets, each one dedicated to a different model in the extensive Allegro…