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  • RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 4

    RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH SPITFIRE 4

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    When the original Triumph Spitfire first appeared on the scene in 1962, the concept couldn’t have been simpler. Take one Herald-derived backbone chassis, fit twin SU carburettors to the existing 1147cc engine, clad the whole lot with a sexy, sporty…

  • RETRO ADS – MG MIDGET USA

    RETRO ADS – MG MIDGET USA

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    By the time this US-market brochure was published in September 1978, the MG Midget was nearing the end of its days. The following year would see the final one roll out of Abingdon, leaving American fans mourning its loss. Despite…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Using the word ‘ultimate’ in the same sentence as ‘Maxi’ might seem odd to those who don’t appreciate the appeal of British Leyland’s family hatch. But in this brochure extolling the virtues of the new HLS version, the British maker…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A40

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A40

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    It’s funny how you can usually date a brochure not just from the vehicle it’s promoting but also from the choice of backdrops and the overall image it’s trying to portray. And this classic item from 1954 is a great…

  • 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 – 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 – 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 – 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…

  • 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…