Nostalgia

  • RETRO ADS – FORD MODEL Y

    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

    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

    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 – AUSTIN ALLEGRO

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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 – MG FOR THE WINTER

    17th February 2017

    When Austin Rover released the official press photographs of its exciting new mid-engined MGF on March 7, 1995, it made sure there were plenty of images of the new two-seater sportster with its hood down. This, after all, was a…

  • RETRO ADS – TESTED BY FORD

    17th February 2017

    When it comes to British car factories, the former Ford plant of Halewood is better known these days as a Jaguar Land Rover facility, which sees tens of thousands of Freelanders and Evoques rolling down the line each year. But…