Nostalgia

  • RETRO ADS – CITROEN 2CV

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 – RELIANT REGAL

    17th February 2017

    In 1970, Reliant was suggesting that its long-running Regal wasn’t just for ex-motorcyclists. In fact, the Tamworth firm insisted that buying the latest Regal was “sheer logic”, and proceeded to offer seven reasons as to why a three-wheeler made more…

  • RETRO ADS – LANCIA THEMA

    17th February 2017

    The last few years of Lancia sales in the UK were depressing for this proud Italian marque, with figures plummeting and losses mounting. There were some decent models on offer, however, including the Thema executive saloon; and in this 1985…