Nostalgia

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

    22nd June 2018

    You could consider the Alfasud as a kind of Italian Hillman Imp: a great design pairing sporting appeal with small car practicality but flawed by government interference in manufacturing.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… TVR TASMIN?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… TVR TASMIN?

    15th June 2018

    Think of TVR’s ‘wedge’ series of cars from the ’80s and you’ll probably picture a thundering open-topped V8-powered creation. The range started off though with the much less hairy chested Tasmin, which essentially debuted Oliver Winterbottom’s wedgy body style but with the more subtle engine options of either the 2.8-litre Ford Cologne V6 or even briefly the four-pot Pinto and the ‘TVR 200’ badge...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MORRIS ITAL?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MORRIS ITAL?

    1st June 2018

    The Marina has taken its fair share of abuse over the years but in reality it didn't do so badly at the job it was designed for. Yes, the chassis owed a lot to the Minor which itself dated from the 1940s and no, you wouldn't have seen Ford or Vauxhall persisting with lever-arm dampers into the ’70s.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… AUSTIN 1300 COUNTRYMAN?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… AUSTIN 1300 COUNTRYMAN?

    18th May 2018

    The fact that customers were still buying the ADO16 BMC1100/1300 range even after its replacement had been launched illustrates perfectly how popular the 'big Mini' was with UK buyers. In fact the car was Britain's top selling car every year from 1963 to 1971 apart from 1967.

  • RETRO ADS – AMCO

    RETRO ADS – AMCO

    4th May 2018

    Here’s an advert aimed at American buyers of British-built sports cars. In this case, however, the emphasis was on aftermarket accessories rather than the car itself, boasting that “the Amco-equipped TR4 clearly reflects ownership pride!”

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… CITROEN CX?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… CITROEN CX?

    4th May 2018

    Estate cars don’t come bigger than this. Or more practical for that matter, the CX’s traditional Citroën hydropneumatic suspension offering a self-levelling facility which gave it the carrying capacity of a long-wheelbase Transit.

  • RETRO ADS – PYE HEADUNITS

    RETRO ADS – PYE HEADUNITS

    20th April 2018

    Few adverts date more than those for in-car entertainment, with rapid changes in technology making car stereo ads from yesteryear seem comically dated now...

  • PROGRESSIVE THINKING

    PROGRESSIVE THINKING

    18th April 2018

    Only Andrew Everett could find a parallel between Peter Gabriel and the Citroën CX...

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… VW TYPE 181?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… VW TYPE 181?

    17th April 2018

    Often erroneously referred to as a Kübelwagen, VW’s Type 181 went by many different names around the world including VW Thing in the USA, VW Safari in Mexico and VW Trekker in the UK.