Nostalgia

  • RETRO CARS ADS – MGB

    RETRO CARS ADS – MGB

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th February 2018

    One of the best ways of giving the MGB some extra appeal in the USA back in the early ’Seventies was to major on the fact that it was no mass-produced offering. This particular advert pointed out that the MGB was “still built with a marvelous device called the human hand”.

  • RETRO CAR ADS – TRIUMPH TR4A

    RETRO CAR ADS – TRIUMPH TR4A

    Glenn Rowswell on 9th February 2018

    While the Triumph TR4A of 1965 was visually similar to the four-year-old TR4 that it replaced, there was one crucial difference – the fitment (at last) of independent rear suspension.

  • RETRO ADS – STANDARD 20 252D UTILITY VAN

    RETRO ADS – STANDARD 20 252D UTILITY VAN

    Glenn Rowswell on 9th February 2018

    Who remembers the Standard Atlas van of 1958, subsequently renamed the Standard 15 and 20 when fitted with larger engines from the Standard-Triumph line-up?

  • RETRO CAR ADS – ALFA ROMEO 2600

    RETRO CAR ADS – ALFA ROMEO 2600

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd February 2018

    If you were lucky enough to have more than £2000 to spend on a brand new upmarket sports car in the mid ’Sixties, you’d probably pop along to your nearest Jaguar dealer and order yourself a brand new E-Type. Or if you fancied a sporting saloon, a Mk2 or S-Type might fit the bill instead...

  • RETRO ADS – TALBOT MINX & RAPIER

    RETRO ADS – TALBOT MINX & RAPIER

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd February 2018

    By 1985, Talbot’s Alpine hatchback and Solara saloon were rather long in the tooth, with sales dwindling as a result...

  • RETRO ADS – STANDARD VANGUARD ENSIGN

    RETRO ADS – STANDARD VANGUARD ENSIGN

    Glenn Rowswell on 26th January 2018

    A new entry-level version of the Standard Vanguard arrived in 1957, badged as the Ensign and powered by a 1670cc four-cylinder engine producing just 60bhp.

  • RETRO ADS – MG METRO 1300

    RETRO ADS – MG METRO 1300

    Glenn Rowswell on 26th January 2018

    BL’s Metro was a popular export model throughout the ’Eighties, particularly in sporty MG guise – a version that gained itself many friends throughout Europe and beyond.

  • RETRO ADS – MITSUBISHI COLT 1400 GLX

    RETRO ADS – MITSUBISHI COLT 1400 GLX

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th January 2018

    Dating from the early ’Eighties is this ad for the Colt 1400 GLX, the Mitsubishi-built hatchback that offered a “unique extra that none of the competition can offer”.

  • RETRO ADS – SPEEDWELL HARDTOPS

    RETRO ADS – SPEEDWELL HARDTOPS

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th January 2018

    With racing driver Graham Hill as chairman, Speedwell Performance Conversions enjoyed a high profile through the ’Sixties...

  • RETRO CAR ADS – BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED

    RETRO CAR ADS – BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED

    Glenn Rowswell on 22nd December 2017

    The final model launched by Bentley before the company’s collapse in 1931 (and its subsequent rescue from receivership by Rolls-Royce in November of that year) was the 8 Litre, a behemoth of a saloon boasting 7983cc straight-six power – and enough torque to enable it to accelerate effortlessly in top gear from a walking pace.

  • RETRO CAR ADS – MG ROVER NEWS

    RETRO CAR ADS – MG ROVER NEWS

    Glenn Rowswell on 22nd December 2017

    The Autumn 2003 issue of MG Rover News (the company’s customer magazine of the time) was an important one for fleet sales, announcing as it did the arrival of the MG ZT120 – priced at £15,995 and hailed as a ‘tax bargain for company car drivers.’

  • RETRO CAR ADS – TOYOTA CROWN

    RETRO CAR ADS – TOYOTA CROWN

    Glenn Rowswell on 15th December 2017

    Forty years ago, sales of the Toyota Crown were a mere trickle compared with its obvious rivals from Britain and the rest of Europe.

  • RETRO CAR ADS – METRO VAN

    RETRO CAR ADS – METRO VAN

    Glenn Rowswell on 15th December 2017

    While Rover Group tried to portray more of an upmarket image at the start of the ’90s by badging just about everything as a Rover (including those models originally launched under the Austin banner), it didn’t risk diluting the brand when it came to its car-derived commercials...

  • WAS THE SINCLAIR C5 30 YEARS TOO EARLY?

    WAS THE SINCLAIR C5 30 YEARS TOO EARLY?

    Glenn Rowswell on 13th December 2017

    Thirty-three years on from its launch, Paul Guinness considers whether the much-maligned Sinclair C5 could have been the start of something big for its innovative creator...