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  • RETRO ADS – VANGUARD LUXURY SIX

    RETRO ADS – VANGUARD LUXURY SIX

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st July 2017

    By 1962 Standard-Triumph was busy putting the finishing touches to its sleek new six-cylinder Triumph 2000 saloon, due for launch the following year...

  • RETRO ADS – DATSUN BLUEBIRD

    RETRO ADS – DATSUN BLUEBIRD

    Glenn Rowswell on 5th July 2017

    Before the Bluebird turned front-wheel drive and became Nissan’s first British-built model, we were offered the last of the Japanese versions, dubbed the 910-series.

  • PAST MARQUES – MOSKVITCH

    PAST MARQUES – MOSKVITCH

    Glenn Rowswell on 27th June 2017

    Welcome to Past Marques, where we look back over the decades at manufacturers whose names have long since disappeared into the exhaust plumes of history…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th June 2017

    Published in September 1972, this 12-page brochure was designed to promote the latest Austin Maxi line-up, a three-car range that comprised the 1500, 1750 and 1750HL.

  • PAST MARQUES – SCAT AUTOMOBILES (1906-1929)

    PAST MARQUES – SCAT AUTOMOBILES (1906-1929)

    Glenn Rowswell on 14th June 2017

    Welcome to Past Marques, where we look back over the decades at manufacturers whose names have long since disappeared into the exhaust plumes of history…

  • RETRO ADS – CLEARMIST

    RETRO ADS – CLEARMIST

    Glenn Rowswell on 6th June 2017

    You’ve probably always assumed that a pair of fully-working windscreen wipers is any motorist’s main priority in poor weather. But not according to this advert for Clearmist, a hand-operated wiper easily fitted inside your car (yes, that’s the inside) and…

  • PAST MARQUES – COLUMBIA ELECTRIC (1897-1913)

    PAST MARQUES – COLUMBIA ELECTRIC (1897-1913)

    Glenn Rowswell on 31st May 2017

    Welcome to Past Marques, where we look back over the decades at manufacturers whose names have long since disappeared into the exhaust plumes of history...

  • PAST MARQUES – HOTCHKISS (1903-1955)

    PAST MARQUES – HOTCHKISS (1903-1955)

    Glenn Rowswell on 25th May 2017

    Welcome to Past Marques, where we look back over the decades at manufacturers whose names have long since disappeared into the exhaust plumes of history…

  • RETRO ADS – AUTOMATIC EXPLAINED

    RETRO ADS – AUTOMATIC EXPLAINED

    Glenn Rowswell on 24th May 2017

    As few British motorists were used to the pleasure of automatic transmission in the 1950s, those manufacturers that offered such an option often had to produce explanatory booklets. This handy little tome from BMC boasted that piloting an automatic was…

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… AUSTIN WESTMINSTER A95?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE AN… AUSTIN WESTMINSTER A95?

    Glenn Rowswell on 17th May 2017

    We can hardly claim that the Austin marque is under-represented in the UK's classic car scene but it's fair to say that the majority of the Longbridge brand's survivors are from the smaller end of the market.

  • RETRO ADS –  FORD FIESTA

    RETRO ADS – FORD FIESTA

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th May 2017

    Ford issued this eye-catching advert in 1978, announcing that its handsome little Fiesta (launched in the UK only the previous year) had won a Design Council Award for its ‘detailed and calculated attempt to reduce the maintenance and repair costs…

  • RETRO ADS – SKODA SUPER ESTELLE

    RETRO ADS – SKODA SUPER ESTELLE

    Glenn Rowswell on 10th May 2017

    We recently came across an old newspaper cutting from 1978, on the back of which was this advert for the new Skoda Estelle range. It’s a tatty old ad but well worth re-reading, thanks to its attempt at changing public…

  • REMEMBERING ’80S KIT CARS

    REMEMBERING ’80S KIT CARS

    Glenn Rowswell on 8th May 2017

    Ted Connolly revisits the 1980s kit car boom… Back in the early 1980s, kit cars – or component cars, if you prefer – were quite the rage, although the idea of building your own vehicle was nothing new. In fact,…