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  • RETRO ADS – PEUGEOT TALBOT

    RETRO ADS – PEUGEOT TALBOT

    Glenn Rowswell on 7th May 2017

    Published in time for the 1984 British Motor Show was this 16-page magazine from Peugeot Talbot, boasting about the company’s expansion throughout the year (spearheaded by the phenomenally successful new 205) and promising there was more to come in ’85.…

  • RETRO ADS – MGB

    RETRO ADS – MGB

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st March 2017

    Published in late 1974 to commemorate MG’s 50th anniversary and to promote the company’s new black-bumper look to an American audience, this brochure played the heritage card more strongly than most. Each of the latest models was photographed with a…

  • RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL CAVALIER ESTATE

    RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL CAVALIER ESTATE

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    What the MkI and early MkII Vauxhall Cavaliers lacked in order to truly compete against their Cortina and Sierra rivals was an estate version; but that was put right in late 1983 when the second generation range had an estate…

  • RETRO ADS – AUDI 100

    RETRO ADS – AUDI 100

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    Announcing the UK arrival of the second generation Audi 100 was this handsome brochure from 1976, designed to convince potential buyers that the Volkswagen-owned luxury brand was a serious rival to BMW, Volvo, Rover and other European marques. Beneath the…

  • RETRO ADS – DUNLOP

    RETRO ADS – DUNLOP

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    Back in the mid ’Sixties, Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd. published this handy little booklet in conjunction with Practical Motorist magazine. It was full of invaluable advice to car owners of the time, informing them how to get the most out…

  • RETRO ADS – SKYPORT SUNROOFS

    RETRO ADS – SKYPORT SUNROOFS

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    There was a time when one of the most desirable aftermarket modifications was a glass sunroof. Ah yes, remember those? Offering a sturdier alternative to the traditional fold-back sunroof, a see-through version was a revelation at the time, with a…

  • RETRO ADS – FORD CORTINA C’mon England!

    RETRO ADS – FORD CORTINA C’mon England!

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    When this photograph of the England football squad was taken in 1970, Ford was celebrating the start of another World Cup by lending each of the players a Cortina 1600E. As the press release that accompanied the photo explained, “members…

  • RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH STAG

    RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH STAG

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    To claim in a headline that the V8-engined Triumph Stag simply combined “sports car handling with saloon car comfort” was perhaps being a little modest. After all, this grand touring machine – perfect for that pan-European driving holiday – also…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    This particular page from the 1979 brochure for the Austin Maxi sums up in three photographs just what made this five-door family-size hatchback such a useful car to have around. With the back seat upright you had a large boot,…

  • RETRO ADS – FORD CORSAIR 2000E MOBIL

    RETRO ADS – FORD CORSAIR 2000E MOBIL

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    You wouldn’t expect a Ford Corsair 2000E to be bought for its fuel economy. According to this Mobil advert published in 1967, however, this powerful and luxurious saloon managed a rather impressive 35.69mpg in that year’s Mobil Economy Run.  …

  • RETRO ADS – HILLMAN HUNTER

    RETRO ADS – HILLMAN HUNTER

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Although the Hillman Hunter wasn’t rebadged as the Chrysler Hunter until 1977, this particular brochure from four years earlier made no mention of its original marque. The front cover simply announced the ‘Hunter by Chrysler’, while each of the 12…

  • RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL CHEVETTE

    RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL CHEVETTE

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Vauxhall heaped praise on the Chevette for combining “style with generous space for people and things, zesty performance with pleasing economy”. The Luton firm also insisted that the Chevette offered “family car comfort with tremendously sporty handling.” With trim levels…

  • RETRO ADS – UPGRADE YOUR RENAULT

    RETRO ADS – UPGRADE YOUR RENAULT

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The 1978 full-range Renault brochure was a hefty affair, with plenty of space given over to the long-running Renault 5. But the company was just as keen to sell accessories as it was cars, hence the various sections devoted to Renault Boutique. And in the case of the company’s sole supermini, there was plenty of choice.

  • RETRO ADS – FORD MK3 CORTINA

    RETRO ADS – FORD MK3 CORTINA

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    By the time Ford issued its latest all-model catalogue in September 1975, the MkIII Cortina was already five years old and was entering its final 12 months of production. There was still plenty of life left in it though, while…