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  • 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…

  • RETRO ADS – MGB LIMITED EDITION

    RETRO ADS – MGB LIMITED EDITION

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Mention the MGB Limited Edition to any fan of Abingdon’s most famous product and they’ll probably think of the bronze or silver versions of the roadster and GT produced in 1980 to commemorate the ending of production.   In the…

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MITSUBISHI STARION?

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… MITSUBISHI STARION?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    In 1981, Mitsubishi launched the Starion in the UK as an entry-level sports car in a rapidly expanding market of Far East-built performance coupés, which included the Nissan Z cars, Toyota Supra, Honda Prelude and Mazda’s Wankel rotary engine-powered RX-7.…

  • RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH DOLOMITE

    RETRO ADS – TRIUMPH DOLOMITE

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    One of the best-known front covers for a Triumph Dolomite brochure was this example from December 1978, together with the headline: “The Dolomites… one of Europe’s great ranges.” The idea was to show the 1500HL, 1850HL, and Sprint on the…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A90/A95/A105

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A90/A95/A105

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Despite taking its styling inspiration from the smaller, less powerful A40/A50/A55 Cambridge range, the wonderfully opulent Austin A90/A95/A105 Westminster line-up of the late ’Fifties was in a totally different league. And as this advert for the A95 shows, these were…

  • RETRO ADS – MG MONTEGO TURBO

    RETRO ADS – MG MONTEGO TURBO

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    If the MG Montego Turbo is now a rare sight in the UK, imagine how scarce a model it must be in the Netherlands, where it would have been seen as very much of a niche offering. So when I…

  • RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL VICTOR

    RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL VICTOR

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The Vauxhall Victor FC Series is one of those cars that, although a popular buy in its day, is now a seriously rare sight on Britain’s roads. So rediscovering the Victor 101-Series in this classic brochure from 1967 brought back…

  • RETRO ADS – ROVER P6

    RETRO ADS – ROVER P6

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Throughout the life of the P6 range, Rover made sure that the in-built safety of the car was used in its marketing. And that was understandable given the various trophies that this popular Rover line-up was awarded during its long…

  • RETRO ADS – CONSUL CAPRI

    RETRO ADS – CONSUL CAPRI

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Ford was determined to go its own way in the ’Sixties, coming up with daring and original designs with which to tempt the style-conscious buyer. And although the trend began in late 1959 with the launch of the Anglia 105E,…

  • RETRO ADS – LADA 1200

    RETRO ADS – LADA 1200

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Having come across this 1977 image promoting the Lada 1200, we went online to find out just how dangerous a giraffe can be. You see, we thought we’d got it wrong. Maybe the giraffe is a big, cuddly beast that…

  • RETRO ADS – VANGUARD LUXURY SIX

    RETRO ADS – VANGUARD LUXURY SIX

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The only large car offered by Standard-Triumph as the company eased itself into the ’Sixties was the long-running Vanguard and its Ensign derivative. And with the crucial new Triumph 2000 not due on sale until 1963, the company had to…

  • RETRO ADS – MG MIDGET USA

    RETRO ADS – MG MIDGET USA

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    By the time this US-market brochure was published in September 1978, the MG Midget was nearing the end of its days. The following year would see the final one roll out of Abingdon, leaving American fans mourning its loss. Despite…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN MAXI

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Using the word ‘ultimate’ in the same sentence as ‘Maxi’ might seem odd to those who don’t appreciate the appeal of British Leyland’s family hatch. But in this brochure extolling the virtues of the new HLS version, the British maker…

  • RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A40

    RETRO ADS – AUSTIN A40

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    It’s funny how you can usually date a brochure not just from the vehicle it’s promoting but also from the choice of backdrops and the overall image it’s trying to portray. And this classic item from 1954 is a great…