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  • CLASSIC SCENES – SEASIDE QUEUES

    CLASSIC SCENES – SEASIDE QUEUES

    Matt Bell on 29th April 2019

    Here is a scene that was all-too common in the 1960s - a queue of stationary cars trying to get to the seaside on a sunny June day. Frustrating for the drivers, taxing for many a cooling system, but great for car enthusiasts 50 years hence!

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… FAIRTHORPE ELECTRON

    Matt Bell on 1st March 2019

    The low-volume sports car is an area where Britain has traditionally excelled, from Morgan to Lotus and TVR with countless others along the way plus modern newcomers like Noble and Radical.

  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… MINI MOKE

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A… MINI MOKE

    Matt Bell on 4th January 2019

    On the face of it, the Mini Moke should have been an abject failure. Based on the subframes and running gear of the Mini attached to a basic box-section bodyshell, it was touted to the military but failed to break the iron grip of the Land Rover. So what happened to it and when was the last time you saw one?

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… BMW E12 M535i

    Matt Bell on 7th December 2018

    You may not be a fan of BMW's modern range or indeed the drivers of its flashier products, but back in the ’70s and early ’80s the company enjoyed a very different image. Back then, it was a small player on the UK market, much like a German Alfa Romeo or Saab, its customers buying the cars for their engineering and quality.

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

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD?

    Matt Bell on 23rd November 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… Datsun 280ZX

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… Datsun 280ZX

    Matt Bell on 16th November 2018

    Anyone clued-up on classic cars will be aware of the Datsun/Nissan 240Z, the car which showed the Japanese could create a credible sports car capable of competing with the European makers... but its successor is rather less widely known.

  • WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… PANTHER LIMA

    WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A… PANTHER LIMA

    Matt Bell on 9th November 2018

    Panther might be better remembered for its more outlandish products such as the six-wheeled Panther Six or Duesenberg-style J72, but what about the Lima?