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  • 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...

  • RETRO ADS – FORD ANGLIA 105E

    RETRO ADS – FORD ANGLIA 105E

    Glenn Rowswell on 8th September 2017

    There was a trend back in the ’Fifties and ’Sixties for car brochure designers to use cut-out heads to emphasise certain attributes...

  • Retro Ads – CHRYSLER HORIZON

    Retro Ads – CHRYSLER HORIZON

    Glenn Rowswell on 25th August 2017

    What we knew here in the UK as the Chrysler Horizon was also sold in America in various guises, including the Plymouth Horizon shown here.

  • RETRO ADS – SUNTREKKER

    RETRO ADS – SUNTREKKER

    Glenn Rowswell on 25th August 2017

    One of the biggest names in demountable motor homes four decades ago was Suntrekker, produced by B Walker & Son Ltd of Stockport, Cheshire...

  • RETRO ADS – CASTROL

    RETRO ADS – CASTROL

    Glenn Rowswell on 18th August 2017

    Published in the early 1960s was this advert for Castrol’s best-selling multi-grade oils, each one designed to protect your engine during hard use and over high mileages...

  • RETRO ADS – HILLMAN MINX

    RETRO ADS – HILLMAN MINX

    Glenn Rowswell on 28th July 2017

    Rootes Group was one of Britain’s most successful exporters in the early post-war years, with the Minx being the company’s best-seller across Europe...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…