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  • MORE FAMOUS CAR SLOGANS REVISITED

    MORE FAMOUS CAR SLOGANS REVISITED

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th May 2018

    Having had some indications that the last FAMOUS CAR SLOGANS REVISITED was appreciated, it would have seemed a shame to not include some more. Classic World’s Nigel Stennett-Cox looks back once more...

  • RETRO ADS – AMCO

    RETRO ADS – AMCO

    Glenn Rowswell on 4th May 2018

    Here’s an advert aimed at American buyers of British-built sports cars. In this case, however, the emphasis was on aftermarket accessories rather than the car itself, boasting that “the Amco-equipped TR4 clearly reflects ownership pride!”

  • RETRO ADS – PYE HEADUNITS

    RETRO ADS – PYE HEADUNITS

    Glenn Rowswell on 20th April 2018

    Few adverts date more than those for in-car entertainment, with rapid changes in technology making car stereo ads from yesteryear seem comically dated now...

  • FAMOUS CAR SLOGANS REVISITED

    FAMOUS CAR SLOGANS REVISITED

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st March 2018

    Who remembers; “The car you always promised yourself”? Yes, it was the launch slogan for the Ford Capri in 1969. Classic World's Nigel Stennett-Cox  explores the badges and slogans used over the years by automotive giants that made their products famous.

  • RETRO CARS ADS – MGB

    RETRO CARS ADS – MGB

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th February 2018

    One of the best ways of giving the MGB some extra appeal in the USA back in the early ’Seventies was to major on the fact that it was no mass-produced offering. This particular advert pointed out that the MGB was “still built with a marvelous device called the human hand”.

  • RETRO CAR ADS – TRIUMPH TR4A

    RETRO CAR ADS – TRIUMPH TR4A

    Glenn Rowswell on 9th February 2018

    While the Triumph TR4A of 1965 was visually similar to the four-year-old TR4 that it replaced, there was one crucial difference – the fitment (at last) of independent rear suspension.

  • RETRO ADS – STANDARD 20 252D UTILITY VAN

    RETRO ADS – STANDARD 20 252D UTILITY VAN

    Glenn Rowswell on 9th February 2018

    Who remembers the Standard Atlas van of 1958, subsequently renamed the Standard 15 and 20 when fitted with larger engines from the Standard-Triumph line-up?

  • RETRO CAR ADS – ALFA ROMEO 2600

    RETRO CAR ADS – ALFA ROMEO 2600

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd February 2018

    If you were lucky enough to have more than £2000 to spend on a brand new upmarket sports car in the mid ’Sixties, you’d probably pop along to your nearest Jaguar dealer and order yourself a brand new E-Type. Or if you fancied a sporting saloon, a Mk2 or S-Type might fit the bill instead...

  • RETRO ADS – TALBOT MINX & RAPIER

    RETRO ADS – TALBOT MINX & RAPIER

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd February 2018

    By 1985, Talbot’s Alpine hatchback and Solara saloon were rather long in the tooth, with sales dwindling as a result...

  • RETRO ADS – MG METRO 1300

    RETRO ADS – MG METRO 1300

    Glenn Rowswell on 26th January 2018

    BL’s Metro was a popular export model throughout the ’Eighties, particularly in sporty MG guise – a version that gained itself many friends throughout Europe and beyond.

  • RETRO ADS – SPEEDWELL HARDTOPS

    RETRO ADS – SPEEDWELL HARDTOPS

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th January 2018

    With racing driver Graham Hill as chairman, Speedwell Performance Conversions enjoyed a high profile through the ’Sixties...

  • RETRO CAR ADS – BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED

    RETRO CAR ADS – BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED

    Glenn Rowswell on 22nd December 2017

    The final model launched by Bentley before the company’s collapse in 1931 (and its subsequent rescue from receivership by Rolls-Royce in November of that year) was the 8 Litre, a behemoth of a saloon boasting 7983cc straight-six power – and enough torque to enable it to accelerate effortlessly in top gear from a walking pace.

  • RETRO CAR ADS – MG ROVER NEWS

    RETRO CAR ADS – MG ROVER NEWS

    Glenn Rowswell on 22nd December 2017

    The Autumn 2003 issue of MG Rover News (the company’s customer magazine of the time) was an important one for fleet sales, announcing as it did the arrival of the MG ZT120 – priced at £15,995 and hailed as a ‘tax bargain for company car drivers.’

  • RETRO CAR ADS – TOYOTA CROWN

    RETRO CAR ADS – TOYOTA CROWN

    Glenn Rowswell on 15th December 2017

    Forty years ago, sales of the Toyota Crown were a mere trickle compared with its obvious rivals from Britain and the rest of Europe.