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  • RETRO CAR ADS – HONDA S800

    RETRO CAR ADS – HONDA S800

    Glenn Rowswell on 8th December 2017

    Derived from the smaller-engined S600 and available in both coupe and roadster guises, Honda’s innovative new S800 took a bow in 1966 and arrived in Britain later that year as the first ever Honda car import...

  • RETRO ADS – BEFORD BEAGLE

    RETRO ADS – BEFORD BEAGLE

    Glenn Rowswell on 8th December 2017

    Who remembers the Bedford Beagle? Essentially a Bedford HA van transformed into a family estate via rear side windows and a back seat, the Beagle conversion was carried out by Martin Walter Ltd of Folkestone...

  • RETRO CAR ADS – ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA

    RETRO CAR ADS – ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA

    Glenn Rowswell on 1st December 2017

    The Aston Martin Lagonda was in the autumn of its career by the time this advert for London-based Aston Martin Sales Ltd appeared in 1988.

  • RETRO ADS – VOLVO 240

    RETRO ADS – VOLVO 240

    Glenn Rowswell on 1st December 2017

    The Swedish firm’s marketing folk knew how to create an attention-grabbing ad back in 1982, although this particular one was unusual for not showing a Volvo in any way.

  • RETRO ADS – ISUZU GEMINI

    RETRO ADS – ISUZU GEMINI

    Glenn Rowswell on 24th November 2017

    The Isuzu Gemini hit the streets of Japan in late ’74 and remained on sale for thirteen years, during which time it sold almost 770,000 units...

  • RETRO CAR ADS – LEYLAND

    RETRO CAR ADS – LEYLAND

    Glenn Rowswell on 17th November 2017

    When the latest Leyland Cars brochure was published in June 1977, it marked one of the final appearances of the long-running Triumph 2000 and 2500 range, featured over the same double-page spread as the Dolomite 1850HL and Sprint...

  • RETRO ADS – MK1 VW POLO

    RETRO ADS – MK1 VW POLO

    Glenn Rowswell on 17th November 2017

    In late 1978, Volkswagen found itself asking this rather strange question: ‘How long before the law catches up with the Polo?’

  • RETRO ADS – AUDI 80 & AUDI 100

    RETRO ADS – AUDI 80 & AUDI 100

    Glenn Rowswell on 10th November 2017

    Audi is now a dominant force in the UK’s premium car market, but the situation was rather different back in September 1978.

  • RETRO ADS – ROVER SD1

    RETRO ADS – ROVER SD1

    Glenn Rowswell on 10th November 2017

    In this 1979 advert for the Rover SD1 range (comprising the 2300, 2600 and 3500 at the time), the headline suggested high praise from an unnamed architect: ‘If I designed cars rather than buildings, I’d like to have created this.’..

  • RETRO ADS – FORD RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

    RETRO ADS – FORD RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

    Glenn Rowswell on 27th October 2017

    Ford has always been one of the major automotive players of the Australian market, hence this lavish brochure from February 1979, published to promote the entire car and recreational vehicle range.

  • RETRO ADS – MORRIS MINOR VAN

    RETRO ADS – MORRIS MINOR VAN

    Glenn Rowswell on 27th October 2017

    By the time Morris launched a van version of its best-selling Minor in 1953, it had already moved from sidevalve to 803cc A-series overhead-valve power, ensuring that the commercial newcomer offered the kind of extra performance needed for lugging loads...

  • RETRO ADS – LUXAFLEX

    RETRO ADS – LUXAFLEX

    Glenn Rowswell on 20th October 2017

    If you couldn’t afford a garage in the early ’60s, you could always opt for a carport instead – a great way of keeping the worst of the weather off your pride and joy.

  • RETRO ADS – SEAT 131

    RETRO ADS – SEAT 131

    Glenn Rowswell on 20th October 2017

    Prior to the arrival of SEAT cars in the UK in 1986, Fiat was a major shareholder in the Spanish company, hence the fact that most of its home-market offerings were re-badged Fiats...

  • RETRO ADS – HOOVER SINCLAIR C5 SERVICING

    RETRO ADS – HOOVER SINCLAIR C5 SERVICING

    Glenn Rowswell on 13th October 2017

    January 1985 saw the controversial new Sinclair C5 going on sale, the result of Sir Clive Sinclair’s determination to offer a battery-powered alternative to the conventional car in urban situations.