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  • RETRO ADS – RELIANT FOX

    RETRO ADS – RELIANT FOX

    Glenn Rowswell on 6th October 2017

    The Reliant Fox started life as the Mebea Fox, assembled and sold in Greece from 1979. But when that country’s tax laws were changed four years later, utility vehicles became classed as passenger cars – and sales plummeted.

  • RETRO ADS –  RAMBLER CLASSIC & AMERICAN

    RETRO ADS – RAMBLER CLASSIC & AMERICAN

    Glenn Rowswell on 6th October 2017

    We all know that the ‘Nash Metropolitan’ was the product of a joint deal between Nash and BMC, and was sold through Austin dealers here in Britain until 1961.

  • RETRO ADS – MERCEDES 230E

    RETRO ADS – MERCEDES 230E

    Glenn Rowswell on 25th September 2017

    The W123-generation Mercedes-Benz had been around for a while by the time this particular brochure dedicated to the 230E was issued in August 1980...

  • 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 – PEUGEOT 504

    RETRO ADS – PEUGEOT 504

    Glenn Rowswell on 8th September 2017

    By the time this German-market publication promoting the Peugeot 504 Coupe and Cabriolet was published for the 1975 model...

  • 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 –  FORD FIESTA

    RETRO ADS – FORD FIESTA

    Glenn Rowswell on 16th May 2017

    Ford issued this eye-catching advert in 1978, announcing that its handsome little Fiesta (launched in the UK only the previous year) had won a Design Council Award for its ‘detailed and calculated attempt to reduce the maintenance and repair costs…

  • RETRO ADS – SKODA SUPER ESTELLE

    RETRO ADS – SKODA SUPER ESTELLE

    Glenn Rowswell on 10th May 2017

    We recently came across an old newspaper cutting from 1978, on the back of which was this advert for the new Skoda Estelle range. It’s a tatty old ad but well worth re-reading, thanks to its attempt at changing public…

  • 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 – VAUXHALL CAVALIER ESTATE

    RETRO ADS – VAUXHALL CAVALIER ESTATE

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    What the MkI and early MkII Vauxhall Cavaliers lacked in order to truly compete against their Cortina and Sierra rivals was an estate version; but that was put right in late 1983 when the second generation range had an estate…

  • RETRO ADS – AUDI 100

    RETRO ADS – AUDI 100

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    Announcing the UK arrival of the second generation Audi 100 was this handsome brochure from 1976, designed to convince potential buyers that the Volkswagen-owned luxury brand was a serious rival to BMW, Volvo, Rover and other European marques. Beneath the…

  • RETRO ADS – DUNLOP

    RETRO ADS – DUNLOP

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    Back in the mid ’Sixties, Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd. published this handy little booklet in conjunction with Practical Motorist magazine. It was full of invaluable advice to car owners of the time, informing them how to get the most out…

  • RETRO ADS – SKYPORT SUNROOFS

    RETRO ADS – SKYPORT SUNROOFS

    wp-admin on 18th February 2017

    There was a time when one of the most desirable aftermarket modifications was a glass sunroof. Ah yes, remember those? Offering a sturdier alternative to the traditional fold-back sunroof, a see-through version was a revelation at the time, with a…