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Renault 18TD

MEET THE OWNER – DAVID FOOT AND HIS RENAULT 18TD ESTATE

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 8th April, 2021

For a car that was not uncommon on British roads during the 1980s, the 18 seems to have been largely forgotten. It deserves to be better remembered for it was a Renault of many good qualities and a more than viable alternative to a Vauxhall Cavalier or the Ford Sierra.

Small green campervan

5 top campervan owners clubs in the UK

  • 8th April, 2021

Owning a campervan is a real joy. It gives you the freedom to go wherever you like, whenever you like and take all your home comforts with you. It allows you to be more active, spend time in the great outdoors, and become part of a large, friendly community. What more could you ask for?

The AC Greyhound

THE AC GREYHOUND – A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th April, 2021

One of the many stars of the 1959 London Motor Show was found on Stand 145. Here was a coupe primed to compete with the Aston Martin DB4 and the Jensen 541R, one built by ‘dedicated craftsmen who jealously guard the hand-made reputation that has made AC the choice of the discerning motorist during the past 50 years’.

ADO16

SEVEN ADO16S FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 7th April, 2021

As the BMC/BLMC ADO16 was the UK’s best-selling car for many years, it is sometimes easy to overlook their presence in world markets. Here are seven of the most intriguing overseas interpretations:

7 fast facts about the Lotus Elise

  • 1st April, 2021

For a time, you couldn’t go for a drive without seeing a Lotus Elise – never a bad thing. But they are a much rarer sight these days, even though they’re still in production.

5 sympathetic classic car modifications

  • 1st April, 2021

If you want to add a modern part onto your classic car as part of the restoration project – but retain the essence of your historic vehicle – then you need to be subtle with any modifications that you make.

Aston Martin Show

A brief history of Aston Martin

  • 29th March, 2021

A brand synonymous with style and class, Aston Martin has produced some of the most luxurious and sophisticated sports cars ever to grace our roads.

Honda NSX

All about the Honda NSX

  • 29th March, 2021

Stunning the motoring world when it debuted over 30 years ago, the iconic Honda NSX rivalled anything the European car makers had to offer at the time. But what started out as an experiment by the Honda team, turned out to be the making of a Japanese automotive legend.

Line of classic Fiat 500's

20 fascinating facts about the Fiat 500

  • 29th March, 2021

Oozing Italian Dolce Vita charm, the diminutive Fiat 500 was a big hit throughout Europe when it first launched in 1957. And that popularity has endured until the present today.

Classic Car Show Field

10 classic automatics

  • 29th March, 2021

For a time, you couldn’t go for a drive without seeing a Lotus Elise – never a bad thing.

Austin Allegro

MEET THE OWNER – IAN COLE AND HIS AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1300 SUPER

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 29th March, 2021

‘I absolutely love this particular car which took me over 20 years to secure, so it’s going nowhere’. Ian’s 1975 Austin Allegro 1300 Super is certainly an eye-catching machine, not least the paint finish – ‘“Citron Yellow”; a rare survivor and a colour that is seen on MGs of the same period and the Jubilee Marinas’.

Mondeo

FAREWELL TO MONDEO MAN

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 26th March, 2021

Yesterday Ford announced the end to production in 2022 of the Mondeo - bringing to end a nearly thirty-year tradition. It is quite bizarre to think that little over 11 years separates the launch of the first models from the last of the Cortinas, and some readers will remember how in 1982, the debut of the Sierra caused shock-waves amongst Ford traditionalists. Indeed, some had not yet recovered when they heard rumours of an FWD replacement.

An older man cleaning the bonnet of his classic car on his driveway

What to do with your classic when you die

  • 24th March, 2021

As classic car owners, we’re really just temporary custodians of vehicles that have seen many previous owners and will hopefully see many more in the future. So, what are the options for finding a new home for your precious classic car after your death?

AUSTIN ALLEGRO

MISUNDERSTOOD? – THE AUSTIN ALLEGRO SERIES 3

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 24th March, 2021

For many years the Austin Allegro was the subject of myth, folklore, received wisdom and downright abuse. Fortunately, the once-familiar “British Leyland Jokes” appear to have largely vanished, and any surviving model is now an object of fascination.