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Clan Crusader

FIFTY YEARS OF THE CLAN CRUSADER

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 8th March, 2021

Fifty years ago, a factory in County Durham produced the first examples of a quite remarkable new coupe. The Clan Crusader’s production run may have lasted for little more than two years, but it made a more significant impact than other cars might achieve in ten.

Classic Cars

5 classic cars with a dark past

  • 4th March, 2021

All cars are created with good intentions. However, somewhere along the way, some cars take on dark associations. Unfortunately, in some cases, they can’t shake them off afterwards and are forever tinged with the incident or ownership that formed that shadow.

Aston Martin DB5

The car’s the star – classic cars in films

  • 4th March, 2021

A movie appearance can do wonders for a car. As well as making it a more desirable object, it can put some serious value on a vehicle.

FORD CORTINA 1300 DE LUXE MK.II ESTATE

RARER THAN RARE – FORD CORTINA 1300 DE LUXE MK.II ESTATE

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 4th March, 2021

With many popular cars, it is the entry-level versions that so often have the worst survival rate. Many owners treated the likes of a Cortina 1300 Mk. II “Series One” De Luxe Estate as a humble workhorse. Similarly, the De Luxe saloon’s common fate was becoming a sub-par replica of the GT, the 1600E or even the Lotus. This is just one reason why Andrew’s 1967 “Alpine Green” example is such a fascinating machine. Another is that it recently played a very important role for his family.

Fiat 131 Mirafiori Sport

Meet The Owner - Theo Kyriacou and his Fiat 131 Mirafiori Sport

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 4th March, 2021

‘I’ve owned at least one Fiat 131s since I bought my first one, a 1600 Special in 1979, and at one point, I had three. My current metallic grey 131 Mirafiori Sport I bought in 2001 when I was told my previous silver 131 Sport was beyond economic restoration. “Everything can be fixed/repaired, but it’s not worth restoring this one! Buy another one” I was told’.

Peugeot 205

THE PEUGEOT 205 - A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 4th March, 2021

Some new cars manage to anticipate the future and make many of its rivals look archaic; the Citroën DS in 1959, the Mini in 1959, the Fiat 128 in 1969 and the Audi 100 C3 in 1982. And when Peugeot unveiled their latest small hatchback in February 1983, there was a sense that “The 1980s” really had commenced. Even after 38 years, Gérard Welter’s styling barely dates, and for an idea of the 205’s impact in the UK, picture a bright red GR amidst a sea of second-hand Ford Cortina Mk. Vs and Talbot Solaras.

Classic Car

Classic cars that become MOT exempt in 2021

  • 3rd March, 2021

As well as being a lot of fun to drive and a potentially lucrative way to invest any spare cash, there are a host of other benefits to classic car ownership.

Bond Car

MEET THE OWNER – SIMON FIXTER AND HIS BOND

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 3rd March, 2021

A few days ago, Simon took his Equipe 2-Litre Mk. II Convertible for its first drive out after about ten years of being off the road. It is the sort of car that virtually demands that its hood be lowered, even in February, and a genuinely individualistic machine – even if too few people recognise it as a Bond. Mr. Fixter remarks while ‘everyone seems to like it’; members of the public tend to mistake it for ‘an obscure Alvis, Bristol or Jensen’.

Vauxhall Firenza

50 YEARS OF THE VAUXHALL FIRENZA

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 3rd March, 2021

Fifty years ago, Luton unveiled ‘the kind of car that makes you impatient to be on your way’ – the new Firenza. Here was a coupe to rival the Ford Capri at home and score a major success in the company’s crucially important Canadian export market. As it transpired, the Vauxhall with ‘distinctive styling’ reached neither goal – despite its many strong-points.

A man using tools to work on restoring his classic car

Classic Car Restoration: The Definitive Guide

  • 2nd March, 2021

Classic car restoration is not something that you should try to attempt without having some expert advice alongside you, guiding you along the way. We hope that this guide will be an indispensable source of information that gives you the confidence to make your classic car restoration project everything you want it to be.

Triumph

A brief history of Triumph

  • 2nd March, 2021

As a popular first foray into classic car ownership, the Triumph cars of the 1960s and 1970s hold a special place in the hearts of many UK classic car enthusiasts.

Club of the month

Club of the month

  • Lancaster Insurance |
  • 1st March, 2021

This month, the Mk1 Golf Owners Club take the accolade of Club of the Month! The club caters for owners and enthusiasts of the VW Mk1 Golf and exists to be a base for the preservation and restoration of the original Volkswagen Golf. Keeping with the times, the club has members with original swallowtails to heavily modified cabriolets.

Competition Prize

Get your classic looking its best with our latest competition!

  • Lancaster Insurance |
  • 1st March, 2021

March brings with it the changing of the seasons, as we approach spring and hopefully warmer weather, and usually it signifies the start of the classic car season. Whilst we may have to wait a little longer to enjoy road trips in our classics, today we are launching our brand new competition which will hopefully bring a little cheer!

TVR White Elephant

CAR OF THE MONTH – HOWARD BRYAN’S TVR “WHITE ELEPHANT”

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 1st March, 2021

‘Photos don’t do her justice – she is a car of such presence’. Naturally, Howard’s White Elephant causes a sensation on virtually every journey, and even in his home village, people stop on the pavement and mouth ‘what is it?’. Such reactions are quite understandable, for that elegant coachwork has no TVR badges. And incredibly, just seventeen years ago, this unique piece of Blackpool Thunder was languishing in the ‘TVR Graveyard’.