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News: MEET THE OWNER – DOUG MOODY AND HIS FORD CORTINA “WOODY” ESTATE

Doug Moody is the proud owner of a very fine collection of Consul Cortina Mk. Is – including a version that is widely remembered, despite it enjoying a limited production run.

News: MEET THE OWNER – JOHN LANGFORD AND HIS AUSTIN J40

John Langford has recently taken delivery of an Austin convertible, one that is resplendent in Speedwell Blue. Here is a car that offered virtually everything to the discerning motorist, from the Art Deco fascia to the well-upholstered bench seat. The fuel bills amount to precisely nil, and the sole drawbacks of the J40 are the limited top speed - and the fact that anyone over the age of nine will not be able to fit in it.

News: 7 fast facts about the Mini Moke

The Mini Moke wasn’t exactly a raging success on these shores – it was never meant to be given its lack of doors and roof. But 56 years after it first hit British roads, the iconic Mini Moke has been given an update and will once again go on sale in the UK as part of a limited run.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER - THE SUNBEAM HARRINGTON ALPINE?

In the years immediately before the launch of the MGB GT in 1965, a sports car enthusiast who craved greater weather protection for winter had a limited choice. None of the “Big Five” manufacturers offered a sleek 2+2 tourer with the partial exception of the Consul Capri GT. However, the sort of motorist who favoured flat hats and club blazers would probably have regarded the Ford as transport for flashy types who used too much aftershave.

4 x 4 Insurance

Lancaster Insurance has been arranging specialist 4x4 insurance for over twenty years. As a leading broker in the market, we offer a high quality product and level of service which gives you peace of mind and security on the road. We understand that price is important; this is why we focus on saving you money on your policy and offering additional benefits for insuring your 4x4 with us. We offer discounts to Club Members and Limited Mileage vehicles, as well as Accidental Damage Cover. Most policies also include Green Laning & Off-Road Cover as standard.

News: PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP – THE X1/9

A little over 40 years ago, those British motorists who craved affordable open-topped transport with that essential sense of brio were finally offered an RHD version of Fiat’s delightful X/19.

News: 50 YEARS OF THE MORGAN PLUS 8

Just suppose that it is 1968 and you are in the fortunate position of having £1,500 to spend on an open-topped car. Then, flicking through the current issue of Motor, you read of a vehicle that ‘has no real rivals but occupies its own little niche in the market’ and moreover one with a V8 engine that costs £1,475 with seat belts an extra £12 12s 9d.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE ALPINE AND THE SOLARA?

Texan chocolate bars, youths in shopping precincts desperately trying to look like Johnny Rotten or Captain Sensible, How on Southern Television - and the Chrysler Alpine. These are all everyday sights and experiences from the late 1970s that now seem impossibly remote in time, especially the Car of the Year 1976.

News: CAR OF THE MONTH – THE VAUXHALL VIVA

Take the background of almost any episode of The Sweeney, The Professionals, or early editions of Minder and you are guaranteed to see at least one Viva.

News: CAR OF THE MONTH – MICHAEL WALL AND HIS 1970 HILLMAN AVENGER SUPER

‘The younger generation sometimes say, “is that a Mk.1 Escort?” – much to my annoyance! I am very occasionally asked “is it a Viva?” but the most common reaction is “what is it?”.

News: 50 YEARS OF THE HILLMAN AVENGER

The Hillman Avenger is one of the most uber-1970s cars that you are likely to encounter - one that firmly belongs to the realm of Fletcher Maths, How We Used To Live on ITV “Schools Television” and those strange “Pink Panther” chocolate bars from the corner newsagent.

News: TOP FIVE CAPRI SCREEN MOMENTS

As the 50th birthday of ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’ approaches, here are just five memorable Capri appearances on film and television.