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News: The 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – Part 1

My first impression of the 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was merely this – any Austin Maxi will now turn heads, but a Maxi with a fawn vinyl roof and a Webasto is not so much eye-catching as utterly decadent.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL VENTORA FE?

Forty-five years ago, I regarded the FE-Series Ventora as one of the most handsome cars you were likely to encounter in the not very mean streets of Fareham. The vaguely Pontiac-style lines, the quad headlamps, the vinyl roof and the sound of that 3.3-litre straight-six engine denoted a car of modest but genuine distinction.

News: TOP FIVE BRITISH GT FAMILY SALOONS

Visitors to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will have had the chance to see some of the cars that defined a certain type of motorist – the boy racer. So, Englebert Humperdinck sideboards immaculately shaped and Luncheon Vouchers at the ready for that ‘business dinner’ at the local Berni, here are five GTs worthy of the most go-ahead sales rep.

News: OLD ADVERTISEMENTS – THE FORD CORSAIR

I have long had a soft-spot for the Corsair, the Ford that once bridged the gap between the Cortina and the Zephyr. It has an agreeably mid-Atlantic air, with an appearance faintly reminiscent of a 1961 Thunderbird but dimensions more suited to British roads.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER THE FORD CORTINA MK. IV?

There are some cars that just look ‘right’ and the fourth generation Cortina belongs in that elite category.

News: SIX SUPERB SALES FILMS

These films are not adverts per se but the genre of short feature that a car or component manufacturer would commission to show potential trade clients or train their sales teams. For me, the six examples here all stand out for the simple reason that each is so memorable:

News: 50 YEARS OF THE VAUXHALL VENTORA

A car does not have to be riotously expensive to convey a measure of true style – a fact that is demonstrated by the original Vauxhall Ventora.

News: LANCASTER INSURANCE CAR OF THE MONTH – THE JAGUAR XJ COUPE

Just suppose you were taking a stroll around the 1973 Motor Show at Earls Court, with vague ideas about upgrading your Hillman Hunter.

News: HOW MANY SURVIVE? - THE MORRIS “ITAL” 575 VAN

Michael Carpenter is a young man with a mission and his most recent challenge was the restoration of a vehicle now so rare as to make the Jaguar XK120 appear positively common and one that is sure to draws crowds wherever it goes.

News: SEVEN BANK HOLIDAY TRAVEL MEMORIES

This 1955-vintage photograph of North Woolwich, with the trolley buses and side valve Fords baking in the sun, put me in mind of so many past Bank Holiday journeys.

News: THE ULTIMATE ESTATE CAR? THE CHECKER AEROBUS

If you need a low-key and discreet form of transport, a Checker Aerobus is probably not the ideal choice. For starters, it is over 22 feet long, has eight side doors and seating for 12 occupants on four rows of bench seats.

News: CARS FOR SUMMER – THE TRIUMPH TR4

The TR4 is, in my ever so humble opinion, an exceptionally handsome motor car; purposeful, commanding even, and beautifully proportioned. The coachwork blends the ruggedness of the previous TRs with such refinements as winding windows that 1961vintage sporting motorists were already starting to crave.