Category: Classic Cars

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Forty Years of quattro – Audi Do that?

The Audi quattro Coupe of the 1980s is a car that has, quite rightly, earned a massive following. As a road car it was handsome, but thanks to those box arches, also menacing. It was fast thanks to the five-cylinder turbocharged engine with near 200bhp, and of course, it handled like nothing else. And that’s […]

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Mercedes-Benz 500E – E’s Are Good

It’s no secret that we like a Mercedes-Benz W124. We have one ourselves. It may have come to us as a forgotten £100 wreck that, were it not for our interjection, would have been sent to the crusher. But now it’s been brought back from the brink and is a rather lovely place to be. […]

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Pony Up – Five Momentous Mustang Moments

Lee Iacocca’s brainchild, the Ford Mustang, is considered by many to be the car that secured Ford’s future. It was a bold, brave departure from its previous offerings, and Iacocca himself had to fight tooth and nail to get it built. It was worth the fight though. Ford speculated that first year sales of 100,000 […]

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Raced, Crashed & Abandoned – But now this Mini is back!

Sir William Lyons once said, “The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.” His words resonate with the story of Harrison Kirby’s MK2 Mini Cooper ‘S’. A car that seemingly has nine lives. The history of this Mini is a little hazy in places, but its story starts […]

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Five Off-Road Classics

The road as we know it, the smooth ribbon of tarmac that dashes underneath us, does not share its age with the automobile. Far from it in fact. Cars arrived without the infrastructure to support them. As such, when the first cars gained popularity, they had to traverse the rutted, rough, dirt tracks that had […]

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Five Low Power Heroes

Power is something that sits on an unfortunately high pedestal in the world of all things automotive. We’re taught by television presenters that power is good, power is all, power is key. We observe small, rodent-esque journalists gleefully reel off engine capacities and dizzying brake horsepower figures. While in reality, we’d more than likely be […]

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HMW Jaguar – Race Maker, Life Taker

Photography by RiikoPhoto George Abecassis and John Heath were men who lived for the thrill of speed and smell of fuel and oil. The Second World War had come to an end, and while British life still had a long way to go before it could once again be called normal, the people of this […]

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When BMW Raced a 7 Series – Yes, Really!

It’s the 1980s, a time when what wins on the weekend sells on Monday. There’s loads of choice if you want to take on Alfa Romeo, Ford and Mazda in national Group A saloon car racing. You want something that’s going to win, that can beat them off the line and keep going to the […]

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Alfa Romeo SZ – Pocket Monster

The anthropomorphism of the automobile operates on a variety of levels, and it’s not always something we have total control over. Applying human or animalistic characteristics to cars happens all over the place, whether it be as simple as an owner referring to their motor as ‘he’ or ‘she’, or giving it a name, to […]

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1931 Bentley – Not Your Average First Car

Photography supplied by Riikophoto First cars are usually a bit, you know, rubbish. Unless you have extremely generous parents or extended family, your first car is the result of scrimping and saving. And even after all that effort, the cost of insurance will quash any motoring aspirations down to the level of a battered Nissan […]