*Featured Image By Vauxford October 8th saw the Metro turn 40 and whether you love or loathe this iconic little supermini you have to admit that it has a brilliant history with plenty of special editions and a memorable launch advert, even lady Diana owned one! The Metro was launched by British Leyland brand Austin on October 8th, 1980 to a rather wonderful reception. The Mini had been the companies flagship small car for decades and they felt that something needed to be done to provide a more practical family supermini offering to the market. The idea had been toyed
Over the last two decades, the automotive industry has advanced massively, that coupled with a number of steps taken by the government to meet carbon emissions targets have seen the number of classics on our roads dwindling. There was the scrappage scheme, the removal of 4-star fuel and of more recently the announcement of new e10 fuel which could mean extensive mechanical modifications for classic cars. Many cars of the 90s no longer exist, destined to the scrap yard, traded in under a scrappage scheme which saw large discounts for people purchasing a new, more efficient vehicle which
A famous quote by oil tycoon JP Getty says; “If it appreciates, buy it. If it depreciates, lease it.” You see, for many, the problem with buying a new car is just how much it depreciates by. You can buy a car and drive it out of the showroom bring it back 100 miles later and it’s already lost a chunk of its value. This is probably why PCP and PCH are a popular choice for many these days, allowing them to lease the car and get a new one every few years. A trend that started around thirty years
*image by Charles01 Hot hatches; it’s a term that we are all familiar with. As a nation we hold a torch for these here’s small performance cars, they hold nostalgia and a spot in many people’s hearts. Many have lusted after the likes of a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, but these feisty little hatchbacks gave people an attainable dream car from as early as the 1970s. When did Hot Hatches First Come About? The term hot hatch was not technically used to describe these high-performance hatchbacks until the mid-80s when it was used by The Times and became the widely
It's fair to say, that for many classic car owners, 2020 has been a disappointing year, the global pandemic put an end to the height of the car show season as social distancing measures meant the community of enthusiasts never got to hot the road and show their cars, look at others motors or simply mingle with like-minded people. Summer is the season for classics, bringing the optimum weather conditions for these vintage beauties to shine. Summer road trips and the usual gatherings and meet-ups see these beauties getting far more use over the summer months, which means for them
This Lotus Elite was the first ever Elite to be sold to a customer, and it debuted at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show, and it's going to be up for auction at Silverstone via a live online auction from July 31st to August 1st. This is a true piece of classic motoring history, and it will be very exciting to see how much this Elite fetches at online action. There's a lot of history behind this beautiful little sports coupe. It was originally sold to Chris Barber, the jazz legend, who took the car and prepared it as a
Regardless of where you are in the world, there is one major downside to motoring that is irrevocably true – depreciation. You can buy a brand new car, and the moment you drive it out of the showroom, its value has already decreased. It’s a given, and we accept it. However, there comes a time in most cars lives, when the depreciation and loss of value stops, and it’s value actually starts to increase again.
One of the most beautiful classic cars we have reviewed, the Sunbeam Talbot MK1 Alpine Coupe Roadster. Everyone who has seen this car has loved it, even people who are not big fans of classic cars. Get a closer look in this video review…
When the new E10 fuel changes come into effect in 2021, classic car owners may be forced to make extensive mechanical modifications to their vehicles, in order for their cars to be able to run on the new fuel and stay on the road. Experts have warned that the type of changes required could easily cost thousands of pounds, leaving many classic car owners unable to afford the changes they would need to make to keep their cars on the road.
Ben Croot, a teenager from Compton in Wolverhampton was inspired by his love of Lego and classic cars, to build a British motoring classic – the Bentley “Blower” – entirely out of Lego and Technic. The Bentley “Blower” is a British classic which was used to compete in motor racing events between 1927 and 1931. Keep reading to find out more about Ben’s creation…