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Buyers Guide: Suzuki Jimny

Reliable and fun, a used Suzuki Jimny is cheap to run and solid as a rock. If you're looking to buy one here’s what you need to know. The recent Suzuki Jimny hit something of a snag in 2020, tough EU emissions rules forcing the company into announcing that sales that year would...

Me and my car: Chix and his Mk1 Triumph Stag

Lots of WD-40 and a little bit of divine intervention: father-of-four Chix tells Charlotte Vowden how his Triumph Stag became a restoration project for both man and machine. In its original incarnation, the Triumph Stag had a reputation for unreliability, but fitted with a Ford Essex V6 engine, this 1971...

Me and my car: Tom Robinson and his Jaguar XJR 6

Back from the brink and reincarnated for racing: pioneering engineer Tom Robinson tells Charlotte Vowden why he ignored the naysayers who said a wallowy XRJ 6 would never make it to the front of the pack. Built in 1995 and saved from the scrap yard several successful racing seasons ago,...

Remembering the Ford Mondeo

Once a huge seller for Ford, the Mondeo has been with us for three decades. But the popularity of the SUV and changing buyer tastes have seen cars like this struggle for sales, and this family and fleet favourite is about to come to end. By the time you...

Best of Spy Film Cars

The recent television adaptation of Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File provides another excuse to re-watch many spy dramas of the past five decades – including the original film version. Here’s our friends at Lancaster Insurance’s Best of Spy Film Cars.  We could have included The Deadly Affair, with its MG...

Me and my car: Alex Orchin and his Peel P50

One man and his 23mph three-wheeler: Alex Orchin tells Charlotte Vowden what it was like to travel over a thousand miles in his 54-inch daily driver. Manufactured on the Isle of Man in the 1960s, the Peel P50 was made famous when Jeremy Clarkson drove one around the BBC offices...

35 years of the BMW M3

The arrival of a new M3 is always a big moment for car enthusiasts, but with last year marking 35 years since the famous badge appeared we thought it the perfect time to remember what made them all so special… E30 – 1986 to 1991 One of the finest driver’s cars...

Me and my car: Lauren Elwin and her Austin Mini Mayfair

Walking and driving in six-inch heels is a skill, but so is stripping down and rebuilding your first car. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lauren Elwin tells Charlotte Vowden how she’s redefining the car girl stereotype. The Austin Mini Mayfair said hello to the world in 1982 and was described...

The Professionals: Top Ten Cars

The iconic Ford Capri is the most famous car driven by William Bodie, but there are plenty of other vehicles which may have slipped our memories over the four decades since the show first aired. Here’s our friends at Lancaster Insurance’s Top Ten cars from The Professionals. For fans of...

The Sweeney: Top Ten Facts

The Ford Granada celebrates its 50th birthday in March, and it remains famous for one television show – The Sweeney. Here’s our friends at Lancaster Insurance’s Top Ten facts about The Sweeney.  Some people might suggest that the most renowned vehicle in The Sweeney is a Consul GT. But in terms...
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