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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...

Me and my car: Charlie Deycon and his Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL

Don’t fear The Dictator: when owner Charlie Deycon and his son Bash are in the neighbourhood, the only power being exercised is that of their mighty Merc’s V8 engine. Here, the father-of-two tells Charlotte Vowden how he’s using his eighties ‘baddie’s’ car to inspire the next generation. With a few...

How long before the manual gearbox disappears?

Mercedes-Benz is planning to phase-out the manual gearbox in its future models, and to be honest we don’t really know how we feel about that. Chris Randall explains... In more than thirty years of driving I’ve owned cars with both manual and automatic transmissions, and I must admit to having...

A double helping of GTS

Porsche are the masters of enhancing the desirability of their cars, and for decades one badge has been doing just that. And 25 years ago it also marked the end for the 928. As a Porsche enthusiast you’ll be familiar with the GTS badge, one that’s affixed to a number...
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