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It is hard to convey just how different the Renault Espace seemed from the majority of cars back in 1985 when British sales commenced. It bore no resemblance to the company’s 18 Estate and nor was it directly comparable with the likes of the Citroen CX Safari or the Peugeot 505 Familiale.


Amazing “Fact of The Day”: the XJ6 was not the Car of The Year 1969. This is not to cast aspersions on the Peugeot 504 or the runners up, the BMW 2500/2800 and the Alfa Romeo 1750, but more a note of sheer incredulity.

News: Car of the Month: May 17

Regular readers of Lancaster’s ‘Car of the month’ feature might see a bit of a theme developing. With March’s COTM featuring the Peugeot 205 GTi and April’s looking back at the Escort XR3i, it seems only proper that we now look at the car which started off the whole ‘hot hatch’ movement.

News: Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership – Remembering The Morris Marina

There are certain once ubiquitous cars that often cause people to suddenly ask ‘when did I last see one of those?’ It is an extensive list, one to which you could include the Ford Sierra Mk.1, the Austin Montego, the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk. 3, the Peugeot 405, the original incarnation of the Renault 5 – and the Morris Marina.

News: The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show 2019

There it was on the Simca Club UK stand at Hall 5 of the NEC at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery last weekend.


‘Are you sure you can spare it, guvnor?’ ‘I don’t go south of the river at this time of night’. Or in other words five of the most memorable taxi cabs from around the world…


This is a sweeping question but what are the ingredients for a “cult” vehicle? What are the elements that are guaranteed to draw onlookers to a car, whether it is parked on the street or attending a classic show?


Denis Norden, who died today aged 96, was a figure who was instrumental in defining post-war British comedy.

News: Do You Remember the Reliant Kitten?

Many of us have been nearly bored to death by various jokes concerning that mythical car, the ‘Robin Reliant’. Firstly, it was and is a Reliant Robin - just as you would not refer to a ‘Cortina Ford’ or ‘Chevette Vauxhall – and secondly, the Tamworth company did not lack for ambition with their small cars during the 1970s.

News: Do You Remember – The Renault 16?

43 years ago, I encountered a car that I genuinely thought belonged in the world of Star Trek or Doctor Who; i.e. the front windows and the door locks were operated at the press of a button.

News: DVD of The Week - That Riviera Touch

In 1964 Morecambe and Wise signed a contract to make three films for the Rank Organisation.

News: Design Icon – The Range Rover

Many of us have a mental shortlist of those prime classic cars where form and function coalesce to create a genuinely ground-breaking vehicle. The sale on the 29th October by Coys of Kensington of the first production Range Rover for £115, 000 is a very timely reminder of an automotive design so magnificent that one was even exhibited in the Louvre as an ‘outstanding piece of modern sculpture’. - Written by Andy Roberts