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Fifty years almost to the very day I’m writing this, Fiat announced its new 130 saloon at Geneva

Fifty years almost to the very day I’m writing this, Fiat announced its new 130 saloon at Geneva

Fifty years almost to the very day I’m writing this, Fiat announced its new 130 saloon at Geneva. Few details were given, and the single car on display kept disappearing into the floor – probably so that people couldn’t linger on the wonky pre-production panel fit.

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1967 BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica by Pininfarina

1967 BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica by Pininfarina

Last year, I went to interview the former Leyland stylist Harris Mann. We were talking Allegros, a topic he will happily expound upon, but he is beginning to take exception to the attitude of the more populist media. To my delight, he recently told a BBC researcher to “get stuffed” (a very un-Harris-like remark) when they wanted him to take part in radio programme about “crap British cars”, so I fear we’ve had his last words on the subject. I don’t blame him: it’s time to find something else to take the Mickey out of.

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Vauxhall Velox PA Epic Restoration

Vauxhall Velox PA Epic Restoration

Velox Redux. Amazing Vauxhall Restoration. The many rebuilds of a Vauxhall Velox owned for nearly 40 years.  From a Vauxhall Velox. Paul Tarrant’s 40 year, 250,000-mile affair with his gorgeous griffin. This Vauxhall has certainly lived a life – several, in fact. Ross Alkureishi explains how it is now ready to embark upon yet more adventures Photography James Mann.

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