Andrew Roberts editor
The Shield versus the Diamond. If you wanted a sports saloon in the ’50s, says Andrew Roberts, it was a tough job choosing between the Appia and One-Point-Five – even when the Lancia cost twice as much as the Riley. Photography Tony Baker. Lancia Appia & Riley 1.5 Top 1950s baby saloons. Sports saloons for suburbia: Lancia Appia versus Riley One-Point-Five.
1960s load-luggers from Coventry and Dagenham go head to head. Estates for the nation Ford Cortina meets Singer Vogue. The Ford Consul Cortina and Singer Vogue brought a generous helping of style to the market for austere mid-sized estate cars, says Andrew Roberts. Photography Tony Baker.
Lancia takes on Citroen and Triumph in the battle of the injected saloons. 70s performances saloons 2000IE vs DS23 IE Pallas and 2500. Fuel for thought. In the late '60s, says Andrew Roberts, it looked as if the carburettor’s days were numbered with the advent of rapid injected saloons from Lancia, Citroen and Triumph.
Beautifully Functional. Hand-built for discerning buyers, the Mercedes Universal and Vanden Plas Countryman are the zenith of ’60s estates, says Andrew Roberts. Photography Tony Baker. Universal vs Countryman Working wagons for the country set. Clash of the titans – Mercedes-BenzUniversal vs Vanden Plas Countryman.
The battle for Middle England. Middle-class contenders from Rover and Wolseley battle for supremacy. Rover meets Wolseley. 3-Litre goes head to head with 6/99. The Wolseley 6/99 and Rover 3-Litre represented a step towards the modern world for both marques. Andrew Roberts finds out which was more successful. Photography Tony Baker.
Rebel with a Cause. The debate over the first muscle car rages as much as it ever has. But here’s another contender – and it’s not from Detroit’s big three. We strap in and hold on... Words Andrew Roberts.Photography Laurens Parsons. Rambler Rebel The ugly duckling that even Edsel owners sniggered at, or the first-ever muscle car? We tame the car that could hit 60mph in eight seconds – in 1956.
Express Triumph Dolomite Sprint vs. Renault 16TX. Can two sports saloons that got pulses racing in the Seventies still enthral today? We drive them head to head to find out. The Triumph Dolomite Sprint and Renault 16TX offered sporting fun to Seventies execs. We find out which did it better. Words Andrew Roberts. Photography Gus Gregory.
Glamorous family Fords Zephyr, Zodiac & Consul. Ford’s ‘Three Graces’ Celebrating 60 years of the Mk2 Zephyr, Zodiac and Consul. Ford’s rock ’n’ roll facelift. As the Zephyr, Zodiac and Consul Mk2 family celebrates its 60th birthday, Andrew Roberts looks at this very British take on ’50s Americana. Photography Tony Baker.
Faithful Friends Volvo Amazon at 60 Stylish Swedish trio celebrated. Marking a milestone in the life of Volvo’s practical, stylish Amazon. Andrew Roberts investigates the enduring appeal of Volvo’s wonderful Amazon range, which celebrates its diamond jubilee this year. Photography Tony Baker.
Fit For A Gentleman. Fifties tourers Two stalwarts of a dying breed – the Riley Pathfinder and Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire – endured during the late-Fifties. Which is the preferred gentleman’s carriage? The Riley Pathfinder and Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 234 were both aimed at well-heeled men who wished to drive while wearing the correct hat, but went about it in very different ways. Words Andrew Roberts. Photography Gus Gregory.