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Couple take a drive down memory lane

ONE man’s dream is another man’s nightmare – which explains why I am aghast to see the joy etched on the faces of Ian and Jayne Stringer. They have bought back the red Vauxhall Chevette that they sold 25 years ago, splashed out £3,000 to get it roadworthy again, and now use it again for … Continue reading

Gearing up for a classic restoration show

THE great and good of the classic car and vehicle restoration world are gearing up for a major car show, which takes place at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet over on the weekend of November 5-6. The 11th Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show & Auction will feature three halls of themed … Continue reading

Model cars are the auction stars

  AN amazing and vast collection of model cars is due to go under the hammer at the Charterhouse auction in Sherborne, Dorset, on October 20-21. The models all come from a single owner and are being offered for sale with no reserve. Matthew Whitney, from the auctioneers, says: “The client has been collecting for … Continue reading

My Triumph Herald Convertible

  BOUGHT from a private seller in Salisbury in April 1967, my second car was a 1961 Triumph Herald 1200 Convertible that had been souped up and fitted with twin SU carburettors. Its registration number was 434 LRL (Cornish). It cost me around £225, as I remember. It was green with a white flash; it … Continue reading

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DVCA classic car auction, September 2011

Some of the cars going under the hammer at the DVCA classic vehicle auction, held at Yenston on September 22nd, 2011

Silver Model T Ford sells for £3,400

A solid sterling silver scale model of a Model T Ford sold for £3,400 at a collectors’ sale held by auctioneers Charterhouse, of Sherborne. Saleroom boss Richard Bromell said: “The Taunton family who owned the Model T previously ran Whites, the main Ford dealer in the town for years. The owner took advantage of the … Continue reading

Is there a car in your garage?

WHAT do you keep in your garage? Chances are it’s not your car. Most people fortunate enough to actually have a garage are more likely to use it as a glorified garden shed or an overspill area for storing household stuff. The car – one of the most valuable assets we own and, apart from … Continue reading

My Morris Minor 1000

(Picture is not the actual car) MY first car was a 1960 Morris Minor 1000, a four-door version in grey, similar to the one shown in the picture. It cost £200 from a dealer in Hampshire and bore the registration number VAM 409. It had four forward gears and new-fangled flashing indicators rather than the … Continue reading

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