• 1950 Morris Cowley 1/2 ton van

Tripping: The Light Vantastic – The Cass Files

October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These proved to be another good money-spinning sector for the British motor industry, with most of the major manufacturers and several smaller companies producing vehicles of this type. The load-carrying capacity of these small vans began at a quarter-ton or five cwt (250kg in today’s terms), and was slowly increased to six-, then seven and [...]

  • Riley’s fancy Mini – the Kestrel

Affordable Sports Saloons Part 2. 
The 1960s: GT or not GT

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The move towards more-fun-to-drive cars gathered pace through 1958 and 1959, as the big companies began to realise that brisk performance could be designed into a family saloon without much company design effort or expenditure and sell at a sensibly higher (and more profitable) price to add more appeal to their model ranges. While some [...]

1973 Triumph GT6 MkIII – Affordable Alternative

October 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

As past owners of two Jaguar E-Types and current owners of a 1973 GT6 Mk III, Mike and Heather Greensill are well placed to answer the question. Back in the early 1980s they travelled via America to England, where they lived for three years. They soon found jobs in England; Heather talked her way into [...]

  • Contemporary advert for the Spitfire Mk III

The Cass Files – Sports & GT Cars

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By late 1967, sports and GT coupé fans here in New Zealand were eagerly awaiting sightings or considering purchase of some of the 1966–67 new models from Britain and Europe. We had read about them in Motorman and seen the road reports in UK Autocar and Motor magazines as well as in Wheels and Modern [...]

All Wrapped Up

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

As the last of the splendid autumn leaves fall, many of us will be dreading the thought of winter – cold, dark, early-morning starts and long wet weekends. Strangely, I enjoy winter and the crisp clear days that many of us in the south experience after a hard frost. I have spent a number of [...]