Irish Vintage Scene Issue 179 Available for Pre-order!

Gracing the cover of the May 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a highly original example of an uncommon classic Ford – the Corsair carried a lot of promise when it was launched in 1963, featuring memorable frontal styling and a very spacious interior courtesy of a lengthened Cortina chassis, but somehow it never set the sales charts alight before it was discontinued in 1970. This beauty is a Cork-built 1700 V4 that’s been in Dublin all its life, and is a cherished part of the family for its owners. Our second featured car is another rare Irish survivor, a 1927 Austin 12/4 registered new in Co. Tipperary that’s one of only a handful of survivors featuring its two/four-seat Special Bodies coachwork. Following a twelve-year restoration by its owner, it’s motoring happily towards its hundredth birthday. 

Our tractor feature this month is a lovely tale of one family’s connection to the 1975 International 475 they bought second-hand in 1982 and have worked ever since – it’s now resplendent in factory condition after a lockdown restoration by a fellow enthusiast last year. Our motorcycle slot goes to an amazingly original and unmolested Yamaha 350 R5 two-stroke that’s only needed an engine rebuild in its life, while our commercial feature showcases a mighty V10-powered 1970s Mercedes 1632 truck that’s been kitted out beautifully as a period-correct livestock transporter.

All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – pre-order your May 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here, and receive it before it’s in the shops, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!






Keen to keep a copy of Irish Vintage Scene with you at all times, but don’t fancy carrying around a paper magazine with you? Launching this month for the first time is a digital edition of Irish Vintage Scene, meaning you can read your favourite Irish old vehicle magazine on the go on your mobile phone or tablet, or at home on your PC or laptop. As well as all the great content you’ve come to know and love, the digital edition of Irish Vintage Scene is bursting with extra features including an audio function, where you can have the feature articles read back to you – perfect listening while you’re driving, working or spannering in the garage. Choose between a mobile-friendly blog layout or conventional page-turning layout, and follow quick and easy links embedded in the magazine to get to your favourite article or advertiser in the blink of an eye. Available by subscription or individually, you can keep all of your archived issues in one place, so there will never be a copy of the magazine far away from you.


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Are you going to Swords on Sunday?

Well that’s the question many would normally be asking this week as the Classic & Vintage Sale, Show & Autojumble run by Dermott Flynn would normally take place on the first weekend in April. Well, that was pre-Covid…  While the show has a full title, it affectionately became known as ‘the Swords show’ due to its now long-time venue in the National Show Centre, very … Read more

Happy Birthday to the R 107 SL

Fifty years ago this month, in April 1971, Mercedes-Benz initiated a new chapter in the fascinating history of the SL sports car: the 350 SL was the brand’s first SL with a V8 engine, and the first model in the R 107 model series to bear the “R” abbreviation for “roadster” for the first time. The completely new two-seater with fully-retractable fabric top and removable hardtop was … Read more

What’s in issue 179 May 2021

Sweeping Statement International Acclaim    Yesterdays Yami  Special Service    Top Ten    Regulars News & Events The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad. Diary Dates The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland. Your Letters Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think. Q&A  Each month we pitch a motoring question … Read more

Happy Easter!

Each year the Easter Bank Holiday weekend would see the hobby spring into life with a number of events taking place around the country, with shows and runs aplenty. Well, for the second year the hobby will lay dormant, but please God we will all be together for Easter 2022. To remind us of times past, here are a few photos from the annual Tipperary … Read more

An ESSENtial trip

IF A MOTOR ENTHUSIAST ASKS YOU IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO ESSEN, WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN IS IF YOU’VE BEEN TO TECHNO CLASSICA, ESSEN, AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EVENT THAT TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR IN GERMANY.  Words and Photos Tom Heavey After a number of years considering the trip, 2011 found me winging my way to the show for the first time, and it really lived … Read more

Irish Vintage Scene Goes Digital!

Keen to keep a copy of Irish Vintage Scene with you at all times, but don’t fancy carrying around a paper magazine with you? Launching this month for the first time is a digital edition of Irish Vintage Scene, meaning you can read your favourite Irish old vehicle magazine on the go on your mobile phone or tablet, or at home on your PC or … Read more

First Irish Jaguar E-Type Unearthed

Sixty years to the month after the launch of the E-Type at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, Irish classic car dealer David Golding has unearthed the very first Irish-registered E-Type FHC, which last saw the road in 1967. One of 138 RHD cars built in 1961, this car was initially owned by the well-known champion trainer of that era, Paddy Prendergast, reputedly gifted … Read more

Consignors Sought for NI Collectors’ Sale / Date changed to May 1st

Euro Auctions will host a collectors’ sale of classic, vintage, and antique tractors, plant, machinery, motor cars and commercial vehicles on Saturday the 1st of May at Castle Irvine in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. This single-day auction will be held as a ‘physical sale’ at the stunning Castle Irvine venue, just outside of Irvinestown, while buyers can participate in real time via the internet. With … Read more

2021 NEC Practical Classics Restoration Show Postponed to 2022

Thanks to the venue’s location adjacent to Birmingham International Airport, any car events held at the UK’s NEC exhibition centre have always been popular with Irish enthusiasts, who can fly in relatively cheaply from a number of airports here. While traditionally the season-ending Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show each November is the biggest draw for the Irish, the season-opening Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration … Read more

Show by the Sea 2021 Cancelled

The Chairman of the Dungarvan, Co. Waterford-based Yesteryear Motor Club has announced that the club will not be holding its annual Show by the Sea at Walton Park in Dungarvan this year. “We were really looking forward to seeing you all again this year in what would have been our eight time running this great event in such a wonderful location,” Noel Coffey explains. “We … Read more