Irish Vintage Scene Issue 215


The cover of the May 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene features a family car from the sixties and seventies that’s rarely seen in this country anymore. The owner of this Volkswagen Type 3 Variant sought it out thanks to his memories of his father’s example bought new in 1968, and has enjoyed learning the ropes with this, his first classic car. What’s more, this particular VW has enjoyed a very travelled life, moving from Germany to Baghdad early in its life, and driving all the way back through Europe before eventually settling in Dublin in the early eighties. Our second feature car was also a popular family motor in its day, but survives in far greater numbers – however you won’t come across many Ford Anglia 105Es exactly like this one, as it spent three decades in storage before being awoken from its slumber by its current owner, who has retained its time-worn, barn-find appearance.

This month’s featured tractor looks like a common or garden Massey Ferguson 135 at first glance, but closer inspection reveals it’s actually a 133, one of only 5,000 believed to have been built in the Banner Lane factory in Coventry. Sold new in Co. Leitrim in 1972, it worked at the local creamery before ending up in its current ownership almost twenty years ago, and it’s remained in extremely original condition. Our commercial feature is another VW, this time an extremely rare, Irish-assembled 1964 VW Type 2 van that worked with the P&T (the precursor to An Post) before ending up sitting in a field rusting away for twenty years. Its current owner brought it back from past the brink of doom, and has it back on the road. And finally, our featured motorcycle is a beautiful 1970 BSA Starfire that holds a special significance for its owner. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out!



The April to June 2024 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently, and as usual we’ve another exciting line-up of very special cars for you. Heading up this issue is a home-built Ford Capri that boasts lots of performance and unique touches – despite its appearance it’s actually a 1975 Mk2 that’s received a Mk3 face-lift as well as a Focus ST170 engine and a turbo conversion for good measure, pumping out 320bhp for some serious fun behind the wheel.

Further into the mag, we feature another incredible blue seventies coupe, this time an Opel Manta A that’s got a twin-turbo Jaguar V12 wedged under the bonnet – yes, you read that right! We also bring you a stunning example of the ultra-collectable Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition, a rare Hillman Avenger Tiger Series 2 that was restored from a crumbling wreck, and a unique Ford Prefect/Reliant Scimitar rat-rod that’s like nothing else on the roads of our little island.

Event reports in this issue come from Autosport International 2024, Retro Stock, the VAGE Mk2 Meet, Gerard Murphy Memorial Run, Galway International Rally, Ronnie Trouton Autotest, the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Car Show, ALMC Winter Endurance Trial ’24 and the Edgewood Automotive Cars & Caffeine Meet. All of this comes along with our regular detailing guide and a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past, so don’t miss out!



H J Pugh & Co Launch in Ireland

Founded in 1990 by Howard Pugh, Herefordshire, England-based H.J. Pugh & Co have been successfully providing auctioneering, valuation and estate agency services throughout the UK for almost 35 years. As well as regular sales of antique furniture, agricultural machinery and vintage tractors, they also provide a comprehensive service for those interested in the sale or valuation of all types of collectables.  Now, the company is … Read more

Miniature World Galway 2024

Last year’s Miniature World Show was a resounding success, so much so that we here at Irish Vintage Scene have decided to move it to a new venue. As the organisers, we hated having to turn away exhibitors last year due to lack of space, and hearing that visitors to the show had parking problems, so a move to Galway Racecourse is just what the … Read more

Autojumble Season

This time of the year could be called autojumble season, as there aren’t too many shows on but are always a few autojumbles to enjoy. One that’s always worth the trip (and holds the title of being the very first event I personally reported on for Irish Vintage Scene, running the report in our first ever issue) is the Shrule Autojumble & Auction. This year … Read more

Retro Classics Issue 52

With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, you might not have noticed that the January to March issue of Retro Classics hit the shelf just on time for Christmas. It’s still on the shop shelves, and better still, it’s available direct from ourselves, with free postage if you want the print version. However, if you’d prefer to receive it straight into your inbox, then … Read more

NEC Restoration Show Just Around the Corner

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham has become my favourite event of the year, and it’s time to start getting excited again – it’s just around the corner on the 22nd to 24th of March, so it is time to get the flights booked up and the tickets in the bag.   This show is proof that bigger is … Read more

December Issue On Sale Now

The cover of the December 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene marks a very special centenary from the year – Fiat’s 100 years in Ireland. To celebrate, we look at a selection of the Italian’s most famous models, showcased at the Classic Fiat Ireland anniversary bash earlier this year, as well as checking out a 100-year-old Fiat 501C that was shipped to Australia when new, … Read more

Fords Still Setting Records at Auction

Last weekend saw many Irish flock to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham. This show just gets better each year, and we will bring our readers a report on it in the magazine shortly. One of the highlights each year is the auction, which is always packed with amazing vehicles looking for new owners. This year Iconic Auctions (formally Silverstone Auctions) … Read more


With Christmas around the corner, what better present could you win yourself than a beautifully-restored 1952 Ferguson TED20 tractor? Coming complete with an impressive potato planter and fertiliser attachment, this immaculate machine has been very kindly donated to the Seaforde Working Vintage Club based in Co. Down, and will be raffled off in December to raise funds for the Diabetic Centre at the Ulster Hospital. … Read more

Classic Fest Presentation & 2024 Date Announced

As most of our readers will know, our flagship event, Classic Fest was the largest vintage & classic vehicle show in Ireland again this year, and followed on from the huge success of the 2022 event. On the day there were well over 1,000 vintage and classic cars, tractors, commercials, army vehicles, tractors and steam engines on display on the grounds of Galway Racecourse, alongside … Read more

Events This Weekend (October 7th and 8th)

By Tom Heavey, Managing Editor Well the mornings might be getting dark as well as the evenings, and the weather is just not that favourable right now, but there’s still lots to do on the vintage and classic scene, and this weekend proves that. There are at least four events I’d love to be going to this weekend, but alas the family have other plans, … Read more