Issue 179 IVS & Issue 41 RC




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!


The April to June 2021 issue of Retro Classics hits the shop shelves on Thursday the 1st of April, but you can PRE-ORDER it right now and receive it to your door with FREE POSTAGE! As always, we’ve a diverse selection of fast classics for you to peruse, with the cover slot going to a rare Irish survivor in the form of a 1979 Kildare-registered Datsun 260Z. This example sat rusting in a barn in the midlands for many, many years before its new Cork owner embarked on its ambitious restoration, which as you can see included some choice modifications along the way.

A pair of cherished Ford Sierra Cosworths also feature, both being two-wheel-drive Sapphire saloons from the late eighties and early nineties. The beautiful Hillman Imp we bring you might look like a sweet and innocent little classic but it’s harbouring a sting in its tail in the shape of a potent Alfa Romeo boxer engine, while the featured Mk1 Escort is thought to have been the first such Zetec conversion ever undertaken in the country, being completed almost 25 years ago now! A long-owned Mini Clubman also features, as does one Northern Ireland family’s amazing collection of classic and performance cars.  

With a detailing guide to help you look after your car’s leather interior, a look back at the quirky car ads of decades past and a buyer’s guide on the legendary Ford Capri Mk1, there’s plenty to get your teeth into in this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out – click here to pre-order your copy online, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!

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