Issue 199 IVS & Issue 48 RC


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There’s no missing the beautiful classic on this month’s cover thanks to its lurid Le Mans Green paintwork, which was specified by its owner when he bought this Ford Cortina 1600 GT brand new in 1972. Incredibly, he still owns it today, and has recently treated it to a full restoration. Our second car feature this month is a very different model, but just as collectable – this delightful little Austin 7 RN Saloon was previously a wedding car at a hotel venue, but has now been returned to its original 1932 specification. 

Our tractor feature this month outlines the story of a recently-rebuilt David Brown 996 that is still in the same family that bought it new in Co. Cork in 1976, our featured motorcycle is a big two-stroke Suzuki T500M from the same year, and our commercial feature showcases a 1956 Ford E83W van that’s been restored to truly outstanding condition by its Tyrone-based owner.

All of the usual favourites are in there too, plus our annual Christmas giveaway and Head Skimmer Crossword to mark the end of the year, so don’t miss out – get your January 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!


The January to March 2023 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online with FREE POSTAGE. As always, we’ve a diverse selection of feature cars in this edition, topped by our cover car, which is one of the best-known Irish rally cars of the nineties – D934 SVW is the three-door Ford Sierra Cosworth campaigned in the early nineties by the late, great Frank Meagher, and which gained legendary status when it beat the 4×4 competition to win the 1992 Circuit of Ireland. It’s just been restored for its new owner, Craig Breen, and made its debut at the recent Historic Rally of the Lakes in Killarney. 

Further into the mag, we also feature a wide-arched Mazda MX-5 with home-built turbo conversion, a stunning Toyota Celica RA28 from the seventies, a concours-level Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 130 and a 1979 Mini that’s been in the same family since it was six months old. With a detailing guide on how to deal with car interior disasters, safely clean alloy wheels, a look back at the quirky car ads of decades past and reports from the Gerary Murphy Memorial Run, NI Mourne Ford Sierra Run, the ALMC Sports Car Show, Stormont Classic Car Show, Carlow Vintage & Classic Motor Show, the Ulster Rally and a roundup of the Historics and Modifieds in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, there’s plenty to get your teeth into in this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out

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Weight 150 kg