Issue 201 (March 2023)
Gracing the cover of the March 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is an amazingly original survivor from Ireland’s days of Japanese car assembly – this Toyota Corolla KE20 was sold new in Dublin in 1976, has only covered 26k miles and has spent most of its life in storage, after the owner of its original dealership bought it back in the late seventies. It’s never needed restoration outside of some paint and a new pair of front wings, and represents a true glimpse back to how these now-rare cars were when new. In complete contrast, our second car couldn’t be any more different, a 1926 Crossley 15/30 tourer that was sold new in Australia and was pieced together from hard-to-find spare parts during an epic restoration in the seventies and eighties. It now calls Ireland its home, and is still well able for the open road as it approaches its 100th birthday.
Our tractor feature this month relates the story of a David Brown 880 Selectamatic that worked hard on the same Co. Cork farm since 1979, but over the last ten years has been completely restored from very poor condition to the beautiful result you see here. Our motorcycle feature delves into the rather complex history of the BMW R71-based Soviet M-72 built from the 1940s onwards, and our commercial feature showcases a totally unique 1977 Ford Transit Mk1 that’s gone from camper to tipper to one-off custom pickup over its life, and is now a true show-stopper.
Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – pre-order your March 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here and receive it before it’s in the shops, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!