Issue 204 IVS & Issue 49 RC


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Fronting the June 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is an Austin 1800 that’s been tailor-made to suit its owner, after its extensive restoration using a haul of new-old-stock parts that included an entire bodyshell! It’s been upgraded to twin-carb 1800S spec too, so it goes as well as it looks. Our second featured car is, as far as we are aware, the only Oakland in the country – this vintage beauty from 1929 is very well known in its native Kerry, as it was owned for decades by none other than the late PJ O’Riordan, a stalwart of The Kingdom Veteran, Vintage & Classic Car Club.

This month’s featured tractor is a Massey Ferguson 135 that has been in the same Co. Longford family from new, after it was bought from the Longford Arms Motor Works in the town in 1973. Its fiftieth birthday is just around the corner, and this will be celebrated at its appearance at the Streete Vintage Show this June 25th. Our featured motorbike is a truly unique hybrid that’s half Zundapp Bella, half Piaggio X9, while our commercial feature showcases an extremely rare, original Irish 1976 Hino KM that’s recently been restored by an enthusiast in Co. Limerick.


The April to June 2023 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently. Once again we’ve a diverse selection of feature cars in this edition, headed by our cover car, an E36 BMW M3 that’s gone from one of the most potent nineties coupes on Irish roads to a full-on sprint and hillclimb competitor. Since 2015 it’s tackled stages and courses from Donegal to France, and has proven extremely reliable despite its relatively high mileage and occasional excursion into the scenery!

Further into the mag, we also feature an immaculate and extremely original Mk2 Escort RS2000, a seriously eye-catching Vauxhall Firenza 2300 droop-snoot that was bought new by its Donegal owner in 1974, a rare little Audi 50 on air-ride and BBS wheels and a lightly-modified Toyota Carina that was unearthed after seventeen years off the road, in excellent condition and with very small mileage on the clock. With a detailing guide that debunks some of the most notorious internet hacks, a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past and reports from Autosport International, Mondello Mix-Up, Cars & Coffee North East, Race Retro, Edgewood Automotive Cars & Caffeine, the Brekkie Roll VW Meet and a roundup of the last Precision Graphics Future Classics Championship,  there’s plenty to get your teeth into in this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out.

Additional information

Weight 150 kg