Issue 205 IVS & Issue 49 RC


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Leading the July 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene are two of the very finest sixties Beetles in the country, both pampered by the same lucky owner. It’s a case of having the best of both worlds, as one has been fastidiously restored to new condition while the other is a phenomenally original, never-welded example that still smells like new inside! These two beauties will be gracing the Irish Vintage Scene stand at the upcoming Classic Fest at Galway Racecourse on July 2nd, as will our second featured car, a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 that’s been a passion project for its owner over the last ten years as he tweaks and improves it for maximum reliability and usability.

This month’s featured tractor is a now rarely-seen Marshall 802, a relic of British Leyland’s foray into the tractor market, while our featured motorbike is a very unusual 1931 Raleigh that’s been with its owner since the late 1970s, but has only recently come in for its time on the restoration bench. Our heavy vehicle feature this month is special as it showcases two very well-restored WW2 vehicles residing in Galway – this International half track and 1944 Willys MB jeep became icons of the Allied forces during that conflict, and we will also be delighted to have these two fascinating machines on display at Classic Fest on July 2nd. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out


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