Issue 214 IVS & Issue 53 RC


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Up front on the cover of the April 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene is a tiny, Irish-assembled classic car that’s been a part of the same family since 1952! Although it spent decades off the road, this Fiat Topolino 500C moved around the country with its owners as they always had intentions to restore it, and this finally came to pass in the last few years, producing a beautiful result. Our second feature car is another Irish-assembled model, this time a 1955 Wolseley 4/44, a model that comes from a time of great upheaval within the ailing Wolseley company as it moved from Nuffield to BMC ownership. This rare Irish survivor was restored about fifteen years ago, but is still looking, and motoring, just as well today.

This month’s tractor feature tells the story of a 1969 Ford 4000 that not only was a satisfying first restoration for its owner, but also developed some great friendships for both himself and his young son.  Our commercial feature showcases a 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser from Australia that is quite simply the best restoration of its type that we’ve ever seen, while our featured motorcycle is a Yamaha XS650, a model that really put Yamaha on the map in the 1970s and 1980s with its British twin-style engine. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out!


The April to June 2024 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently, and as usual we’ve another exciting line-up of very special cars for you. Heading up this issue is a home-built Ford Capri that boasts lots of performance and unique touches – despite its appearance it’s actually a 1975 Mk2 that’s received a Mk3 face-lift as well as a Focus ST170 engine and a turbo conversion for good measure, pumping out 320bhp for some serious fun behind the wheel.

Further into the mag, we feature another incredible blue seventies coupe, this time an Opel Manta A that’s got a twin-turbo Jaguar V12 wedged under the bonnet – yes, you read that right! We also bring you a stunning example of the ultra-collectable Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition, a rare Hillman Avenger Tiger Series 2 that was restored from a crumbling wreck, and a unique Ford Prefect/Reliant Scimitar rat-rod that’s like nothing else on the roads of our little island.

Event reports in this issue come from Autosport International 2024, Retro Stock, the VAGE Mk2 Meet, Gerard Murphy Memorial Run, Galway International Rally, Ronnie Trouton Autotest, the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Car Show, ALMC Winter Endurance Trial ’24 and the Edgewood Automotive Cars & Caffeine Meet. All of this comes along with our regular detailing guide and a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past, so don’t miss out!

Additional information

Weight 150 kg