Issue 215 IVS & Issue 53 RC


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The cover of the May 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene features a family car from the sixties and seventies that’s rarely seen in this country anymore. The owner of this Volkswagen Type 3 Variant sought it out thanks to his memories of his father’s example bought new in 1968, and has enjoyed learning the ropes with this, his first classic car. What’s more, this particular VW has enjoyed a very travelled life, moving from Germany to Baghdad early in its life, and driving all the way back through Europe before eventually settling in Dublin in the early eighties. Our second feature car was also a popular family motor in its day, but survives in far greater numbers – however you won’t come across many Ford Anglia 105Es exactly like this one, as it spent three decades in storage before being awoken from its slumber by its current owner, who has retained its time-worn, barn-find appearance.

This month’s featured tractor looks like a common or garden Massey Ferguson 135 at first glance, but closer inspection reveals it’s actually a 133, one of only 5,000 believed to have been built in the Banner Lane factory in Coventry. Sold new in Co. Leitrim in 1972, it worked at the local creamery before ending up in its current ownership almost twenty years ago, and it’s remained in extremely original condition. Our commercial feature is another VW, this time an extremely rare, Irish-assembled 1964 VW Type 2 van that worked with the P&T (the precursor to An Post) before ending up sitting in a field rusting away for twenty years. Its current owner brought it back from past the brink of doom, and has it back on the road. And finally, our featured motorcycle is a beautiful 1970 BSA Starfire that holds a special significance for its owner. 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