Issue 217 IVS & Issue 53 RC


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Heading up the July 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene is an Austin A40 Devon that has lived all over Ireland at various times over its life, but has recently returned to the family that owned it in the early 1970s. Bought new in Cork in 1952, in 2022 it was tracked down in Armagh by the sons of its owner in the seventies, and now it’s a treasured part of the family once again. Our second feature car is another design of the late forties, but one that lasted in production far longer – this Rover P4 80 was picked up in the UK on something of a whim, with plenty of bodywork rot discovered on its return to Ireland. However it developed into a very satisfying restoration project for its owner, and is now back on the road with reliability and style.

This month’s featured tractor is a very rare sight in Ireland – the Valmet Model 15 A was the first tractor model that was produced by the Finnish giant, and paved the way for the huge success of the company up to the present day, now known as Valtra. This 1953 example was bought in its native Finland in the late nineties by the Buckley family, who operate a Valmet/Valtra dealership in Co. Cork. Our featured motorcycle is one of the all-time legendary small two-strokes, a Kawasaki KE 100 trail bike that was recently restored after over twenty years sitting in a shed, and our commercial feature tells the tale of a 1955 Albion Claymore that’s been in the same ownership since the late 1970s. 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