In this part of the world, mentioning a ‘Coke-bottle’ saloon will almost inevitably evoke reference to the Mk3 Ford Cortina. However, the Vauxhall Victor pre-empted the Ford by three years, and so this year celebrates its fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion, we meet with a long-standing fan of the model.
The Fordson Major E1A is most closely associated with farming on our own side of the Atlantic, but some Irish readers may not be aware that the model was successfully sold in the US and Canada in its time. This highly original and unrestored Canadian example reached our shores within the last decade, and may be unique in Ireland.
Back on the Beat
While today’s Garda cars are fast and bristling with high-tech wizardry to keep the errant motorist in check, back in the early decades of the 20th century the simplicity and affordability of the Ford Model T made it a favourite with our law enforcement officers. Of these, Pat O’Connor’s 1923 is a rare survivor.
Like many British firms, Ariel commenced with the production of bicycles, but their proficiency in manufacturing motorcycles soon grew, and today theirs are some of the most collectable vintage and classic machines of them all. This Arrow has been recently restored to a beautiful standard by its owner.
‘Til the Cows Come Home
Every now and then we come across the inspiring story of an Irish-assembled vehicle that’s been restored from poor condition by an enthusiastic fan. It’s not often a vehicle that was actually designed and manufactured here though, as this Dennison 265 was in 1979.
Opel Display at the Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show
Golden Anniversary Ulster Festival of Steam & Transport
Strabane & District Old Vehicle Club Show
North Galway Vintage & Heritage Club Show
Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show
- “Ford Factory Recall” Vintage Road Run
- Blessington VCMC Run
- Breff ni Vintage Club Annual Memorial Run
- Cultra Hillclimb
- South Donegal Vintage & Heritage Club Run
- Kilbroney Vintage Show 2017
- Ford 100 Fest
- Cortina Owners Club of Ireland at Charleville Show
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