The Gentlemanly Jensen
Fast and luxurious but controversially styled and wildly expensive when new, only 500 examples of the Jensen CV8 were built between 1962 and 1966, so you’re not exactly tripping over them at classic shows today, no matter what part of the world you’re in. So, when offered an autumnal spin in Justin Furnell’s beauty, I jumped at the chance.
We’d spotted photos of this very unusual Fordson Dexta from a number of vintage events around the country this year, and at the National Ploughing Championships in September we were delighted to finally meet up with its owner, Joe Clancy, to find out just what it was, and how it came about.
On paper, the NSU Ro80 had it all, and more – twin-rotor Wankel engine, semi-automatic gearbox, a hugely-capable chassis and a spacious, aerodynamic body that instantly looked decades more modern than the competition. Yet, the 1968 European Car of the Year was doomed to failure. Fifty years after its introduction, we look at its unique story.
The Power of Three
A now rarely-seen model from an extinct manufacturer, the Laverda Jota once lived in the limelight as one of the fastest roadgoing motorcycles you could buy. Today, its memory is kept alive by enthusiasts like Stefan Watkins.
The Mk2 Transit is like one of those noises that’s constantly with you for a while, until you realise too late that silence has returned. They were ubiquitous vans, one on every street corner, but nobody really noticed them fading from the scene. So, when you encounter a beauty like this it’s like meeting up with a long-lost friend, as its cheerful countenance beams back at you.
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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