Revamped for the seventies but still unmistakeably a Mini, the straight-nosed Clubman received a mixed reception in its time – after all, the much-loved Mini was an impossible act to follow. But by now the Clubman is cherished by fans as much as its forebear, including these two West Cork beauties.
The Land Girl
Although always in the shadow of the iconic Model T car, Henry Ford’s Model F tractor of 1917 was just as revolutionary in terms of agriculture, and its lightly updated successor, the Model N, carried the model into the 1930s and played a huge part in WW2 food production both during and after the war. Geoffrey Mark’s example has been part of his family since the 1950s.
Life of Riley
‘You have the life of Riley,’ is usually said in good spirits to make out someone is having a cushy time in their lives. In this case we refer to what many old vehicles should really have at the end of their lives, and the effort of one painstaking restorer has ensured the beginning of a new chapter for this example.
From its early days as one of the all-time great British motorcycle manufacturers to its turbulent times in more recent decades, Norton has retained its cachet with riders and is still held in very high regard by many ardent fans. Dublin’s Robbie McGrath is certainly one, and he pulled out all the stops on his stunning 1961 Dominator 88SS cafe racer.
Buying a vehicle in another country sight-unseen takes a leap of faith, but Galway’s Tony Ryan’s trust in a UK seller was rewarded with the most original Toyota Land Cruiser J70 you’re ever likely to see.
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