What’s in issue 179 May 2021

Sweeping Statement

Its underpinnings might have been the standard Ford fare of the sixties, but the Corsair’s dramatic and unorthodox styling helped this big saloon stand out in the executive class, and it remains just as distinctive today. This 1966 V4-engined example is an original Cork-built, Dublin-registered car that has survived in highly original condition.

International Acclaim 

It might no longer exist as an entity in its own right, but International Harvester was one of the most famous and influential brands in the history of mechanised agriculture. Well liked and considered modern in their day, the International 475 of the 1970s is a true classic today, and this one’s been recently restored to its former glory. 

 

Yesterdays Yami 

A well-known figure in the Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club for many years, Tom Farrell’s interests also encompass machines of the two-wheeled variety. Fond memories of the two-stroke Yamahas he rode in his youth have led to the preservation of this amazingly original 1978 R5, which aside from some recent engine work has never been restored. Here, Tom recounts the back-story of this amazing motorcycle. 

Special Service 

The motor cars produced by Herbert Austin at the start of his automotive career were acclaimed for their quality and longevity, two traits that Sean Carolan’s 1927 special-bodied 12/4 clearly exemplifies. An Irish car from new, it has survived many owners over almost a century, and thanks to a twelve-year restoration it’s motoring as well as ever. 

 

Top Ten 

Although a rare sight nowadays, there was a time in the seventies and eighties when Mercedes’ range of NG (New Generation) trucks were to be found on every main road in the country. Indeed, thanks to their tough build quality, many of them are probably still going in a different part of the world, after being exported at the end of their working lives here. This stunning ex-Italian 1976 1632 features the legendary OM403 V10 engine and is now living a life of leisure here in Ireland. 

 

Regulars

News & Events The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad.

Diary Dates The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland.

Your Letters Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think.

Q&A  Each month we pitch a motoring question at Irish Vintage Scene’s regular contributors.

Laid to Rust A monthly pictorial of vehicles that are rusting away in the peace of our countryside.

Past Times Ireland’s best-known motoring historian, Bob Montgomery looks back at motoring and motoring events in the early days.

Tales from Over the Water Clare-man PJ Francis shares with us his old vehicle adventures in the United States.

On The Spanners A look at the restoration projects going on in sheds all over the island.

Retrospect A page of old and nostalgic motoring photos sent in by our readers.

Classifieds Looking for a classic? Well this is Ireland’s only dedicated marketplace.

Behind the Wheel Dick Byrne looks back at his memories of motoring in the last century.