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Collection in action: Alfa Giulietta Sprint Veloce

Collection in action: Alfa Giulietta Sprint VeloceMike Monk drives a rare, sporty derivative of the classic Giulietta, Alfa Romeo’s first the model aimed at the mass market.   The 110-year history of Alfa Romeo is riddled with ups and downs, yet somehow it manages to survive and maintain a charisma that marketers of rival makes could only look on with a...

Collection In Action: Mercedes Benz 280SE

Collection In Action: Mercedes Benz 280SE

Mike Monk drives a rare, early example of one of Mercedes’ classy S-Class model ranges than, amazingly, was introduced over 50 years old…           Launched at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show in what became a Mercedes-Benz trend, the W108 Series Mercedes-Benz raised the bar in terms of mass-production luxury saloons, not only…

Collection in action: Morgan +4

Collection in action: Morgan +4Mike Monk comes to grips with a pillar of society…   Idiosyncratic is the only word to describe the Morgan Motor Company of Malvern, a spa town situated at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, England, “a designated area of natural beauty”. The company was founded by Henry Frederick Stanley ‘HFS’ Morgan in...

Collection in action: BMW 502

Collection in action: BMW 502What was originally thought to be a 502, FMM’s stylish post-war BMW saloon turned out to be a bit special…   Founded in 1916, BMW is one of the world’s leading – and still independent – motor manufacturers. Its success is remarkable given that in the aftermath of WW2, the company was on its knees...

Collection in Action – Aston Martin

Collection in Action – Aston Martin

Good evening Mr Bond. FMM’s ‘double-oh-six-and-a-bit’ drives a special version of the Aston that could have starred in Goldfinger…    If ever a brand had a hero then Aston Martin and James Bond epitomised the perfect partnership. It started in 1964 when 007 used a DB5 as his personal transport in Goldfinger, the third of…

Collection in action: Buick Super 8

Collection in action: Buick Super 8

Last month Packard’s Super 8 was the featured model. Now, 70 years on, Mike Monk tries out Buick’s take on the title… The post-war Buick line-up appeared in 1946 and was effectively a resumption of the pre-war models that were introduced in 1942. This was the second generation, the first having been launched just two…

Collection in Action: Porsche Carrera GT

Collection in Action:  Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and Mike Monk drives a rare version of the breed Porsche has a glittering history of memorable cars but amongst the formidable line-up there is a mid-engined supercar that came about more by accident than planning. In Porsche-speak, the name Carrera GT immediately evokes the highest levels of…

Collection in action: a Ford GT40

Collection in action: a Ford GT40In the wake of this year’s Le Mans, which was won, at long last, by Toyota, Mike Monk goes back a half-century to a Ford GT40 with a split personality…   In Le Mans history, the 1960s was both a period of sports car innovation and a Ferrari versus Ford conflict. The battle began in...

Collection in action: Mercedes-Benz 170D

Collection in action: Mercedes-Benz 170D

Collection in action Stepping into a car that is as old as he is, the post-war Mercedes-Benz 170D, Mike Monk realises just how far diesel-engined cars have developed over the past 70 years. The looks of pretty much all of the post-war Mercedes’ models are familiar to anyone interested in cars, although the earliest, W120…

Collection in action: Lancia Aprilia

Collection in action: Lancia Aprilia

The story behind Lancia’s pre- and post-war sophisticated saloon, the Aprilia, which turned out to be one of motoring life’s little surprises.   Lancia was founded on 29 November 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia, an Italian pilot and engineer, and Claudio Fogolin. Vincenzo’s career began as an apprentice to a bicycle importer but by the time…

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