Mike Monk drives a Buick entry-level model that helped turn the company’s fortunes around in America’s post-Depression era… Buick was one of America’s earliest manufacturers and a ground-breaking contributor to the automobile world. Like many other pioneering manufacturers, its history contains ups and downs for reasons...

  Mike Monk drives a rare Marquette, which was introduced 90 years ago to bridge a gap between Buick and Oldsmobile, but it proved to be a bridge too far…   In the late-1920s, a number of American automobile manufacturers, especially GM, were on a mission to produce...

Mike Monk drives a short-lived but key model in Mercedes-Benz’s development as a manufacturer of quality automobiles…   The Mercedes-Benz W21 is something of an enigma in the company’s heritage because it was only produced for three years, from 1933 to 1936, and the model’s records...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mike 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...

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...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mike 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...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What 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...

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...

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...