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...

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...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 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...

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...

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...

The story behind one of the last models to emerge from Austria’s premier motor manufacturer  Since the turn of the last century, Austria has had just three motor car manufacturers – Austro-Daimler, Steyr and, on a much smaller scale, Puch. Not surprisingly, the country’s close...

‘Built for a purpose’ is perhaps too simplistic a phrase to describe what the Citroën Méhari represents but its bare-bones persona is, in reality, full of character. If ever there was a vehicle that epitomised the adjective ‘utilitarian’, the Citroën Méhari is it. It was the...

COLLECTION IN ACTION In with a bang, out with a whimper. DeSoto could have been one of America’s leading brands until something dodgy took place… The Roaring Twenties was quite a time in America, a period of dramatic social and political change. The nation’s wealth more than...