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Africar

The Africar was the idea of Tony Howarth, an English journalist and photographer who spent much of the 1970s in Africa. He disliked the developed world's policy of selling vehicles to developing nations which were unsuitable...

Amphicar

As far as automotive ideas go, the Amphicar never really held water, even if it could float on it. However, this unusual amphibian somehow made it into production and actually managed to attract a small knot...

Austin Princess (Vanden Plas)

As the 1970s dawned, Austin decided that they would produce a Glam car for discerning middle-class suburban swingers using a name which had earned prestige in the 1960s when the company had used a Rolls...

Blue Pullman

In 1954, the British Pullman Car Company was taken over by the British Transport Commission and the following year its chairman, Sir Brian Robertson, announced a £1.2 billion modernisation plan for British Railways. One of its...

Bond Bug

Reliant commissioned Ogle (their design consultants) to produce a sports 3-wheeler for the "young generation". This was to be sold under the Bond name as the "Bond Bug". Introduced in June 1970, the early Bond Bugs were...

Bubble Cars

In 1958, Messerschmitt launched their TG500 - a four-wheeler where the driver sat alone in the front, with one or two passengers behind. The car returned 52 mpg and was incredibly stable. The TG500 retailed for £654,...

Cars in the 1950s

The 1950's were the golden age of the American automobile: GM, Ford and Chrysler were topping the market, but smaller manufacturers like Hudson, Packard and Studebaker were developing as strong contenders. While hardly the worst car...

Cars in the 1960s

During the 1960s, motoring took on a new outlook as the Freeway system (in the US) and the Motorway system (in the UK) spread. In Britain, this had begun in 1958 with an eight-mile Preston by-pass,...

Cars in the 1970s

As the glam decade dawned, America experienced its worst recession in years and Detroit became increasingly concerned with the growing popularity of imported cars. AMC responded to the situation with the Gremlin (pictured below), a tiny two-door hatchback...

Cars in the 1980s

On 31 December 1980 Japan was declared the world's biggest car maker. That year the Japanese produced 12.7 million vehicles out of a world total of 48 million, knocking US car manufacturers into second place....

Cars in the 1990s

With sales of new cars down in 1990 by over 5%, the time seemed totally wrong for General Motors to introduce Saturn, its first new brand name in over 60 years. Saturn wasn't just another American...

Concorde

The first supersonic airliner Concorde began transatlantic flights from London to New York on 24 May 1976. The new aircraft reduced the flight time to three and a half hours, having a maximum speed of 2.2...

Cost of New Holden Cars (Australia)

1961 EK $2212 1962 EJ $2102 1963 EH $2102 1965 HD $2320 1966 HR $2167 1968 HK $2215 1969 HT $2326 1970 HG $2394 1971 HQ $2730 1974 HJ $3594 1976 HX $5186 1977 HZ $6377 1978 VB Commodore $6513 1980 VC Commodore $7903 1981 VH Commodore $8366 1984 VK...

Custom Vans

Whether you were travelling in the Mystery Machine with Scooby-Doo and crew, or just pulling bongs in the back of a Dodge Econoline airbrushed with a scene from Norse mythology, the customised van was like...

Cycling Proficiency Test

Learning to ride a bicycle was always a significant childhood milestone. So was acquiring a bike suitable for road use. This often came as a present to mark a special birthday or passing the 11-plus exam. Owning...

E-Type Jaguar

The E-Type Jaguar encapsulated the needs of the male driver in 1961 – a streamlined body with the fastest speed of any production car – up to 150 mph. The car caused a stir when it...

Edsel

Deriving its name from Edsel Ford, the son of company founder Henry Ford, Edsels were developed in an effort to give Ford an additional brand to gain market share from Chrysler and General Motors between...

Ford Capri

Ever since Steve McQueen had bounced over San Francisco hills in a Ford Mustang fastback in Bullitt (1968), the design staff at Ford's Dagenham headquarters had been desperate for a version for themselves - Rumour has it...

Ford Escort

As well as the Cortina getting the flared treatment, its little brother the Escort had a make-over in 1970 when the Mexico model (the World Cup was played in Mexico that year) was introduced, bearing...

Ford Granada

The Sweeney was the programme for bestowing Glam status on a car. Which is why the Granada (which used the same 3.0 litre engine as the Capri) and especially its fastback brother, the Consul GT, were...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and bought the 12-inch version instead. This was an exciting innovation in popular...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty stiff competition but always remained true to its beginnings. 16 was never the...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track cartridge and a voice that sounded like Lou Costello. On the box,...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the cinema to see such classic fare as The House Of Wax (1953),...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone around - But in the early 60s "boss" was an adjective....