Rare conversion: Ford Lotus stationwagon

Rare conversion: Ford Lotus stationwagon

In the 1960’s, stationwagons were big, bulky things, often looking pretty boring. One of the exceptions was the Mk I Ford Cortina Estate. This one looks even better, and so it should, because it has been converted into the only MkI Ford Cortina Lotus Estate in the world.

When this car was built, in 1966,

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Renaults little big car

Renaults little big car

The little Renault 5 was in many ways ahead of its time. Not because of its technical features, but because it was the first small three-door hatchback.

At the introduction in 1972, the Renault 5 was a considered a very smart, very modern small car.

For instance, it didn’t have the usual chromed tubes for

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Who’s been messing with my Vanden Plas??

Who’s been messing with my Vanden Plas??

Of course, it’s Harold Radford again. Coachbuilder Harold Radford & Co was known in the 1960’s for converting Mini’s into little boudoirs and also converted some of these Vanden Plas Princess R’s into stationwagons. 

This time the company gave a Vanden Plas Princess 4 liter R a Rolls-Royce treatment. These Pininfarina-designed cars would fill

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A charming little Simca coupé

A charming little Simca coupé

The French automaker Simca produced conventional automobiles during the 1940’s and ‘50’s: rear-wheel drive cars with the engine in the front. But in 1961 they came with a new, small car, the Simca 1000.

This car had the engine in the back, similar to the Volkswagen Beetle and also similar to the small cars of

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