Premium Collection

Austin 1300GT
Part of the
Year: 1971
Age: 50 years
Place of first registration: Lancashire
Facts: Having only done 32,000 miles in half a century, this car has been sympathetically restored to a high standard.
We Love: The bold external colours, the vinyl roof and the sporty steering wheel and interior.
Not so good: The 1300 was by this stage getting old and we all hoped the Allegro was the answer. In retrospect the 1300GT was a rather good car.
Austin Allegro
Part of the
Year: 1980
Age: 41 years
Place of first registration: Coventry
Facts: Only 38,000 miles in 41 years. The colour is Applejack Green!
We Love: The colour which helps to disguise the dumpy shape
Not so good: Its still an Allegro and the Escort Mk 3 and Astra made it look hopelessly old. Sales compared to the previous Austin 1100 were dismal. Drive it and see what you think!
Austin Seven Ruby Saloon
Part of the
Year: 1937
Age: 84 years
Place of first registration: Scotland
Facts: Completely rebuilt and restored. This is a lovely little car.
We Love: Everything is in the right place and it’s just sweet!
Not so good: Slow, noisy, cramped…but much better than a motor-bike and sidecar!
Ford Escort Cabriolet
Part of the
Year: 1997
Age: 24 years
Place of first registration: Southampton
Facts: This car has had one lady owner from new and covered only 48,000 miles.
We Love: The elegant shape, plush interior and electric hood.
Not so good: It could be a bit quicker but on a sunny day with hood and windows down would you really care?
MG Midget Sports
Part of the
Year: 1963
Age: 58 years
Place of first registration: Scotland
Facts: An original Mk 1 Midget. A taste of the 60’s.
We Love: Light, agile, low and pretty.
Not so good: Very basic, bumpy and noisy. Hood is hopeless!
MGB GT
Part of the
Year: 1981
Age: 40 years
Place of first registration: Staffordshire
Facts: The MGB left Abingdon 23rd October 1980, so this is one of the last MG’s made in Oxfordshire.
We Love: Iconic shape dates back to 1965. The original hot hatch.
Not so good: The plastic bumpers required to satisfy the American safety legislation.
Mini “Italian Job” Special Edition
Part of the
Year: 1993
Age: 28 years
Place of first registration: Oxfordshire
Facts: The Mini was always a good subject for “Special Editions” and as 36 Minis were used in the making of the original “Italian Job” film, an “Italian Job” special was always on the cards. Surprisingly, it was more than 20 years after the film that one finally appeared in 1992.
We Love: Everything about it
Not so good: “You were only supposed to blow the bl—y doors off!”
Mini Cooper
Part of the
Year: 2000
Age: 21 years
Place of first registration: Reading
Facts: One of the last Minis ever made this car shouts British with its Union Jack roof.
We Love: The peppy fuel injected engine, flared arches and racy alloy wheels.
Not so good: Still only has a four speed gearbox and although the handling is first class the ride is bumpy at best.
Morris Minor Million
Part of the
Year: 1961
Age: 60 years
Place of first registration: Nelson, Lancashire
Facts: One of the 350 special edition Minor Millions built to celebrate the millionth Morris Minor. This car was sent to J S Horsfall Ltd in Nelson Lancashire as every Morris Dealership received one. This was car number 191. Less than 60 Minor Millions survive in 2021 when it celebrates its 60th birthday.
We Love: The colour, the interior and everything about it.
Not so good: Underneath it just a standard Minor, these days it would probably have had a tuned engine.
Sunbeam Rapier Convertible
Part of the
Year: 1960
Age: 61 years
Place of first registration: Greenock, Scotland
Facts: A lovely example of Rootes stylish four seater drop top.
We Love: Just about everything about this car. The American but reasonably subdued styling, the slightly crazy interior trim and the traditional wooden dashboard.
Not so good: Like all cars of this era suffered from terrible corrosion so only a tiny number survived. The hood is tricky to operate and not the most weatherproof if the family got caught in a storm.
Triumph TR7
Part of the
Year: 1980
Age: 41 years
Place of first registration: Coventry
Facts: In amazing condition. Had 18,000 miles on clock when we bought it.
We Love: Brave wedge shape and wacky interior
Not so good: It needed the 16 valve engine with more go.