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Driven – 1967 Mini Cooper S

The Perfect Package The Mini deserves a place in the automotive pantheon alongside such legends as the Volkswagen Beetle and the Ford Model T. The diminutive vehicle was intended to spark a revolution in how small cars were conceived, manufactured and marketed and there is no doubt that the Mini was the result of a…

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Men in Sheds – GSM Dart and Flamingo

The GSM Dart and Flamingo are nearly forgotten today, but they were pioneering cars in the late 50s when the Anglo-South African hybrids became only the second car manufacturer to build a car in the former British colony. After a trip to England in 1956, South African Willie Meissner became enthralled with fiberglass manufacturing –…

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Profile – The Austin Gipsy

The Austin Gipsy was announced in 1958 as a replacement for the Champ which had been produced for the Royal Army. The small utility vehicle was intended as a commercial rival to the increasingly popular Land Rover and was hoped to sell to both civilian and military customers. The first vehicle produced with an independent…

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Car Profile – MG Magnette ZA and ZB

Produced from 1953 to 1958, the MG Magnette ZA and ZB made its debut at the 1953 London Motor Show at Earls Court. Designed by Jerry Palmer – who had earlier designed the Jowett Jupiter – the MG saloon marked the first appearance of the near legendary B-Series four-cylinder engine and was the first monocoque…

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Reborn – The Healey 200

As an automotive designer, Freeman Thomas has styled some of the most iconic designs of the past several decades. The guiding hand behind the original Audi TT, the striking Volkswagen New Beetle, the imposing visage of the Chrysler 300C and the resurrection of the Ford Mustang, Thomas honed his skills at Porsche, Audi, VW and…

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Brand Loyal

I like Fords. I’m a history guy and Fords play rather prominently in our nation’s history so I’m drawn to them. We’ve owned scores of them ranging from Model As to a brand new Focus. You name the year and we’ve probably owned at least one. I like GM. They’ve had some revolutionary models over…

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Crib Job – The Atlas-Allied Swallow

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of the Atlas-Allied Swallow. Don’t be concerned if the car looks a little familiar – it should – it’s a doppelgänger for one of the most iconic shapes ever designed. But what you are looking at isn’t the same car that has been in the New York Museum…

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