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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 174 December 2020

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Taking the cover spot of the December 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is one very special Ford Escort Mk1 – a rare Mexico 1600GT that was sold new at Sheils of Ennis Ford dealership. Following the recent completion of its top-notch restoration, we join in the unique occasion when it returned to its former dealership to meet some faces from its past.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 174 December 2020
Publication Information
ISSN: 1649 8356
Cover Price: £4.40 / €6.25
Format: A4, 96 pages
Frequency: Monthly
Subject: Cars, Commercial, Motorcycles, Tractors
Publisher: Irish Vintage Scene

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 174 December 2020

Taking the cover spot of the December 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is one very special Ford Escort Mk1 – a rare Mexico 1600GT that was sold new at Sheils of Ennis Ford dealership. Following the recent completion of its top-notch restoration, we join in the unique occasion when it returned to its former dealership to meet some faces from its past.

Our second car feature this month looks at another performance icon, but from a different era – to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Audi Quattro, we meet with the owners of both an Ur Quattro and a later Coupe quattro to see how revolutionary this model was in its time.

Our tractor feature this month visits the collection of Arnold Charters from Co. Tyrone, which is full of interesting models including a long-owned Allis-Chalmers ED40 and a very original Nuffield 4/60, while our commercial vehicle feature brings us a very original Ford Transit Mk2 from Co. Cork in this, the 55th anniversary year of this legendary van.

Our featured motorcycle is a Kawasaki Z650 that’s looking the part following a light restoration, while our On the Spanners project roundups drop in on our editor’s Ford Fiesta and VW Beetle, as well as the now-completed Mk2 Golf GTI we first looked at a few months ago. All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – pre-order your December 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here and receive it before it’s in the shops, with FREE POSTAGE!

To provide the vintage and classic vehicle enthusiast in Ireland with one place to source all they need for their hobby.

Tom Heavey, Managing Editor, Irish Vintage Scene
What’s in this Issue
Full Circle

You don’t need us to tell you how much classic Escorts are hot property these days, and particularly performance versions with history. This 1974 Mk1 1600GT is not only a rare Irish survivor, but following its recent restoration it made a trip back to its original dealership to meet with some familiar faces from its past. Irish Vintage Scene were there to capture the occasion.

Land Charter

We first encountered Tyrone-man Arnold Charters way back in our August 2019 issue, when the world was in its pre-Covid state – we didn’t realise just how fortunate we all were then! In that issue we featured Arnold’s S36 Foden lorry, which he used to transport some of his impressive array of tractors to vintage shows. Alas the lorry has now been sold off and the shows are cancelled for this year, but all is not lost; the tractors remain, as we show you here.

Quattro at Forty

It’s hard to believe it but Audi’s legendary quattro four-wheel- drive system has been with us for forty years this year, having first appeared on the market in the eponymous Quattro launched in 1980. To mark the occasion, we look at a fine example of the original Quattro, and its replacement, the Audi Coupe.

Plan Z

The Japanese motorcycle wars of the 1970s produced countless bikes that are today’s classics. One of these was the Z650, Kawasaki’s answer to the sub-750cc bracket and a model that brought the fight to arch-rivals Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. Con Nolan’s green beauty shows us how.

In Transit

When you think ‘camper’ you tend to visualise a VW Type 2, but when you think ‘van’ it’s a Ford Transit that emerges in your mind’s eye. Ford’s runaway commercial success story was launched fifty-five years ago to dominate a lucrative market, and today the name-plate is just as numerous on our roads. It wasn’t always about cruise control, electronic engine management and Bluetooth though, as this very original 1985 Mk2 demonstrates.

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Your Letters

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Q&A 

Each month we pitch a motoring question at Irish Vintage Scene’s regular contributors.

Rusty Staples

William Carson’s bi-monthly trawl through his classic magazine collection.

Laid to Rust

A monthly pictorial of vehicles that are rusting away in the peace of our countryside.

Past Times

Ireland’s best-known motoring historian, Bob Montgomery looks back at motoring and motoring events in the early days.

Model Scene

News from the ever-growning world of model collecting.

Tales from Over the Water

Clare-man PJ Francis shares with us his old vehicle adventures in the United States.

On The Spanners

A look at the restoration projects going on in sheds all over the island.

Retrospect

A page of old and nostalgic motoring photos sent in by our readers.

Classifieds

Looking for a classic? Well this is Ireland’s only dedicated marketplace.

Behind the Wheel

Dick Byrne looks back at his memories of motoring in the last century.

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