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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 178 April 2021

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The cover of the April 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene carries two of the finest classic BMWs in the country, but coming from very different eras – the light and powerful 2002 Tii was one of the finest sports saloons of the 1970s, marrying a well-engineered chassis to a fuel-injected two-litre M20 engine, while the radical Z1 roadster was an eighties glimpse of a possible automotive future, featuring an unorthodox plastic body, retractable electric doors and innovative aerodynamics.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 178 April 2021
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 178 April 2021

The cover of the April 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene carries two of the finest classic BMWs in the country, but coming from very different eras – the light and powerful 2002 Tii was one of the finest sports saloons of the 1970s, marrying a well-engineered chassis to a fuel-injected two-litre M20 engine, while the radical Z1 roadster was an eighties glimpse of a possible automotive future, featuring an unorthodox plastic body, retractable electric doors and innovative aerodynamics.

Our second car feature is probably unique, a 1976 Toyota Celica that is in completely original, unrestored condition and with only 7,000 miles on the clock, as it’s been in storage almost all of its life. It still even has the plastic on the door panels!

Our monthly tractor feature shows us that not all classis Masseys are red, as this mid-seventies MF20 industrial is now a vision in bright yellow following an intensive restoration that was completed during last year’s travel restrictions.

Our motorcycle slot fills us in on the recent restoration of an original Irish 1965 Honda C100, and our commercial feature outlines one enthusiast’s passion for his 1985 Range Rover V8.

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
Bavarian Beauties

From their WW2 aeroplane engines to their company-saving Neu-Klasse saloons of the sixties to their current position as makers of sports saloons par excellence, BMW certainly have a long and storied career behind them, which is littered with famous models. This month we drop in on one enthusiast’s interesting pairing from two very different periods in BMW’s history, which have more in common under the skin than you might think. 

Industrial Might

‘If it’s not red, leave it in the shed’ might be the mantra of Massey Ferguson fans, but it applies equally well to this bright yellow beauty. The MF20 was an industrial variant of the 135, but this one put down many hard years on farm duty before its recent restoration to absolutely stunning condition. 

Life Begins at 50 

With its distinctive red and white colour scheme and buzzing engine note, the Honda Cub is familiar to millions around the world, not least right here in Ireland. The first step on the road to independence for many motorists over the years, classic versions are looked upon with great fondness and nostalgia today, including by Cork’s Tom Cahill, who’s restored this 1965 C100 in memory of his own first set of wheels. 

Barry’s T 

Even though the Celica name-plate ceased production in 2006, the model enjoyed a long and successful run spanning 36 years. The very first generation is now highly sought after, and Barry McCann’s 1976 TA22 is one of the finest we’ve seen. 

Home on the Range 

Nowadays there are cars on the market that can tick practically every box you’d need, rolling speed, practicality, interior space and off-road capability into one potent package. They’re called performance SUVs, and they can all trace their lineage back to one vehicle – the Range Rover. David Martin’s 1985 Range Rover V8 shows just how capable this icon still is today. 

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News & Events

The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad.

Diary Dates

The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland.

Your Letters

Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think.

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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