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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 179 May 2021

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Gracing the cover of the May 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a highly original example of an uncommon classic Ford – the Corsair carried a lot of promise when it was launched in 1963, featuring memorable frontal styling and a very spacious interior courtesy of a lengthened Cortina chassis, but somehow it never set the sales charts alight before it was discontinued in 1970. This beauty is a Cork-built 1700 V4 that’s been in Dublin all its life, and is a cherished part of the family for its owners.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 179 May 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 179 May 2021

Gracing the cover of the May 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a highly original example of an uncommon classic Ford – the Corsair carried a lot of promise when it was launched in 1963, featuring memorable frontal styling and a very spacious interior courtesy of a lengthened Cortina chassis, but somehow it never set the sales charts alight before it was discontinued in 1970. This beauty is a Cork-built 1700 V4 that’s been in Dublin all its life, and is a cherished part of the family for its owners.

Our second featured car is another rare Irish survivor, a 1927 Austin 12/4 registered new in Co. Tipperary that’s one of only a handful of survivors featuring its two/four-seat Special Bodies coachwork. Following a twelve-year restoration by its owner, it’s motoring happily towards its hundredth birthday. 

Our tractor feature this month is a lovely tale of one family’s connection to the 1975 International 475 they bought second-hand in 1982 and have worked ever since – it’s now resplendent in factory condition after a lockdown restoration by a fellow enthusiast last year.

Our motorcycle slot goes to an amazingly original and unmolested Yamaha 350 R5 two-stroke that’s only needed an engine rebuild in its life, while our commercial feature showcases a mighty V10-powered 1970s Mercedes 1632 truck that’s been kitted out beautifully as a period-correct livestock transporter.

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Tom Heavey, Managing Editor, Irish Vintage Scene
What’s in this Issue
Sweeping Statement

Its underpinnings might have been the standard Ford fare of the sixties, but the Corsair’s dramatic and unorthodox styling helped this big saloon stand out in the executive class, and it remains just as distinctive today. This 1966 V4-engined example is an original Cork-built, Dublin-registered car that has survived in highly original condition.

International Acclaim 

It might no longer exist as an entity in its own right, but International Harvester was one of the most famous and influential brands in the history of mechanised agriculture. Well liked and considered modern in their day, the International 475 of the 1970s is a true classic today, and this one’s been recently restored to its former glory. 

Yesterdays Yami 

A well-known figure in the Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club for many years, Tom Farrell’s interests also encompass machines of the two-wheeled variety. Fond memories of the two-stroke Yamahas he rode in his youth have led to the preservation of this amazingly original 1978 R5, which aside from some recent engine work has never been restored. Here, Tom recounts the back-story of this amazing motorcycle. 

Special Service 

The motor cars produced by Herbert Austin at the start of his automotive career were acclaimed for their quality and longevity, two traits that Sean Carolan’s 1927 special-bodied 12/4 clearly exemplifies. An Irish car from new, it has survived many owners over almost a century, and thanks to a twelve-year restoration it’s motoring as well as ever. 

Top Ten 

Although a rare sight nowadays, there was a time in the seventies and eighties when Mercedes’ range of NG (New Generation) trucks were to be found on every main road in the country. Indeed, thanks to their tough build quality, many of them are probably still going in a different part of the world, after being exported at the end of their working lives here. This stunning ex-Italian 1976 1632 features the legendary OM403 V10 engine and is now living a life of leisure here in Ireland. 

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Q&A 

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Laid to Rust

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Past Times

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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.

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Behind the Wheel

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

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