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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 180 June 2021

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Taking the cover slot of the June 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a legendary classic roadster that was the lockdown restoration of one Co. Cork enthusiast – this Triumph Stag Mk1 is a rare, original Irish example that had fallen on hard times before it received a full owner restoration during last year’s pandemic restrictions, and now it’s ready for a summer of motoring fun.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 180 June 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 180 June 2021

Taking the cover slot of the June 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a legendary classic roadster that was the lockdown restoration of one Co. Cork enthusiast – this Triumph Stag Mk1 is a rare, original Irish example that had fallen on hard times before it received a full owner restoration during last year’s pandemic restrictions, and now it’s ready for a summer of motoring fun.

Our second featured car is another rare Irish survivor, an Austin 16/6 registered new in 1930 by a Dublin solicitor, and which is believed to be the only surviving example in Ireland or the UK sporting its Gordon ‘Sunshine Saloon’ bodywork. Having been cherished by its first family for 38 years, it has passed through a succession of vintage enthusiast owners, ensuring that it has survived in amazingly original condition. 

Our tractor feature this month showcases a Fordson Dexta that is still residing on the same farm that bought it new in 1962, and is in stunning condition after a recent in-depth restoration by its family. Our motorcycle slot goes to a 1978 Honda 175 that has been rebuilt as a family project to an amazing standard, while our commercial feature is the lovely tale of one man’s quest to honour his father’s memory by restoring a Bedford CA van just like the one he drove in the sixties.

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
<strong>What’s in this Issue</strong>
The Covid Stag 

If there’s one lesson that the last year has taught us, it’s the value of a home-based hobby. Co. Cork’s Pa Noonan passed last year’s lockdowns in highly productive fashion by restoring this original Irish Triumph Stag, which is now on the road and ready for the summer. 

Field Proven

Fordson’s little Dexta was one of those unassuming light tractors that punched far above its weight in operation, tackling every imaginable job around the farm including many it was never intended for. This 1962 model is still on its home farm from new, and has recently been treated to the full restoration it richly deserved. 

Into The Blue 

It might not be the fastest or most glamorous motorcycle ever built but, like many seemingly humble Hondas of their time, the CD175 has the ability to stop grown men in their tracks nowadays with its lashings of chrome and blue paint, two features that could put it at the top of any fledgling biker’s wishlist in the seventies and early eighties. This 1978 example has just been restored as a family project, and it’s a true stunner. 

Sweet Sixteen 

Owning any car in Dublin in 1930 was quite the privilege, but a six-cylinder Austin Sixteen like this one was a serious status symbol befitting of its solicitor owner. Bodied by the Gordon coach-building concern with a fabric ‘sunshine’ roof, it’s a highly original Irish survivor that’s all the better following its restoration in the last decade. 

A Moving Tribute 

Classic and vintage vehicles are bought for all kinds of reasons, but mostly nostalgic ones as they evoke the years long past. This beautifully-done Bedford CA van was taken on by its owner a s a rolling tribute to his father, who operated just such a van in the 1960s. 

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