Here's the second in my series of vintage Country Life magazine reviews. I particularly enjoyed this one with its motor show theme; however I'll try not to drone on about the cars too much in this post.....
As expected, Country Life did have reviews and adverts for lots of prestige vehicles like Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Porsche, but also ones for more modest cars such as Ford Anglias, Vauxhalls and Rovers, which interest me far more. The motor show article surprisingly included photos of what it termed as 'lower price models', i.e. the cars that our parents and grandparents might have owned from relatively new if they were lucky. This was a real step back in time for me, as being a child of the Seventies I can remember my Dad having some of these like a Wolseley and a dinky Fiat. Also by the time I had learnt to drive, a few of my friends and I preferred these cars which were by then classics, because they had character and were cheap. In fact, I had fun driving two of the models featured in the article; a Triumph Herald Convertible (my then boyfriend's pride and joy) and the VW Beetle:
The magazine also featured an ad for a vehicle that I've hankered after for a very long time, but will have to probably consign to history now as we don't have room on the drive for the cars we have yet alone another addition. Its this little beauty:
The Bedford Dormobile...long associated with cramped family holidays and later in the 80s, crusty travellers. The VW Camper is this little fellow's better known relative, but there's something very cute about the Bedford Dormobile with its grumpy-looking grille and headlamps combo, little white wheels and 'go-faster' paintwork flash along its sides.
|I love the jacket on the left|
Although I'm not too sure about the content of these:
|Hmmm, I suppose Mrs Three Fountains doesn't have quite the same ring!|
And finally, if you wanted to buy a small holiday home back in 1960 and a chocolate-box cottage in the Home Counties wasn't going to cut the mustard (and you had a few grand to spare too), then how about choosing either of these two desirable little overseas residences:
Imagine what they'd be worth today!