Keith Robertson’s Ford Capri 1600L is one of the finest surviving early Mk1s. The Capri may have used familiar engines and other components, but 50 years ago it resembled neither any other European Ford nor any mass-produced sports car. Robertson says: “When I am out and about, the immediate reaction is usually ‘What engine size is it?’ as everybody hopes it is a 3.0-litre.” In reality, the majority of Mk1s would have been powered by the four-cylinder Kent unit displacing 1.3 or 1.6 litres rather than the 3.0 litre Essex engine. On February 5 in 1969 “The Car You Always Promised Yourself”, as it was famously advertised, finally became available to drivers in the UK – but it was not the first British Ford to carry the Capri badge. In late 1961, motorists of Thunderbirds tastes but East Cheam incomes were tempted by the Consul Capri, a two-door coupé version of the Classic saloon and boasting styling best … [Read more...] about UK’s rarest cars: 1969 Ford Capri Mk1 1600L recalls 50 years since the model was launched
In the 1970s, the average Japanese medium-sized saloon combined “traditional” rear-wheel-drive engineering with agreeably ornate styling and a list of fittings beyond the dreams of the average Avenger driver. Then in 1977 Honda unveiled the Accord saloon, which made the contemporary Cortina Mk4 look middle-aged, the Morris Marina appear antediluvian and the Chrysler Hunter seem as up-to-the-minute as a Manfred Mann LP (ie not very). Car magazine mused that the Accord saloon “just eats the established business/family cars” and many an ambitious sales rep began to plot their route towards a front-wheel-drive company car with a rev-happy SOHC engine and five-speed gearbox. One drawback was that the Honda might have been a four- rather than a five-seater, but the boot was large enough for any number of samples cases. The first-generation Accord ceased production in 1981 and while the brand is now on its 10th incarnation … [Read more...] about UK’s rarest cars: 1979 Honda Accord saloon Mk1, one of only six remaining
With almost 20 per cent of adults in MK having a disability, a city shopping centre has announced it i s taking part in Purple Tuesday - the UK’s first-ever national, accessible shopping day. MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park has pledged to recognise the importance and needs of shoppers with disabilities.Purple Tuesday launches on November 13 and is the first awareness initiative of its kind for shopping centres and retailers to acknowledge how they currently support people with both visible and non-visible disabilities, and how they can assist even further.Emma Snipp, asset manager at The Crown Estate, which owns the MK1 complex, said: “Almost 20% of adults in the UK have a disability, 80% of which have an invisible or hidden impairment.“This means that an incredible four out of five disabled shoppers may require some sort of support. For our visitors who experience the world differently, we want to ensure that at MK1 Shopping & Leisure Park we are providing the … [Read more...] about Forget Black Friday it is all about Purple Tuesday at MK1 shopping centre in Milton Keynes
A powercut is affecting stores in MK1 in Milton Keynes this lunchtime. Stores affected include Marks & Spencer and Primark.Credit card machines are out of order and only cash sales are being taken."It was a real inconvenience," one shopper told the Citizen, "I only had my credit card and had to leave everything behind." … [Read more...] about Lights out at MK1 in Milton Keynes
How do you convince the sceptical? That’s the task facing BMW as it prepares its second-generation X4 “sports activity coupé” for the first customer deliveries (we’ll stick with calling it a coupé-SUV, thanks, as SAC looks rather unfortunate). This controversial automotive niche was essentially born in 2008, when BMW revealed the visually challenging X6. That car is now into its second iteration and the original X4 followed in 2014, based on the Mk2 BMW X3. Subsequently, in the four years that the German company had the X4 Mk1 on sale, it shifted more than 200,000 units worldwide; fiscal reason enough for its continued existence. Perhaps more telling, however, is the fact that only one of BMW’s... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about BMW X4 first drive: can this brilliant car persuade us to love an SUV that thinks it’s a coupé?