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WELCOME TO TORQUE MONKEYS
17.08.2015

On the all-new Torque Monkey's webiste you’ll find the latest news, cars, videos and events coverage. There’s also car buying advice, nostalgia, guides and everything you need to know about...

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04
2016
DRIVE IT DAY TIPS
05.04.2016

Top Tips For many enthusiasts, Drive It Day marks the start of their classic’s season – many older vehicles are tucked up over the winter months.

Prepare the ground before the weekend! If...<Multi Marque>
02
2016
RETRO ADS - RELIANT SCIMITAR
23.02.2016

Reliant was a truly varied and brave British specialist car manufacturer. This Midlands company traditionally offered two very disparate model lines: Its economy cars (whether three- or four-...

Reliant
ENGINE STRIP-DOWN - BMC A SERIES
23.02.2016

No one at Longbridge in 1951 could have had any inkling that their new small engine would live until the 21st Century and become one of the most common and respected power units in the world....

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TEST DRIVE - MORRIS MINOR TOURER
23.02.2016

Of the 46,000 Minors made in the UK in 1961 only 4766 were convertibles. But a folding roof had been available on the Issigonis Minor since its earliest days and the Tourer version of the...

Minor
CLASSIC VEHICLES & SEAT BELT LAW
15.02.2016

Many of today’s younger drivers might find it surprising that the compulsory wearing of seat belts is a relatively recent requirement here in the UK. It’s true that there had been various earlier...

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UNDER THE SKIN - TRIUMPH SPITFIRE
04.02.2016

Our latest dip into Haynes’ archive of classic cutaways by the talented illustrator Terry Davey has produced the Triumph Spitfire from the cover of the owner’s workshop manual for all variants of...

Spitfire
TEST DRIVE – 1953 MG TD
04.02.2016

Last year has seen me spend a fair bit of time in and around pre-war cars and I must admit that although they didn't used to be my thing, I'm becoming increasingly attracted by the idea of...

TD
01
2016
CUBA – THE LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES?
28.01.2016

Despite the excitement surrounding the idea of an island full of rare classic cars, none of Cuba’s distinctive historic vehicles have actually left the country yet. Jack Grover looks at why...

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UNDER THE SKIN - PEUGEOT 504
28.01.2016

Launched in 1968 at the height of a period of industrial and political unrest in France, the four-door Peugeot 504 was complemented by the motoring press of the day for its styling, ride,...

504
TEST DRIVE - 1974 FORD CAPRI 3000
01.01.2016

Of course this is all in my head and every time I actually get behind the wheel of a classic Ford I end up enjoying the driving experience precisely because they’re just so well-judged and...

Capri
WILL FAST FORDS BURST THE CLASSIC BUBBLE?
13.01.2016

Here is a statement of fact: A MkIII Ford Escort recently sold for £60,000. Okay, it has a turbo-charger and there is an RS on the badge in there somewhere, but £60,000? May I be so bold as to...

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RETRO ADS - UPGRADE YOUR RENAULT
13.01.2016

The brochure explained more: “All Renault 5s are amply equipped to meet most everyday needs, but you may enjoy adding your own personal touches with some of the items from the specially designed...

5
TEST DRIVE - 1968 TRIUMPH TR5
11.01.2016

Both the Healey and the TR started life as rather simpler cars, both being powered by four-cylinder engines taken from mundane saloon cars and both built on a simple separate chassis. Just as the...

TR5
BREAKDOWN COVERAGE - SIGNALLING FOR HELP
07.01.2016

A failure to proceed in winter can be more than inconvenient; a recent study of OFCOM data showed that huge swathes of Britain’s roads have no mobile phone coverage at all. If recovery is the...

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TEST DRIVE – 1980 FORD ESCORT 1100L
04.01.2016

In the late ‘Seventies Ford Escorts were certainly everywhere but it was the humdrum Kent-engined, flat-painted, skinny-tyred versions that were on every British street. Just like this beige two-...

Escort
12
2015
THE DRIVING TEST - CHANGES ON THE WAY?
21.12.2015

If government proposals come to fruition, Britain is facing “the biggest shake up of the driving test in a generation”, with an array of ideas that could even affect how the test is paid for – 80...

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RETRO ADS - VAUXHALL CHEVETTE
21.12.2015

Vauxhall heaped praise on the Chevette for combining “style with generous space for people and things, zesty performance with pleasing economy”. The Luton firm also insisted that the Chevette...

Chevette
UNDER THE SKIN - RX-3
21.12.2015

The RX-3 was just one of a family of pioneering Rotary-engined production cars built by Mazda in the ‘Seventies. While its predecessors had made do with conventional internal combustion, the RX-3...

RX-3
TEST DRIVE - 1978 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2
21.12.2015

Of course that’s actually a fairly recent phenomemon. There weren’t many VW campers chugging around British roads in the ‘Sixties, and very few of those that did make it over here were used for...

Volkswagen
WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A... MK1 VW POLO/DERBY
17.12.2015

With the former NSU factory at Neckarsulm being folded into the ever-increasing VW/Audi conglomerate, the skills and engineering flair of that company were assimilated into the parent company. The...

Polo
BORN AGAIN CONCEPT CARS TO MAKE THEIR DEBUT AT LONDON SHOW
17.12.2015

Two concept cars from Jaguar – originally built more than three decades apart – have been accurately recreated by classic car experts, who plan to offer exact reproductions for sale.

The...

Jaguar
CLUB SPOTLIGHT - STAG OWNERS' CLUB
16.12.2015

Its events calendar is packed with regions across the whole of the UK holding club nights, social events and attending shows (there is simply far too many to list here).

Under 25 year olds...

Stag
HOW OLD IS TOO OLD TO DRIVE?
16.12.2015

As the population ages, a considerable number of older drivers are finding themselves more at risk of being seriously injured or killed on the UK’s roads due to increased frailty and associated...

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WYVERN RETURNS TO LUTON AFTER 66-YEARS
15.12.2015

Manufactured at the famous Kimpton Road plant, the black Wyvern formed part of Vauxhall’s response to the Government’s ‘Export or Die’ drive, where car makers were ordered to send at least half of...

Wyvern