Egli-Vincent Racer

Egli-Vincent Motorcycle

The Egli-Vincent has become so famous since it was first developed in the mid-1960s that its name now almost rivals the Vincent marque itself. Developed by Fritz Egli of Switzerland, the original Egli-Vincent was his own race bike, a bike he used as a testbed for his own engineering experiments. The main drawback to the original…

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5 Minute Histories: The Norton Commando

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The 5 Minute History series are produced by Silodrome for eBay Motors. Click here to read the full article on eBay. Introduction The Norton Commando is a vintage British motorcycle whose name would become so iconic it’s still a household name decades after the originals left production. Most people with even a passing interest in…

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1959 BMC 5-Ton Race Transporter

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In 1959 the British Motor Corporation built 20 5-ton PSV chassis to operate as mobile service schools for the BMC mechanics of Britain. The Mini was newly released and its transverse engined, front wheel drive layout was unusual at the time – requiring special training for the nation’s grease monkeys. The busses design was the…

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1936 Pontiac Six 4 Litre Motorhome

1936 Pontiac Six 4.0-Litre Motorhome

This 1936 Pontiac Motorhome was ordered by Englishman Captain Dunn as a rolling chassis with the front end pre-fitted. Once it was delivered to England, the Russell coachbuilders in Kent set about building the rest of the vehicle to the Captain’s specifications. Motorhomes were a relatively new invention in the 1930s, so Captain Dunn must…

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Colin Chapman’s Range Rover Classic

Range Rover Classic

The Range Rover Classic was initially released to the public in 1970 as a relatively unique concept – it was a 4×4 with less of a utilitarian focus, and much more attention paid to comfort and on-road drivability. The improved on-road manners possessed by the first Range Rovers was largely thanks to their coil spring suspension,…

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1933 De Havilland Gipsy Moth

De Havilland Gipsy Moth

The De Havilland Gipsy Moth, and its De Havilland siblings, were amongst the most important aircraft in the world during their production – and for quite a while after. Initially the airframes were manufactured by De Havilland, then paired with inline-4 cylinder engines built by Cirrus. These Cirrus power units used out of production World…

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1973 Seeley-Kawasaki H2A

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The motorcycle frames developed by Colin Seeley in the 1960s and onwards were so revolutionary that they had an enduring global impact on motorcycle engineering – an impact that continues to the current day. Colin grew up in a motorcycle family, his father owned a Vincent Rapide and they would both travel to the nearby…

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Coventry Rotary Tricycle – Circa 1879

Coventry Rotary Tricycle

The early days of pedal-powered cycle (or velocipede) were a time of significant experimentation, the earliest examples had pedals that were connected directly to the front axle, and it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that a chain was added with sprockets to improve gearing. This Coventry Rotary Tricycle was one of the designs that didn’t catch…

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Belstaff Streamliner 400 Wax Jacket

Belstaff Streamliner 400 Limited Edition Wax Jacket

The Belstaff Streamliner 400 was developed to commemorate Guy Martin and Triumph working together to set a new world motorcycle speed record of 400 mph in Bonneville, Utah. Each Streamliner 400 jacket is made from 8oz waxed cotton with a waterproof membrane and sealed seams. It has a cotton tartan lining, courduroy lined collar and…

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1966 Ford GT40 Mark I

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The Ford GT40 is almost certainly the most famous, and most successful, result of Britain and America’s special cross-Atlantic automotive relationship. Many cars have been built as collaborative efforts between both countries of course, but the GT40 is the king. The development and racing years of the GT40 include some of the most important and…

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1937 Vincent-HRD Comet

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The Vincent-HRD Comet was developed as an advanced half-litre sporting motorcycle by Vincent-HRD, and sold alongside its similarly-engined siblings the Comet Special, the TT replica, and the Meteor. Of course, the most famous Vincents are the V-twin models, particularly the Black Shadow and Black Lightning. But as any Vincent historian will tell you, the legend…

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