1954 Triumph TR2

One of 4,000 produced worldwide

In 1953, the Standard Motor Company, purveyors of the Triumph brand at the time released their latest two-door two-seater roadster. Christened the TR2, it was built to replace the ageing Triumph Roadster. Interestingly, the boss of Standard at the time, Sir John Black initially tried to acquire the ...

Published on 23 Mar 2022

Harry Potter's Ride on Steroids!

Restomod Ford Anglia 105E

The Ford Anglia 105E – the fourth generation - was introduced in 1959. Until the introduction of the 105E, Anglias and Prefects shared the same mechanicals and shared very similar bodies – except that the Prefects were four-door while the Anglias were two-door. However, with the 105E, Ford took ...

Published on 26 Feb 2022

Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346

Last Survivor in Sri Lanka?

Armstrong Siddeley was a British outfit that made two things, namely luxury cars and aircraft power-plants. This company came to be in 1919 and lasted just 41 years before being broken up and sold by 1960. We look at this fine and rare example of an Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346 that graces our sh...

Published on 02 Feb 2022

1958 Vespa VBA 125

Let's go for a ride on a vintage Vespa!

This restored Vespa was the oldest participant in the 2019 Classic Scooter run from Colombo Galle Face to the finish point at the Wurth HQ at Pannipitiya. Piloting this oldest-in-event two-wheeled classic was one of the youngest rider participants a youth of just 27, Kasun Jayasuriya. The Vespa from...

Published on 28 Jan 2022

1960 Datsun Bluebird P310 Deluxe

A car that surely brings back fond memories for many...

The Nissan or Datsun Bluebird is arguably the brand’s most internationally recognized name for a sedan as it has been offered in various styles at different points of time in Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. First introduced by Nissan Motor Company in 1957, it is one of Nissan’s lo...

Published on 17 Jan 2022

1962 Fiat 1800B

Fiat's lesser-known foray into the Sixties Executive Car market

Fiat in the 1950s and 1960s was well-known for making small cars such as the 500, the 600 and the Fiat 1100, all models of which we have a few in Sri Lanka, lovingly in the hands of collectors and car nuts. But did you know that Fiat also went after the executive car market, producing the Fiat 1800 ...

Published on 08 Jan 2022

Mercedes-Benz W123 200d

A timeless classic in mint condition, owned by a chap who lives and breathes Mercedes-Benz!

Among car enthusiasts in Sri Lanka and most parts of the world, the ascending numbers 1-2-3 bring to mind images of a no nonsense yet well appointed, carved-from-granite-solid car that screams 70s and 80s. The outline of its side profile looks almost as simplistic as a child’s drawing of a motor c...

Published on 07 Jan 2022

1956 Hillman Minx Series II Convertible

Fifties open-top motoring for the masses

British manufacturer Hillman produced the Minx series over a long period, stretching from 1931 to 1970, in a wide variety of series’ and body styles, spanning a four-door sedan, two door coupe, two door convertible, two door estate and two door utility. ...

Published on 06 Jan 2022

1938 BMW R71 Outfit

Uber-rare German motorcycle-and-sidecar combo is lovingly restored and in good hands

In 1938, it’s year of manufacture, this R71 outfit (the term for a motorcycle-and-sidecar combination) from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG was recognized as exceptional. After a number of decades in retirement, this 82-year-old has gone through a nuts and bolts restoration. Interestingly, this combi...

Published on 31 Dec 2021

1959 Simca Aronde P60

A rare Swallow takes flight occasionally...

The Simca Aronde or ‘swallow’ as it translates to in Old French is a car manufactured by French manufacturer Simca, between 1951 and 1964, and spanning three generations. It was produced in a variety of body styles including two-door coupe and convertible, two-door pickup, two-door van, three-do...

Published on 31 Dec 2021