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Nostalgic, familiar and elegant – classic cars are much more than just symbols of their time

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 February 2017

Mr and Mrs Fred Vivian and their 18-year-old son with their Singer Gazelle, dated 19th January 1961. Photo: Archant Library

Mr and Mrs Fred Vivian and their 18-year-old son with their Singer Gazelle, dated 19th January 1961. Photo: Archant Library

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Here, we’ve pulled together a collection from down the decades.

Bull-nosed Morris, dated around June 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryBull-nosed Morris, dated around June 1986. Photo: Archant Library

1. A fine 1925 bull-nosed Morris with (left to right) the owner Ray Snelling, and the men who auctioned it to him, Ted Hodgkin and Douglas Beckett.

Mr Alfred Marshall with his 1927 Morris Cowley, dated around January 1973. Photo: Archant LibraryMr Alfred Marshall with his 1927 Morris Cowley, dated around January 1973. Photo: Archant Library

2. Mr Alfred Marshall, who believes that they don’t make cars like this anymore, completed the restoration of a 1927 Morris Cowley. He brought the car 5 years prior to this photo after a lengthy search which ended when he answered an advertisement in a national magazine.

Authentic Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang car, dated around 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryAuthentic Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang car, dated around 1969. Photo: Archant Library

3. The Authentic Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang car from the film of the same title took part in the carnival procession to Yarmouth Pleasure Beach today which heralded the opening of the annual “Ride with the Stars” Charity Day.

Peter Walsingham with his Austin Ruby, dated 14th November 1991. Photo: Archant LibraryPeter Walsingham with his Austin Ruby, dated 14th November 1991. Photo: Archant Library

4. Peter Walsingham at the wheel of his prized Austin Ruby, dated 14th November 1991.

Ray Canning with the 1928 Swift Tourer, dated 17th June 1991. Photo: Archant LibraryRay Canning with the 1928 Swift Tourer, dated 17th June 1991. Photo: Archant Library

5. Ray Canning with the 1928 Swift Tourer which he bought 24 years prior to this photo for £350.

A Renault 6.9 H.P, dated 5th May 1951. Photo: Archant LibraryA Renault 6.9 H.P, dated 5th May 1951. Photo: Archant Library

6. A Renault 6.9 H.P car which recently (at the time the photo was taken) completed a trouble free trip of 500 miles.

Mr. S. A. Margerum (right), handing over the 1930 Sunbeam, dated around November 1972. Photo: Archant LibraryMr. S. A. Margerum (right), handing over the 1930 Sunbeam, dated around November 1972. Photo: Archant Library

7. Mr. S. A. Margerum (right), products manager of E. R. Howard Ltd., hands over the 1930 Sunbeam to Mr Donald MacLennan, first prize winner in the “Win a Vintage Car” competition. The presentation took place at Shortis Ltd, Norwich.

John Olorenshaw in his 1913 Sunbeam, dated 15th March 1989. Photo: Archant LibraryJohn Olorenshaw in his 1913 Sunbeam, dated 15th March 1989. Photo: Archant Library

8. John Olorenshaw pulls into the Shell Traveller’s check service station in his 1913 Sunbeam.

Mr Martin Tacon in his 1903 Humber, dated 28th October 1981. Photo: Archant LibraryMr Martin Tacon in his 1903 Humber, dated 28th October 1981. Photo: Archant Library

9. Mr Martin Tacon in the driving seat of his 1903 Humber.

1912 Rolls-Royce, dated around August 1970. Photo: Archant Library1912 Rolls-Royce, dated around August 1970. Photo: Archant Library

10. Visitors admire the fine 1912 Rolls-Royce belonging to Mr Peter Beck of Tunstead.

1933 Maserati, dated 12th June 1983. Photo: Archant Library1933 Maserati, dated 12th June 1983. Photo: Archant Library

11. Lady Buxton admires the 1933 Maserati once driven by Sir Henry Birkin.

Mr and Mrs Fred Vivian and their 18-year-old son with their Singer Gazelle, dated 19th January 1961. Photo: Archant LibraryMr and Mrs Fred Vivian and their 18-year-old son with their Singer Gazelle, dated 19th January 1961. Photo: Archant Library

12. Mr and Mrs Fred Vivian and their 18-year-old son Fred just before they set off for Glasgow to take part in the Monte Carlo Rally in their Singer Gazelle.

Restored 1938 car, dated around 1961. Photo: Archant LibraryRestored 1938 car, dated around 1961. Photo: Archant Library

13. This 1938 car was restored to new and was worth, at the time the photo was taken, £1500 says Lagonda enthusiast Mr Andre Kenny who can be seen with the vehicle.

Samantha King with the 1921 Rover, dated 3rd September 1992. Photo: Archant LibrarySamantha King with the 1921 Rover, dated 3rd September 1992. Photo: Archant Library

14. Samantha King, of Mann Egerton, with the 1921 Rover featured in The House of Eliott.

If you would like to provide us with any more information about these photos then email norfolkimagecurators@archant.co.uk

For more nostalgia join our Facebook group Norwich Remembers.

2 comments

  • Stoneman: Agree with your sentiments, they were also the days when females had shape and style and were not covered in tattoos like the ones that occupy the pavements nowadays....

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    Mr T

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

  • Those were the days when cars had looks and style unlike the euroboxes which occupy the roads nowadays.

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    stoneman

    Saturday, February 11, 2017

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