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The Carchive Special Edition: Ferrari 456M

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While I usually mine The Carchive for the old, the unusual or the downright inexcusable, because today is my birthday I’m going for a completely self-indulgent choice, just like I did this time last year with the Maserati Quattroporte Evoluzione.

The Ferrari 456 is miles off the Hooniverse radar, really. In terms of significance to the marque the 456 is unlikely to go down in history as an outright classic, it was never a track-day superhero nor was it an in-your-face stylistic exhibitionist like the Testarossa or the Berlinetta Boxer.

Despite this, and in some ways, the 456 is my second favourite car in history. Take the jump if you’re interested in why.

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The Carchive: The Caterham 21

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It’s time once more to don our protective gauntlets, attach our safety harnesses and descend into the hazardous void that contains all that automotive literature that time forgot. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last visit saw us drinking in the sheer value of the 1982 Skoda line. Today we’re paying scant regard to practicality and turning the dial on the fun-o-meter up a few notches, with a look at the Caterham 21.

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The Carchive: The ’82 Skoda Range

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Today we sit at the cutting edge of motoring, but getting here has been an arduous journey. There have been many diversions, pitfalls and breakdowns on the way, and quite a few wrong turns. There were stretches of the trip which will be fondly remembered, and periods which will be spoken of only in hushed tones. Join me now as we revisit another footnote in the long story of Car. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week we were gasping at disbelief at how the ’98 Buick Riviera was marketed squarely at the grey dollar. Today we head back sixteen years to look at Skoda’s improved range for ’82, which held a very different appeal.

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The Carchive: The ’98 Buick Riviera

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Once every week we put on our HazMat clothing and venture through the airlock into history’s desolate wasteland. Here lie scattered the decaying remains of cars gone by, recorded for posterity by printed media issued by the dealerships of the day. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week was far more whimsical than this because we were gawping at the spectacular 1967 Ford Thunderbird. This time around we fast forward twenty years to have a look at GM’s vision of Personal Luxury as the millennium reeled closer. It’s the last of the Buick Rivieras.

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The Carchive: The 1967 Ford Thunderbird

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It’s that time again when right-minded folk will change their browser to another channel and go read something else for the next couple of hours. Those of you who remain can join me for a rummage through the dirty laundry of time in search of an interesting sock or cherished, fading T-shirt. Welcome to The Carchive

A while ago these vaults hosted “Thunderbird Week” where we fondly revisited Ford’s “personal luxury” offerings from ’78 through to ’93. And very nice they were too. Well, give or take. Today we head back to ’67 and look at what is very probably, no, very actually my favourite American Ford of all time.

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The Carchive: The Series III Hillman Minx

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The Carchive is where we close our eyes to whatever’s going on at the cutting edge of the automotive world, take a deep breath and ponder the past, rummaging through the highs and the lows of history.

From a brief flirtation with heavy trucks last week we drop down a couple of dozen sizes today with this fascinating little artefact from the late ’50s, it’s a British printed brochure for the US market Hillman Minx, as issued in dealerships throughout North America

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The Carchive: The ’74 Ford W-Series

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It’s time to flag down a passing AEC Regent, hop onto the platform and find a conductor to sell us a ticket to memory lane, passing through bewilderment, disbelief and, most probably, irony on our way. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Last week we looked at the pride of Browns Lane, the unmistakeable new Jaguar XJS. Today we’re dealing with something totally different. It’s Fords W-Series Cabover of 1974.

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The Carchive: ’75 Jaguar XJS

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It’s that time of the week again when I have the excuse to make our study and much of the upstairs landing horribly untidy as I hurl car brochures all over the place in the search for something to chronicle in our weekly trip down memory lane. And while we’re at it we can decide whether our subject matter deserves remembrance or is better forgotten. Welcome back to  The Carchive.

Last week we made a trip back in time and space to England in the early ‘sixties where we took a look at the frumpy yet ahead-of-its-time Austin 1100. This time around we’re going for a bit more glamour. We’re being sent to Coventry to look at the brand new Jaguar XJS.

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The Carchive: The Austin 1100

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It’s time once again for me to machete my way through the spider webs to uncover another gem from motoring past, blow off the dust and evaluate if the damn thing was worth my quest in the first place. Welcome back to The Carchive.

It’s the early ’60s. The space race is in full effect and we have atomic energy for the masses. Ford have moved onto Fuselage body styling on the newest Thunderbird and the Phantom II is being phased into front-line use. Meanwhile, while all these exciting developments were going on, the British motorist could salivate at the prospect of the New Austin 1100.

“Here’s the new… AUSTIN 1100!”. Find out if the car was worthy of that exclamation mark after the jump.

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The Carchive: The 1984 Audi Coupe

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It’s time to head down to the shoreline once again and find out what’s been washed up on the jagged rocks of motoring history. Welcome back to The Carchive.

This series doesn’t always draw people to take the jump like perhaps it should, and this is often because the headline image doesn’t exhibit much zing. The more interesting the picture, the more likely people are to want to know more. Unfortunately, the cover of today’s brochure is one of the most boring I’ve seen in my entire life. I promise it gets more interesting after the jump.

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