Auto Trader updated to improve used car price ratings

Auto Trader user upgrade

Auto Trader is upgrading the way its listings look. The car sales website is adding new features to help buyers feel more confident as they search the classifieds for their next car. The changes will roll out across all platforms from early December.

In Auto Trader’s 2019 Car Buyers Report, it was revealed that 86 percent of buyers are concerned they can’t trust car dealers. Likewise, 88 percent worry they aren’t getting a good deal, while 85 percent are question the accuracy of the information about a car. These are three key changes Auto Trader will make.

Consumer reviews

Reviews from customers of car retailers are being brought forward, to reinforce buyers’ trust in vendors.

Auto Trader wants to put its consumer reviews to better use, to corroborate other rewards and recommendations car sellers may have.

Price flags

Auto Trader upgrades

Auto Trader will be adding to its ‘low’, ‘great’ and ‘good’ price indicators, with ‘fair’ and ‘high’. It’s believed that buyers’ hesitance around pricing is a key barrier to doing the deal. With more comprehensive ‘flags’, Auto Trader hopes to put buyers at ease, and help them be sure they’re paying what they should.

The company claims that its valuations are ‘the most accurate reflection of the live retail market’. They include analysis of more than 1.9 million vehicles each day. Valuations are afforded depending on age, mileage and specification.

Mileage and spec indicators

Auto Trader user upgrade

To help buyers find the specific cars, extra feature indicators are also being added. This means mileage and deal-critical optional extras can be highlighted in a listing.

Content relating to the car, including the description and spec, is being moved up the page, in order to help buyers find what is being offered more efficiently.

It takes 60 weeks to become a ‘good driver’

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

On average, UK motorists think it takes well over a year (60 weeks) to become a ‘good driver’. And 17 percent said it takes more than two years (100 weeks) to reach a ‘good’ level.

A quarter of the 1,000 motorists surveyed by YoungDriver said when they passed their test, they were ‘extremely nervous’. Only one in 10 thought they were over-confident.

On average, British learner drivers take between 40 and 50 hours to pass the driving test.

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

“We all know that experience is key to being a safer driver,” said Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at YoungDriver.

“Sadly, when youngsters first pass their test, that can often be lacking, which can lead to moments of hesitation or dangerous choices being made, resulting in an accident. That’s why we’re so keen to help young people get more experience behind the wheel – and it’s the premise behind Young Driver. If you already know how to drive the car by the time you start on the road lessons, you can concentrate much more on hazard perception and other road users, rather than how to control the clutch.”

YoungDriver has teamed up with Quentin Wilson to publish a book to help. The goal is to educate parents on the modern driving test. 

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

“Although parents often have great nostalgia around learning to drive, the reality when they get behind the wheel with their child can be arguments, stress and tears,” said Quentin Willson.

“Most parents learned to drive decades ago and the test has changed dramatically since then, meaning they can give conflicting advice, confusing the learner. I’ve written this book in an easy-to-read style with lots of illustrations because with preparation and planning, parent, child and approved driving instructor can make a really strong team, leading to the best possible outcome in terms of creating a safe, confident and skilled driver. And that’s good news for all road users.”

The real cars of Le Mans 66

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

With Le Mans 66 opening in cinemas, the famous story of Ford’s triumph over Ferrari in the 24-hour race will be further immortalised in popular culture. It’s a rare treat for racing and motoring enthusiasts to see a movie where cars are the stars.

And if you can get to Los Angeles before January 19 2020, you could see them in person at the world-renowed Petersen Automotive Museum.

Winning numbers

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

Two Ferraris featured in the film will be on display at LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum in January, as a part of the ‘Winning Numbers’ exhibit. The 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB SEFAC and 1957 Ferrari 625/250 TR will be joined by a Ford GT40 Mk3, the first Shelby Cobra from 1962 and a 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta. We start with the Ferraris…

Ferrari 250 SWB SEFAC

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

The 250 Short Wheel Base is an integral part of Ferrari’s road and race history. Affectionately known as the ‘hot rods’, the SEFAC 250 SWB Competizione racers were made from thinner alloy and produced more than 300hp.

The car on display at the Petersen brought home a GT class win for Ferrari at Le Mans in 1961 and finished third overall. It’s fair to say this car is a building block of the Ferrari Le Mans legend, one with which Ford was so determined to grapple.

The car is owned by Petersen founding chairman Bruce Meyer, who loaned it to the Le Mans 66 production team. Meyer bought it in 2010.

Ferrari 625 TRC

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

The other movie star car is a Ferrari 625 TRC Spyder by Scaglietti. Unlike the 250 SWB SEFAC, which is a GT racer, the TRC is a sports prototype. It came about right at the start of Ferrari’s era of dominance at Le Mans. The marque took outright wins from 1960 to 1965. The events of 1966’s race are, of course, the subject of the film.

While not a Le Mans winner itself, this 625 is an integral part of this story. It was raced in 1962 by none other than Ken Miles, star character of Le Mans 66, played by Christian Bale. He won his first race in the car, in Santa Barbara.

It’s appearance in Le Mans 66 must have been something of a trip down memory lane. Bruce Meyer bought the car in 2006.

Shelby Cobra

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

Matt Damon stars opposite Christian Bale in Le Mans 66, playing a young Caroll Shelby. He was instrumental in developing the GT40 to a state where it could legitimately take on Ferrari at Le Mans. Shelby had proven himself with his work on the AC Cobra.

Famous now, the Shelby Cobra was an experiment back in 1962 A Shelby-tuned Ford V8 was added to a small British roadster called the AC Ace, along with wide wheelarches and fat tyres.

The 1962 car on display at the Petersen is the very first production-specification, competition-ready car produced by Shelby. It’s also part of the Bruce Meyer collection.

Ford GT40 Mk3

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

The story culminates with the victory of the Ford GT40 over Ferrari at Le Mans, the American marque taking over the podium with a 1-2-3 finish. It’s only right that an example should feature in the display at the Petersen.

This is a road-going Mk3 from 1967. It differs from the 1966 cars most obviously at the front, with more bulbous lights for road use. Other changes include more space for luggage, movement of the gear shifter to the middle, plus a de-tuned power output of 310hp.

Just seven Mk3 GT40s were made, of which one is on display at the Petersen. The car’s significantly modified looks supposedly put off some buyers, who wanted something resembling the triumphant racers.

Ferrari 212 225 Barchetta

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

This is a very significant car in the story of Ford taking on Ferrari, in spite of being built 14 years before Ford’s Le Mans win.

Henry Ford’s relationship with Ferrari became obsessive over time. Before having his takeover offer turned down, however, he was like any other fan. This 212 225 was a special order by FoMoCo for Henry Ford II, used as his personal car.

It’s said the diminutive Barchetta served as inspiration for a great many design cues that appeared on the Ford Thunderbird in 1955.

Ford v Ferrari

Le Mans 66 Ford v Ferrari

“The story of Ford’s triumph over Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans will be told for generations,” said Terry L. Karges, executive director at the Petersen Museum. “We’re excited to see the film, but we’re most excited to offer fans of the movie an opportunity to see the cars that will be in the film and learn about other vehicles that are pivotal to the story.”

Cars could be banned from parts of the Lake District

Cars could be banned from parts of the Lake District

Cars could be banned from the Lake District as part of plans to cut congestion in the National Park.

The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) and National Trust are looking at car-free zones and traffic management schemes, starting with the hamlet of Seathwaite.

Research carried out by National Parks UK in 2014 found that 93 percent of National Park visitors arrived by car. “It is not much fun being on the shores of somewhere such as Windermere on a bike or on foot when the A592 is nose to tail,“ said Julian Glover in the Landscapes Review, published earlier this year.

The LDNPA notes that 50 percent of its carbon budget is made up of emissions from visitors, much of which is from cars.

But cars are a big source of income for National Park authorities. The LDNPA charges up to £500 for an annual permit, and such fees “may be both a deterrent to car use and an incentive to National Parks to tolerate their continuation,” says Glover.

“We need to address traffic issues in the National Park,” said Thomas Burditt, National Trust general manager for the North Lakes. “Car-free zones are an option we are considering. We are in discussions with residents, the Highways Agency and the parish council.”

According to a report in The Times, the National Trust will present research on car-free zones at a summit in Kendal on Tuesday. Residents of Seathwaite would be able to use their vehicles inside the proposed zone.

‘Loved to death’

Tourists Lake District

Kate Willshaw, officer for the Friends of the Lake District, said: “The Lakes are such an amazing place, but parts of it are being loved to death.

“A lot of it is still wild and tranquil, of course. But there are certain areas that are getting congested, such as Bowness, Keswick and Windermere. We call these places honeypots. They attract people because they are an easy win. You can get to them without driving on single-track roads, and the views are magnificent.”

In a 2018 report entitled National Parks for all: Making car-free travel easier, it was found that visitors arriving by public transport spend more than those arriving by car. They are more likely to spend money on food and drink locally and are more likely to pay for tourist attractions.

Many parts of the National Parks are served by the National Cycle Network, and it’s possible to combine cycling and rail travel for shorter trips. 

Cars parked in the Lake District

It’s not clear whether or not the proposed car-free zone in the Lake District will include electric vehicles, but given this is as much about congestion as it is about air quality, they’re unlikely to be exempt from the ban. 

The 2018 report said “greater use of electric vehicles would reduce the carbon emissions from road transport at the point of use although it would not reduce the number of vehicles in the Parks”. It referenced a Renault Twizy hire scheme in the Lake District.

Many locals would welcome a ban. “Congestion is horrendous and getting much worse. There was a fire in one of the houses near us and the fire engine couldn’t get down, there were so many cars parked,” said a local farmer in The Times.

“Right now, today, there are dozens of cars parked from our entrance right down the road. That’s a normal Friday. I would love this to be a car-free zone.”

Dirty vehicles to be banned from Geneva

Dirty vehicles to be banned from Geneva

A new environmental zone will see the dirtiest vehicles banned from the centre of Geneva, Switzerland, and the surrounding area.

From 15 January 2020, a temporary zone will be activated when air pollution in the Swiss city is at its highest. It will be operational from 6am until 10pm.

Vehicles will be measured on their environmental performance and must display one of six coloured Stick’Air vignettes. Green is for zero emission vehicles, while grey is for the least environmentally friendly cars. The emergency services and drivers with disabilities are exempt from the scheme.

Initially, vehicles displaying the grey vignette will be banned from the environmental zone during the period of peak pollution. If the smog persists, the ban will extend to vehicles showing the brown sticker, then orange, yellow and purple.

The stickers cost 5 Swiss francs (£4) and are valid for the life of the vehicle. Drivers who do not display a vignette or enter the city during the smog alert will be fined 500 francs (£400). Commercial vehicles will be granted a two-year transitional period to comply with the new law.

Under the regulations, the authorities could also introduce an 80km/h (50mph) speed limit on surrounding motorways, free public transport to encourage locals and tourists to leave their cars at home, and a ban on outdoor fires.

Geneva clean air stickers

‘Right to breathe healthy air’

Antonio Hodgers, a Geneva councillor, said: “We have adopted a compromise between economic freedom and the right to breathe healthy air.”

Nearly 500,000 people live in the canton of Geneva, with around 200,000 people living in the city. This is the first environmental zone of its kind in the country, although Geneva’s proximity to France and Italy, plus the fact that it is home to more than 130 multinational companies, makes it a particularly high profile case.

It also plays host to a major international motor show

The stickers can be purchased from council offices and petrol stations. More information can be found here.

Mercedes-AMG A35 review: 306hp hot hatch takes on Golf R

Mercedes-Benz AMG A35

The hot hatch has reached boiling point. Mercedes recently revealed a new AMG A45, with the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever. Its scorching 416hp bests a 288 GTO – Ferrari’s mid-1980s poster car – in a game of Top Trumps, and could mean 0-62mph in less than four seconds.

A supercar-slaying hatchback was unthinkable back in 1974, when the Simca 1100 Ti first screeched into showrooms. Arguably the origin of the species, it eked out 82hp from a 1.3-litre twin-carb engine – good for 60mph in 12 seconds. The 110hp Volkswagen Golf GTI debuted soon afterwards, bringing power to the people like never before, hotly pursued by the 128hp Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI. By 1992, the Ford Escort RS Cosworth mustered a mighty 227hp, on par with a contemporary Porsche 911.

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Today, even the lowliest Golf GTI outguns the classic Cossie, while outputs beyond 300hp are routine. Yet the horsepower race has, ironically, left a gap for something (slightly) more sensible. Meet the Mercedes-AMG A35, which slots below the ballistic A45 as Affalterbach’s entry-level offering. Could it be all the hot hatch you really need?

Mercedes-Benz AMG A35

Let’s start with the spec: a 306hp turbocharged four-pot, seven-speed paddleshift transmission and four-wheel drive. The suspension has solid mounts to sharpen response, tyres are bespoke 19-inch Pirelli P Zeros and the four-piston brakes are borrowed from the A45. Our car also sported the AMG Style bodykit, with motorsport-style canards sprouting from the front bumper, a high-rise rooftop wing and a functional rear diffuser. I’d save the £2,595, choose a paint colour other than Sun Yellow and go incognito.

Wild or mild, the A35 actually looks best from the inside. This is hands-down the classiest cabin of any hot hatch, with superb quality and game-changing tech. Highlights include two giant widescreen displays, ‘augmented reality’ sat nav that overlays directions onto a video feed from the front-facing camera, plus a voice control system that responds when you say “Hey Mercedes”. There’s a caveat, though: most of this must-have kit costs extra. You’re even asked £495 for Apple Carplay and Android Auto phone connectivity. The £35,580 base price of our A35 had swollen to £43,660 by the time options were factored in.

If you hoped for a headstrong hooligan in the mould of AMG’s V8 models, you may be disappointed. This is a point-and-squirt sort of car, with punchy power delivery, snappy twin-clutch shifts and all-wheel traction. Select Sport or Sport+ modes and more torque is diverted to the rear wheels, yet the chassis remains planted rather than playful. More ‘Golf R’ than ‘Type R’, in other words.

Mercedes-Benz AMG A35

Much of the time, that slight detachment is welcome, making the A35 comfortable and easy to live with. Unlike some cars of its ilk (here’s looking at you, Renault Megane RS), it doesn’t constantly shout about how sporty it is. Occasionally, you may wish for a malleability and a magic that isn’t quite there – perhaps a less civilised soundtrack, too. But you’ll rarely hanker for more speed. On British B-roads, most drivers this side of Lewis Hamilton will cover ground more confidently – and likely more quickly – in this baby Benz than AMG’s flagship GT supercar.

Mercedes has pitched the A35 perfectly. It’s not madcap enough to overshadow the upcoming A45, nor is it too sober to justify an AMG badge. Like the now-ubiquitous Golf R, it serves up driving fun, practicality and car-park kudos in a well-rounded package. It’s a car for the North Coast 500 and the North Circular. And that, surely, is what hot hatchbacks were all about in the first place.

Price: £35,580

0-60mph: 4.7 secs

Top speed: 155mph

CO2 G/KM: 169

MPG combined: 38.7

Mercedes-AMG A35: in pictures

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Is this the ultimate car de-icing life hack?

de-icing life hack
Cry ‘clickbait’ all you want for the use of ‘life hack’ in a title but, for once, it’s totally justified. Watch, as this person de-ices a windscreen – within seconds – with just a few wipes.

YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW QUICKLY THIS DUDE CLEARS HIS FROSTED WINDSCREEN!

Is that clickbaity enough?

The bag he’s holding is full of warm water. Experts advise against pouring boiling water from a kettle over frosted windscreens as that can crack them. However, this is a genius middle ground, given the bag contains warm water from the tap. It’s enough to melt the ice in a few fell swoops.

It’s an amazingly simple solution to a problem that’s dogged countless generations of winter commuters. That’s the beauty of the internet; the numbers of people plighted by ice that this video could reach are limitless.

THIS DUDE’S FROSTED WINDSHIELD LIFE HACK WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

Share this article to save icy fingers and a fevered brow. We promise to lay off the clickbaity headlines for a while.

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Winter tyres

Do you really need winter tyres?

Winter driving tips advice

In the UK, winter tyres are a victim of poor packaging. More often than not, sales material or articles focused on winter rubber are accompanied by images of vehicles dashing through the snow, cementing a misconception that these black rings are designed for the white stuff.

And, yes, short of ordering a PistenBully, equipping your car with a set of winter tyres is the best way to keep moving on the 15 or so days when snow has fallen on our green and pleasant land.

But winter tyres are designed to tackle so much more than just snow. The clue is in the name – winter tyres are for the entire cold season, not just the snowy days. In fact, winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7ºC.

Which makes them ideally suited for a typical British winter. Take December 2017, for example. According to Met Office figures, the average temperature this time last year was 4ºC – prime conditions for winter tyres.

So, cutting to the chase, you need to consider fitting tyres if you want to stay safe and keep moving between now and the spring. Here’s why.

What are winter tyres?

Guide to winter tyres

Most cars are equipped with summer tyres, or ‘normal’ tyres’, which are designed for temperatures above 7ºC. A winter tyre differs in three ways:

  • A softer tread compound designed to remain grippy and flexible at low temperatures
  • A tread pattern designed to collect snow and slush, because nothing sticks to snow better than snow
  • A number of sipes, designed to ‘bite’ into the snow.

The British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association said that a car fitted with winter tyres, braking from 62mph on a cold, wet road, will out-brake a car fitted with normal tyres by around five metres. On snowy roads at 30mph, the difference is 11 metres.

Are winter tyres expensive?

It’s certainly true that winter tyres are slightly more expensive than normal tyres, and you’ll also need to factor in the cost of second set of wheels – steel wheels would be perfect. But you need to look at winter tyres as an investment, rather than a secondary expense.

For a start, your summer tyres will be left unused during the winter months, so you’re effectively doubling their life (assuming you store them in the correct manner). There’s also the cost associated with keeping moving when other vehicles may be left stranded, not to mention the almost priceless value of road safety.

As an added bonus, if you use steel wheels with your winter tyres, your expensive alloys will be saved from the ravages of salt, grit and wet weather.

Are winter tyres mandatory in the UK?

Mandatory winter tyres

Anyone who has driven through Europe during the skiing season will know that winter tyres are mandatory in some countries, most notably Austria, Norway and, in some conditions, Germany.

But there are no such laws in the UK, leaving you free to make an informed decision. The further north you are, the more likely you are to benefit from winter tyres. For example, the Cairngorms in Scotland, where snow or sleet falls on 76.2 days of the year.

When to fit winter tyres?

Most tyre manufacturers recommend fitting winter tyres in October and removing them again in March. Their use should be driven by the temperature, so if the country is braced for a cold spell in April, leave the winter tyres on for a few extra weeks.

Murphy’s law dictates that the temperatures will drop a week after you’ve fitted your summer tyres!

Can you use winter tyres in the summer?

The benefits of using winter tyres will start to diminish once the temperatures start to rise, so switching to summer tyres is highly recommended.

According to Michelin, braking distance from 50mph to 0mph between 11ºC to 26ºC on wet roads will be 4m shorter with summer tyres than with a set of winters. On a dry road, braking from 31mph to 0mph, a car riding on summer tyres will pull up 1.5m shorter than the same car riding on winters.

Do you need to inform your insurance company if you fit winter tyres?

Winter tyres

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the majority of insurance providers recognise that winter tyres can have a ‘positive impact’ on road safety, and as such, their fitment shouldn’t affect your annual premium.

However, some insurers may require you to contact them before making the switch, so check your policy details for further information. The ABI has created a winter tyres ‘commitment’, which should prove to be useful when you’re considering the insurance implications.

Are there any drawbacks associated with fitting winter tyres?

In theory, there shouldn’t be any drawbacks associated with winter tyres, but there are a few things you might want to consider.

Firstly, if you live in an urban area and your daily commute takes in roads that are well maintained and routinely gritted when the temperatures drop, you’ll receive less of a benefit than your counterparts in rural regions.

Some drivers who have used winter tyres complain of increased road noise and a decrease in fuel economy, but you should check the reviews of each individual tyre for further details.

Other factors include a potential lower speed rating for a set of winter tyres, the fact that you have to run winters on all four wheels, and finding the space for storing the spare set of wheels during the summer or winter.

Also, it’s worth noting that, no matter how good your tyres are, and how skilful you are behind the wheel, you’ll still have to queue along with everybody else should the conditions turn nasty and the cars on summer tyres grind to a halt.

What are the alternatives?

Snow socks

A four-wheel drive vehicle isn’t a viable alternative to a set of winter tyres. While it will provide better traction on ice and snow, it will deliver no advantages when stopping or cornering. That said, a 4×4 riding on a set of winter tyres is arguably the ultimate cold weather weapon.

For a cheaper alternative to winter tyres, you could consider a pair of snow socks. While they’re not a direct substitute, they work by covering the driven wheels in stretchy fabric and could mean the difference between getting home or being left by the roadside in the snow.

A more old-school solution would be a set of snow chains, but the road must be covered in a layer of ice or snow before they can be used. Using them in other conditions risks damaging the road and could result in a fine.

Finally, you could consider a set of all-weather tyres (often called all-season tyres) which are designed to cover most conditions, providing a good balance of wet and dry performance. In theory, this should make them ideally suited to the British climate and able to tackle those 15 days of snow you can expect to encounter.

Winter tyres: a final word

London snow 2010

Winter tyres hit the headlines in 2010 when much of Britain experienced a harsh winter and most of the country seemed to grind to a halt. Demand for winter tyres far outstripped supply as motorists were alerted to the benefits of specialist rubber.

In many ways, this is where the misconceptions stemmed from, with many consumers wrongly associating winter tyres with snow. Far better, we think to call them ‘cold weather’ tyres.

We’re not saying we’re in for a harsh winter – you can rely on the tabloids for sensationalist headlines – but with winter tyres remaining a niche purchase in the UK, you might want to plan ahead if you’re preparing to take the plunge.

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1978 Ford Bronco NEC Auction

Rare 1978 Ford Bronco 4×4 ready for sale at British auction this weekend

1978 Ford Bronco NEC Auction This weekend will see a rare second-generation Ford Bronco making its way across the auction block. 

But this particular retro SUV is not for sale in the United States. Instead, it is being auctioned in the United Kingdom, as part of the 2019 NEC Classic Motor Show Sale arranged by SIlverstone Auctions.

It means British fans of American trucks have a rare opportunity to grab this in-demand full-size SUV, without the hassle of importing one.

1978 Ford Bronco NEC AuctionProduced for the 1978 and 1979 model years, the launch of the second-generation Ford Bronco was hit with several delays. The 1973 oil crisis saw full-size SUVs rapidly fall out of approval, with Ford pushing back the planned 1974 release date for the second-gen Bronco as a result. 

It meant that rivals such as the Dodge Ramcharger and Chevrolet K5 Blazer had already established a foothold in the market. Despite this, the second coming of the Bronco still proved popular. Buyers were happy to wait months to get hold of the three-door SUV.

The short production period has boosted the collectability of the second-generation Bronco, as has the anticipation for the new 2020 version.

1978 Ford Bronco NEC AuctionWhilst North America was the intended target for the second-gen Bronco, this particular example escaped across the Atlantic in April 1978. Ford UK shipped the Bronco to its Dunton Technical Centre, and registered it for use in the United Kingdom.

Fitted with the smaller 351-cubic inch (5.8-l) Cleveland V-8 engine, this Bronco left the factory with 156 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. A selectable four-wheel drive system is fitted, along with a four-speed manual transmission.

The Bronco was placed in dry storage between 1996 and 2019, meaning it has covered just 33,750 miles since new.

1978 Ford Bronco NEC AuctionAccording to the Silverstone Auctions, substantial amounts of paperwork are present to support the ownership of the Bronco by Ford UK. A subsequent transfer to Ford New Holland in 1991 is also covered by the included paper records. 

In 1998 the Bronco was sold to a former Ford employee, before finally becoming the property of the current vendor. 

Restoration work was started by the previous owner, and continued by the seller. The period correct Silver Metallic paint has been resprayed, whilst new leather has been added to the four seats inside. 

1978 Ford Bronco NEC AuctionOpportunities to buy a second-generation Ford Bronco in the United Kingdom are limited at best. It means the chance to hook one officially imported from new is likely to appeal to fans of American metal. 

The Bronco is being sold as part of two days of auction action during the 2019 NEC Classic Motor Show. Other vehicles crossing the block include a Jaguar XJ200 supercar, and a Mercedes-Benz previously owned by musician, Jay Kay.

Silverstone Auctions has estimated a sale price of £18,000 to £20,000 ($22,500 to $25,000) for the Bronco. The Ford UK provenance, plus the novelty of being an American retro SUV with a removable roof, should easily help it find a new owner.

Jaguar E-type

Ranked: the most popular classic cars on Instagram

Jaguar E-type

Supercars don’t get all the hashtags on Instagram. Classics cars (and we admit, some classic supercars) get plenty of love, too.

Comparison website Comparethemarket has rounded up the most popular classics on the social media platform using the number of hashtags.

Here’s the top 20 in reverse order.

20. Toyota Celica Supra

Toyota Celica Supra

We begin with a classic Japanese sports car, and the ancestor of a modern icon. The Celica Supra birthed the top-flight Toyota that dominates so many car enthusiasts’ conversations today. The original Celica Supra is tagged 122,585 times on Instagram.

19. Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird

You can’t talk about classic cars without mentioning American muscle. One of the great icons of the breed is the Pontiac Trans Am. The Firebird’s 133,178 Insta mentions may have been boosted by its Smokey and the Bandit movie fame.

18. Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The classic Karmann Ghia coupe is far less famous – but no less cool – than the Volkswagen bus or Beetle. It managed 159,846 mentions on Instagram.

17. Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa

OK, it’s a supercar, but it’s also a stone-cold classic. The Testarossa is an icon of the 1980s, and gets 168,909 Insta mentions as a result.

16. Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

From police cruisers, to between-the-lights racing, to the darling of the low-rider scene, the Chevy Impala is one of the most versatile and culturally significant American classics. It gets 182,615 hashtags in total.

15. Porsche 944

Porsche 944

The 944 is having its day in the sun, yet it wasn’t always so loved. When new, it was what a yuppie banker’s first paycheck might have been splashed on. Today, it’s a respected part of Porsche history. It gets 196,111 Instagram mentions.

14. Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Countach

If the Testarossa wasn’t your poster car in the 1980s, the Lamborghini Countach probably was. The wedge-shaped Countach still looks utterly exotic. It edges just ahead of the 944, with 196,120 hashtags.

13. AC Cobra

AC Cobra

Carol Shelby’s muscular roadster is entrenched in British motoring history. This 170mph brute is the reason we have a 70mph motorway speed limit. It totals 216,236 tags on Instagram.

12. Jaguar E-type

Jaguar E-type

It’s fair to say this is the British classic, so you might expect the E-type to place further up the list. A total of 224,364 mentions puts it 13th.

11. Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo

Incredible as it is, we’d struggle to define the Ferrari Enzo as a classic. Lord knows it will be, but it’s not even 20 years old yet. Still, it’s counted on Comparethemarket’s list, so it counts here – with 248,362 mentions.

10. Volkswagen Golf Mk2

Volkswagen Golf Mk2

The people’s classic? This is real, affordable retro, although like many classics the second-generation Golf is becoming hard to find in good condition. Many have also been modified – a popular scene in itself. It gains a healthy 321,968 hashtags.

9. Porsche ‘993’ 911

Porsche ‘993’ 911

The 993 was the last air-cooled Porsche 911, so to some purists it’s also the final classic. Certainly, we’d sooner afford the 993 classic status than the water-cooled 996 that followed. It gets 383,124 mentions.

8. Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40

As much a classic as a supercar now, the F40 celebrated its 30th birthday a couple of years ago. Its performance, however, remains decidedly modern. It seems well worthy of 443,994 hashtags.

7. Porsche 356

Porsche 356

If you weren’t convinced by the 993, that’s alright. The 356 is perhaps the ultimate classic Porsche, pre-dating even the 911. This air-cooled beauty gets 462,341 mentions.

6. Datsun 240Z

Datsun 240Z

Beginning a bit of a streak for the Japanese on Instagram is the Datsun 240Z. This sleek coupe was an unashamed imitation of Jaguar E-Type, yet still has its own appealing aesthetic. It’s the beginning of a legendary line of Nissan sports cars, with 471,217 hashtags.

5. Toyota MR2

Toyota MR2

But it doesn’t beat Toyota’s mid-engined sports car. Born in the 1980s and lasting for three generations, the MR2 is sorely missed in the modern Toyota line-up. That’s proven by its Instagram popularity: it gets 476,518 mentions.

4. DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean DMC-12

If we’re talking cult classics, the DeLorean has to earn a mention. Although a flop in terms of sales, few other cars are quite so significant in popular culture. The Back to the Future star has 517,716 posts on Instagram.

3. Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

It had to be near the top, didn’t it? ‘Iconic’ is an overused word, but the Beetle is more than deserving of the term. From Hitler’s ‘strength through joy’ car to the hippies’ hero, everyone loves a Beetle. A massive 1.54 million Instagram tags are testament to that.

2. Volkswagen Type 2

Volkswagen Type 2

But not quite as many as the 1.541 million of the Volkswagen Type 2. All of the above (minus the dubious WW2 origins) also applies to the VW bus. Yet it ekes out another 230 hashtags versus its smaller sibling.

1. Mazda RX-7

Mazda RX-7

But it’s the RX-7 that wins out. This was a long-lived classic, going from the 1970s up until the early-2000s. Although it evolved in style, the principle was the same: light weight, a rotary engine and rear-wheel drive. It’s also a bit of a tuning icon, which probably goes some way to earning its 1.69 million Instagram hashtags.