Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Classic Italian Style

26. January 2012

One warm, sunny afternoon walking through a rural town in Essex, I was greeted briefly with a beautiful sight. Turning a junction up ahead across the road, was a postbox red soft top car with the roof down. Inside were 4 blonde girls, their hair glistening and flowing in the breeze. Shades on and smiling, their laughter could just about be heard above the deep rumble of the air-cooled engine. I had just been introduced to the Karmann Ghia Cabriolet.More...



Jamie Oliver's 23 Window Split Screen Camper Van

17. October 2011

Jamie Oliver's 23 window SambaI've always been into food, not in a (getting) big way, you understand, but actual cooking. Couple that with my love of classic cars and vans and you have a match made in heaven when you put everything into a great big melting pot and serve up a portion of Jamie Oliver and a classic Camper Van. More...



Porsche Targa - Halfway House Or Genius Design?

23. August 2011

Porsche 911 Targa from 1968 - image from theaircooledguys.comQuite simply, for this week at least, I've found my new favourite car. The beautiful motor vehicle that you see here is from a rather nice site called theaircooledguys.com, and this is a 1968 Porsche 911 Targa with Sportomatic transmission. It was in 1967 that Porsche first introduced the Targa into the 911 range. Combining beauty with protection, the Targa had a roll bar with a stainless steel exterior coating. The car combined the best of a hard top and a soft top, but only seemingly came about because Porsche suspected that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) might be on the verge of banning fully open convertibles in the United States. Porsche certainly didn't want to fall foul of the lucrative US market.More...



Classic Citroen DS – Looking Into The Future As Well As Round Corners

28. July 2011

classic black citroen dsA friend of mine once owned two classic Citroen DS cars. Both black, one of which had previously been owned by a member of Depeche Mode, which was to prove to be not the only thing linking these cars musically.

The other old vehicle had a unique selling point for the folks of Chelmsford where we reside, and it wasn't the sheer Americana size of the car on narrow suburban roads that turned heads, it was more specifically it's temperamental knack of sticking in reverse, most notably ending up over one Christmas period at a ludicrous angle outside a local pub on a one way street.More...



Performance Direct at the Silverstone Classics

20. July 2011

e type jaguar at silversoneThe Siverstone Classic car show runs from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th and this year, Performance Direct Insurance are excited to be there too for the first time.

The stand will be located in the Trade Village next to the E-Type 50th Anniversary display, where Performance Direct will be available all weekend offering money saving quotations. Not only classic car insurance, but covering all types of vehicles, including convenient and cost saving multi vehicle policies.

The stand will have two superb vintage vehicles on display as well, a rather fun and rather attractive 1971 Fiat 500, surely the precursor to the current trend of small city cars, and a beautiful 1963 Karmann Ghia Coupe.More...



Will the New Porsche 550 Spyder Carry on the Curse of James Dean's Original?

4. July 2011

New Porsche 550 SpyderThe motoring world is awash with rumours that Porsche are set to revive the historic, legendary and infamous Porsche 550 Spyder name.   The new car, based upon the VW Bluesport concept car, should be available to buy in 2013 or 2014 depending upon which rumours you believe or possibly in which country you live.  I assume that we will probably have to wait for right-hand drive versions here in the UK.  A 1.6 litre flat-four will be turbocharged to give power output of around 200bhp via the rear wheels.  An expected 0-60 time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of 145mph are quoted as being the likely performance figures on the two-seat, lightweight, classic inspired frame.  Nicknamed the 'Baby' Porsche this little lightweight is due to get a no-fuss manually operated canvas roof as well as a conventional manual gearbox.  It all sounds very promising and here in the office we're hoping that Porsche deliver the drivers car that we all hope it will be.  Performance Direct will certainly be delivering some great value Performance Car Insurance to complete the package for lucky drivers.
 
Obviously Porsche have dabbled with the classic 550 insignia on the Boxster which had always claimed 550 heritage from the vintage model but will the all new version of the 550 live up to the original automobile's reputation?  In many ways I think that we're all hoping that it doesn't.  Although only around 90 550's were originally manufactured by Porsche, the vehicle quickly got a reputation for it's frightening handling and unpredictability.  If you were to buy one today you'd certainly need to make sure you have some great Porsche classic car insurance in place.  For those of you reading this who are unaware of the original legendary status of the 550, it was the car that James Dean died in.  Like all great legends though it didn't stop there, in fact things got far more mysterious than a Hollywood film.  More...