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Classics Monthly - - Contents - Iain wake­field Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Email iain.wake­field@kelsey.co.uk

The de­par­ture of the VW Car­avelle from our project fl eet re­sulted in the Jaguar X-Type I've been run­ning for the last six months mov­ing over to my col­league Paul Wager so he could pro­duce a fea­ture about how to deal with the car's cloudy plas­tic head­lights. My new charge will be our re­cently ac­quired Tri­umph 2500TC Es­tate, which has re­cently been in the very ca­pa­ble hands of Tri­umph World ed­i­tor Si­mon Goldswor­thy. Af­ter ar­rang­ing the big Tri­umph's ini­tial as­sess­ment, Si­mon booked the car into a spe­cial­ist to have its in­line six fine-tuned on a rolling road. Si­mon de­scribes the op­er­a­tion in this month's Project Tri­umph and this in­for­ma­tive fea­ture makes in­ter­est­ing read­ing. Hav­ing driven the Tri­umph reg­u­larly over the last cou­ple of weeks, I can vouch for the pos­i­tive re­sults of the tune up, as the car runs ex­cep­tion­ally well. I ex­pe­ri­enced one of those déjà vu mo­ments the other day when I bor­rowed one of the com­pany's clas­sic pool cars for a two-day so­journ into deep­est Es­sex. The car in ques­tion was a first gen­er­a­tion 2-litre Mon­deo GLX and this rare sur­vivor must be one of only a hand­ful that doesn't have any sil­ver gaffer tape hold­ing a shat­tered plas­tic bumper to­gether. Back in the day, I ran a 2-litre Modeo GLX as a com­pany car and my re­cent trip around Ford's home­land re­minded me of how good early Mon­deos were to drive. Al­though this very ca­pa­ble front-wheel Ford is cur­rently hov­er­ing in au­to­mo­tive pur­ga­tory – the Mk I Modeo has now lost its banger im­age and like our X-Type, is now con­sid­ered by many en­thu­si­asts to be an emerg­ing clas­sic.

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