When the first ever car dealership opened its doors to the public in London on October 22, 1897, it was a revolutionary idea and one that meant consumers no longer had to travel to a manufacturer in person to inquire about buying a vehicle. However, in the 119 years since, while every other aspect of the automobile has moved on, the car showroom has remained resolutely in the past, until now.

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The all-conquering Toyota marks its 50th birthday in November and while it is the undisputed best seller of all time, it will need to stay on sale another 40 years if it wants any chance of breaking the record for the oldest car nameplate still in production. Here's a breakdown of the oldies but goodies in automobiles.

Travel routes

Between Nice and Menton the mountains plunge sharply down to the sea. Running along these heights are three famous routes: the Grande Corniche, the Moyenne Corniche and the Basse Corniche. The first affords the most stunning views, climbing to 1,476ft/450m. The second offers beautiful vistas along the shore; while the third provides access to the coastal resorts.