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Classic Cars

July 2019

Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine. It defined the world of classic motoring 40 years ago and still does it today. Every issue is put together by our team of classic car experts and enthusiasts. Using the best expert writing and photography, the magazine helps you experience what it's like to drive, keep and restore the classic cars of days gone by. We bring the stories and people behind the cars to life - showing you how to buy, keep and enjoy your cars. Every issue of Classic Cars is packed with: - Road tests - Drive stories - Expert buying advice - News and events coverage Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine.

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‘i’d keep this one for the weekends!’

Six new Aston Martins shine at our backs. They sear with lurid paintwork and the glimmery tease of carbonfibre but they can’t break our trance. Outside, a complex growl, a low-flying roofline. The Vanquish has arrived. A voice breaks the silence. ‘Oh golly!’ It’s Charlie Valdes-Scott, serving Army officer, ex-competitive bobsleigher and incurable classic car fan. Today, he’ll be driving. Ian Callum-styled bodywork clothed all-new bonded aluminium structure ‘You really do need to be taught how to drive an electro-hydraulic manual transmission properly’ Charlie settles in ready to enjoy the Rolex of driving experiences Auto-blip downshifts over 3500rpm give off an addictive snarl Body-coloured dash took Charlie by surpriseBut not quite yet. The car finds a parking space and, back in the showroom, Paul Spires begins to speak. Well-dressed…

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charlie’s dream drive list

Audi B7 RS4 Avant‘A very discreet supercar – the coolest way to rock up at the school gates incognito.’Blower Bentley‘An iconic British car to travel the world in.’Maserati Indy‘The one that got away. I tapped out at £42,000 and it went for £49,000…’Lamborghini Urraco P300‘Bonkers. A monster machine and very pretty with it.’Aston Martin Vanquish‘Is the gearbox really as bad as they say it is?’ De Tomaso Pantera (pre-1972)‘Detroit meets Italy. The styling is superb, then there’s this massive great engine.’Ferrari 328 GTS‘A better iteration of the 308. It was what I was after when I got my 348.’Porsche 911 RS2.7‘The ultimate in Porsche cool and the most iconic of all 911s.’Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud DHC‘I saw one in a magazine and you could take it to any event.’Lotus Essex…

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charlie’s car cv

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ40 & FJ40 ‘Resurrected last year and militarised. They gave me a memorable summer, and they were perfect for pulling up at the camp gates!’ PORSCHE 928 ‘I thought it’d be the ultimate GT. You sit barely six inches in front of the rear axle and it’s very… discombobulating but good fun.’ MERCEDES 350 SL ‘It’s not a sports car, it’s not a cruiser, but it is a lovely thing to look at. The design is timeless.’ FERRARI 348 ‘It’s where Magnum PI meets Don Johnson, and it’s epic!!! It’s two seats strapped to a V8, offset pedals and massive wheels.’ CHALLENGER TANK ‘I thought we should include my company car.’…

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porsche boxster 986 is top value

‘Buyers loved its retro styling with echoes of the 550 Spyder’ I have mentioned this before, but early Porsche Boxsters are looking silly value. A decent car with a sensible mileage can be yours for under £4500. In April, SWA in Poole sold a silver ’99 with 99,000 miles, AFN history, nine stamps in the book and a recent service for just £2100 plus premium. That is bonkers money for a baby Porker that’s looking more of a neo-classic by the day.Simple, chaste, unadorned and with brilliantly neutral handling, the 986 was widely credited as the car that saved Porsche in the late Nineties and buyers loved its retro styling with echoes of the 550 Spyder. The 2.5-litre flat-six M96 engine has proved tough and reliable, and bodies are…

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buick roadmaster estate

Before you think I’ve missed my medication, I maintain that the Buick Roadmaster Estate is destined for greatness. Why? Because it has more street presence than a Ferrari, more faux wood than IKEA and, well, looks like nothing else on the road. From 1994 to 1996, Buick’s eight-seater dreadnought packed the firepower of the contemporary C4 Corvette – GM’s LT1 5.7-litre V8 – which means it can dispatch 0-60mph in just seven surreal seconds. That’s right, this station wagon can smoke a first-generation BMW M3! Its size, attitude, styling and furnishings are more over the top than a Kardashian’s birthday party, but it’s the ultimate sleeper: a dragster that looks like a wood-panelled kitchen. Imagine the look of defeat on that M3 driver’s face as you black-line him away…

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market indicators

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale £896,550RM Sotheby’s, Essen, April 12 Quite possibly the ugliest car you could blow the best part of a million pounds on, but the 500bhp S4 was all about ability, not beauty. This is one of the 200 homologation cars that Lancia struggled to sell. With fewer than 2200km, the £390k-475k estimate looked like plenty, but two very keen buyers on the day were willing to prove otherwise. An amazing result – would you choose it over a Merc Gullwing or Ferrari F40? 1968 Hillman Imp Californian £7875H&H, Buxton, April 10 The coupé versions of the Imp range have long looked worth more than the five grand ceiling they’d been stuck under for years. This result, on the same day a less than perfect Singer…