Classic Car Mart

Classic Car Mart August 2020

Classic Car Mart is the UK’s best selling cars for sale magazine. Whether you’re looking for a project or something to enjoy at weekends, there’s a classic car for you in our busy classified section, boasting 1000s of classic cars and parts for sale. The publication is packed with entertaining and informative features. Aside from the latest news, products, auctions round-up, maintenance advice and show reports, Classic Car Mart also boasts buying guides, road tests, a sprinkling of archive material and nostalgia plus loads of essential advice to buying and running your next classic car. The magazine is well established, using experienced and knowledgeable motoring writers, and continues to be ‘the bible’ for classic car ownership. Covering a wide variety of popular British classics, Classic Car Mart regularly features iconic makes such as Jaguar, Daimler, Triumph, MG, Morris, Austin, TVR, Lotus and many more; ranging from £500 projects to £30,000 dream cars. And for the real aspirational classics, the Prestige sections features dream cars from luxury marques such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes.

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blinking into the light

Writing this as the world appears to be slowly coming back to life, I find myself stuck between the desire to get back to normal as quickly as possible and the feeling that some aspects of the recent slowing down of the pace of life are worth keeping: family time, catching up on the jobs at home and of course all that extra garage time… In the end, the decision was made for me by the chance to sample the ’67 VW Beetle in this month’s classic road test. Since I grew up with air-cooled VWs in general and Beetles in particular, this was one I fancied nabbing for myself and as I packed my camera into the car I realised it was the first proper business trip I’d made since…

3 min
a decade under the hammer

Historics celebrates a decade in business this summer and it’s been able to chart how the values of various classic have behaved over 43 auctions and more than 8600 consignments since its first sale in 2010. Covering 26 different marques and 73 different models, the analysis shows a trend for many well-established classics to enjoy very strong rises towards the middle of the decade before correcting slightly in the last couple of years. Prime examples include the Series 1 and 2 Jaguar E-Type, Mk2 and XK120, as well as the Porsche 356 and various Ferraris. Bucking the trend though are the modern or previously overlooked classics now creating a whole new sector. So, while values for Porsche 911 have experienced a strong rise and then a dip, by contrast the 944 continues…

1 min
london concours kickstarts car events

In what the organisers claim will be the UK’s first major automotive event since February, the London Concours has received final approval from the venue, The Honourable Artillery Company, to go ahead on August 19-20. The event was previously scheduled for June before the coronavirus crisis forced its postponement but a new operational plan including revised hospitality and audience capacity has ensured the safety of staff and visitors. The available space at the site has been increased to 20,000sq.m with separate morning and afternoon tickets keeping visitor numbers within the on-site limit, while the need to use public transport has been reduced by a special parking rate negotiated nearby. The event itself promises to be a good day out and a return to our (new) normal in fine style. The theme ‘The…

1 min
ev in a box

Owners wanting to create their own electric classic conversion now have an elegant way to achieve it thanks to a new ‘crate’ EV motor developed by Swindon Powertrain. Developed under the title HPD (High Power Density), the system was specifically designed with smaller-volume car makers and home enthusiasts in mind, being engineered to make it ideal for use in conversions. Key to its appeal is its size, the unit weighing in at just 49.9kg and measuring up at 441x384x228mm including the brushless permanent magnet motor, transmission, differential and cabling. The output of 80kW (107bhp) explains that ‘High Density’ claim, with Swindon claiming that makes it the highest power output against volume of any automotive power unit currently available. Torque meanwhile is 100lb.ft from zero rpm. Cost? It’s steep, but on a par with…

1 min
alfa’s backstage pass

In recent years it’s become fashionable for car makers to admit to the existence of their private collections of prototypes, concepts and all the other fascinating might-have-beens in their vaults. The Collections Centre at the British Motor Museum has long been one of our favourite destinations and similar collections at BMW, Porsche and Ford have also been publicised in print. Latest to the party is Alfa Romeo, which reopened its museum recently to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary in June. For the first time, visitors will be able to visit two entire floors of displays which were previously unavailable for public viewing and which include an impressive 150 vehicles, boats and aircraft engines. Among them are Pininfarina’s Alfetta Spider and Eagle concepts from the ’70s, the Romeo tractor, the F1-powered 164…

1 min
40 years of panda

This year marks 40 years since the first Fiat Panda hit the roads, although it was only in 1981 when the first UK examples made it over. By 1984, the range had grown to include the Panda Comfort, Panda Super and Panda 4x4 models, but it would soon be facelifted into the Mk2 that lasted in the UK until 1995. Lots of special editions added sometimes comical character to the car, including the 1990 Italia 90, celebrating the FIFA World Cup with football wheel trims and a strange stickman player graphic on the sides. The car was designed by Giugiaro with basic utility in mind: the seats use simple foam padding instead of springs, the covers and door trims can all be removed and washed and the glass is famously flat, making…