Classic Car Mart

Classic Car Mart October 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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neighbourhood watch

It’s probably a peculiarly British trait to live on the same street for a lifetime and never speak to your neighbours but I reckon I’ve found something which fosters community spirit even better than a government-enforced shutdown of society:the 1984 Ford Escort XR3i. My immediate neighbours are used to a stream of oddball cars appearing on the drive and then disappearing as quickly as they arrived, but having our XR3i project car at home recently saw me introduced to a whole string of old car fans locally I’d never even met before. Everyone of a certain age, it seems, has an anecdote about an escapade in a hot Ford of mid-’80s vintage and I’ve only just realised how far out of pocket I am funding the fuel to satisfy all those old…

3 min
why a backtrack on clean air zones could mean new freedoms for our vehicles

For several years, we’ve been covering the introduction of clean air zones and their impact on our motoring freedoms. Up until now, vehicles of a certain age have looked set to be forced out of UK city centres via outright bans or hefty tolls, but now they might get a stay of execution as councils backtrack on their plans in light of the Covid-19 impact. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was announced that Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) – which would have left Pre-2016 diesel cars and most pre-2004 petrol cars facing charges to enter – was to be delayed until at least 2021. It was also confirmed that Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) would not begin in December 2020 as planned. However, there have since been greater changes in…

1 min
swede sensation

The trend for manufacturers to build continuation versions or ‘restomods’ of hit cars from their back catalogues continues at pace, with the news that Geely’s motorsport arm, Cyan Racing, has unveiled the Volvo P1800 Cyan as a modernised take on the iconic 1960s sports coupe. The reigning triple World Touring Car Champion imagined what they would have done had they been operating as a race team back in period, turning a racing P1800 into a road car. As such, that meant maintaining an analogue feel, with no modern driving aids such as stability control, ABS or brake boosting. It has, however, been significantly reengineered. Disappointing some who felt Volvo’s revered five-pot turbo was the way to go, Cyan chose the newer VEA turbocharged 2-litre unit used in its 2017 Volvo S60 TC1…

2 min
all change… again

It won’t be news to many readers to hear that it looks like the creative solutions employed by many of the auction houses to keep going through the Covid-19 crisis will change the classic car buying world permanently. The use of new technology has been a big part of managing the unpredictable and changing business landscape, but auction houses have successfully maintained their allimportant personal touch despite conducting business online. Once the initial lockdown measures had been eased, many auction houses managed to reintroduce an element of the personal touch by offering pre-sale viewing, usually by appointment only, while others invested in the time and equipment required to produce more detailed online descriptions. For example, at Anglia you can now see a film of your potential purchase being started and driven…

1 min
aj-v8 comes home

Jaguar Land Rover will move production of its ‘AJ’ petrol V8 to the West Midlands after Ford shuts its Bridgend plant next month. Built in South Wales since 1996, the engine faced an uncertain future after Ford announced it would close the plant last summer. Bridgend is understood to have been building the AJ-V8 at a higher rate than required in order to build up buffer supplies while the production line is moved. It will then be built at the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton. The AJ-V8 was the first production V8 from Jaguar, replacing both the six-cylinder AJ16 evolution of the AJ6 and the V12 engines following its launch with the XK8 in 1996. Now in its third generation, it’s used to power the F-Type and larger Range Rovers, plus…

1 min
sports car firm liquidated

Suffolk Sportscars, known for its replica versions of sporting Jaguars, has gone into liquidation, with a legal wrangle with Jaguar Land Rover cited as one of the factors. The firm, based near Woodbridge, had been operating for almost 25 years, but appointed liquidators from McTear Williams & Wood last month. Companies House records reveal the company owed just over £850,000 to creditors. Its largest creditor was Roger Williams, who started the company and pumped nearly £575,000 into it over the years. Initially, the firm made the Suffolk SS100 – a reproduction of the original Jaguar SS100 using modern mechanical parts from a Jaguar XJ saloon and the XK engine. In 2008 the Suffolk C-Type was added to the range, and a remanufactured XK120 was introduced last year. According to the East Anglian Daily…