Classic Car Mart

Classic Car Mart April 2021

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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8 min
a swing and a hit

Some say that the GT6 is a sort of miniature E-Type. It’s true that it shares a lot of the same proportions and even some shapes with the classic Jaguar. The blend of sports car and luxury GT is also in there. But the first thing that comes up with the GT6 that bears a striking similarity to the E-Type is that it’s simply an event to start up, get in and put your hands on the wheel. It’s that special feeling that separates the GT6 most from the Spitfire on which it’s based. Of course you can see the unchanged profile of the Spitfire underneath the fastback roof. The car we have here is a Mk3 GT6, equivalent to a Mk4 Spitfire, as you’ll probably have already spotted from its…

2 min
review: brightwells, timed online, february 18

Brightwells’ first classic car auction of 2021, ending on February 18, saw plenty of buyers ready to start spending ahead of the government’s announcement on restrictions with some positivity about better weather and mixing with family again potentially inspiring bidders to get out on British roads in a new classic. It was the classic sports cars of the ’60s and ’70s that drew the most attention, with estimates appearing slightly more optimistic on cars only 20 years old - even with plenty of opportunities to buy a convertible ready for spring driving. However, some equally sporty but in some cases unusual ’80s models were seeing prices fly above estimates. The auction was opened with two MGBs, both projects but with tempting estimates that got the bidding off to a good start. The…

7 min
staff classics

Bentley Turbo R Paul Wager We had an early start back in February when a freezing winter morning saw us trying to coax our Mk3 Escort project car into life after the year of Covid had forced it into a few months’ inactivity in our company car park. The early start and cold hands were worth it though, since its replacement arrived just a few hours later: this majestic Bentley Turbo R. Yup, we’ve done exactly what all the advice we’ve received and dispensed over the years says you should never do… and bought a Bentley unseen online. It’s not quite as foolish as it sounds though. A 1990 model, the Turbo R comes with a full history and just 47,000 miles showing which makes it a great basis for a project. Initial inspection…

8 min
five alive

Inspired recently by a late ’70s magazine test of ‘Best car in the world’ candidates, we fell to discussing options other than the obvious Rolls-Royce, Daimler and Cadillac, whereupon at least two of us suggested the fourthgeneration BMW 5-Series. A stretch, you might think to propose a mass-produced executive saloon as the equal of the Double-Six or Silver Shadow, but there’s some credibility to the idea. A big leap forward from previous generations, the E39 represented the state-of-the-art in car design when it was launched, offering a combination of safety, performance, handling and efficiency which has only been incrementally bettered since then. Indeed, BMW’s own follow-up, the E60 upped the game only in the levels of on-board gadgetry, while its hybrid part-aluminium construction proved to be a technology dead end. With a…

9 min
rising sun stars

Having spent the 1980s producing sensible, practical family transport whilst learning ever more about the European market from Rover, Honda increasingly spent the final decade of the 20th century cooking up exciting, sporty cars aimed at the enthusiast. The NSX and S2000 halo models survive well, but what about more everyday offerings? HONDA PRELUDE The Accord-based Prelude was introduced in the late 1970s but enjoyed relatively little market share for its first two generations. The wedge-shaped third-generation BA3 attracted slightly more interest in Europe on account of its futuristic styling, practicality, high equipment levels and radical four-wheel-steering. However, costing around 20 percent more than Volkswagen’s more familiar Scirocco, not to mention fellow Japanese rival the Mazda 626, it remained a left-field choice. The fourth-generation Prelude (codenamed BA8) was launched in 1991 and aimed…

14 min

As the 1990s dawned, things couldn’t have looked more bleak for the MG brand. In 1990 the MG Metro disappeared from showrooms in preparation for the reinvention of the Metro from Austin to Rover and the following year the octagon-badged Maestro and Montego would also disappear as part of Rover’s drive upmarket under Graham Day which had seen the two ageing models sidelined without even a proper marque badge. INSPIRATION Despite the doom-laden predictions of industry pundits and marque enthusiasts, the famous badge wouldn’t lie dormant for long, but inspiration for its rebirth came not from Rover Group management or MG enthusiasts, but from the rather unlikely direction of Hiroshima, Japan: the home city of Mazda Motor Corporation. One can only imagine the fury at Longbridge when top brass realised – with not…