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Classics Monthly

March 2019

Each issue is packed with the best down-to-earth advice, useful specialist information and news based on realistically priced classic cars, which will inspire you to buy, repair and restore your own classic cars. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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editor editorial

The political and economic turmoil that continues to ripple out from the seemingly never-ending Brexit negotiations is now edging ever closer to the classic car fraternity, with some industry pundits predicting the softening of prices for high-value classics. With prices for ‘blue chip’ cars, such as the ex-John Surtees 1957 BMW 507 Roadster that sold recently for £4m, that’s something that probably won’t affect the majority of us unless we win the lottery but the good news is that prices for popular classics are continuing to hold up. That’s of course as long as expectations remain realistic and it will be interesting to see how the post-Brexit market eventually settle down with regards popular classic prices once we’re out of the EU.Talking about Brexit, which almost every news…

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mg returns to india.

MG'S much-awaited debut in India with a new SUV, the MG Hector, is set to launch in Q2 of this year. MG Motor India says the name draws inspiration from the noble qualities of the Trojan war hero, Prince Hector of Troy. It also pays homage to British engineering, as a nod to the Hawker Hector biplane used by the RAF in the late 1930s. The news comes on the back of a very successful year from MG in the UK. During the past 12 months, MG achieved several monthly sales records, securing an annual sales total of 9049 registrations, an increase of 104 per cent compared to 2017, making MG the UK's fastest-growing car manufacturer during 2018. ■…

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30 years of the land rover discovery

It’s now 30 years since the first Land Rover Discovery rolled off the assembly line and a group of enthusiasts is determined that the first few hundred examples of this pioneering SUV aren’t forgotten. With number one stored at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, members of the Project Jay Preservation Group (project Jay was the code name used for the Disco’s development programme) are keen to locate as many of the early G registered Discoverys that were used at the press and dealer launch in Plymouth in 1989.There were 86 Discoverys, all with consecutive registration numbers from G451WAC to G537WAC used at the launch – enthusiasts now call these vehicles ‘Gee-Wacks’. So far 23 launch vehicles have been found that are still alive; together with several factory registered…

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anniversaries celebrated at silverstone classic

As well as featuring dedicated retro races, car club displays and on-track parades, the annual Silverstone Classic event will celebrate several big automotive anniversaries when it returns to the Northamptonshire circuit this summer.Plans for a number of birthday track action and other anniversary celebrations will be announced shortly, but more than 110 car clubs have already registered to display at the 2019 Classic. Many will be honouring significant marque and model landmarks, including the Bentley Drivers’ Club, which will celebrate the prestigious luxury brand’s centenary and the Abarth Owners' Club, which will pay tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Italian racing car and road car maker.Meanwhile, Mini and Marcos clubs will be hosting Diamond Jubilee birthday parties as their cherished icons hit 60 in 2019, while the Ford…

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sorn on the increase

Data provided via the DVLA shows that the number of vehicles declared SORN has risen from 1,201,340 in the third quarter of 2008 to 5,134,244 in the third quarter of 2018 – the highest number of off-road applications for UK cars since data began in 2008. While many of these cars declared SORN will be modern vehicles, a large percentage will almost certainly be classics. There are several reasons why an owner may take their classic car off the road, from undertaking a complete nut and bolt restoration to even displaying a car in a museum.While not paying tax or insurance may save classic owners money, specialist insurance company Footman James is warning of the risks of not insuring classic vehicles if they are declared off the road. In…

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fuel news, insight and opinion

BIGGER AND BETTER RESTO SHOW on the way. This year’s Practical Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is set to be a record breaker and another hall is being added to increase the show’s floor area by another 20 per cent to provide space for more car clubs who want to carry out more live working at the show. Some 175 clubs are already set to attend this year’s show, which is held at Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March. Out of the clubs already booked to attend, 13 will be making their spring debut at the show. For more details about the show and advanced ticket information and prices, visit www.necrestorationshow.com ■…