Classics Monthly March 2021

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
13 Issues

in this issue

3 min

The classic scene is a constantly evolving one, and that brings with it both opportunities and difficulties. Starting with the difficulties, these are usually more in the mind than rooted in reality. We’ve all been at events and heard somebody snort: ‘That’s not a proper classic!’ What they usually mean is that it’s not a car they are interested in, and of course they are perfectly entitled to have their own preferences. Personally I have a fairly relaxed attitude to the subject, and although we tend to focus on affordable cars from the 1950s to the 1980s in Classics, I love reading about cars from earlier and later eras too. Phil White’s regular Emerging Classic slot is always a highlight for me, and many of the cars he covers will undoubtedly…

2 min
paddy hopkirk le

Northern Irish rally driver Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk MBE is among the first of just 100 customers in the UK to receive the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Limited Edition, named in his honour to commemorate his triumph at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in the classic Morris Mini Cooper S Mk1. When asked what the special edition means to him, Paddy said: 'I’m so flattered to have a MINI named in my honour. Motorsport is long behind me now and for my win at the Monte Carlo Rally to be remembered in this way is a great thrill and honour. The designers have done a wonderful job. They’ve got a lot of the features on it just like the classic Mini which I took to victory, with the number 37, the bonnet stripe…

1 min
f-type pays tribute to e-type

Jaguar is marking the 60th anniversary of the E-type sports car in 2021 with the introduction of a new limited-edition 575PS, V8, supercharged F-Type Heritage 60 Edition. Just 60 examples of these all-wheel drive sports cars will be available, and the commemorative specification includes solid Sherwood Green paintwork (an original E-type colour that hasn’t been offered on a new Jaguar since the 1960s) and extended duo-tone Caraway and Ebony Windsor leather interior trim which isn’t normally available on the F-Type. The new limited-run model also features a unique aluminium console finisher inspired by the E-type’s rear-view mirror casing, the E-type 60th anniversary logo embossed on the headrests of the lightweight performance seats and E-type 60 badging shared with the limited-edition E-type 60 Collection vehicles announced by Jaguar Classic last year.…

2 min
the renault clio celebrates its 30 th  anniversary

The Renault Clio supermini – the company’s most successful model and best-selling French car of all time – has just celebrated its 30th birthday. The Clio was first shown in 1990 at the Paris Motor Show as a replacement to the successful and popular Renault 5, and went on to win European Car of the Year in 1991 where it was recognised for its 'remarkable styling, strong quality levels, generous cabin space and unprecedented equipment for a model of this size.' More than 15 million Clios have left production lines around the world over the last 30 years, with more than 1.2 million making their way to UK roads. By 1994, the Clio made up 49% of all Renault UK sales when a ‘phase 2’ arrived featuring subtle styling tweaks for…

2 min
aston martin returns to f1 after 60+ years

Aston Martin is returning to Formula One in 2021 for the first time in over 60 years. Better known for its achievements in sports car racing, Aston Martin also has a fascinating Grand Prix history. The first Aston Martin Grand Prix car, commissioned by Count Louis Zborowski (a fabulously wealthy son of a Polish Count and an American heiress) debuted in 1922 at the 2.0-litre French Grand Prix in Strasbourg, but the untimely death of Zborowski in 1924 signalled the beginning of the end for Aston Martin’s first foray into top flight motorsport. The 1950s saw a return for Aston Martin to the Grand Prix circuit, the DBR4 being tested as early as 1957, although it was not until May 1959 that the car made its competition debut at the BRDC…

1 min
dvla halts growth of black & silver plates

The law is being changed to prevent any vehicle constructed after 1st January, 1980 from being allowed to display the old style black and silver number plates, despite being recorded in the DVLA’s historic tax class. Information from the DVLA reported by the FBHVC reveals the previous rule permitting any vehicle over 40 years old and registered in the historic tax class to display an old style black and silver number plate was an 'unintended consequence' of the change in the definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015. Previously, vehicles first registered after 1st January, 1973 could only display reflective white and yellow number plates with black characters. Now those vehicles with a construction date prior to January 1980 will continue to be able to…