Modern Classics Magazine April 2020

This is Modern Classics magazine: the UK’s first car magazine devoted to the best cars of the 1980s, 90s and 00s. Each issue Modern Classic magazine brings you: - Hero cars driven and rated, with a view to them being fun to own and drive today - Big group tests, spinning the modern view of classic rivalries - Detailed and entertaining buying guides - Great modern classic events, news, trends and gadgets - Market trends and buying advice All combined with edgy and exciting automotive photography, interesting features, buying tips, investment and owners’ views. Modern Classics sets a new standard for younger classic cars. It will help you in your journey from choosing to driving, and enjoying your modern classic car…

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in this issue

1 min
fuel economy… pah!

Top-flight executive saloons reached their zenith, in many ways, in the 1980s. Global warming still seemed like a crack-pot theory, most cars still required lead-additive 4Star fuel in order not to destroy their valve seats and economy figures were measured in single digits. If you happened to own a successful business, and knew that time was money, you wanted to get to your first-class Concorde terminal as quickly and comfortably as possible. You were in luck too, there were plenty of vehicles to choose from... Homegrown offerings came in the form of the elegant and stately Bentley Turbo and if you had a bolt-hole in the country you had a Range Rover, though if you owned your own string backs you could sack your chauffeur and drive your Jaguar XJ12 Series…

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the team’s month

JOHN-JOE VOLLANS EDITOR As soon as he listed his Scirocco Storm for sale someone at work decided to leave their handbrake off and plough into it... sigh. NATHAN CHADWICK ASSISTANT EDITOR Got very tempted by a project Alfa 145 Cloverleaf for £350. Would need him to learn to weld, which sounds dangerous to us. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR Spring is nearly here, which means Si’s feverishly trying to find a new motorcycle to buy. Have you got anything he may want? JETHRO BOVINGDON COLUMNIST Lorinser Sport’s offloading of ex-Swiss Army Steyr-Puch Mercedes G-Wagons had Jethro salivating and wearing camo. TIFF NEEDELL COLUMNIST Spent some time in South Africa watching the cricket. We wonder if he can smuggle back a Ford Sierra XR8 for us... LEWIS KINGSTON MARKETS EXPERT Found himself enamoured with a Nimbus Grey over Baseball Optic Tan leather Audi TT due to its concept car…

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behind the scenes at modern classics...

Some say... ...He’s the top flasher in Oxfordshire. Here Mr Brookwell ably assists Jordan in capturing a very dark Range Rover for our cover shoot in Top Gear’s TV studio at Dunsfold. He’s a good lad! Seventh seal Three 7 Series, meeting at 7pm, under the Seve(r)n Bridge. Sounded marvellous in prospect, but finishing at 4.30am wasn’t quite as enjoyable. Kudos to the owners for persisting! Congratulations Steven Thousands of you entered our Gaming issue prize, but there could be only one winner – and here he is. Steven Inch has been spending his time driving his dream car – a BMW M3 E46. A ripping yarn Our assistant editor Nathan Chadwick knows how to thread a decent narrative, though on a recent video training course he was in need of a different kind of thread... one…

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contributors this month

QUENTIN WILLSON WRITER Who better to give us proper insight into running an executive express than Quentin, who’s owned all of the cars featured at least once. Yes, even the Lexus. SIMON THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER Night shoots are always a test of patience, yet shooting our selection of Sevens took more than most, largely because the tide was coming before we were done... JORDAN BUTTERS PHOTOGRAPHER Put his brand-new camera gear to the test on our executive expresses shoot, before jetting off himself for some well-deserved R&R. Not in a private jet, sadly ADAM SHORROCK PHOTOGRAPHER Motorcycle News’ in-house snapper makes a rare return to MC’s pages this month. Don’t worry though, he’s not dressed from head to toe in leather, sorry girls.…

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If you've not yet been to Retromobile and are put off by the idea of battling your way to Paris to look at a bunch of unattainable exotica, may we suggest you think again. So its auction was supercar heavy, but there are lots of other attractions, such as brilliant trade stands and a small cars for sale hall. It's in the latter where the real dreams are made, as among the highly polished Fiat 500s and Citroën 2CVs, there were some highly appropriate modern classics on sale at decidedly down-to earth prices. This year's show was dominated by manufacturer displays from Citroën, Peugeot and Renault, as well as FCA Heritage, Bugatti and Skoda. Concepts were in abundence this year, which made it doubly special. The star attraction was a display of Bertone's…

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time is ticking for gas guzzlers

The future mass availability of petrol and diesel for classics has been put into doubt - as Grant Shapps announces new petrol-powered cars could be banned as early as 2032. In a surprise move, the Transport secretary said that the ban on internal combustion powered cars could be as little as 12 years away. This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 February that the government would bring forward the existing 2040 ban to 2035. The ban will not place any restrictions on the use of older cars – but independent experts have said that the move to zero-emissions vehicles could lead to a greatly reduced availability of petrol and diesel, with the possibility of increased prices. The Department for Transport is now encouraging classic fans to share their views on whether…