Practical Classics October 2019

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome the workshop

No-one can deny that we have a new world order coming. Most new cars will be electric or hybrid and, now, we have the looming prospect of car bans in cities and the end of internal combustion engine manufacture. But what does it mean to us, owners of classic cars? Well, first and foremost, we need to make sure that our ability to use our cars is safeguarded. The FBHVC and classic-friendly MPs are on that duty and, you have to say, it’s a case of so far so good, but we remain extremely vigilant. Certainly, the rest of Europe seems to have taken a harder line against the use of older vehicles… the disappearance of classics from the streets of Amsterdam is extremely disappointing. But how about the more distant future?…

1 min
long live the big cat

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed production of the current XJ has finished, marking the end of an era for the company’s luxury car, originally launched in 1968. There will be a gap until next year, when the firm will begin building an all-electric luxury saloon. Work on the first generation Jaguar XJ began at Browns Lane in the early Sixties, at a time when the ageing mid-range Jaguars were being eclipsed by new rivals from Rover and Triumph. Project XJ4 was overseen by Sir William Lyons himself. His design brief was to make the XJ the most refined saloon on the road. Lyons presided over a variety of concepts – including an E-type style saloon – until eventually deciding to have his engineers chop the original rear end treatment in favour of…

1 min
danny’s xj highlights

In thelate Nineties Practical Classics restored an XJ6 SWB. Still my favourite magazine resto, and a car that I drove and enjoyed on numerous occasions. My first XJ was this XJ40 that I bought in 2008. A 1994 3.2S, I loved it although sadly it eventually died after punting a Peugeot Partner 300 yards down the road. My favourite continental trip was the Daimler X300 jaunt took to Italy and back. Out via the autobahns of Germany and back over the Alps and through France. The best bargain was the X350 V8 I bought for my dad three years ago. £3K for a luxury weapon is cheap, and yet, he’s still driving and loving that car today. I loved my day with the X351 XJR, but another XJ40 I was enjoying at the time…

2 min
starting handle

‘The list was long, the enthusiasm enormous’ If you haven’t yet signed up to social media, I can tell you that quite often, when users aren’t showing you pictures of their dinner, they’re bickering about whether Rostyle or Minilites are better. But in this case, a topic we posted to our 55,000 followers on Facebook went down well and drew some very eager responses. Frankly, we expected a lot more arguemnt than we got and that, I think, is very encouraging for the future of our hobby. According to you, the Alpine A110, Jaguar F-type and Alfa Giulia are surefire future classics, with an overwhelming gush of enthusiasm for the much-acclaimed i-pace, too. The recent crop of ‘retro’ cars – Mini, Fiat 500 and Beetle – were also favourites, as well…

1 min
birthday to remember

A1955 Ford Consul has been restored and reunited with its former owner on his 100th birthday. Family, friends and fellow enthusiasts gathered in Wales to surprise Vic Gamble, who bought the car in 1960, but sold it four years ago when he retired from driving. The Consul sat for two years until enthusiast John Ball stepped in to bring it back to its former glory. Having written to Vic to find out more about the car’s history, John says he hatched a plan to reunite the pair. ‘This car meant so much to Vic, especially after his wife Elma died in 2013. They shared decades of memories of trips and, more recently, he used the Consul to visit and tend to Elma’s grave.’ Back in 1960, Vic was on holiday in the family…

1 min
this month we love...

Laser’s external deburr and chamfer tool £25.92 In classic car restoration or maintenance, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll come across a damaged thread. Be it a rod end that’s been smacked with a hammer, a driveshaft that has needed persuading out of a hub or even just a bolt that needed cutting down to size, persuading a nut to start on such a thread can be a challenge. That’s where this external deburr and chamfer tool comes in. Designed to be used with an electric drill and fitted with a 1/4in quick-chuck shaft, three super-hard high speed steel blades make light work of repairing damaged bolts and damaged threads from 3mm-19mm. It’s a must-have tool for your garage.…