Practical Classics October 2020

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

2 min
welcome to the workshop

New cars are still rolling off production lines across the UK. The global pandemic has decimated sales, but there are signs of recovery. Let’s hope it comes quickly and is robust and long-lived. Because there is nothing quite as depressing as an abandoned car factory. Longbridge has worn this look since production ceased in 2005. When work stopped, it left incomplete shells stuck on their lines, unfitted engines still in their crates and silent workshops with tools on benches. Dormant. Depressing. MG’s attempt to use the factory to complete it’s Far Eastern-built cars was never really much of a substitute for what went before. By the time you read this, the factory will be no more, as the last of the production buildings have been demolished. Decades of investment, expertise and enterprise,…

2 min
diamonds depart

Enthusiasts are mourning the loss of Mitsubishi, after the firm announced that it will cease trading in Europe as part of an overhaul of its global operations. The company made a devastating £1.29 billion loss in the first quarter of the financial year, while UK sales were harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw a huge fall of 51.9 percent in the first half of 2020. The news marks a very sudden end to Mitsubishi’s well-respected presence in the UK. It was among the firm’s most lucrative markets for almost 50 years with a range of iconic models, from the likes of the rally-bred Evo to the rugged Shogun. Journalist and road tester John Simister was present for many of Mitsubishi’s key launches and says there were countless models which all deserve…

1 min
our 5 fave mitsubishis

James Walshe: ‘I loved the company Warrior we had at Kerrang! Radio. As well as giving Ozzy Osbourne a lift in the mud at Download festival, I got it sideways at Castle Combe – much to the horror of my colleagues. Matt George: Who couldn’t love the brilliant Starion? A proper Japanese muscle car, it was something of an Eighties legend – and once the transport of a certain villainous Paul Robinson from Neighbours. John Simister: The 1984 Galant was the first car to be badged Mitsubishi in the UK, rather than Colt, and was as good as any European rival at the time. It was sleek, supple and handsome with shades of Audi 100. Danny Hopkins: I loved my Colt Celeste 2.0 GT. It had way too much power for it’s chassis…

1 min
starting handle

We’ll call him Bernard Papworth. You know the sort: ‘How could you do that to a classic car?’ He likes things to be factory spec. Doesn’t like upgrades or modern driving aids. Happy to drive around on 30 year-old tyres. Doesn’t feel the need to MOT his classic because he knows best. You have no doubt met Mr Papworth, too. He most likely told you that your wheel trims were wrong. I’ve been informed numerous times that the door handles on my Citroen CX should be black plastic, not chrome. Yes, originality is a beautiful thing. The world is thankful to those with a passion for all things factory standard. However, there is much to celebrate about the desire to upgrade, modify and modernise, in accordance with 21st century life. But…

2 min
is this the very last spitfire?

North Yorkshire classic car auction house, Mathewsons, has revealed a low mileage Triumph Spitfire which went under the hammer at its August 22 sale. The car in question is a 1981-registered 1500 in Pageant Blue, with just 21,310 miles recorded, but more importantly, the auction house is listing it as the ‘last Spitfire’. Specifically, the auctioneer’s description states that club members ‘believe this to be the last car off the production line’. Triumph aficionados are now doubting the established record that says the last Spitfire is the Inca Yellow car that is displayed at British Motor Museum, Gaydon. So what is the evidence? Mathewsons’ bold claim is based on finding signatures behind a door card with an inscription ‘the last Bomb’, after Triumph’s code name for the Spitfire’s development. There was…

1 min
guardsman garage barrier

THIS MONTH WE LOVE… From £599.99, 07487 621480 A brilliant new deterrent to those who wish to steal our cars is now available. Image 4 Security is a British design and manufacturing firm specialising in security products for cars and bikes. The Guardsman, I4S’s latest product, is designed to operate inside a garage door sitting behind the frame and pier, maximizing floor space. It’s most useful application could be in the open at the entrance to a car port, though – useful for those who do not have planning consent for a garage, but who wish to keep their classics safer. It is available as an advanced DIY kit (you will need tools and a masonry drill) or to be installed by the specialist team.…