Practical Classics January 2021

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 lockdown 2.0

Here we go again then. Another lockdown to try to suppress the virus. I managed quite a few days out this summer in my classics, but it doesn’t feel like this year has really counted. However, I look at my cars, sitting there slightly underused, and I realise that, more than ever, my old motors represent something that is very important to anyone lucky enough to own their own wheels. They are freedom: more importantly they are also hope. I’m already thinking about the journeys I’ll take in them when the vaccine is rolled out. Rather than lifeless motors, my classics represent life after COVID-19. They are ready to go and, boy, so am I. We are commited, once again, to bringing you the best classic magazine out there, full of all…

2 min
last minor reborn

On November 12, 1970, the last Morris Minor saloon rolled off the line at Cowley’s T-block, where production had been moved as the main plant geared up for the Marina. That last saloon has just reached the end of a four year restoration, undertaken by the Morris Minor Owners Club, and was officially unveiled at Cowley on November 4, 2020. FMT 265J’s completion signalled the end of Morris Minor production at Cowley, with the last LCVs and Travellers being built at Adderley Park in Birmingham. The Trafalgar Blue two-door saloon was discovered on eBay by MMOC member John Ashmore in 2016. It was in a very sorry state, but John purchased the car and confirmed its provenance, before passing the restoration baton to the Morris Minor Owners Club later that year. After…

1 min
last saloon in 5 pics

As found: Having been poorly stored since it was most recently sold in 1995, the car was at the brink of being saveable when the club took it on. Stripped and dipped: The car was stripped bare and the shell acid dipped to reveal any hidden horrors… …before a considerable amount of welding work to the body could be undertaken. All together now: After it was painted, the car was completely reassembled in time for its 50th birthday. Unveiled! The official unveiling was a few days early, before the second lockdown, at Cowley’s T-block where BMW currently produces the MINI.…

2 min
starting handle

Back in March, the nationwide lockdown gave us all more time in our sheds. I used the time to push forth on my supercharged Morris Minor, which saw the road shortly afterwards. As my newly-built shed has evolved from storage to workspace, however, things were starting to get messy. Any car in pieces has the ability to spread itself five-fold and fill every little crevice of available space and, before long, you find yourself with nowhere to work. So, I spent the first weekend of Lockdown 2.0 creating a pile of parts and tools from both sheds in the garden, before I broke out the trusty label maker… A brand new brake master cylinder, two boxed SU fuel pumps, a wiper motor presumed lost and countless other parts showed themselves for…

1 min
bench grinder £95.98 An invaluable tool in any restoration workshop, this 8in bench grinder with lamp and wire wheel is perfect for cleaning up small components and fixings for your restoration, as well as sharpening drill bits, chisels and punches. The integral 10W lamp provides useful illumination of the work piece while the combined eye shields/spark arrestors protect against flying particles. The 370W, 230V motor gives the grinder an impressive 2850rpm no load speed and the included wheel dresser is a useful device for keeping grinding wheels in shape.…

1 min
teenager’s dream comes true

The best possible Christmas present came the way of 15-year old reader Andrew Randall, in the form of his first ever classic. Walking around his village in Wales, he spotted a Volvo 340 in a garage and decided to enquire about it. ‘I was out for a stroll when I spotted the car. I asked about it, and the lady said: ‘It’s for sale.’ So then I asked how much and after a chat with her husband she said “guess the price.” I said between £1 and £2k. She said, “It’s only £600!’”’ At this point Andrew asked if the elderly couple who owned the 340 could wait for a couple of months for him to earn and raise the money – they agreed. ‘They waited for me, it was amazing,…