Modern Classics Magazine

Modern Classics Magazine March 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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auction schedule

FEBRUARY Friday 7 Retromobile 2020 Salon Rétromobile, Paris Saturday 8 Mathewsons Pickering, North Yorkshire Sunday 9 Charterhouse Auctions Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet Saturday 22 Coys London Classic Car Show auction Olympia, London Saturday 22 Morris Leslie Classic Auctions Errol Airfield, Perth Saturday-Sunday 22-23 Silverstone Race Retro Classic & Competition Car sale Stoneleigh Park, Coventry Tuesday 25 Barons Auctions’ Classic Winter Warmer Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey MARCH Wednesday 4 Brightwells Classic & Vintage Easters Court, Leominster Saturday 7 Historics Ascot Racecourse Sale Ascot Racecourse, Ascot Wednesday 18 H&H Duxford Classic Car Auction Imperial War Museum, Duxford Thursday 19 Dorset Vintage & Classic Auction Henstridge Airfield, Henstridge…

caught our eye

1991 LOTUS EXCEL SE On sale at: UK Sports Cars (via Price: £14,995 ‘As my Lotus Esprit S3 project continues to move at the pace of the average tectonic plate, I occasionally reckon I’d have been better off buying an Excel. This SE has done just 4k miles and has just had new cam, power steering and alternator belts. Trade in?’ JJ 1987 FORD SIERRA RS500 On sale at: 4Star Classics (via Price: £89,995 ‘The machine that launched my love of cars, in the same black the Eggenberger Texaco cars raced in, with 47k miles. As a child I idolised this over a Testarossa – an achievable supercar dream, thought I. I still love it, even if the Ferrari costs the same these days...’ Nathan 2003 MG ZS 180 V6 On sale at: Beech Hill…

i bought one john morcombe

John Morcombe of West Sussex-based Ambrose Vehicle Trading (07775 875100) brought along the mint example you see before you – and if we've tweaked your nostalgia buttons, you're in luck, because it's up for sale. 'I sell as many 1980s and 1990s cars as possible, alongside more regular stuff,' explains John. 'This is certainly a survivor for a Ford Sierra. It's a one-owner-from-new, 98k mile car.' It has certainly survived well, and needed only a light touch to bring it back to its best. 'It's just had a once-over and a machine polish – it was a bit pink,' laughs John.…

the driver's choice

'IF YOU'RE A DYED-IN-THE-WOOL BMW HATER, THE 325I MIGHT JUST TURN YOUR HEAD' These days a BMW 3 Series estate is about as special or as alternative as professing a fondness for Coldplay while you sup a Starbucks latte. Back in the 1980s, however, possession of a BMW keyfob marked you out as a thrusting go-getter. Well, that was the legend anyway, even if there wasn't much thrust in a 316 automatic. You needed a six-pot Beemer for that – and a willingness to compromise. If you needed an estate car, the E30 Three was not the most capacious choice, but then it really didn’t need to be. The 3 Series Touring was – and still is – a lifestyle choice. There’s room for a couple of spaniels or a pushchair, but…

elegant, quirky and practical

'IT'S AS SMOOTHLY FUTURISTIC AS ANY SUPERCAR FROM THE 1970S' If the Sierra started off as the odd newcomer before becoming a symbol of conformity, then the Citroën CX was always the alternative choice. Alternative because at this time Citroën was completely different to almost any other car maker. Its products went beyond mere transport –theywere experiences. That’s certainly the case with the CX. This might be an estate car but it’s as smoothly futuristic as any supercar from the 1970s. Its designer, Robert Opron, has form – aside from the GS and SM for Citroën, he also penned such otherworldly designs as the Alfa SZ and the Alpine A310. There are fantastic little details across the whole car, from the sculpted curve around the headlights to the circular door handles. So…

french resistance

The perfect car does not exist. To get somewhere close to it, you’d have to pick and choose the best bits from loads of different manufacturers. Maybe take a chassis from a Lotus, possibly an engine from a Ferrari, and probably the build quality of an old Mercedes-Benz. But when it comes to picking the right steering wheel, there'd only be one choice: a late 1980s to early to 1990s Renault hot hatch. Peer through the window of any Renault 5 GT Turbo, MkI Clio 16V or Williams and you’ll spot a steering wheel that looks distinctive and stylish but also – thanks to proper metal spokes and perforated leather – suitably purposeful too. As I eye up Andrew Waller’s beautifully presented Phase I Renault 19 16V, I’m quick to get my…