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Classic Cars August 2018

Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine. It defined the world of classic motoring 40 years ago and still does it today. Every issue is put together by our team of classic car experts and enthusiasts. Using the best expert writing and photography, the magazine helps you experience what it's like to drive, keep and restore the classic cars of days gone by. We bring the stories and people behind the cars to life - showing you how to buy, keep and enjoy your cars. Every issue of Classic Cars is packed with: - Road tests - Drive stories - Expert buying advice - News and events coverage Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine.

United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

New or old, Jaguars have always offered a generous dollop of style and performance for the money, and while many continue to do so as classics, the most iconic models have become no-one’s idea of a bargain. But over-familiarity has kept the rest helpfully suppressed, until now. Yet, from S-type to XKR, our favourite stalwarts of affordable power and poise have also been quietly creeping up in price. Time for our trawler of the classic car market, Russ Smith, to fish out the models that are best bought now before they move too much – it would be a crime for anyone to miss out on the uniquely life-enriching experience of Jaguar ownership. I once ran a Daimler Sovereign Series III. I grew to love its uncanny blend of serenity and capability more…

9 min
‘it’s like a mini-ferrari. it just wants to rev and rev’

Hugh Marks in period. Almost five decades later, we give him the chance to experience it first hand ‘First impressions are of the rightness of the design. Italian cars of this period always look so right’ Prior to meeting up for any List dream drive we have a number of telephone calls with the chosen reader. These provide the chance to gauge their classic likes, dislikes and automotive motivations – call it the aperitif, whetting their appetite for the main course. During conversations with retired librarian Hugh Marks however, it became clear there was a distinct disparity between his personality – calm, dignified and refined – and his dream drive list. Cue diminutive Icelandic songstress Björk’s greatest hit It’s Oh So Quiet: ‘…Shh shh. And so peaceful until…’ TVR Chimaera, zing boom; Jensen Interceptor,…

1 min
hugh’s dream drive list

TVR Chimaera ‘Better looking than a Griffith, and just as brutal.’ Alfa Giulia Sprint GTV (105 series) ‘Great Italian style and classic double-overhead-cam engine.’ Alvis TF21 ‘A neighbour had one of these in the late Sixties – it looked elegant and debonair.’ Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III MPW ‘With those “eyes” it looks so much cooler than a standard Cloud.’ Bristol 411 ‘What an enigma! I’d love to find out if it’s as special as devotees say.’ Aston DB6 ‘I regularly saw one when I was walking to school – there was no Bond effect yet back then, but it was still glorious.’ Lotus Elan ‘I went gliding with school in 1964 and happened across 20 of them stored in a hangar – I’ve wanted one ever since.’ Jensen Interceptor MkII ‘Love the looks and the American V8 grunt.’ Maserati Ghibli ‘Simply one of the most beautiful cars…

1 min
1972 alfa romeo giulia 1750gtv

Engine Alloy dohc 1779cc four-cylinder, twin Weber 40DCOE carburettors Power and torque 132bhp @ 5500rpm; 137lb ft @ 2900rpm Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Brakes Discs all round with dual-circuit servo Suspension Front: wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear: live axle, coil springs, T-bar Panhard rod, telescopic dampers Steering Cam and peg Weight 930kg (2046lb) Performance 0-60mph: 9.5sec; top speed: 115mph Fuel consumption 24mpg Cost new £2431 Classic Cars Price Guide £15k-£30k…

1 min
hugh marks’ motoring cv

STANDARD ENSIGN ‘Our family car and the one I learned to drive in. With 60bhp from 1671cc, performance was decidedly leisurely – although I recall some entertainment because it was easy to get the tail out on wet roads at low speeds. A tough old thing, nicknamed “The Tank” by friends, which also chimed with the battleship grey paint.’ CITROËN GSA ESTATE ‘I caught the Citroën bug aged 14, when I saw an immaculate DS parked outside a hotel on a family holiday in France. The GS seemed incredibly advanced when it came out in 1970 and I eventually bought mine in 1984. I enjoyed its ride and excellent handling. Passengers were often amused by the rotating drum speedo. If I were to have one of my cars again it’d be this.’ TRIUMPH ACCLAIM ‘This…

2 min
xj-s leaves the bargain basement

‘Coventry’s slinky GT has been too cheap for too long’ Finally, after years of false dawns and flat values things are looking up for Jaguar’s XJ-S. There’s clear evidence that a new demand is moving prices higher and anything low mileage, rare or special has comfortably broken the £20k threshold. Maybe a new generation of Jaguar fanciers has come of age or we’ve just all suddenly realised that Coventry’s slinky GT has been too cheap for too long, but a fresh sentiment is definitely stirring out there. In Anglia’s May sale a 1989 5.3 convertible with 54,000 miles and eight stamps in the book made £18,550 and a ’92 facelift 4.0 coupé with 62,000 and 15 dealer stamps made a solid £18,020. Slades Garage in Buckinghamshire has a rare ’85 V12 SC…