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Classic Cars March 2019

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

When someone hears what I do for a living, it’s usually not too long before they ask me what makes a classic. My pragmatic answer is that it should be old, distinctive-looking and something that people still care about no matter how challenging it is to own. The purist version lists things like technical and styling innovation, motor sport success and cultural significance. My audience is usually still nodding at this point. Cars like the Lancia Stratos, I’ll add, or the Cosworth RS Sierra. Now their furrowed brows will be asking why my examples aren’t symphonies in curves, chrome, wood and leather because the photofit artist in their heads was sketching a Jaguar Mk2. Even as new generations form bonds with cars from later periods, the Mk2 persists as the…

10 min
your dream drive made real ‘you can give it full beans’

Drops of condensation dribble down the front window of Ralph’s Café, distorting the view out to the row of cars parked nose-on to the pavement in the busy Sussex town of Forest Row. There’s the usual line-up of anonymous modern metal, dominated by black and blue SUVs. But in the middle sits a long, low shape conspicuous in bright red and garnished with chrome highlights. The forward-slanted nose carries a familiar blue-and-white roundel and on the grille there’s a bold M – and this is a car that dates back to an era when that was more than just a trim level. It’s an Eighties icon, a high point of BMW design and desirability – the mighty M635CSi. Classic Cars reader Chris Dodds has been itching to drive one, and we’re…

1 min
chris’ dream drive list

Saab 99 Turbo ‘An obvious choice given our history with the marque.’ Rover P5B 3500 Coupé ‘So suave and classic, and they’ve got the Rover/Buick V8 engine.’ MG RV8 ‘Like a mix of two favourites, the Triumph TR6 and Rover SD1.’ Lotus Carlton ‘The ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. If money was no object this would be my first purchase.’ Jaguar XJ-C ‘My dad has owned modern XJs but the XJ-C is beautiful.’ Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 ‘We had a Texaco-liveried Scalextric car and always wanted to drive one. The ultimate fast Ford.’ BMW M635CSi ‘I just love cars of that era and this one fits the bill.’ Jaguar XK120 ‘I had an Old English White Bburago model. Stunning, and a rocket ship compared to its contemporaries.’ Maserati Ghibli Bi-Turbo ‘Bonkers. Styled like a brick but still a good looking car. Luxurious yet very fast. Ultimately, Maserati…

1 min
bmw m635csi

Engine 3453cc in-line six-cylinder, dohc, 24-valve, Bosch fuel injection Power and torque 282bhp @ 6500rpm; 251lb ft @ 4500rpm Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, limited-slip differential Suspension Front: independent, struts, anti-roll bar. Rear: semi-trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar. Steering Rack and pinion, power-assisted Brakes Discs front and rear, servo-assisted Weight 1505kg (3318lb) Performance Top speed: 155mph; 0-60mph: 6.3sec Classic Cars Price Guide £20,000-£50,000…

1 min
chris dodds’ car cv

VW GOLF GTI MK3 ‘The engine was awesome and just kept revving, but it had a real aversion to corners, with wet roundabouts being particularly lethal.’ MAZDA RX-8 ‘I would have to rev it to around 7000rpm for 5-10 seconds and then turn the ignition off, otherwise it wouldn’t start again for about 10 to 15 minutes. It was a fantastic car to drive and more practical than you would imagine.’ TRIUMPH TR6 ‘I was a bit exuberant in the rain at Le Mans and ended up leaving the TR6 in a tree. The Gendarmes delighted in telling me the French tree was strong and the English car was weak.’ ROVER SD1 VITESSE TWIN PLENUM ‘Dad’s was one of the last SD1s to be made and is a real beast, and always gets such a good reception…

5 min
rolls-royce silver seraph

‘The market is throwing up bargains like this’ Must have been the festive hoopla, but we all missed a bargain Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph in December. And not just any Seraph but Lord Sugar’s personal RR (below) that featured in the first series of The Apprentice wearing his number plate AMS 1. Bonhams at Olympia knocked down the mint, three-owner, fully historied ’98 example for just £21,850. And it was in uber-cool factory black with grey hide, 79,000 warranted miles, all books, manuals, tools and spare keys. A really proper thing. What were we thinking? That price was almost twenty grand light compared to the much less famous Seraphs currently on offer. Similar-mileage cars start at the high £30k mark with Hanwells of London offering a 2001 with 74k for £42,950 and a…