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Classic Cars May 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

A dark, cold night in February and a long drive north on the motorway hardly sounds like the backdrop most of us would paint for a great drive, but such things depend on the car. Always. In this case, the Daimler Double Six Coupé we’d just spent a day with in the studio for the Smart Buys cover feature. I had managed to stitch myself up with the job of returning the car to its enthusiastic long-term owner, Mike Horlor, nearly 150 miles in the opposite direction to my home. ‘Oh, the things I do in the line of duty,’ I thought to myself, stifling a smug grin as I headed out into the night; two-and-a-half hours to bathe in the soft green glow of the dash instruments, eerily quiet V12…

10 min
your dream drive made real ‘that exhaust is your pa system…’

The climb up Little Mount Sion is considerable. I’m huffing and puffing, but Classic Cars reader Paul Bulger is taking it in his stride while explaining why the Pantera is on his wishlist. ‘There was no internet when I was young,’ he says. ‘I’d never seen a De Tomaso before, so I attended a supercar day and it’s the stereo I remember. In every other car they were horizontal, but when I saw the Pantera’s I thought, “That’s so cool.”’ Just off the fashionable High Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells may seem a strange place for a classic car specialist, but then Justin Banks’ premises is more boutique, modern art gallery than traditional garage. As we finally reach it and peer in the vast glass frontage, the Pantera is the only…

1 min
paul’s dream drive list

Ferrari 328 ‘Sat in a 328GTS at Maranello Sales in Egham when I was 14 and started it – wanted to drive one since, but never have.’ TVR Griffith ‘Like my 280i – amazing and scary, but turned up to 11.’ Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera ‘Late-Eighties car with G50 ’box, please.’ Lotus Esprit ‘The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only have a lot to answer for.’ De Tomaso Pantera ‘Italian styling and US muscle, why would you not want to own one?’ Porsche 944 Turbo ‘Owned a 924S, but would like more power with that chassis.’ MGA ‘Beautiful – perfect for a spring day with nowhere in particular to be.’ Jaguar E-type ‘The most beautiful car in the world? Has to be on my list.’ Aston Martin V8 Vantage ‘B-reg, if possible with optional rocket launchers though preferably not driving in the snow.’ Jaguar XK150 ‘Amazing…

1 min
paul’s car cv

TRIUMPH HERALD 13/60 CONVERTIBLE ‘Paid £1500 and made a true profit on it. When my daughters were young we used to sing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when out for a drive.’ TOYOTA CELICA ‘I bought it for under £1k for a Top Gear-style challenge. Drove to Germany, raced the ‘Ring, met friends, drove back and sold it for a profit!’ TVR 280I ‘Every drive was a real hairs-standing-up-on-my-arms moment. One of the best drives I had was in a TVR convoy to the Big Bad Wedge Fest.’ PORSCHE BOXSTER (986) 2.7 ‘This car had one owner, 55,000 miles and lots of service history – all for just £5k! It hasn’t missed a beat and has been very cheap to run.’ MAZDA MX-5 MkI ‘It had the best gear change and was always fun without the need for stupid speeds.…

5 min
ferrari 456 values bottom out

Back in 2015 when the market for newer Prancing Horses was at its height, Ferrari 456s jumped from the mid £30,000s all the way up to the dizzy £80,000s. A couple of tiny-mileage manual cars even broke the £100k barrier. They’ve fallen back now to more or less where they started. In February at Race Retro, Silverstone sold a ’96 six-speed UK-supplied 456 with 49k miles in Argenta Silver with Nero leather, ten services in the book, including three belt changes, for £39,100. That’s a very realistic price for a fine 456. We’re seeing a lot of these peaks and troughs in classic car values these days and that’s why you should watch the market to see when certain models start to bottom out. And I think the 456 may…

2 min
2013-on jaguar f-fype v6

You can now buy a Jaguar F-type V6 Coupé for £26,000. Bet you didn’t know that. Prices have eased mainly because of the F-type’s identity crisis. Is it a GT or a sports car? Is it meant to munch 1000 miles in a day or twist defiantly round back roads? Buyers have always scratched their heads over the F’s bipolar nature, hence the slowish sales of 10,000 units a year. But with sensible-mileage V6 Coupés available for around £30k, it’s an entertainingly quick, handsome and noisy Jag with enormous possibilities. Not forgetting it also came from the pencil of the Ian Callum, which in my book makes it a certified classic all day long. And yes, the 5.0 litre V8 is faster and more riotous but also more expensive in every department…