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Classic Cars July 2020

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

As we were creating this issue from assorted studies, spare bedrooms and kitchen tables, our classics largely confined to garages and driveways, a run of unseasonably good Spring weather allowed us to dream of the open road and all of the fun and adventures it promises. This year more than most, it’s a time to look forward to some classic motoring and consider a fresh car with some form of stowable roof, the best to enjoy the sensations of sun-kissed drives. The five de-roofable choices we found emerging from this year’s turbulent market as overlooked but thrilling buys span a good range of tastes. Brawny and rugged ’Healey, bonkers-looking but surprisingly user-friendly Jalpa, the barely-tamed reputation of the Griffith, Cobra-on-a-budget Tiger or slick and searing Z4M? Have any of them lined…

12 min
‘tuneful, responsive, engaging and fun’

Our story starts where it finishes – on the printed page. Tony Wilkes spent quality time at the library with his grandmother as a child, and the young petrolhead gravitated towards any book about cars. On one fateful trip an unassuming homologation special happened to catch his eye, ‘I remember finding a book from the Seventies that was full of marvellously evocative black and white press images – here were photos of this normal family car that happened to hide a big engine with a lot of power. I was captivated.’ Today Tony gets to satiate decades of curiosity when we arrange for him to spend a day driving a Ford Escort Twin Cam. ‘I saw the rear three-quarters the second I arrived and they bring the memories flooding back,’ he…

7 min
brutish benz, bargain basement

Everyone’s favourite Seventies Mercedes dragster – the bad-boy 450SEL 6.9 – is starting to look like a bargain. In March during the RM Sotheby’s Palm Beach online sale, a very well-presented ’74 in dark blue with mushroom leather and 74,000 miles made a tempting £17,500. Even with 5% import duty and shipping that’s still cheap for a moderate-mileage example of this boisterous bruiser. But this slide in values has been happening for a while. Back in November 2018 at Historics, even the ex-James Hunt ’79, fully restored in original Topaz Brown, only made £27,000. A month earlier, Coys at Syon Park didn’t find a buyer for its handsome silver right-hand-drive 1980 example despite it having just 83,000 miles, history and a come-on estimate of £10,000 to £14,000. In April 2019 RM…

5 min
internet provides the answer

Hats off to H&H for its online sale held on 29 April. The 63 lots offered (after three late withdrawals) seemed about right for the purposes of holding people’s attention without the usual saleroom buzz, and the resulting rate of a whisker under 70% of the cars being sold would have been a decent total at any time, never mind in the depths of lockdown. It felt that after a month of being stuck inside worrying, folk were keen to play again, and at least feel like things could be normal. And despite doom-laden predictions for the market, prices have held up well, with most here achieving within or above their estimates. In fact the Ferrari 456GT below made nearly £9k over top estimate at £34,875, but that looks like…

3 min
deals done during lockdown

Revised government guidance recently said that although showrooms must stay closed for now, dealers can sell cars online and deliver them to new owners, obviously while following the Public Health guidelines on safety and distancing. So how are classic car dealers coping with the Covid crisis, and are there still customers? Karl Fasulo of KGF Classic Cars told us, ‘We are fortunate to have a strong online presence, with nearly 40,000 followers on Facebook and 25,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel. But coping with Covid-19 brings new challenges that we have had to adapt to. Our stock is primarily sourced from private enthusiasts and many will not sell during this time because of isolation.’ Avantgarde Classics’ Jonathan Aucott says, ‘Obviously this has had a massive effect. Surprisingly however, I am still selling.…

2 min
it’s a fair cop!

‘It is the only private car in Italy with permission to carry its original police equipment and livery’ It might look like something knocked together for a tongue-in-cheek Cannonball Run entry, but this 1962 Ferrari 250GTE is a bona fide police car. It was one of two bought by Rome police for high-speed pursuits, at a time when they were battling a getaway car-fuelled crime wave. Sadly the sister car was written off within the first few weeks – it was quite a performance step-up from the Alfa Romeo 1900s that the police drivers were used to. Chassis #3999 remained in active service for nearly six years, handling emergency blood deliveries as well as chasing the bad guys. It was stored for a few years before being bought by Alberto Cappelli in…