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Classic Cars October 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

When I met Mike Dobby to talk about his Porsche 911 2.4S for this issue’s Life Cycle feature, it was immediately clear that there was more to his passion for the car than the way it drove, sounded and looked. As a serial 911 owner all of those things mattered a great deal, but what elevated this particular car above all others was its story, in fact an unbroken thread of many stories tied together by owners all the way back to the first. When I spoke to those owners, the warm glow of fond memories made it clear how much that car meant to them. Of course, it was exciting to own, whether for the 25-year-old buying it new or the one who picked it up in its mid-life crisis…

10 min
‘it’s a party… like a little mini fairground ride’

Eagle-eyed Our Cars followers may recognise the car that we’ll be putting our chosen Classic Cars magazine reader in today. It’s none other than the Renault 5 Turbo that my fellow enthusiast Richard Head and I drove back from Italy before he made me a co-ownership offer I couldn’t refuse. Having used numerous owner, dealer and manufacturer vehicles for The List over the years, it’s time for me to bite the turbocharged bullet and experience matters from a different perspective. The reader in question is 51-year-old lightning protection specialist Koenraad Rutgers and he certainly has the bug for old cars; in fact he has it for all performance cars, as the booming quad tailpipes of his Mercedes C63 AMG demonstrate on his arrival. Our meeting point is Mr Head’s home and he’s…

1 min
koenraad’s dream drive list

Lancia Stratos ‘Could be unreliable in period, but just looks awesome’ Blower Bentley ‘Always amazed me - a road-legal race car that’s almost 100 years old’ Audi Ur Quattro ‘It won everything on the world stage - I’d like to experience the four wheel-drive legend’ Porsche 911 Turbo LE Flatnose ‘A dream car, sadly financially out of reach these days’ Ford Sierra Cosworth ‘I’d love to have a go, just to try the Cossie experience’ Porsche 924 Carrera GT ‘The one that got away - I stupidly turned down an immaculate restored one in 1997 for £14k!’ Vauxhall Chevette HSR ‘Even today, no-one really knows what a Chevette HSR is’ AC Cobra continuation ‘I like the extreme power and very light weight - one day’ Mercedes-Benz 450SL ‘A very pretty and reliable car - V8 please, for relaxed cruising’ Renault 5 Turbo ‘Just to see what all the fuss…

1 min
1981 renault 5 turbo i

Engine 1397cc four-cylinder, ohv, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, Garrett T3 turbocharger Power and torque 160bhp @ 6000rpm; 155lb ft @ 3250rpm Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion Suspension Front: independent, double wishbones, longitudinal torsion bars, anti-roll bar Rear: independent, double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar Brakes Ventilated servo discs Weight 941kg Performance 0-60mph: 6.9sec; Top speed: 128mpg Fuel consumption 21.5mpg Cost new 115,000 francs (around £12,360) CC Price Guide £35k-£80k…

1 min
koenraad rutgers’ car cv

VAUXHALL CHEVETTE ‘I welded a lot of steel back into this baby, rebuilt the engine and had the electronic ignition constructed from my own plans. The next owner killed it a few weeks after buying it.’ FIAT UNO TURBO ‘My student car was a pre-production press car and boy did it shift! I remember struggling to trade it in because the Fiat garage thought it was a recreation!’ PORSCHE 944S ‘The start of my Porsche fascination. Handling was out of this world, but written off when a Mini Metro hit it head on – genuine number plate now on my current 944S.’ MITSUBISHI EVO IX ‘Exhaust note and engine sound aside, a much better car than the Scoobies I owned before it. Did 90,000 miles in it but the 4.5k service intervals were painful, as was the…

5 min
just another magic mondial

Bargain of the month had to be South West Vehicle Auctions’ 1985 Ferrari Mondial QV sold in June for just £22,000 plus premium. In Rosso Corsa with tan leather, 13 year ownership, warranted 56,000 miles and all manuals including the Ferrari service book present, it looked fresh and unmolested right down to its original Connolly trim and carpets. A recent service and cambelt change were an added bonus. As an entry-level UK supplied classic Ferrari with guaranteed mileage, long ownership and proper provenance this was strong value. Why the practical four-seater Mondial is still such a wall flower is a mystery but one enlightened buyer should feel justifiably smug for bagging such a fine example for such sensible money. This was one of just 1145 Mondial QV coupes built between 1982…