Classic Cars December 2021

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

Stars of film, music and industry spend fast-paced lives racing between helipads, parties, appointments and romantic liaisons in a dizzying blur of wild V12 supercar fury, right? In the public imagination maybe. Reality for such exotic machinery is a life of air-conditioned storage, punctuated by rare trips out for a spot of posing. The greatest jeopardy is not somersaulting off the edge of a hillside road after an intoxicant-fuelled party, but having the wrong detailing products applied by the hired valeter. To arrive at those appointments fresh and ready to perform, life’s high achievers will waft in air-conditioned, air-suspended luxury. Greeting one’s followers with eyes out on stalks and shirt plastered to your back with sweat doesn’t create the right impression. James Hunt ran a Mercedes S-Class, as did baseball star…

10 min
‘lt’s surpassed all my expectations’

How far would you go to drive your dream classic? ‘This is as far south as I’ve ever been in the UK,’ muses Scottish Classic Cars reader Eddie Ritchie as he emerges from his Infiniti outside HPC Classics in Eastbourne. ‘I drove all the way from Dundee yesterday – it took me 12 hours.’ But what car has Eddie piled on the miles in order to sample? He reveals a clue sitting in the Infiniti’s boot – an accurate replica Ayrton Senna helmet, complete with Nacional branding. He digs out his phone and quickly finds a video of Senna at ten tenths round Suzuka in the car he’s come here to drive – the Honda NSX. ‘People hated him back then,’ says Eddie as Senna’s tassled loafers dance on the pedals and…

1 min
eddie’s dream drive list

Ferrari 288GTO ‘I read CAR aged 12 in 1985 and was blown away by it.’ Simca 1000 ‘My gran had one. Embarrassed me as a kid but I see its charm now.’ Honda NSX ‘Developed by my all-time hero, Ayrton Senna. Need I say more?’ Fiat 130 Coupé ‘Styled like the cars I drew on my school books, yet oozing class’ Ford RS200 ‘Group B rallying was a huge part of my childhood. Seeing these in competition was awesome.’ Audi 200 Quattro 20v ‘I have owned 80s and 90s, but the 200 was exquisite.’ De Tomaso Pantera ‘I had a white toy one with an orange engine cover when I was a kid, always promised myself one.’ Opel GT ‘When I was an apprentice painter at a car dealer, the owner’s son had one. It really intrigued me.’ BMW M5 (E28) ‘I once had a 520i but…

1 min
eddie’s car cv

1972 ROVER P6 3500S ‘I still own it after 14 years. Originally bought by Sir Charles Pereira, who was a hydrologist, and director of East Milling in Kent.’ 1997 MGF VVC ‘In Amaranth, this was a Japanese export model that for whatever reason was never sent out there. Fun to drive, the best colour for them, and massively underrated.’ 1980 FORD ESCORT RS2000 CUSTOM ‘I owned it in 1986. I recently found its service book when moving house and tracked it down to Ireland where I’m now in contact with the new owner. It’s living a pampered life.’ 1972 TRIUMPH GT6 ‘A lovely car, although I was a bit too large-framed to be entirely comfortable in it. A great experience to own nevertheless.’ 1983 FORD ESCORT RS1600i ‘The one car I really regret getting rid of. More than the…

5 min
intercept a 2014 bargain in 2021

If you’ve always wanted an Interceptor, now might be your moment. This year values of Birmingham’s Aston Martin have weakened with lots of no-sale results and some surprisingly reasonable hammer prices. These days £20,000 to £30,000 buys a decent driver-condition car and £45k a well-restored and very special example. How about the £16,650 drawn by CCA in September for a very straight and refreshingly rust-free, left-hand-drive ‘71 Series II from California? Driving and starting well with just one owner from new – reputedly the largest orange grower in the state, so fittingly delivered in a lovely shade of bright Citrus Yellow – it was nicely original, needing only fettling and recommissioning. This was the sort of money that not so long ago we used to pay for shabby, non-running projects. In August,…

2 min
ask quentin

Value my 968 Sport please I have a 1995 Porsche 968 Sport in white with 85k miles. All discs, pads and backplates have been recently replaced, along with all engine belts, water pump and all rollers etc. Could you tell me its current value? Mark McAllister The 968 Sport was a UK-only version of the fabled Club Sport but with creature comforts like rear seats and electric windows. The Sport is one of the rarest 968s with only 121 on UK roads. At 85k miles, and in desirable Grand Prix White, I’d value it at £25k. If there’s a good service history then maybe £27k. Quentin Willson NOT SURE WHETHER NOW’S THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY, SELL OR HANG ONTO THAT CLASSIC? Email with ‘Ask Quentin’ in the subject line. JCW Mini a classic? Can you tell…