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Classic Cars October 2018

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

What unites an Austin 7, Jensen Interceptor and a Fiat 8V Supersonic? What if I were to add a Porsche 930 Turbo, Alfa GTA and Ferrari F40? No? Apart from the fact that owning all six and a barn large enough to store them would make for one very happy editor, they’re all cars that our panel of six market experts think you should buy now or forever regret missing the opportunity. Along with the rest of their Hot 30 choices, these cars are hugely rewarding to own. They share the virtues that normally drive up value but, helpfully, have either stalled, slipped back or managed to duck below the market’s line of vision. Our panel of experts for 2018 includes newcomers Maarten Ten Holder of RM Sotheby’s and Edward Bridger-Stille…

10 min
‘my preconceptions have just been shattered’

We were all intrigued, so we will start this feature by dealing with the elephant in the room – what is the story behind reader Chris Walker’s all-glassfibre dream drive wishlist? ‘To be honest, I just thought I’d look for an angle when I made my list, to make it stand out from all the others.’ Which worked. ‘And I’d owned my TVR for donkey’s years and glass-reinforced plastic seems an eminently sensible choice of material for a classic car body, so my list celebrates this. It’s such an intriguing material and I like the way it doesn’t age like steel. The knocks and scars you pick up don’t get worse but become part of the car’s character and story.’ Even within those strictures Chris’s list is rather eclectic, avoiding at…

1 min
chris’s dream drive list

Marcos 3-Litre GT ‘With the Ford V6 under the bonnet it has the same ethos as my TVR and I think it would be fun to compare them’ Gilbern Invader ‘Yes, there’s a theme developing here – another glassfibre coupé with a Ford 3.0 V6’ Reliant Sabre Six ‘Rare forerunner to the Scimitar is another lightweight six-cylinder Brit, this time with the cylinders in line’ Alpine-Renault A110 ‘Wow, what a thing! When I started to go to car shows you’d see them and they were still affordable then’ Chevrolet Corvette ‘Any model would do but the C2 Sting Ray is the best one for me’ Venturi Atlantique ‘Sexy-looking twin-turbo French GT is a real rarity and quite a performance car’ Daimler SP250 Dart ‘Great engine and quirky, challenging styling that should be in the Tate Gallery’ Lotus Elite Super ‘For its glassfibre monocoque – Chapman’s…

1 min
1967 corvette c2 roadster

Engine 5354cc cast iron V8, ohv, Holley 4160 four-barrel carburettor Power and torque 350bhp @ 5800rpm; 360lb ft @ 3600rpm Transmission Four-speed manual (option), rear-wheel drive Steering Worm and roller Suspension Front: unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar. Rear: independent by trailing arms, transverse leaf spring and telescopic dampers Brakes Discs front and rear Weight 1437kg (3168lb) Performance Top speed: 130mph; 0-60mph: 6.8sec Fuel consumption 17mpg Cost new £4162 Classic Cars Price Guide £18,000-£72,000…

1 min
chris walker’s motoring cv

FORD ESCORT 1100 ‘Dad’s green Ford Escort MkI was bought off his company, and was our family car for ages. It was the one I learnt to drive in.’ FORD ESCORT 1300E ‘Obviously influenced by my father, my first car was also an Escort – a purple 1300E. Lots of early motoring adventures and needed to get me to my aircraft apprenticeship in Filton.’ FORD ESCORT RS2000 MKII ‘Carrying on the Ford theme, though with an early dabble with glassfibre appearing – note the kayak strapped to the roof. I recently discovered that SRU 258R has survived, though it’s now painted yellow. I sold it to go back to college for a year and bought a £160 Skoda S110L that saw me through my time there – just!’ TVR 3000M ‘Things went sensible until 23 years ago…

2 min
manual xj-s not hanging around

‘This was a very bespoke Jag – and it’ll be the next to become collectible’ With values of the Jaguar XJ-S now brightening, it’s worth looking at the rarer variants. You’re too late for a bargain ’75/’76 manual V12 – only 352 were built and they’re now £40k and rising - but good examples of the ’85 to ’87 T-top 3.6 XJ Cabriolet five-speeders are still only in £10k territory. Never sold in America and a slow seller in the UK they’re a rare sight with only around 700 manuals ever produced. I owned an ’84 for a while and loved the front-end balance and poise from the lighter six-pot AJ6 engine. The Getrag 265 five-speed is a really sweet unit and you can row the car along like an E-type. Urgent,…