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Classic Cars September 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

The sight of my friend’s Ford Escort MkI – a hapless 1100 DeLuxe propelled by a Mexico-spec 1600 engine – squatting on its rear suspension, inside front wheel threatening to paw the air, has been etched on my memory since the few crazy days I spent chasing the 1986 RAC Rally around the country. It began my enlightenment to why these small family saloons attract such a passionate following. Of course, I was well aware of the Escort’s huge motor sport achievements, but I was still to fully appreciate just how special they could be as road cars. Ten years later I drove my friend’s ultimate evolution of his home-modified Escort, now packing 1.7 litres of Kent power and suspension modifications to match. It was a revelation, with a pure directness…

10 min
‘i feel like steve mcqueen’

If you measure enthusiasm by how early someone turns up for an event, then Essex-based electrician Jim Hughes scores pretty highly for arriving a full 45 minutes ahead of our agreed start time at Bicester Heritage, now established as the epicentre of the British classic car industry. Then again, the car he’s set to drive today has always provided a great source of enthusiasm – from owners, journalists, and even the various professional racers who back in the Seventies chose to drive them on their days off. As you’ve doubtlessly already noted, today’s treat is a 911 2.7RS Touring, one of just 94 right-hand-drive examples originally sold in the UK. Even better, the Bahia Red car that’s been provided for us by Pendine Historic Cars is an unrestored 71,000-miler that’s…

1 min
jim’s dream drive list

Porsche 911 2.7 RS ‘Daddy of all classic 911s that simply begs to be driven hard.’ Alfa Romeo GTA ‘I’ve admired these cars since seeing one dance round the track at the Goodwood Revival ten years ago and have seriously considered selling organs to fund one.’ Ferrari F40 ‘The love started when scanning posters in my local Athena and ever since I’ve wondered whether it lives up to its hero status.’ Renault 5 Turbo 1 ‘The original Turbo was just so epically bonkers and inspired great hot hatches from RenaultSport.’ Aston Martin DB4 ‘For me the best-looking Aston ever made and cool personified.’ Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 ‘The rally master and classic car legend that should be on everyone’s top ten list.’ Lancia Thema 8.32 ‘I’ve always been a big fan of the sleeper car and have been very tempted by one…

1 min
1973 porsche 911 carrera rst

Engine Alloy 2687cc air-cooled flat-six, ohc per bank, mechanical Bosch Kugelfischer fuel injection Power and torque 210bhp @ 6300rpm; 188lb ft @ 5100rpm Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion Suspension Front: independent by MacPherson struts, lower wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar. Rear: independent by semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars, anti-roll bar and telescopic dampers Brakes Ventilated discs Weight 1075kg (2367lb) Performance Top speed: 152mph; 0-60mph: 5.8sec Fuel consumption 17mpg Cost new £6621 Classic Cars Price Guide £295k-£520k…

1 min
jim hughes’ car cv

MINI 1000 (1986) ‘Bought for £200 with the idea of restoring it. Unfortunately I was 15, potless and clueless, so after two years of taking it apart it was sold.’ RENAULT CLIO 1.2 MKI (1991) ‘At 17 I had just passed my test and having lusted after a Clio Williams, I scraped together my money from waiting tables and selling the Mini and bought the closest thing to it I could.’ FIAT BRAVO 1.6 (1998) ‘Bought from my mum at a discount and then destroyed six months later when I ran out of talent on a spirited drive through country lanes.’ ALFA ROMEO 166 3.0 SUPER (2002) ‘My first proper car – a thug in a fine Italian suit. Bought at 21 due to memories of my stepdad’s 164 in which mum took on a brick wall…

2 min
ferrari 400/412 values on the up

There’s some bustle around the Ferrari 400 and 412. A change in affection has hardened prices with exceptional cars now touching £80k. Neal Gordon in Chelsea has a blue ’81 right-hand-drive 400i auto with only 16,000 miles and total Ferrari history for £84,950, while Gallery Aaldering in Holland has an ’83 lhd auto in dark blue with 22,000 miles, three owners and big history for £53,000. Right-hand-drive 400is are rarest, with only 152 cars produced, and the biggest prize is a UK-supplied manual with only 25 examples ever built. The later, rarer and more refined 412 is a good bet too, with Justin Banks in Kent offering an ’88 412 auto in metallic black, with extensive history and 36,000 miles for a very reasonable £34,995. As the last of the affordable…