Classic Cars

Classic Cars January 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.

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1:18-scale Ferrari 330LMB Tecnomodel, £249.99 The 330LMB has remained unmodelled until now, so Tecno’s glittering example is welcome. Replicating Dan Gurney’s 1963 Bridgehampton 500km car, its colour and contours captivate when placed under spotlights, as does its exacting interior. 1:18-scale Mercedes-Benz 190E Minichamps, £109.99 Hats off to Minichamps for eschewing the Cosworth and creating a model of the black-bumpered, hubcapped, vinyltrimmed manual base-model in its earliest 1982 form. The panel gaps are too shallow, but everything else has been lovingly replicated. 1:43-scale Citroën CX Safari camera car Matrix, £101.99 Matrix has risen admirably to the challenge of replicating the BBC camera-mount Citroën. Although the result is very brittle, the level of detail is faultless – including the Philips TV camera, and crinkles in the rear window tinting. Perfect. 1:18-scale Land Rover Discovery Cult, £176.99 This huge model is a Tonka…

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‘these cars open up vast possibilities’

The 1970 edition of the Ladybird Book of Cars scratches its metaphorical head when attempting to describe the Renault 16 to children. Eventually it plumps for ‘saloon with an estate-style flap at the back’. Paradoxically, when a car finally arrived with a design similar enough to prompt a Giant Test – the Austin Maxi – CAR struggled too. In this January 1971 twin-test, it settles on ‘Five-door saloons’. The word ‘hatchback’ never appears. The Maxi was a new release but it was already in trouble, alterations having been made to its five-speed gearbox. ‘Following its rescue from the book of Famous Motoring Mistakes, the Maxi is at last closely comparable with the well-developed Renault... So far, BLMC and Renault have the market for five-door saloons virtually to themselves,’ wrote CAR’s un-named…

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classic cars advertise your car for free

IMPORTANT NOTICE In order to comply with government guidelines designed to minimise risks posed by COVID-19, the Classic Cars team has moved to working from home so we are unable to accept Cars for Sale coupons sent into the office. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Private advertisements are FREE. To have your classic car advertised in Classic Cars magazine you can still supply text and photographs by the following methods: ONLINE (unlimited text and photographs) EMAIL Please photograph the whole car and send a jpg with make, model and price plus no more than 200 characters of text including year, details about specification, condition and history, telephone number including STD code and county that the car is based in. CALL 01733 366354 Your advert will appear in the next two issues, subject to availability. For your…

3 min
quentin willson

Last month, in a quiet corner of South West France, auction house Artcurial sold the André Lurton collection. You may have read about it – an eclectic accumulation of 80 cars, agricultural and military vehicles spanning an engineering century. Wine connoisseurs will know André Lurton, who died last year, as one of Bordeaux’s greatest winemakers; I knew him as my local mayor and modest car collector. I’d just bought a house in a village near St Emilion when André knocked on the door and introduced himself as my local maire. He’d heard I was a motoring journalist and wondered if I’d like to see his car collection, taste his wine and talk cars. At the time I didn’t realise that the several chateaux he owned covered 1600 acres and produced…

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1962 jaguar e-type 3.8 coupé

Engine 3781cc straight-six, dohc, three SU HD8 carbs Power and torque 265bhp @ 5500rpm; 260Ib ft @ 4000rpm Transmission Four-speed manual, rearwheel drive Steering Rack and pinion Suspension Front: independent, unequal-length double wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear: independent, parallel transverse links, halfshafts, radius arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers, antiroll bar Brakes Discs front and rear Weight 1321kg Performance 0-60mph: 7sec; Top speed: 150mph Cost new £2196 CC Price Guide £57,500-£140,000…

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don hayter, 1926-2020 aldo brovarone 1926-2020

Don Hayter, the car designer best known for styling the MGB, has died aged 94. Originally a drawing-office apprentice at Pressed Steel in the Forties, Hayter’s first encounters with MG styling were from an engineering perspective, translating clay models into technical plans from which production designs could be created. His first contribution to MG design as a result were the doors, tail-lamps and interior panelwork for the ZA-series Magnette saloon. In 1954, Hayter was hired by Aston Martin as a draughtsman, while the DB4 was in development. However, when the firm relocated to Newport Pagnell just two years later, Hayter moved to MG’s drawing office at Abingdon, where he remained until 1979. Hayter’s first styling job at Abingdon was the MGA Coupé, a car designed in close cooperation with the Competitions Department.…