Classic Cars

Classic Cars May 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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5 min
classics i should have bought

It seems 2020 obviously affected me more than I realised because looking back I’m surprised at how many copper-bottomed bargains I didn’t buy. A combination of lockdowns, tiers, travel restrictions and anxieties about the future stayed my hand. But – and isn’t hindsight wonderful – I’m quietly astonished at the opportunities I deliberately chose to miss through inertia, stubbornness or a deadly combination of the two. Here though, is the positive take away for everybody from my hopelessness in 2020 – if my experiences are anything to go by there are still lots of special classics out there being undersold that sharp-eyed enthusiasts can buy and then go on to own and enjoy for free. My most shameful (and that is the right word) miss was CCA’s 1964 Jensen CV8 MkIII,…

1 min
ferruccio’s favourites

Ferruccio’s personal preferences were always of high importance at his eponymous company. After all, its very existence came about as a result of a dispute with Enzo Ferrari – he was unhappy that his Ferrari used the same type of clutch as his tractors. At the beginning at least, it could be argued all Lamborghinis were made with Ferruccio in mind; they were simply him demonstrating to Ferrari what a GT should be. But as customer preferences and economies of scale started influencing specifications, Ferruccio ‘needed’ his personal vehicles to be a little more bespoken. His personal sky-blue 350GT, chassis #0265, returned from Touring to be fitted with a revised gearbox and Salisbury differential, and a prototype 4.0-litre engine; it was effectively a glamorous test bed for the 400GT, yet it retained…

1 min
the automobilia

Graham has an extensive model collection in varying sizes. ‘I started buying model cars before I could afford the big cars; you get caught up in collecting them and it’s never-ending. My intention was to get a nice representative collection, covering the cars that I have, but inevitably it ended up being more than just that. Sadly I’ve stopped because I no longer have the space.’ The walls are adorned with grilles and wheels caps from various models spanning many years. ‘Over the years I’ve broken quite a few cars for spares and have kept more than I can ever use. So recently I’ve started selling off some of my stockpile, and have kept some of the bright-work, grilles and wheel-caps in particular to liven up the display.’ It seems Graham also…

2 min
mr. le mans

By Tom Kristensen & Dan Philipsen, £40,, ISBN 978 87 972603 0 2 Tom Kristensen has now retired, having begun his motor sport career in the early Eighties, and the cars that he drove now grace classic events. So this 430-page part-biography, part-autobiography deserves shelf space alongside works on the likes of Jackie Stewart and Juha Kankkunen. The life story of the nine-times Le Mans winner told in a combination of Kristensen’s first-person anecdotes and Philipsen’s third-person storytelling is a little confusing early on, but their attention to detail is incredibly immersive. Kristensen’s struggle to get into full-time professional motor sport is detailed in the first half of the book; no family money, a disapproving mother, scarce sponsors and eventually being too old for F1 seem like a recipe for heroic failure.…

1 min

1:43-scale Chenard et Walcker Type U3 Spark, £59.99 This largely plastic model of the inaugural 1923 Le Mans winner is simple but charming. Special attention has been given to period race modifications like the driver’s booster cushions and running-board-mounted spotlight. 1:43-scale Porsche 906 Spark, £59.99 Engine detail is limited to carburettor trumpets but the yellow rear screen, fully-stocked dashboard and livery of Willy Mairesse’s 1966 Targa Florio winner more than make up for it. A satisfying model of one of Porsche’s most beautiful racers. 1:18-scale Lotus 12 Tecnomodel, £259.99 This is a nicely spindly model of an F1 groundbreaker – the cockpit of Graham Hill’s first F1 car sports a two-pedal footwell and unusual linkage for its sequential transaxle gearbox. Superbly detailed brakes and suspension, too – this is a complex and rewarding piece. 1:18-scale Ferrari 408 Tecnomodel, £259.99 This massive…

2 min

Like an oil stain on a concrete garage floor, a negative perception can be hard to lose. Ferrari Testarossa – Eighties excess on wheels – went out of fashion as rapidly as big hair and New Romantics. Even designer Leonardo Fioravanti was apologetic about it when we spoke to him for our Pininfarina special in the February issue. Porsche 928, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus and Mini 1275GT have all suffered for what they’re not – 911, Escort RS2000 and Mini Cooper respectively. And Ford Focus RS MkI, panned for rabid torque steer that made it impossible to drive with any great finesse. Call me a revisionist if you must, but the very qualities that have denied these cars the best of receptions are what make them more appealing today. If a taste…