Classic Cars November 2021

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November 2021 Issue 580 Handmade. It’s long been shorthand for something created with a mythical blend of the skill and care possessed by a select few craftspeople. Just typing the term is enough to create images in the Bell mind of a tailored suit, its collar softly puckered by the stitching, a custom-built guitar bodied in the buyer’s choice of swamp ash, or a fresh barrel of ale, with an extra handful of cascade hops this week. And cars, I might add. Lots of cars – but particularly those from the coachbuilt era, when attention to detail would give the tightest tolerances and most perfect finishes on everything from crankshafts to panel gaps. For car makers that could maintain those qualities – or at least the appearance ofthem – in the face…

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‘it’s the solidity and elegance that define the shadow’

Simply drawn yet still imposing, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward coupe looms in the dark Classic & Sportscar Centre showroom. The quad headlights are split by 22 polished radiator panes, forming one of the most recognisable front ends in classic motoring. Robert Cohen already knows it well. His father owned a Silver Shadow II saloon in the Seventies and let the teenaged Robert drive it regularly. He’s loved the model ever since. Today he’ll climb behind the wheel of the rare and stylish Mulliner Park Ward variant to discover whether the Silver Shadow lives up to his memories. Robert climbs up into the cabin and his eyes go straight to the butterfly outline on top of the radiator cap. ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy is quite something,’ he smiles. ‘It’s…

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robert’s dream drive list

Bentley S3 ‘Nostalgia, it’s as simple as that’ Jensen FF ‘I get a chuckle at a car that powerful with four-wheel drive!’ Jaguar E-type Series 2 ‘The butcher next door had one – I rode in it aged ten – and I prefer its uncovered lights‘ Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII ‘Everyone goes for the DB5 but these are especially pretty and sophisticated for the era’ Bristol 411 ‘Engineering – things like the side-mounted spare and battery’ Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow MPW ‘Since my early teens it’s been a stylish classic car’ Citroën DS23 Pallas ‘I’ve loved them since I was little. They’re so different, so advanced, and yet so flawed’ Jensen Interceptor SP ‘The Seventies equivalent to the Jaguar XKR I drive today’ Birkin Blower Bentley ‘Iconic British Le Mans cars – man and machine flying the flag’ Jaguar XJ-C ‘Sublime. The wheels are planted at all four corners and…

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robert cohen’s car cv

1965 BENTLEY S3 ‘Dad’s car. The brake servo worked off the gearbox, so the handbrake was required at low speed!’ ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW II ‘I’m standing alongside in my black tie best. This was the only time it was used as a wedding car’ 1978 VAUXHALL CHEVETTE ‘My first car and a workhorse for my father’s business. I’d still often use the Rolls though!’ JAGUAR XJ40 3.2S ‘My first Jaguar. I definitely regret selling it – I couldn’t fault the XJ40.’ JAGUAR X300 XJ 3.2 SPORT ‘I kept my second Jag for longer, before moving on to a 3.2-litre X308 XJ and a 3.5-litre X350 XJ’ JAGUAR XKR ‘Replaced an awful Lexus and makes me smile every time I start it. Reliable, economical grunt!’…

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the money is on the manuals

On the telly, back in 2015, I tipped nice Ferrari 456s at around thirty grand as undiscovered bargains. Soon prices started to tickle upwards and didn’t stop rising until they hit over £100k. Six years on and the wheel may have turned full circle because I’m back saying that the 456 – in manual guise – is worth looking out for. In July, Bonhams at Bicester sold a fine ’95 righthand-drive example with 28,500 miles for £38,250 including premium. The desirable six-speeder, with good history, lots of paperwork, all books and tools, in Grigio Titanio silver with tan Connelly interior – I thought this wasn’t expensive at all. With prices of last-of-the-line three-pedal Ferraris warming up, this seemed very well bought. Being originally sold new in Hong Kong may have spooked…

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ask quentin

Have Mini vans and pickups peaked? They have become rare and I’ve seen prices up to £25k. Is there more to come? And yes, I have one! Darryl Brown Two things drive prices for them – restoration costs and survival rates. Professional restoration, including buying one in the first place, willeasily cost more than £25k. Even restored at home it will be north of £15k. Survival rates are low because these were workhorses and didn’t start getting admired and cherished until the Nineties, by which time the majority had been scrapped. There’s every possibility that prices will carry on climbing. Don’t sell yet. Quentin Willson Spend on my IS200? I own a 2001 Lexus IS200 which is in fair but not perfect condition with 80k miles and two previous owners. Is it worth tidying up before selling, considering I snapped…