Modern Classics Magazine

Modern Classics Magazine November 2019

This is Modern Classics magazine: the UK’s first car magazine devoted to the best cars of the 1980s, 90s and 00s. Each issue Modern Classic magazine brings you: - Hero cars driven and rated, with a view to them being fun to own and drive today - Big group tests, spinning the modern view of classic rivalries - Detailed and entertaining buying guides - Great modern classic events, news, trends and gadgets - Market trends and buying advice All combined with edgy and exciting automotive photography, interesting features, buying tips, investment and owners’ views. Modern Classics sets a new standard for younger classic cars. It will help you in your journey from choosing to driving, and enjoying your modern classic car…

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i bought one conor twomey

‘I bought the Colt in February,' says Conor who works in the press office of Mitsubishi UK. 'I'd seen it for sale towards the end of 2018 following a full restoration but the seller was asking strong money. It reappeared in the spring for a third of the price and after a quick once over I did the deal. I've only done minor things like put headrests in the rear – they were an option at the time – and to repair minor bits of trim. I installed remote central locking but preserved the lock tumblers to make it easier to use. 'The best thing about it is its rarity. When I bought it, it was the only one on the road in the UK. I think one or two more have…

i bought one haig dalton

‘I bought it in early 2019 having always wanted an M3 Evo. This M3 is BMW at its best and I love the agility and thrills this car gives me out on the open road. ‘The six-speed gearbox is brilliant and as it is based on the saloon, I have always found it to be a very versatile car as well. Parts are fairly plentiful and the car has never given me any major problems. Originality is key with these E36 models and I looked long and hard before deciding on this one. ‘As an investment, it gives me the best of both worlds, with prices only ever going to go up!’…

choose your porsche 928

1977: Initially conceived as a replacement for the 911, the 928 enters production with a 4474cc, 240bhp water-cooled V8. It’s the first front-engined Porsche, and the first with a V8. 1980: 928S gets capacity rise to 4664cc, producing 300bhp. 1983: Power increases again with the 310bhp S2, which also includes ABS as standard. The UK never sees an S3, as that moniker becomes an internal designation used in the USA. 1986: The S4 arrives with 320bhp. It’s followed in 1989 by the 330bhp 928GT, complete with a whopping £55k price tag. 1995: Production ceases after a smidge over 61,000 units.…

a big dog that won’t bite

‘THE 599 WAS GIVEN MANY NOTABLE AWARDS ON LAUNCH’ If you’re thinking about buying a new sports car with serious performance and prestige credentials, you’re no doubt set on spending a similarly serious chunk of change. A base Porsche 911 Carrera, for example, will set you back upwards of £80,000 – and that’s before you so much as glance at the options list. You can still easily spend that kind of money if you go for a home-grown alternative. A new Lotus Evora GT410 Sport? That’s an £85,900 car. Tick a few options boxes for air conditioning and the like and its price will quickly creep towards £100,000. None of these cars would leave you disappointed, but what is certain is that all will depreciate. Even the low-volume Lotus will quickly shed a…

alfa romeo 147 gta

The difference between a good and a shabby one is getting more distinct. Already a rare car, there are few 147 GTAs that have been truly doted on throughout their lives. This one’s even rarer – it’s a sunroof model. We searched high and low for any blemishes, but couldn’t find any stonechips anywhere, and no common issues. The side panels on the doors are brand new, and all the window rubbers are in excellent condition. The alloy wheels have been freshly refurbed in a dark matt finish, and look perfect. Each one wears a fresh Michelin Primacy 3 tyre. The brake calipers will also be refurbished before the car leaves the vendor. Inside, the good news continues – it’s truly immaculate. The door-button plastics, so often scratched or damaged, look brand new…

bitesize news

Stay vigilant Fake emails and texts supposedly from the DVLA are in circulation once more. They target people who have just taxed their vehicles or recently claimed Vehicle Excise Duty exemption. Report suspicious missives to Call for clubs Organisers of next year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery (at Birmingham’s NEC on 27-29 March) are looking for clubs to take part. Ideal stands will include a vehicle in need of restoration, one being worked on at the show, and one in excellent condition. Demos of practical skills are also encouraged. Clubs can apply online via Callum’s curvaceous creation Ian Callum’s design house, Callum, has unveiled a limited run of 25 remastered first-gen Aston Martin Vanquishes. Callum’s first project since he left Jaguar Land Rover includes a 60bhp power hike, minor…