Modern Classics Magazine

Modern Classics Magazine December 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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the auction finds that got away

1988 Audi Ur-quattro 10V BRING ON THE SNOW Sold for £22,866 at CCA, 4 October Higher-mileage classics can make a smart buy if they’ve been looked after – and this sharp-looking 10-valve quattro was a great example. Guided at £20-£25k, it was believed to have covered 97k. There was a mileage discrepancy, but it had clearly been cared-for and sold for over £12k less than an example with 73k on the clock that sold earlier in the year. 2002 Rover 75 Connoisseur FOR THOSE WITH FINER TASTES Sold for £1680 at Historics, 21 September Heavy depreciation can make older luxury saloons tempting, but real-world running costs and reliability issues can often ruin the experience. Not so with this Rover 75; it had a frugal 2.0-litre diesel engine and had covered just 23,523 miles. The two-owner car, offered…

behind the scenes at modern classics...

Greatest view in London? No, not the back of JJ’s bonce. We won’t tell you where because the locals (understandably) complained. Still, we were quieter than the drunks and local drug dealer’s AMG C63... Widowmaker, really? Slimy roads in an ‘80s aircooled Porsche? What could possibly go wrong? Not much, really, though JJ did return from his trip to Yorkshire with a pair of red braces and a briefcase. Is it coming or going? Snapper Simon Thompson got some close attention from some Welsh wild horses. This one appears to be either an optical illusion or Wales has another legend – horses with polycephaly. It’s all plaid out It’s been three years since our last team photo so we thought it best to get another one done. You can almost count the wrinkles since then. Who looks…

essential checks

Engine ‘If they’re treated well and serviced properly, they’re pretty bulletproof,’ says Tommy Butler, owner of independent Saab, VW and Audi specialist TR Autos. ‘If they’ve been looked after, you can pick one up with 170k miles and it can still look good and drive really nicely.’ That said, there are some crucial things to check for. Timing chains can get noisy and oil leaks are not uncommon, primarily from the distributor blanking plate and front right-hand corner of the engine; both can be an easy fix, but the latter can sometimes require head gasket replacement. Turbochargers are generally stout, but versions with Saab DI – Direct Ignition, a coil-per-plug ‘cassette’ system – can suffer from misfires and hesitation on boost. ‘My advice to anyone is to fit a genuine replacement,’ says…

where we went

Directly due west of Birmingham are the Shropshire Hills. An area of outstanding natural beauty, this undulating county straddles the border between England and Wales and offers some remarkable views, pretty villages and largely empty roads. We started our drive on the A49 that intersects the region. The Carding Mill Valley is well worth a stop. The adjoining Long Mynd boasts steep valleys and escarpments that rise to 1693ft above sea level. If you fancy a break from driving, there's a scenic walk down the Mill Valley to a waterfall easily accessible from the National Trust carpark. Back on the road, take a left off the A49 just after the village of All Stretton and you'll find yourself climbing into the real Shropshire Hills. Routes here are pretty narrow with mixed visibility…

the team’s month

JOHN-JOE VOLLANS EDITOR Fixed his V8 BMW so he could spend an afternoon with even hotter V8 BMWs. It hasn’t thrown a strop since either. NATHAN CHADWICK ASSISTANT EDITOR Maserati Ghibli Cup obsession led to him buying old copies of Performance Car off eBay. Someone please send help. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR Got close to buying a new Ducati until nursery fees scuppered his plans. Instead he’s now trawling ads for any bike under a tenner. JETHRO BOVINGDON COLUMNIST Spent part of the month in a BMW heritage fleet M3 E30 in southern France. Which was a chore (not that we’re jealous, oh no...) TIFF NEEDELL COLUMNIST Was dismayed to find out Autosport is focussing on its digital platform rather than print. The mag played a big part in his career... LEWIS KINGSTON MARKETS EXPERT Fell in love with a rare Toyota Corolla (see Trade News), bought…

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. 1986: The S4 arrives with 320bhp. It’s followed in 1989 by the 330bhp 928GT, complete with a whopping £55k price tag. 1991: GTS ramps price again, but the car now sports a 5.4 V8, wider body and greater luxury. 1995: Production ceases after a smidge over 61,000 units.…