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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly

December 2020

Each issue is packed with the best down-to-earth advice, useful specialist information and news based on realistically priced classic cars, which will inspire you to buy, repair and restore your own classic cars. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

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United Kingdom
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English
Utgiver:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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2 min.
editor

This issue marks something of a milestone for Classics Monthly, being the 300th edition to be published. That’s nearly 25 years worth, and it is incredible to think about how much has changed in the world of classic cars over that quarter of a century. Perhaps the most obvious of these changes has been the way values of traditional classics have risen across the board, although some models have crept up slowly while others have simply rocketed skywards. That has conspired with the influx of new and younger enthusiasts to bring more modern cars into the classic fold – saloons from the 1980s and 1990s and sports cars into the 2000s, for example. There have also been any number of subtle shifts in tastes and fashions so that cars which 25…

2 min.
allard's continuation jr

Allard Motor Company, a name created in the 1930s from a love of racing, coachbuilding and pre-war ‘hot-rodding,’ is making its comeback for the first time in 60 years and introducing the Allard Sports Cars JR continuation series. This has been a collective family project to bring back the Allard name and continue the founding father’s (Sydney Allard) legacy. Hand built in the UK by Sydney’s son Alan and grandson Lloyd, alongside his other grandson Gavin who is archivist of the Allard Owners Club, the JR continuation model has been built using original drawings and parts, design bucks and traditional materials to the original 1953 JR Le Mans racing specification. Alan Allard said: 'Watching my father build these cars in period is a memory that will always stay with me. The…

4 min.
graham robson missed opportunities

Yes I know, it happens to every petrolhead at some point or another – the fact that we sometimes have the sort of dream which involves us buying, or keeping, our dream car, then waking up in a cold sweat and knowing that it never happened. And being angry with ourselves – which isn’t easy to deal with at three o’clock in the morning! I’d better admit that I have a list of ‘cars that got away,’ and I still regret in some ways ever letting any of it happen. Let's start this rather long list with my very first car, a 20-year-old MG TA which almost broke my personal bank (£275!) in 1958. It leaked, either from the poorly fitting hood and side-screens or through the wooden floorboards, it blew…

2 min.
letters

ORIGINAL ACCESSORIES IDEAL FOR YOUR 1960S SUNBEAM RAPIER I suspect that most clubs are in a similar position, but the restrictions this year have prevented the meetings that we normally report on in our magazines. That has certainly been the case for the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club's magazine, Cut and Thrust. However, that does provide opportunities for us to turn to other sources, and one that I put together was a light-hearted look at some magazine adverts from the early 1960s that I came across. The first one to catch my attention was what makers NMC claimed was 'The only safe way to light a cigarette when driving.' Easily mounted on your dashboard, the dispenser held ten cigarettes that were loaded before a journey. All the driver then had to do was…

12 min.
family favourite

“The Sport model was launched in 1971 and was basically a lower-spec 1300GT” When Ford of Europe unveiled the Escort to the public at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968, the all-new model was an instant success. Cleverly marketed as ‘The small car that isn’t,’ the Escort hit the ground running. The early models were available as two-door saloons in De Luxe, Super and GT format. These were equipped with either 1098cc (1.1-litre) or 1298cc (1.3-litre) Kent crossflow engines. An automatic gearbox was made available as an option, and a four-door saloon and estate were introduced the following year. As production of the latest Ford gathered pace, buyers were tempted by the low prices and a variety of body specs and engine options. It did not matter whether your preference was…

11 min.
the collectors

I bought the Duchess, our 1965 Rover 3 Litre saloon, in 1976. That is now 44 years ago, and at the time it had only 22,000 miles on the clock. Although I gave the car to Anne as a wedding present, I have somehow still ended up paying all the bills on it. Over the years, apart from routine maintenance, Duchess has had a professional bodywork overhaul with many new panels and a respray. The interior is mainly original, but the front seat bases had to have new leather installed by a local specialist a few years ago. In 1978, Anne sold the 1965 Vauxhall Viva HA she'd had since new and bought Sausage (from the registration number Sizzling Hot Chipolatas 864 Sausages) a brand new four-door Viva 1300L, as her…