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Classic Cars November 2020

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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United Kingdom
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
[sponsored by carole nash insurance]

Peter Mcllvenny of specialist classic car insurer Carole Nash says, ‘The CLK55/63 AMG certainly fits the bill as a great modern classic. Where the values of these emerging classics will be in ten years is hard to tell but if you buy the right car it is sure to give you lots of smiles along the way. However, as with any performance marque, service history is key not only when you’re buying but selling too, so factor in these costs to your ownership. Essential maintenance such as tyres and brakes can be expensive, with OE discs at a premium. With these more than most, do your homework, buy the best you can afford, and keep your maintenance up to date and it shouldn’t see you wrong in the long run.’ Classic…

1 min
in the trade

WIN WIN A CAR COVER We’re giving away a Specialised Car Cover worth up to £400 to one reader. Bespoke designs guarantee a perfect fit and unique material formulations ensure total protection. See classiccarsmagazine.co.uk/winacarcover. Good luck! HERITAGE CARS FOR SALE Brightwells is offering 11 cars from Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection. But be quick – the online sale ends on 24 September. Lots range from a 1924 M-Type 14/40 Melton to a 2013 Corsa. The rare Victor 101FC estate pictured may well exceed its £3k-£4k estimate. See brightwells.com. LOTUS GOES CLASSICHE Lotus launched its Certificate of Provenance scheme by issuing the first one to this 1981 Esprit Turbo – Colin Chapman’s last company car. The certificate, available from Lotus dealers, costs £170. That also buys you a build spec letter, a letter signed by Lotus’s CEO, plus branded…

1 min
choose your triumph dolomite

► Introduced in October 1972, the new Triumph Dolomite 1850HL had an 1854cc slant-four engine and four-speed manual gearbox. Overdrive and automatic were optional. ► Potent Dolomite Sprint followed in June 1973 featuring a limited-slip differential and a 1998cc version of the 1850HL’s engine with an overhead camshaft rocker-operated 16-valve cylinder head. Overdrive standard from 1975. ► Triumph’s small-car range was rationalised in 1976 into two smaller-engined Dolomites, identified by single square headlights in 1296cc 1300 and 1493cc 1500 forms. 1500HL joined the range in 1976 with the 1850HL’s luxury equipment and four-headlight bodyshell. ► Production ended in August 1980. HAGERTY CLASSIC CAR INSURANCE For tailored insurance quotes on road- registered classic cars, call 0333 323 1181 ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk BRITAIN’S BEST MARKETPLACE IN PRINT | MOBILE | ONLINE…

3 min
quentin willson

I‘m being bothered by the 1954 Cadillac. Last week an email from Gullwing Motor Cars appeared in my inbox and it’s been niggling away at me ever since. The New York old car dealer was offering a 1954 Series 62 convertible in white with red leather interior, an older but very wonderful restoration and still looking immaculate, gorgeous and sexy, for £50k. Now, compared to Corniche convertibles, Bentley Azures and ‘59 Cadillac convertibles this sounded like good value for something so crowd-stopping and historic. And yes I know it’s far too long and wide to squeeze into any British suburban garage – but my goodness, what a car. And the ‘54 was the celebrity Caddy of the Fifties. Marilyn Monroe had a black convertible – given to her by Jack Benny…

1 min
continuation cars made ‘real’

Swiss company R-Reforged, which has a UK subsidiary based in Warwick, has developed a compliance service that will get any bespoke, low-volume or continuation car through the UK’s Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test. It means that the growing numbers of continuation cars built by the original manufacturer to replicate their great classics of the past can have a life beyond the confines of the race track or static exhibitions. Aston Martin, Jaguar and Bentley have been remaking limited runs of DB4 GTs, XKSSs and 4.5-litre Blowers respectively. Many have questioned the point of buying a car, often for £1m-plus, that – until now – couldn’t legally be used on the road. For the Aston Martin DB4GT (above), R-Reforged has developed a kit of more than 60 reversible changes that require no body…

10 min
ads on test

Triumph Dolomite Sprint £84,995 Fancy historic racing with impeccable provenance? How about an ex-works Triumph Dolomite Sprint, asks Richard Gunn This car isn’t road-legal so you won’t be popping down to Tesco in it. Nor would you want to because the sideexit exhaust makes it almost brutally loud and the racing clutch and Abingdon Special Tuning close-ratio gearbox mean that it’s easy to stall when changing gear at slow speeds. All that said, you can feel this racing weapon coming into its own the faster you go. We never got anywhere near its full potential but it is obviously well-specced and thoroughly sorted mechanically. It underwent a full body restoration in 2013 and is still in very good order despite having been raced since. The original doors, boot and bonnet panels and front…