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Classic Cars June 2021

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

28 min
painless classics

There’s no avoiding the fact that some classic cars can spring nasty surprises on their owners. Design flaws, sometimes irrelevant when new, can conspire to make ownership a never-ending reliability headache decades down the line. Patchy spares availability can put a classic off the road for years, consigning it to neglect and decay for want of some elusive part. Complex mechanical assemblies, their maintenance beyond the realm of home mechanics, spell wallet-wilting bills at specialists that many owners will ignore. The result can end up sitting dead in the driveway, an expensive monument to a reckless moment of financial oversight. Well, this feature is all about what some might consider impossible. Painless classics. Cars which - be it as a result of design when new, large- scale support as classics, or…

4 min
cleaning up after a pagoda party

The W113 Mercedes SL, or Pagoda as most prefer to call it, has fallen in value quite substantially. In 2017/18 dozens of international dealers and restorers paraded a beauty contest of amazingly restored examples priced at £250k (and more) but the market couldn’t get its head round the concept of ‘The quarter-of-a-million- Pagoda’ and values slid back. But now might be a good time to reconsider those perfect, mint W113s because many are now back on the market for between £100k and £150k – which will be what they cost to restore. The recalibration of Pagoda prices means that there’s some serious value in those mint, chequebook restoration cars that now need nothing. ‘There’s some serious value in restored minters’ In March 2021, Silverstone dispatched an early ’64, UK-supplied 230SL manual –…

5 min
sports and show in sydney

Aunique Delage designed to win both races and concours continued to fulfil its creator’s wishes by scooping Best in Show at the 2021 Sydney Harbour Concours. Elsewhere, the event celebrated the career of Sir Jack Brabham and 60 years of the Jaguar E-type, and saw an array of freshly restored Seventies supercars take their concours bow. Delage D6-70 Special Recently returned to its original 1936 specifications in an exacting restoration, this Delage D6-70 Special took the Prix d’Honneur for Best in Show. ‘How fitting – Louis Delage originally commissioned Joseph Figoni to design and build it to be capable of winning both the 1936 Le Mans 24 Hours and a Concours d’Elegance,’ said owner John Lawson of the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied fixed-head coupé. The Delage proved its endurance at the concours too, by…

3 min
1967 fiat dino coupé £59,995

The previous owner of this Dino was apparently both a driving enthusiast and a perfectionist, which shows in its condition. He covered 20,000km across Britain and Europe and maintained the car meticulously. It’s stunning to look at and drives well. The metallic grey bodywork shows no stonechips or corrosion, and it has clearly seen frequent underseal treatments over the years. The alloy wheels are unmarked and wear Michelin tyres with deep tread all round. The chrome brightwork and badges are all in great shape and the plastic parts are also good, as are the imposing front grille and quad headlamps. The Dino has been well used but doesn’t show it. The black vinyl seats are excellent, showing almost no wear or flattening of the foam. The carpets don’t have much wear either,…

1 min
five jobs to avoid

Replacing a windscreen Taking the screen out and refitting it following paintwork or a headlining replacement can be manageable, but as soon as something is different - repairs to the screen aperture or a new screen - it can all get very scary… especially when you have to start forcing it. Windscreen fitters know the limits of what the glass can take, so let their experience show. Removing the heater ‘Remove car from heater’ is what it should say in the manual. It’s like burrowing to the centre of the Earth, only with more broken dash fixings and seized hose clips. Do you like lying in the footwell with your feet on the headrest? Do you like doing it all over again when the leak reappears? If not, pay someone else to suffer. Repairing…

2 min
‘if you want ferrari pace at a porsche price, the lotus is your car’

Looking back without hindsight Even with four cylinders, the Lotus Esprit always held its own alongside more muscular competition. Lighter than any rival, its small engine packed with F1-derived technology, it was exotic on its own terms. But had the Seventies’ oil crisis not intervened, it would have had a V8. In 1996, a V8 engine - a 3.5-litre twin-turbo unit that would also see service in GT1 racing - finally arrived in the new Lotus Esprit. Its £58,750 price tag made it a direct rival to Porsche’s £56,495 993 Carrera 2. But in spirit, its closest nemesis was clearly the £88,965 Ferrari F355, darling of the motoring press and Hollywood alike. Could the new Lotus outgun them both? In June 1996 CAR decided to find out with a Northumberland blast. The first…