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Octane June 2018

Octane is a premium monthly magazine celebrating over 100 years of automotive design, from classic Bentleys to the latest BMW. We have been at the heart of the motoring industry for seventeen years, so we know our stuff when it comes to classic cars. Written by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, the magazine captures the exclusivity and excitement of the classic car world so you can experience it all wherever you are.

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in this issue

2 min
1958 aston martin db4

By 12 Art Price £329.95 Material Resincast First things first: this is a big model. If we were to reproduce the picture at the right size in relation to the 1:43 models below, it wouldn’t fit on the page. It’s nearly 15 inches long, and heavy with it. But check out the price. Not exactly peanuts – but you could pay this, and more, for a 1:43 handbuilt. Now look at the wire wheels. Impressive, aren’t they? And the overall finish is superb: not just the metallic paint, but the interior, which features authentically creased seat facings and super-fine belts. There are no opening panels but that’s no criticism – when a car is as beautiful as the DB4, the shape is all that really matters. Sadly, this version in blue…

2 min
concorso d’eleganza di kyoto

CHERRY BLOSSOM created the magic background for the second Concorso d’Eleganza di Kyoto, held at the 400-year-old Nijō Castle. Carrozzeria Touring was the celebrated coachbuilder this year, and 16 of the cars built by the famed Milanese officina were on display, including the car that was judged Best in Show, a 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este, one of only 31 believed built and 20 known to survive, which belongs to Italian collector Nicola Livon. ‘The Alfa 6C Villa d’Este is among the most beautiful cars ever built,’ said head judge Antonio Ghini, now the man in charge of the Lamborghini Museum at Sant’Agata Bolognese. His team included car designers Shiro Nakamura (styling chief at Nissan for 18 years) and Louis de Fabribeckers of Carrozzeria Touring. The public vote went…

1 min
land rover the early years

Given the dramatic rise in interest in early Land Rovers recently, it’s surprising how few books there are on the subject. The only one to go into extensive detail on the prototypes and the first production models is a self-published work from 36 years ago. Originally issued in 1982 as a foolscap softback in a print run of just 1000, it was updated and reissued as an A4 hardback in 1986. Only 2000 of those were printed, so either version is rare, although there was a later club reprint of the softback. The author spent 12 years researching his book and the USP of his book is the chapter giving all known details of each of the 48 prototypes. Despite the book’s age, this information is still useful, since – as the…

2 min
retro classics stuttgart

LITHUANIAN COLLECTOR Saulius Karosas’s world-class display was the highlight at this year’s Retro Classics. No fewer than 55 cars from the SK Collection were transported to Messe Stuttgart’s recently opened Paul Horn Hall, including a line-up of Russian Gaz models and a handful of Zil Kremlin cars. Many had never been seen in the West before. The wide range of Horchs impressed, too, but it was the collection of Erdmann & Rossi-bodied cars (particularly the blue 1938 Bentley 4½ Litre Coupé Convertible) that stood out as stars. Elsewhere, Porsche’s 70th anniversary celebrations were in full swing, with the 961 Le Mans car and oddly proportioned four-seater 911 prototype taking centre stage. BMW celebrated 40 Years of M1 with a prototype road car and a rare Schnitzer Turbo version among the comparatively…

1 min

bob davy ‘Taking off in a P51 Mustang is like being strapped to a 1500-horsepower, four-ton supermarket trolley going backwards. Everything is trying to veer you off the runway and into the scenery.’ A vastly experienced commercial pilot, Bob explains how mere humans can learn to fly this iconic warbird on PAGES 140 TO 146. Jethro bovingdon ‘Many of us know the Dallara story – he was the engineer behind the Miura, after all – but what’s incredible is that he’s still so involved in every project, from Bugatti Chiron to his company’s IndyCar work. I’ll forever cherish the moments I spent chatting to Giampaolo Dallara about his new road car.’ Read about the Stradale on PAGES 116 TO 122. Mark dixon ‘I’m a huge Land Rover enthusiast and I’ve just bought a 1966 Ford…

1 min
top 10 prices march 2018

£1,825,000 ($2,530,000) 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,706,000 ($2,365,000) 2003 Ferrari Enzo Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,590,000 ($2,205,000) 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,388,500 ($1,925,000) 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,269,500 ($1,760,000) 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,237,000 ($1,710,000) 2015 McLaren P1 Bonhams Amelia Island, USA. 8 March £1,194,000 ($1,655,000) 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,154,000 ($1,600,000) 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,150,500 ($1,595,000) 1990 Porsche 962C Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March £1,111,000 ($1,540,000) 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Gooding & Co Amelia Island, USA. 9 March…