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Octane December 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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United Kingdom
Autovia Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
french fancies for paris

THERE ARE VERY few true enthusiasts of post-war cars who don’t harbour an ambition to own a Facel Vega one day. With rock-star connections, matinee-idol looks, a shrunken version for the more parsimonious and even a Chrysler V8 for those who reel at the Facel engine’s ruinous reputation, Jean Daninos’ range truly comprises the most aristocratic of French classic cars. So it was a case of sacré bleu when Artcurial announced that not one, but four, Facel Vegas from a private collection would be sold at its 14th Automobiles sur les Champs auction in Paris on 4 November. Most desirable of the quartet is a 1962 Facel II which was delivered new to Italy, has had recent €30k expenditure at Vega Passion and is estimated at €180,000-220,000. One of fewer than 200,…

1 min
the lowdown

WHAT TO PAY 2CV6 models start from around £6000 in solid and very usable condition, although road-legal projects can be picked up for less than £3000. Fully rebuilt examples can cost upwards of £10,000. Pre-’53 ‘ripple-bonnet’ cars are very rare, and can command upwards of £30,000-40,000. Post-’53 cars span £8000 to £15,000, Slough-built cars slightly more. The ultimate in collectable 2CVs is the 4x4 twin-engined Sahara. With just under 700 of these built, they range from around £60,000 to over £100,000. LOOK OUT FOR… As always, rust is your biggest enemy. UK cars have most likely had a replacement chassis by now but you should always check that it’s solid. Inspect the bodywork for corrosion because the thin steel suffers badly. Main areas to watch include the bulkhead, sills and floors. Engines are strong but need an…

1 min
bargain is a relative term

WHAT IS IT about Aston Martin that renders otherwise razor-sharp businessmen incapable of making a rational decision? For most of its 100-year-plus history, Aston Martin has been a sickly child nursed by a series of tycoons who, in strictly financial terms, really should have known better. The answer, of course, is emotion. Obviously not just the levels of emotion that would make most of us part with a few quid for a good cause, but the amount that persuades steely-eyed industrialists to lay absolutely everything on the line in order to sell beautiful cars to the public at a loss. And, if you think about it, the fact that this didn’t just happen once, but repeatedly, is really something unique. Let’s face it, if these saviours had applied the same logic used…

7 min
full speed per head

The 1996 Formula 1 World Champion seems to read my mind as I stare at the slender, three-inch-high Perspex wind deflector in front of me. ‘That doesn’t do anything; you are about to get an awful lot of air in your face,’ he says. Damon Hill is relaxed, seemingly on-duty and off-duty at the same time, patiently absorbing and answering my impertinent questions, but not in a contractual-obligation kind of way. He is happy and chatty, too, equally unfazed by the barrage of mobile phones that follow his every move from just a few feet away. We are in the pitlane at Goodwood Motor Circuit, strapped into an Aston Martin DB3S on a glorious day, an empty track ahead of us and awaiting a green light and an extravagant gesture from…

1 min
letter of the month wins a beautiful toccata watch by raymond weil, worth £595

This elegant, classically styled men’s timepiece features a quartz movement inside a stainless steel 42mm case, and a stunning blue galvanic dial with appliqué indexes and date window, protected by a sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 5atm and supplied on a black calf leather strap with an alligator grain finish. Raymond Weil is one of a handful of Swiss watchmakers that remain in family hands. The Toccata name reflects the Weil family’s interest in music, which has led to many of the watch collections bearing musically themed names. RAYMOND-WEIL.COM…

7 min
make the most of your time together

OPENING THE garage door and seeing my father’s name on the side of the D-type cockpit, I could feel the tears start to fall down my cheeks. I climbed into the car and sat in it, sobbing, for how long I don’t know. Holding onto the wheel as if somehow it connected me to my father. This was a week to the day after my father had passed away, peacefully but without much warning. The D-type replica had been bought not even two years earlier. We had first driven it together on a very wet Saturday and through my father’s efforts we had reconditioned it and even raced it at hillclimbs such as Shelsley Walsh and Bo’ness with some success. Motorsport had always been a part of my father’s life. Some of…