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Octane May 2019

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
youngtimers show massive surge

Pre-War Cars starred at the Amelia Island Concours auctions, but it was the RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection cars that produced some of the most interesting results – such as a 1994 Toyota Supra Twin-Turbo Targa (above) at $173,600. RM Sotheby’s, official partner of the concours, held the largest of three auctions over the weekend, generating $38.1m and an 81% sale rate. Other Youngtimer highlights included a wide-body Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 at $179,200 and a 1994 BMW 850 CSi at $184,800, but the top seller was a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB at $2,205,000. The top-billed 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica would have beaten it, had it sold at its top bid of $5m. A 1930 Packard 734 topped Gooding & Company’s $22m/88% sale. It made $1,765,000, followed at the…

1 min
octane’s fleet

ROBERT COUCHER International editor • 1955 Jaguar XK140• 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC ANDREW ENGLISH Contributor • 1960 Triumph TR3A• 1962 Norton Dominator• 1965 Aston Martin DB5 SANJAY SEETANAH Advertising director • 1981 BMW 323i Top Cabrio• 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante MARK DIXON Deputy editor • 1955 Land Rover Series I 107in• 1966 Ford Mustang 289• 1994 Range Rover 4.0 JAMES ELLIOTT Editor-in-chief • 1965 Triumph 2.5PI• 1968 Jensen Interceptor SAMANTHA SNOW Advertising account manager • 1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 Convertible• 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL GLEN WADDINGTON Associate editor • 1983 Porsche 944• 1989 BMW 320i Convertible JOHN SIMISTER Contributor • 1934 Singer Nine Le Mans• 1961 Saab 96• 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto• 1989 Mazda MX-5 Eunos RICHARD HESELTINE Contributor • 1966 Moretti Sportiva• 1971 Honda Z600…

1 min
1972 jaguar e-type series iii

FEW, IF ANY, would make the case that the Series III Jaguar was the best-looking of the E-type line. Was the Series III just another car that stayed at the party too long, or a much-needed bridge between the true sporting car of the 1960s and the sports-luxury cars that followed in the 1970s? The answer today is plainly obvious: even in the world of sports cars, powered everything, air conditioning and automatic transmission are all expected. The 2+2 coupé at Bonhams had a fawn exterior and biscuit leather interior, plus automatic transmission. All Series III cars were V12s, and this example appears to have lived a well-cared-for life with its original Swiss owner. The paintwork was described in the catalogue as ‘possibly original’ while the interior was definitely original, right…

1 min

Paul Harmer ‘Years ago I studied architecture, and the Audi TT’s proportions, sense of purpose and its lack of decoration have always appealed. The somewhat more brutalist Alton Estate where we photographed this one has the same effect on me.’ See Paul’s superb photography, and read why one Octane columnist thinks the TT should be revered, on pages 88-94. Nigel BootHmaN ‘I grew up around Alvises yet, despite almost 20 years writing about old cars, hadn’t visited Shelsley Walsh until now. It’s remarkably unspoilt and the Alvis Goodwin Special has just the right mix of science and brutality – thrilling but far from crude. I think it’s going to have a very successful second career on track.’ Turn to page 96 for more. mark Hales ‘I thought nothing would ever top the thrill of motorsport.…

2 min
1965 jaguar s-type

To our way of thinking, there’s something particularly fascinating about a relatively ordinary classic that’s been exquisitely modelled in a large scale, perhaps because it’s reminiscent of those big period styling models that you sometimes see in museums and factory archives. Cult’s model of a Jaguar S-type certainly ticks all the boxes. For a start, it’s in the best colour scheme – metallic Golden Sand with red interior – and the overall finish is excellent. Panel lines are crisply defined (this is a ‘kerbside’ model, so it has no opening parts), while the wood ’n’ leather interior of the real car has been convincingly depicted. The tall-profile tyres look good, too, although they lack any manufacturer’s markings. If you’re not a seasoned collector, the thick end of 160 quid may…

11 min
special sauce

It’s a hefty so-and-so. There’s no spidery spaceframe under that taut red skin – quite the opposite, really, with a twin-tube chassis braced by channel sections welded underneath. And most of the oily bits are from an Alvis 4.3-litre, not exactly the last word in featherweights. So push-starting it up a gentle slope in the Shelsley Walsh paddock is a task that gets you breathing… especially when the brakes are binding. We’re here to let the car stretch its legs at its most successful stamping ground. Perhaps because of today’s VSCC hillclimbs we tend to think of Shelsley Specials, those home-built contraptions designed purely to dash up hills like this, as pre-war machines. But the golden age of speed hill-climbing in this country was arguably in the ten years after the…