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Practical Classics

November 2020

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

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2020 birthdays in 5

► 1960: Launched as a 2-stroke and later getting a V4, the Saab 96 was loved by Erik Carlsson who took the car to RAC and Monte Carlo rally victory multiple times. ► 1970: First unveiled at the Paris Salon, the Citroén GS/A got an air-cooled flat-four, hydropneumatics, disc brakes all-round and remained in production until 1986. ► 1980: Billed as a true Eighties people’s car, almost 4.5-million Giugiaro-designed Pandas were sold from its launch at Geneva until the last was built in 2003. ► 1990: Honda started work on the NSX in ‘84 but sales didn’t start for another six years, by which time a certain Ayrton Senna had helped to refine the chassis. ► 1995: Now celebrating its quarter century, the Z3 was BMW’s first mass-market stab at a roadster after the…

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win our practical classics winter survival kit!

5 BUNDLES UP FOR GRABS! Hunker down in your workshop this winter with a great prize bundle. Five lucky readers will get their hands on a pair of Practical Classics overalls, a Practical Classics ‘Spanner for the people’ T-Shirt and a copy of John Haynes’s biography. The overalls: These are no ordinary overalls, these are exclusive Practical Classics overalls. In bright PC red and embroided with the Practical Classics logo, they feature multiple pockets and a ruler pocket, with a semi-elasticated waist for ‘Christmas dinner comfort’ and featuring a nonscratch concealed stud front. The T-shirt: Winners will also receive one of our Practical Classics ‘Spanner for the People’ T-Shirts. Once again in PC red with our new ‘spanner power’ design print. The book: John Haynes - the Man Behind the Manuals. This fascinating and inspiring…

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unique p5 revived

The Rover P5 Club (roverp5club.org.uk) has a monthly magazine which is always a good read. Called Take Five, it recently it featured the unique Graber-bodied P5 of Claudio Schenk, who is based in Switzerland. He says: ‘The car was shown at the 1963 Geneva Salon and sold very soon after, but by 1978 the car was abandoned in a field. My father bought it and took it home to restore it but he didn’t start until he retired in 2009. It took eight years to get this unique P5 back on the road, during which time a lot of corrosion had to be tackled, a new interior sourced and the mechanicals re-built. Many of the panels were unique so repair sections had to be fabricated specially, while quite a few…

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eastern promise

After a seven-year absence there will be a Red Oktober day at Crich Tramway Village (tramway.co.uk) in Derbyshire on 4 October. Mel Holley is chairman of the Wartburg, Trabant IFA Club (wp.ifaclub.co.uk) that is organising the day. He says: ‘Our 250 members have vehicles from 36 Eastern Bloc manufacturers. We’re making a weekend of it with a road run through the Derwent Valley on the Saturday and then on the Sunday we’ll be at Crich for a static event. All vehicles are welcome and no need to book in advance.’…

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memory lane

Erskine, Renfrewshire, May 1971 Just a few months after this shot was snapped, this scene would disappear. There had been a ferry across the Clyde between Erskine and Old Kilpatrick since 1777. But alongside, the towering new Erskine Bridge was nearing completion, and would open in July, resulting in the ferry’s demise. So, in future, the red 1968 Hillman Minx estate would be soaring over the Clyde instead of floating across on a Thirties’ steam vessel. That said, with a Greater London registration, WMX 781G was probably a tourist machine. While the Minx may have been the budget Hunter, the owner packed this one with options; it has Humber Sceptre wheel trims, front driving lamps, wing mirrors and a locking fuel cap. All those goodies probably added an extra £30 or so. Challenging…

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blind alley

The biggest ‘blind alley’ in this story has to be that of the already converted Honda Concerto-powered Mini that wet Andrew’s appetite for a modern- engined classic in the first place. It’s clear that Andrew is a true engineer and simply owning a car that someone else had modified would never do. His approach to modification is to be applauded, with little to no impact on the bodyshell of the car and an ability to reverse any changes made with relative ease. Problems have been solved with thought and ingenuity - not with an angle grinder and a welder!…