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Classic Car Buyer 17/02/2021

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Classic Car Buyer is Britain’s leading weekly newspaper for classic car enthusiasts. On-sale every Wednesday, it is packed with the biggest and most comprehensive news section plus auction reports and events - anything related to the classic car scene, you can read about here first. In addition, you’ll also find in-depth features covering all aspects of owning a classic car – buying, maintaining, driving and – crucially - enjoying. There are comprehensive buying guides, informative road tests, a nostalgic pull-out spread depicting a scene from the halcyon days of motoring, staff car sagas, guest columnists, market reviews, a detailed club directory and a regularly updated price guide. The publication is also packed with hundreds of cars and parts for sale in its Free Ads section, making it THE place to buy or sell your classic. There is a dedicated classifieds spread on classic commercial vehicles and machinery. Classic Car Buyer provides the best insight into bread and butter classics – every week! Edited by John-Joe Vollans, it is backed by a hugely knowledgeable team who have had years of experience running their own classics. That combined with an unending enthusiasm.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
R 56,22
R 1 405,57
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

There was some degree of confusion in the CCB team this week when I was asked to choose between the two cars in this week’s Classic Rivals and perhaps unwisely admitted to a preference for the Cinquecento. In truth, my memory of the car is coloured by the outrageous turbo conversion I once sampled, performed by a firm which was offering kits as bolt-on DIY upgrades. I remember they wouldn’t be drawn on the method of reducing the compression to prevent melting the pistons under boost and we described it in print as a “closely guarded secret,” only for one of the mechanics to quietly admit that it was effectively two head gaskets and a spacer plate. I’ve no idea how long these conversions lasted, but I do recall the look…

1 min.
sleeper mini at auction

South Western Vehicle Auctions’ next classic sale takes place on March 26 with another trademark eclectic mix of vehicles, including a fantastic period-tweaked example of a British icon. The 1967 Morris Mini-Minor in Island Blue is a very original low-mileage example but is also quite the wolf in sheep’s clothing. The car has been given some subtle tweaks to give it that early ’60s weekend racer look, but under the bonnet is a 970cc Cooper S engine. The 970 S was a short-lived homologation special with fewer than 1000 examples made, so the power unit is a real rarity. It’s also got Cooper S disc brakes and the S gearbox, the latter modified to accept the original 850 ‘magic wand’ gear-lever to continue the Q-car feel. As standard the 970 S…

1 min.
classics for carers returns

Following the success of two events in 2020, Classics for Carers is back next month for another stay-at-home motor show, raising funds for NHS Charities Together. The event will take place on March 20, aiming to raise £13,000 to build an NHS well-being pod - a quiet restorative space for staff. Classic car enthusiasts are invited to buy event plates and stickers to affix to their pride and joy, before displaying them at home for passers-by to enjoy, as well as posting photos on social media to be appreciated by the wider motoring community using the hashtag #classicsforcarers. A new rally plate design has been released, featuring a classic Mini. Last year’s May and June events raised £17,500 and led to founder Nick Chivers earning a Royal Automobile Club Historic Award in…

1 min.
audi quattro sets new record

Remember the seven Group B rally icons due to go under the hammer at Artcurial’s La Parisienne 2021 auction? One of them made history in the French capital on February 5, when a 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1 sold for €2,016,600 with premium – more than double its lower estimate and a new record for a rally car purchased at auction. In all, the sale grossed a total of €18,224,244 as entries sold for eye-watering amounts. The remaining six Group B cars comprised a Ford RS200, a Peugeot 205 T16 Evolution 2, a Lancia Delta S4, a Lancia 037, an MG Metro 6R4, and a Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, with all finding new homes. Only the Metro sold short of its estimate, with the 205 selling for €977,440 against a €600,000-€800,000…

2 min.
couple fight back after c-type ruling

Last week, we reported on how Jaguar Land Rover had won a landmark copyright infringement case at the High Court in Sweden, giving the brand copyright protection over the C-Type’s external shape in a case it brought against a company manufacturing replicas of the iconic 1950s model in December. Now though, the defendants have hit back with their side of the story, branding Jaguar “the unacceptable face of capitalism” and setting up a crowdfunding page to help support a challenge to the ruling. Karl Magnusson, an honorary member of the Swedish Jaguar Club, was reportedly sued for copyright infringement after building a C-Type replica in his home garage in Gothenburg. The 68-year-old says he was invited to the Jaguar Land Rover Classic UK HQ by senior management in 2016 to give…

3 min.
classic attraction back on the road

Plans to open a new classic car visitor attraction on the fringes of the Peak District are back on track after being shelved early last year. Great British Car Journey was originally due to open in April 2020 but having been hampered due to serious health issues for two of its founders, the new Derbyshire facility has been rebooted and is now poised to open later this year. Providing Covid-19 restrictions allow, the plan is to open the attraction in the summer. The announcement follows the signing of a lease on the site in Ambergate, a former Wire Works located just off the A6 between Belper and Matlock, beside the River Derwent and within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The builders are now in and are giving the site…