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Classic Car Buyer 10/03/2021

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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

3 min.

Fate, and the chance to spend an afternoon messing about with old cars conspired recently to see me meeting up with a couple of old school friends (in a suitably socially distanced manner naturally), the occasion being a third school friend’s Lancia Fulvia, which needed extricating from its garage. The car had last been on the road “a couple of years ago,” according to her elderly father, although subsequent interrogation revealed “a couple” to mean a good 10 years. Naturally progress was slow, not helped by the enforced distancing and the at times frankly harsh banter between three blokes who spent the mid ’80s reading Autocar under cover at the back of double history lessons. Oh and the fact that the little Lancia had at least two flat tyres, yet the…

1 min.
new bond bug record?

The recent two-day classic sale at Anglia Car Auctions saw some eye-watering prices achieved, including £24,840 for a Mk1 Ford Fiesta Supersport and £14,580 for a Skoda Felicia Fun pickup. However, even these couldn’t top the astonishing £29,160 achieved by a restored 1973 Bond Bug. It’s surely a record price at auction for the funky three-wheeled model, topping the £16,100 reached by a 1972 example at RM Sotheby’s in September 2018. Another example achieved £12,075 at ACA in June 2016, with a 1973 car fitted with a Yamaha R1 engine selling for €14,496 at an Artcurial sale in France last December. Usually, Bugs sell at auction for sub-£10,000 figures, with the Hagerty price guide reckoning on a £12,200 concours valuation for a 1973 example. With many other entries soaring above their estimates…

1 min.
new md for heritage

Graham Payne, the former chief operating officer at Rimmer Bros Ltd, has been appointed as the new managing director of panel and bodyshell supplier British Motor Heritage (BMH), replacing John Yea who retired in December after 18 years with the company. In a career devoted to the aftermarket, Graham’s CV also includes stints at Bearmach, Unipart and Jaguar Land Rover Classic Parts Division, plus a previous spell at British Motor Heritage in the 1990s. He’s already instigated upgrades to the company’s systems, software and websites, and laid the foundation for a number of new products. He is also looking to improve the relationship between BMH and its 60-strong network of Heritage Approved Specialists. Other challenges include the ongoing promotion and protection of some of Britain’s most famous car marques, including Austin, Austin-Healey,…

2 min.
hannu mikkola: 1942-2021

Hannu Mikkola, one of the original Flying Finns who entertained rally fans with his exploits in the 1970s and ’80s, has sadly passed away aged 78 following a battle with cancer. Known for his understated demeanour and gentlemanly personality, Mikkola enjoyed a career awash with success. He took 18 WRC victories, with seven of those coming in the famously daunting 1000 Lakes rally held in his Finnish homeland – a record which keeps him in the Top 10 most successful rally drivers in history. His greatest success was winning the 1983 World Rally Championship in the legendary Audi Quattro, but was also a runner-up three times and scored a hat-trick of third-place finishes. He’ll be especially remembered by Brits for his performances in Ford Escorts, bursting onto the scene in 1970 when…

1 min.
e5 to be reviewed in five years

As part of the Department for Transport’s recent announcement that it will introduce E10 petrol as the standard 95-octane petrol grade in the UK by September, the commitment to provide E5 fuel in a higher-octane ‘protection grade’ for older vehicles is to be reviewed by the Government in five years. Both the maintenance of the Super E5 protection grade and the introduction of E10 will be evaluated to ensure they remain appropriate to the needs of the market. Fortunately for owners of older vehicles not compatible with E10 without modification, the Government has reassured the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) that, without a suitable alternative becoming available, it is highly likely the Super E5 protection grade would continue to be available. Filling stations that stock two grades of petrol and…

5 min.
summer shows bonanza

We’ve become well accustomed to the classic car show calendar being decimated in recent times, with postponements and cancellations in abundance as the rate of infection has fluctuated during the pandemic. Now though, the Government’s ‘four-step roadmap’ to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a more normal way of life has given us hope for a bonanza of summer shows and events. Step 4 in the roadmap, which will take place no earlier than June 21, will remove all legal limits on social contact and all businesses will be able to reopen, subject to review. Should this happen, car events in England will be able to take place unrestricted. However, some events look set to take place before that date. Step 2 of the roadmap is due to…