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Classic Car Buyer 28/04/2021

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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
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English
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Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

2 min.
welcome

It’s been nearly two years since we took a group of classic cars south west down the A30. I was in a Land Rover Discovery, one of the four cars that had been released in 1989 and therefore part of the thirty-year celebration. But a closed part of the A30 halfway through our journey forced us off it. The Discovery responded immediately to a turn down a little lane, headed into the Blackdown Forest, starting to work its way around the geography. There were some mutterings from the two-way radio about where we were going and, particularly from the MX-5, how they hadn’t signed up for lumpy country lanes. But I was living the life in the Discovery, map in hand, branches brushing by, and I even stopped to chat…

1 min.
pagoda sets new uk record

A Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda has set what is believed to be a new UK auction record for the model at Historics’ Ascot Racecourse sale on April 17, selling for a whopping £184,800 – 65 per cent above the middle of its £95,000-£120,000 estimate. A rare right-hand-drive, UK-supplied car showing a mere 45,700 miles, the SL was subject to a two-year ground-up restoration by marque specialists Red Castle Classics near Cardiff. It has been finished in the classic colour scheme of silver with red leather interior, and was also supplied with a matching factory hardtop, the desirable third seat option and a Becker Mexico radio from 1971. The sale price is not far short of the €230,000 (currently equivalent to £198,268) achieved by two separate 280SLs in Belgium in 2016 and in Monaco…

1 min.
record rise in pothole-related breakdowns

Pothole-related breakdowns on UK roads continue to plague motorists, with a record rise in cases according to the RAC. The breakdown recovery firm said many roads “resemble the surface of the Moon” after it received 4694 call-outs for vehicles likely damaged by potholes between January and March. That’s a threefold increase on the total of 1461 during the final three months of 2020, representing the firm’s largest rise between quarters. The news comes after the latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey produced by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) was released, claiming that the average frequency of road surfacing now stands at once every 68 years and a one-time catch up to fix the maintenance backlog on local roads in England and Wales would cost an astonishing £10.24bn.…

2 min.
hyundai unveils restomod pony

We’ve seen plenty of manufacturers reimagining iconic models from their back catalogue as restomods in recent years, but we suspect a modernised Hyundai Pony will still be a surprise for many. Nevertheless, the Korean manufacturer has come up with a sleek one-off concept based on its humble 1970s hatchback. The original Pony was something of a landmark car for Korea and Hyundai, making its debut in 1975 and becoming the country’s first mass-produced and exported car. The concept version has been called the Heritage-Series Pony and keeps the original Giugiaro-designed silhouette, but features a host of mod cons to complement its sleek matt silver exterior. These include camera-based mirrors, digital-touch transmission and the same pixelated U-shaped headlights and tail-lights as the forthcoming all-electric Ioniq 5 that’s due for release soon. There’s…

1 min.
everyday heroes to be celebrated

This year’s Silverstone Classic promises a bumper weekend of automotive legends from both road and track as the event celebrates its belated 30th birthday. However, the variety will also extend to a special display starring 50 of the UK’s most seldom-spotted cars – though they are perhaps not the cars you’d expect of a historic racing festival. Rather than rare prototypes or exotic racers, it will showcase more familiar mainstream motors from bygone eras that are seldom seen on our roads today. That means you can expect to see cars like a base model Austin Metro, a Fiat 128 and a Renault 4, as well as other once-familiar brands such as Bedford, Colt, Datsun, Hillman, Riley, Simca and Talbot. Many have been featured in the long-running feature in The Daily Telegraph,…

5 min.
museums freshen up

With museums permitted to open from May 17 if the post-lockdown roadmap goes to plan, England’s favourite motoring attractions will finally be able to welcome visitors once again and many have also taken the time over the lockdown period to develop fresh new features. Some of the biggest changes have taken place at Haynes International Motor Museum in Somerset, which only opened for a brief period last October and has used the downtime to make numerous improvements. These include a new car park with 500 new spaces and electric vehicle charging stations, providing more hard-standing for its bi-monthly Breakfast Club meetings. Inside, there are four new exhibitions headlined by the interactive ‘Williams F1: The Drivers and The Driven’. It includes a rotation of legendary Williams racers such as Nigel Mansell’s ‘Red 5’…