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Classic Car Buyer 05/05/2021

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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 54,60
R 1 364,99
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Over the last ten days or so, we’ve seen two milestone anniversaries for two British-built cars – one beloved by the masses but held in disdain by a minority, and the other quite the opposite. I am of course referring to the 20th birthday of BMW’s MINI, and the 50th anniversary of the Morris Marina. As a lifelong classic Mini fan, I must confess I was one of the folks who once hated the MINI and had a derogatory slogan on my car to prove it. I wasn’t alone, either – many were irked that a British icon was now firmly under German ownership, even if they didn’t like to admit it. Then there were the instances of BMW going after hordes of traders using the name Mini, forcing businesses…

1 min.
look, no hands

The government has paved the way for drivers to take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel on UK motorways, by announcing that self-driving vehicles could be allowed on public roads by the end of this year. The Department for Transport (DfT) said vehicles fitted with an automated lane keeping system (ALKS) could be driven hands-free on motorways in slow traffic, at speeds of up to 37mph (60kph) – though drivers must take control in an emergency. The first vehicles fitted with such technology could arrive later this year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reckons automation could save 3900 lives by 2031, but Thatcham Research, which conducts safety tests for motor insurers, urged for caution from the government. It believes the technology should not be defined as…

2 min.
mini celebrates 20 years

We’re trying not to feel old at the realisation that BMW and its UK manufacturing plants in Oxford and Swindon are celebrating 20 years of MINI production. Last week marked two decades since the first new MINI rolled off the line in Oxford on April 26, and while it still divides opinion amongst hardcore classic fans, there’s no denying that early examples have developed a strong following in classic circles. MINI has now built over 5m cars in the UK, with 100,000 of those within 13 months of the launch. The plants in Oxford and Swindon have been at the heart of their communities for 108 and 65 years respectively, and currently employ around 4500 employees including 130 apprentices, building 1000 MINIs per day – that’s one every 67 seconds. In…

1 min.
lotus announces final ice hurrah

Lotus has announced that a new model, to be called the Emira, will be its last car to be powered by a conventional internal combustion engine. It was widely expected that the new car, codenamed Type 131, would be either electric or hybrid, but that will not be the case. Managing director Matt Windle told the BBC that the Emira would form a bridge between what he called the analogue cars of today and the digital cars of tomorrow. “This is one last hurrah for the internal combustion engine cars, and then we move into the electrification future,” he said. Indeed, the firm’s Evija hypercar is due to go into production at the end of this year, but at around £2m, it will be beyond the reach of most. Successors are expected…

1 min.
‘youngtimers’ at london concours

The London Concours has announced its latest class – this time celebrating German performance ‘Youngtimers’ from the 1980s and 1990s. Nine cars will make up the new class at the event, which takes place at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from June 8-10. Among them will be homologation specials including the Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II designed for German touring car racing and an Audi Sport Quattro, which was homologated for Group B rallying. They’ll be joined by two fast estates in the shape of an Audi RS2 Avant and a Alpina B10 V8 S Touring, plus a super rare BMW E30 M3 Roberto Ravaglia Edition – one of just 25 cars made exclusively for the UK market. Mercedes will also be represented by a pair of period (and brilliantly exaggerated) widebody…

3 min.
crackdown on mot fraud

Sign up to our newsletter at www.classicsworld.co.uk The public are being urged by government to help protect people from unsafe vehicles by reporting instances of MoT fraud. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on dealing with dodgy testers and garages after hundreds were banned within the last year. Over the past year the DVSA has investigated 2057 fraud reports in England, Scotland and Wales, which resulted 156 garages and 335 testers being stopped from testing. Examples of breaking the law include giving an MoT certificate to a vehicle they know should have failed, passing a vehicle they have not tested and taking a bribe to issue a certificate. MoT testers or centres can be reported to the DVSA without giving your name or details, but you will need…