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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

November 2020

Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine. It defined the world of classic motoring 40 years ago and still does it today. Every issue is put together by our team of classic car experts and enthusiasts. Using the best expert writing and photography, the magazine helps you experience what it's like to drive, keep and restore the classic cars of days gone by. We bring the stories and people behind the cars to life - showing you how to buy, keep and enjoy your cars. Every issue of Classic Cars is packed with: - Road tests - Drive stories - Expert buying advice - News and events coverage Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Mention the Triumph Stag in mixed motoring company, pause for breath and you’ll almost certainly have someone chime in with a well- worn version of the old, ‘Don’t they always overheat?’ line. Like the thirst of the Jensen Interceptor and the deathwish oversteer of a Porsche 911, these nuggets of received wisdom cling to certain cars forever, often obscuring the full picture. With the Stag reaching its 50th birthday this year, we decided to colour in that picture with some fresh insight. We’ve driven two pre-production prototypes, spoken in-depth with factory development driver Gordon Birtwistle and followed the story of a prototype’s restoration. Like many cars with a reputation, the Stag’s is rooted in fact, but delve deeper into its story and you’ll be impressed that it turned out as well…

10 min.
‘it feels like it wants to take off’

Bristols as far as the eye can see. A red 406 nestles next to a more recent Blenheim, while a Cambridge Grey 410 burbles across the yard of marque specialist Spencer Lane-Jones. Upright yet swept back, one car stands out even among this cluster of curios – the Bristol 401. Built between 1949 and 1953, this two-door established the marque’s reputation and accounts for more than 600 of the 2500 cars sold over Bristol’s seven-decade history. The significance isn’t lost on Classic Cars reader Richard Greenleaf. ‘Not many enthusiasts understand Bristols but, once you do, you’re hooked. The 401 is the first Bristol I ever wanted – I’ve long admired them from afar.’ Today he’ll get behind the wheel and experience the sporting saloon up close. Richard already has more knowledge…

1 min.
richard’s dream drive list

Rover 2000 TC ‘The first car I drove regularly after passing my test.’ Lotus Esprit Turbo Ideally with a rack and skis à la Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only.’ Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato ‘Not least because it has the same door handles as my Bristol 412!’ Bentley Continental S1 Fastback ‘From a time when customers could order bespoke cars as they might a suit from Savile Row.’ Mini Cooper S ‘My first car was a 1964 Mini 1000, so a Cooper S would be fun to try.’ Citroën CX GTi ‘With the leather seats that look like a chocolate bar.’ Bristol 401 ‘A beautiful aerodyne shape way ahead of its time.’ Dodge Challenger ‘Every list should have an American muscle car and the Vanishing Point star is as good as it gets.’ MG F-type ‘The nearest…

1 min.
1953 bristol 401

Engine 1971cc inline six-cylinder, ohv, cross-pushrod, three Solex 32 carburettors Power and Torque 85bhp @ 4500rpm, 107lb ft @ 3000rpm Transmission Four- speed manual, rear-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion Suspension Front: independent with transverse leaf spring, upper wishbones and Bristol dampers; Rear: live axle with longitudinal torsion bars, A frame and Bristol dampers Brakes Drums front and rear Weight 1193kg Performance Top speed: 98mph, 0-60mph: 15.1sec Fuel consumption 20mpg Cost new £3112 Classic Cars Price Guide £30,000 – £55,000…

1 min.
richard greenleaf’s car cv

1974 MINI CLUBMAN ‘Even worse than the 1964 Mini I had before… the photo was taken when I touched up the front wing with glassfibre. I’d put my foot through it while sliding across the bonnet.’ 1974 MG B ‘The MGB was my first restoration project. I foolishly decided to rebuild it in my father’s garage in Cornwall… I lived in Highgate, North London at the time!’ 1964 LAND ROVER SERIES 2A ‘A friend’s car that I looked after for a year. Fantastically basic and it’d go anywhere. You had to pre-plan the way through, choose the best gear, and keep your thumbs out of the steering wheel.’ 1984 RANGE ROVER ‘I had to take it off road! It soon sported upgraded suspension, all-terrain tyres and a Janspeed turbo conversion. The off-roading soon got a bit extreme…

5 min.
manta provides a ray of light

There’s growing interest in Opel Mantas – hardly surprising when you compare their prices to the much more numerous fast Fords of the same era. In June Anglia Car Auctions sold a lovely ‘86 black GTE coupé with four owners and only 55,000 miles for a very respectable £15,660. Then in July Charterhouse Auctions secured a brave bid of £3500 for a very tired and sorry-looking ‘85 GSi in white that needed absolutely everything. Anglia Car Auctions is currently offering an unsold ‘83 1.8 GT in red with a warranted 13,000 miles from new for £14,500. The sleeker coupés seem to be more favoured than the hatchbacks and in two short years they’ve almost doubled. Back in December 2018 Silverstone dispatched a last-of-the-line ‘88 GTE Exclusive Coupé in red with just…