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Classic Cars February 2021

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.

United Kingdom
R 74,70
R 580,66
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Pininfarina, a name that triggers a curvaceous vision in scarlet, probably with a black-on-yellow prancing horse badge on it somewhere, defied the odds to outlast most rivals and reach the grand old age of 90 in 2020. Sure, this decade has seen it lose independence, but it was special enough for Mahindra to take it on. When Battista left Stabilimente Farina to establish Pinin Farina - two words then - in 1930, he already had 20 years of experience in charge of design at the old family firm. He was driven not by tradition, but by a vision that his company could use modern technology, production and management techniques to take advantage of a rapidly changing world. That meant becoming involved in the design of cars at the engineering stage, so…

10 min
‘you touch the throttle and it’s doing things’

It’s hard to be inconspicuous when you drive a TVR, so reader Max Cowap and I have no trouble spotting Andrew Moore and his Tuscan S in the Peak District car park where we’ve arranged to meet. The burgundy glassfibre curves are a welcome relief from all the drab-coloured modern hatchbacks and SUVs. Max has been itching to try a Tuscan for a while - his last experience of the marque was decades ago when he owned a Vixen. ‘Well, from its build date it had Vixen DNA but the previous owner described it as a Grantura MkII. He’d done a lot of bodywork to it and extended the back, and it looked like an Elan +2,’ Max remembers. ‘He’d done all sorts of little tweaks on the aerodynamics to make…

1 min
max cowap’s dream drive list

Bentley 4½ Litre ‘I’d like to compare it with my Vauxhall 30/98 for myself.’ MGC GT ‘It would be great to compare with my ‘Healey.’ 1940 Willys Jeep ‘To see how it stacks up against my Series 1 Land Rovers.’ Oldsmobile Toronado ‘My late father had one and I was too young to remember it in any detail. I’d love to try one now.’ Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 ‘I broke one to convert a Spider to right-hand drive.’ Lotus Esprit Turbo ‘To experience an icon.’ Jensen Interceptor ‘A now-deceased mate had one but never fixed it.’ Bentley Arnage T ‘Huge mass and power - what’s not to like about it?’ Audi Quattro Sport ‘A mate of mine bought one in Oman and brought it back. He said it was exciting so I’d like to find out for myself.’ TVR Tuscan ‘Again a mate had one and said it was…

1 min
max cowap’s car cv

1957-ON LAND ROVERS ‘I have eight Series 1s, a Series 3, a six-cylinder One-Ton, two Defenders and two early Range Rovers. They’re a bit of an affliction’. 1924 VAUXHALL 30/98 ‘Ex-John Bolster. Bentley people don’t like them because they are a better driver’s car.’ 1935 ALVIS SILVER EAGLE ‘It’s the only survivor with a Cross and Ellis two-door coupé body. I thought of selling it but going around Oulton Park in it made me smile.’ 1979 MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG 406 ‘It is a light agricultural tractor with power takeoffs and hydraulics front and rear, and a three-point linkage to go ploughing if I get the urge!’ 1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 FHC ‘It used to be a dirty brown mushroom colour, but anybody who bought an E-type in that shade must have been stupid. Now it’s been painted Primrose yellow.’…

5 min
db9s elegantly sliding southwards

Early Aston Martin DB9s are looking increasingly reasonable. In November Morris Leslie sold a pair that were the cheapest I’ve ever seen. A black 2005 auto with a warranted 42,000 miles, 12 Aston dealer stamps in the book, total MoT history and five recent tyres should have made more than £17,250. There are dealers who would advertise such a sharp, low-mileage example at £27k, so the Morris Leslie car was a great buy for someone. The same outfit’s blue 2006 coupé may have had more miles at 87,000 but came with an ‘excellent’ history file and two fully stamped service books from a mixture of Aston dealers and specialists. Surely it was worth more than the winning bid of just £14,750? Maybe it was an off day, lockdown blues or…

2 min
ask quentin

Focus on my Focus? I have a blue Ford Focus ST registered in November 2005 that has only done 12,000 miles and has been garaged since I’ve owned it. It’s still all original. Will this become the next fast Ford classic and should I keep or sell? If so, for how much? Graham Field With just 12,000 miles, yours must be one of the lowest-mileage 2005 Focus ST3s in the country and in best-selling-blue! It’s a really hard car to value but I’d see it at between £15,000 and £17,000 as long as it’s as original and perfect as you say. But I’d hang on because now isn’t the best time to sell. History tells us that perfect low-mileage fast Fords always rise in value so I’d keep it tucked away for a…