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Classic Cars July 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

July 2021 Issue 576 Flamboyance – that’s the word that forms a lime green, purple and orange headline in my mind when something takes my thoughts back to the Seventies. Despite, and because of, some grim realities, there was a demand for bold optimism in everything from funk-infused disco to collar-flapping fashions and the sort of vivid wallpaper and curtain patterns conceived to challenge anyone susceptible to migraines. And then there were the cars, a volley of sharp new shapes designed to puncture dated forms of the past. For too long, sneering dismissal of almost everything Seventies was the safe, default position, but greater distance brings better perspective and allows the real gems to glitter. The negative to that positive has been the sight of everything from the original Lotus Esprit to…

10 min
‘to me, the dino badge only makes the gt4 more desirable’

A white wedge with a black undercarriage and an all-blue leather interior. The Dino 308GT4 – this one hit the road a year too soon for a factory-fitted prancing horse badge – stands out even on the forecourt of Ferrari specialist Foskers. Peer into the showroom or the adjoining workshop and you’re presented with a 330GT here, a F430 Scuderia there and car after car in iconic shades of Rosso. One mechanic is tending to the engine of a pristine Ferrari F40, yet reader Antonio Valente walks straight over to the Seventies 308GT4. The cult-classic four-seater is one of his favourite cars and today we’ve made it possible for him to drive it. ‘I love the Bertone styling of the Dino GT4 and I always have done,’ Antonio smiles as he steps…

1 min
antonio’s dream drive list

Alfa 2000 GTV ‘A good, complete package with such a reputation for its handling, looks and interior’ Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Such a part of the Shelby Cobra origin story and a complete monster!’ Fiat Abarth 2000 OT Coupé ‘My standard 850 Coupé already feels exotic; the chunky, muscular 2000 is its ultimate incarnation’ Aston Martin DBS V8 ‘So different from a DB5 yet still iconic, and that huge engine appeals’ Dino 308 GT4 ‘I like lesser-loved cars and the Ferrari V8 is an iconic engine’ Chevrolet Camaro SS gen I ‘The most European muscle car, with that gorgeous coke bottle shape’ Fiat Dino Coupé ‘Just to try that Dino engine – the Coupé is the most attainable’ Savage Cortina Mk2 V6 ‘My dad had an ordinary Cortina and I’d love to know how the bigger engine suits the saloon’ Triumph Italia 2000 ‘I like Triumphs; the…

1 min
antonio valente’s car cv

1971 MORRIS MINI CLUBMAN ‘My first car started a theme of unusual cars. An alarming shade of yellow with leaking hydrolastic suspension.’ 1984 FIAT STRADA ABARTH 130TC ‘Bought in the dark on a rainy day. It was terrifying, I think I could hear it dissolve when it rained, but despite that still I loved it.’ 1983 AUDI COUPE 5E ‘Took my love of angular styling to the extreme. Front-wheel drive, inline five-cylinder and a glorious off-beat noise.’ 1973 TRIUMPH GT6 MKIII ‘One of the best sounding engines I’ve ever heard and different from an MGB. I’m an optimistic halfway through its restoration.’ 1990 ROVER MINI ‘Owned jointly with my son. We replaced almost every body panel, the sills and rear subframe ourselves, then fitted an MG Metro 1300 engine!’ 1971 FIAT 850 COUPE SERIES 3 ‘My favourite car. Hugely underrated but…

5 min
ferrari opportunities aplenty

Quentin Willson’s hot tips Ferrari prices may have tumbled from the heady highs of 2015 but that’s all the more reason to keep a watchful eye on the direction of prices. There’s an uncertainty in values across all models – both classic and modern – as the market gradually performs an act of slow self-correction. At Silverstone’s March Race Retro sale a sharp-eyed buyer took advantage of the adjusting market and bagged a 22,000 mile ’76 308GT4 for £37,125. There was a time when ordinary GT4s with too many stories, scant histories and left-hand steering would make £45k and the very best right-hand-drive examples were homing in on £100k. This Rosso Corsa example with Nero hide was a spanker with a warranted mileage, supplied new in the UK by Maranello and one…

2 min
ask quentin

Barn Find Aston In 1985 I was working in the Middle East and bought a lightly damaged but repairable 1983 Aston V8 Volante that I had fixed. It’s left-hand drive with 16,000km and has one previous royal owner. I shipped it to the UK intending to put it back on the road but it was pushed back to a retirement project. Despite retiring I’ve still not found time to start, and now I’m at a loss with how to proceed. John Anderson Don’t despair. Your Aston is still very saleable. Buyers like barn-find condition supercars and yours will catch someone’s eye. I’d at least get it running and ask Brightwells, H&H, Mathewsons or Anglia to collect it for their next appropriate auction. You’ll get the fairest price from a wide range of bidders.…