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Classic & Sports Car April 2020

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Classic & Sports Car is the world's best-selling classic car magazine and the undisputed authority for all owners and enthusiasts. Whether your interest is Italian Exotica, British sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s or modern classics, every issue of Classic & Sports Car perfectly complements the sheer joy and nostalgia of owning a classic car.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the big picture

Great collections are not about numbers or value, but are driven by fervent enthusiasm – none more so than the choice set of Belgian Hubert Fabri. From the most original Bugatti Type 35 (front, centre) to a sorted Lamborghini Miura SV, all 15 were acquired for the pleasure of driving and racing, be it retracing the Targa Florio or roaring up the Great St Bernard Pass. Originality and history are also key factors, as illustrated by the remarkably preserved ex-King Leopold Bugatti T59 (front, right). Now the time has come for the collection to move on, with these automotive legends consigned by Gooding & Co for its first European sale in London on 1 April (see p47). We hope some of our all-time favourite cars find equally appreciative homes, and…

1 min.

There are a few events on the classic calendar from which I am happy to take a break every other year, but Rétromobile in Paris (p12) isn’t one of them. For me it’s the first-footing of the classic season, the first opportunity to catch up with friends and get a proper fix of great cars after the winter. It’s an event that’s full of optimism and incredible quality. And it’s not alone; every time I wander the halls or fields of a large-scale classic gathering, I marvel at the efforts of the people who put together these amazing selections of vehicles. From my (very) limited experience of doing it myself, I know how hard it can be to wheedle, cajole and in many cases plead on your knees to get the…

5 min.
paris salutes milanese greats

‘Few Alfa sets will match this compilation, which included the ex-“Raph” Béthenod Tipo B and the ex-Scuderia Ferrari team 8C Monza SF32’ There might not have been an imposing centrepiece like the Berliet truck of 2019, but there were highlights aplenty for the 122,000 attendees at Rétromobile, held at Porte de Versailles Expo in Paris from 5-9 February. Alfa Romeo’s 110th birthday was celebrated with an amazing set of Milan’s finest organised by Swiss specialist Lukas Hüni. Twenty stunners headed by seven pre-war 8Cs and the awesome 16-cylinder Bimotore Grand Prix titan fronted the minimalist black stand. Few collections this year will match this compilation, which included the ex-Raphaël Béthenod Grand Prix Tipo B monoposto ‘5006’ and the ex-Scuderia Ferrari team 8C Monza SF32 with magnificent Brianza bodywork. Standing out among mostly rosso…

2 min.
our star cars of the show

LONGCHAMP-DE COUCY 350 Rétro just wouldn’t be Rétro without spotting something very small, very French and very odd. This year’s top candidate for me was this charmingly narrow little 1953 streamliner, on loan from the Musée Auto Moto Vélo in Châtellerault. The unique prototype’s name comes from its makers: Longchamp, its chassis and body builder; and de Coucy, an engineer with a passion for record-breakers. Power comes from a supercharged 350cc engine, which must sound amazing through its four side-exit pea-shooter exhausts. That, combined with the wind-cheating shape and lightweight construction, gives it giant-killing performance. AC TATRA 77 In some ways it’s a sad reflection on Rétro that my shortlist was drawn primarily from dealers and auction houses, the exception being courtesy of the organisers. And so the Tatra 77 that made up…

1 min.
alfa boxer flat-12 revived

A visit to the stand of foremost preservation and restoration specialist Jim Stokes at Rétromobile is guaranteed to reveal another fascinating project. Centre-stage was the little-known Tipo 160 engine that is being rebuilt for a German client. This 2.5-litre flat-12, designed by Giuseppe Busso, was planned to generate 285bhp at 10,000rpm and power a four-wheel-drive Grand Prix challenger that featured a bizarre seating position overhanging the rear axle. Alfa Romeo director Orazio Satta Puliga cancelled the project in 1952 after two engines were built; the other is displayed in the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese. “When we opened the engine up we found carbon in the bores, so it must have run,” said Stokes. “The plan is to fit it into a 6C-3000-style GT sports car, with just rear-wheel drive…

2 min.
ferrari voted best of the best

One of the greatest 1950s sports-racers, the 1958 Ferrari 335S best known as the ‘Super Testa Rossa’, won the prestigious Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in the French capital on 6 Feburary. The world’s top collectors gathered in the underground car park of The Peninsula Paris hotel for the dramatic announcement of the first Ferrari to win in the award’s five-year history, and none were more surprised than Austrian owner Andreas Mohringer. “For a pure racer to win was a shock, because you expect it to go to a pre-war coachbuilt car,” said Mohringer. “But the event must move on to attract a new generation of enthusiasts. It’s a great credit to restorer Paul Russell, and to Sergio Scaglietti and the Italian craftsmen who built this fantastic car.” The sensational 390bhp,…