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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly December 2019

Each issue is packed with the best down-to-earth advice, useful specialist information and news based on realistically priced classic cars, which will inspire you to buy, repair and restore your own classic cars. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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R 89,40
R 625,79
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Going out on a stylistic limb can be a dangerous move for a car manufacturer. However much people like to complain that ‘all cars look the same these days,’ if you offer them something dramatically different then they usually run a mile, taking their cheque books with them. It is hard to believe now, but Ford encountered this problem with the Sierra in 1982, which was shunned initially as too futuristic compared to the outgoing Cortina – people tend to know what they like and to like what they know! A car like the Sierra that is fundamentally good will eventually sell enough to lose that oddball tag and become mainstream, but others really are just too wacky to ever blend in. The Fiat Multipla falls into that category, bless its…

3 min.
longbridge shrinks again

The birthplace for a host of British classics looks set to be lost, with news that work to demolish the historic former car assembly buildings at Longbridge could begin in November. Developers plan to clear a significant chunk of the south Birmingham site, meaning only a tiny fraction of what was once a bustling car factory will remain standing. Site owners St Modwen are planning to demolish Car Assembly Building 1 (CAB 1), Car Assembly Building 2 (CAB 2) and the paint shop, starting on November 4 and completing work by the end of August 2020. Longbridge had already been a car factory for over 40 years when CAB 1 was opened as a state-of-the-art facility in 1951. Expanded in 1956 and given a makeover for the Metro in 1980, its…

1 min.
classic fever hits china

China’s first – and only – private historic vehicle museum has just joined FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens). The Sanhe Classic Car Museum in Chengdu boasts a collection of some 230 historic cars with more than 30 marques, dating from the early 1900s to the 1990s. 'It’s hard to overstate the importance of welcoming a Chinese museum to the international community of classic vehicle enthusiasts,' said Dr Mario Theissen, Senior Vice President of FIVA. 'A passion for historic vehicles, and for the culture that lies behind automotive history, is a relatively new phenomenon in China. This makes it a particular pleasure to share our mutual interests with the Chinese, and we look forward to exchanging valuable ideas.' So far there are just three museums in China that address the country’s…

1 min.
coffee and chrome is a hit for footman james

Hundreds of exotic cars and bikes attended the Footman James Coffee & Chrome event, held in the grounds of the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich in September. The third running of this family-friendly event attracted a diverse range of machinery that included vintage, classics, supercars, bikes and military vehicles, as well as several classic car and classic bike clubs. The vehicles ranged from a 1923 Ford Model T Hot Rod through to a beautifully restored 1964 Citroën 2CV complete with a matching child seat in the back. A large gathering of TVR models was also in attendance, as was the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The Footman James Drivers Club offered members a relaxed space, as well as retro tunes and jazz that were played throughout the event. David Bond, Managing Director of…

1 min.
beaulieu's 2020 dates

Beaulieu’s 2020 calendar of events has been announced. For an early season highlight, the Spring Autojumble on 16th-17th May will gather more than 1000 stands offering classic car parts, motoring literature, automobilia bargains and classics for sale. Special displays will include one by the Saab Owners Club GB marking 60 years of the Saab 96. On 5th-6th September, the International Autojumble will build on the success of this year’s popular Golden Oldies featuring a brand new classic car display, as well as 2000+ stands at the UK’s biggest autojumble and rare finds at Bonhams auction. The high-octane Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on 8th-9th August will celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary with even more incredible supercars, sound-offs, special features and demonstration runs to put some of the world’s greatest performance cars to the test.…

1 min.
what's it worth, mate?

Classic Car Auctions have a new event which aims to help owners prepare their car and get it ready for auction. Called Cars, Coffee and Consignments, it is taking place at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, where the CCA team will be on hand to help you learn about the auction process. The next one is being held on 6th November, and it is a great opportunity to get advice if you are thinking of entering your car into one of CCA's auctions – if you book an appointment, you can get your car valued, and as part of the process their professional photographer will be on hand to take a selection of pictures to help market your car, use on your entry listing and in the sale catalogue. Gary…