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Classics Monthly April 2020

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

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
R 80,05
R 560,36
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

For decades in the postwar era, breaking into the American market was seen by British car manufacturers as the key to success. Very often their attempts ended in commercial disaster. Sometimes, like the Austin Devon, the car they were trying to sell was simply not suited to America as it was too small, too slow or too expensive – and sometimes all three! Other times it was the styling that was all wrong, with cars being designed to appeal to perceived tastes across the Atlantic but totally failing to get it right. I think that would fairly accurately describe the Austin Atlantic or Triumph Mayflower. And then there are cars such as the Rover Sterling which were simply not robust enough and tarnished the manufacturer’s reputation for years, costing them…

2 min.
100 years of mazda

On 30th January, Mazda celebrated its 100th anniversary with a ceremony at the company's Hiroshima headquarters that started a year of events during which the company will remember its past and look to the future. 100 years ago Mazda was a Hiroshima cork producer when industrialist Jujiro Matsuda took charge and transformed the business first into a machine tool producer, and then a vehicle manufacturer. The first vehicle from the company was a three-wheeled truck, the Mazda-Go, that went on sale in 1931. Following the Second World War, truck manufacturing resumed only a few months after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and commercial vehicles remained the focus until the first passenger car, the Mazda R360, arrived in 1960. The car was a hit in Japan’s budding kei-car segment, paving the…

1 min.
forgotten favourites

For a blast from the past, Beaulieu’s Forgotten Favourites will celebrate once-common classics of the 1960s-1980s with a brand new display at the International Autojumble on 5th-6th September. Bringing back memories of family holidays, driving lessons, baking hot vinyl seats and beige colour schemes will be the first cars, family wagons, rarely-seen saloons and historic hatchbacks that are invited to join the nostalgia-fuelled display. Modern classics are sure to be well represented, especially with the Austin Metro and Fiat Panda both reaching their 40th birthdays in 2020. Other likely candidates include the Vauxhall Chevette, Renault 16, Austin Allegro, Datsun Bluebird, Volkswagen Polo, Citroën CX, Triumph Toledo, Volvo 240, DAF 66, Talbot Samba, Fiat 131... all such cars will be welcome. Owners who would like to take part should get in touch…

1 min.
more buildings are lost at longbridge

As part of St. Modwen’s continued regeneration of Longbridge, work started on demolishing two derelict buildings at the former MG-Rover automotive manufacturing plant – CAB A and CAB B – in January. St. Modwen appointed specialist demolition contractor, Squibb Group, to carry out the 40-week programme. To mark the history of the site, a number of fixture and fittings have been retained from the buildings and will be incorporated in future development in the town. St. Modwen is also planning to retain and repurpose several of the historic buildings as part of the Longbridge heritage, such as the roundhouse, former MG-Rover International Headquarters and a section of Car Assembly Building (CAB) A. Plans for the next phases of regeneration of the site will be announced during 2020.…

1 min.
sva news

BACK TO THE FUTURE? The SVA loves the internal combustion engine, but as a Trade Association we welcome ALL businesses in the classic and collectible car world. So the SVA is particularly pleased to announce our first classic electric car trade member – RBW Electric Classic Cars who take your classic car and convert it to electric to comply with all UK & EU standards and zero emissions. The future is approaching – at 0-60mph in just 3 seconds! The SVA is a free-to-join trade body, so if you’re a manufacturer, dealer, restorer, parts or other classic car related business, join it now and 2020 could be your best year ever. The Specialist Vehicle Associates is the UK’s only trade association that also welcomes owners, collectors and enthusiasts. Subscribe for FREE to…

1 min.
east of england festival of motoring

The East of England Motoring Festival is a new event which will bring together all aspects of motoring from classic cars to motorcycles, modern day supercars to vintage F1 cars, rally cars to some of the latest models from modern day manufacturers and custom cars to pre-war racers, plus classic vans and commercials. Alongside car and motorcycle club displays, there will be specially curated feature stands of rare vehicles from yesteryear. There will also be a trade village, autojumble stands, food and drink courts, live music and live action featuring demonstrations from the Group A, B and C Rally cars that were deemed too dangerous to race. A fire-up paddock will see specially selected vehicles roaring away for the delight of the crowds, and Oklahoma Willy, the VW Jet Bus, will…