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Classics Monthly May/June 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.

You won’t need me to point out that we are living through some very strange – and very straining – times. Surely there cannot be anyone in Britain whose life has remained untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic and the various government directives designed to slow its spread? Given all of this, I can only wish you all well and hope that this issue provides a little light relief from all the doom and gloom. As such, you will notice that we have tried as much as possible to make it business as usual. Our news pages have been given over to a special feature suggesting classic ways to help you through isolation and social distancing, but otherwise we have not tried to turn it into ‘the corona virus issue,’ but…

15 min.
life goes on

1 WRITE A BOOK They do say that everybody has one story to tell, but don't worry because we are not suggesting you have a go at bashing out the next bestselling novel. Instead, what we have in mind is more of a photo album, but using modern technology to print it as a book. We have seen a number of these over the years, often created by owners who documented the process of restoring their car and wanted to create a permanent record of it. (The images above show one created by Neil Lamond to celebrate nearly 50 years of owning his Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA convertible – see the April 2020 issue for that story.) There are a number of websites where you can do this, with a wide range…

3 min.

FOUR-HEADLIGHT CLASSIC LED KIT Price: £239.99/£275.99 If your classic has four headlights, this quick and easy upgrade will make them nearly three times as bright, but use less than half as much power. The offer includes not just upgrades for the inner and outer headlights, but also matching ivory white powerful front sidelight bulbs. This will ensure that the driver will not only see better, but will also be more visible to others. The complete kit costs £239.99 for cars with all H1 headlights, and £275.99 for those with H4 in the outer pair and H1 in the inner pair. This is a considerable saving compared to buying the parts separately. They have both a money-back guarantee and a five-year warranty against fault or failure, and are guaranteed not to raise problems…

5 min.

SUNBEAM RAPIER The article featuring the Sunbeam Rapier Series 111A Convertible (Deep Rootes, April 2020) brought back many memories of one I owned back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Looking for something with a bit more space than our hotted up Ford 105E Anglia to accommodate our new baby and all the paraphernalia that entails, I spotted an advert for the Rapier, cheap for a quick sale. A test drive revealed a misfire, and taking a chance I purchased the car for a knock down price and drove it home. The problem was, as I had suspected, a worn exhaust valve. A new valve as well as lapping in all the other valves cured the misfire and the engine itself never gave any more trouble, although some time later…

4 min.
graham robson

When the classic car ‘investment boom’ was at its height in the late 1980s, quite a few entrepreneurs saw this as a licence to print their own money. More than one such project was promised which proved to be mainly hot air and didn't progress beyond the stage of ‘wouldn’t it be good...?’ On the other hand Jaguar, and the fabulous XJ220 hypercar, was different. The fact that the XJ220 which went on sale in 1992 was almost totally different from that original machine is well-known, and I wrote about this in the December issue when celebrating the anniversary of its unveiling. However, how, when and where it all came to fruition is not so well known, and that's what I want to focus on this issue. To recap briefly for the…

4 min.
iain ayre

If you are young and love classic cars, it may now be an entirely sensible decision to drop your education plans and spend your life with profitably black fingernails instead. Half of today’s graduates are not employed in degree-level jobs, and although that half might have low-value degrees from tarted-up polytechnics, even a proper university degree is a dodgy bet, involving a punt of a borrowed £50,000 and three years with no income. According to the New Statesman, there are now five times as many degrees awarded as there were in 1990. 7% of students got a first class degree in 1990, and now it’s 29%. Of the others, 90% now get an upper second. This whole shabby business – and let’s be clear, it’s now a business and no longer…