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Classics Monthly July 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.

Welcome back! The eight weeks since our last issue seem to have been an age, but hopefully you’ll think the time has been well spent because we have a packed issue for you. As before, we’ve tried to make it a pandemic-free zone as much as possible, wallowing in nostalgia for the cars we love rather than adding to the daily bombardment of coronavirus-related news – and I do use the word ‘news’ very loosely. Oddly enough though, this editorial column is one place where I can’t avoid the subject as there are a few things to which I would like to draw your attention. The first of those is that it is now perfectly possible to follow all the rules and guidelines for preventing the spread of disease and still…

3 min.
suzuki's centenary

Suzuki is celebrating its centenary this year, Michio Suzuki having first started in business in 1920 with the manufacture of textile looms. Initial development of Suzuki’s first car began as far back as 1937, although this had to be shelved later with the outbreak of WW2. Research and development finally resumed in 1954 when the Suzuki Motor Co Limited was formed. Michio Suzuki began development by researching vehicles produced overseas, quickly gaining a wealth of knowledge that enabled him to build the first Suzuki car, known as the Suzulight. This was a compact vehicle weighing just over 500kg and powered by a 360cc, 15PS, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine. It was the first car in Japan to feature a FWD/front engine layout, and was ahead of its time in other ways too, featuring…

2 min.
sir stirling moss

Widely regarded as the greatest racing driver never to win the Formula One world championship, Stirling Moss was born into a family imbued with the competitive gene. His father Alfred raced at Brooklands and Indianapolis, while younger sister Pat would make her own mark as an accomplished rally driver. Stirling’s breakthrough would come aged just 21, when he won the 1950 Ards Tourist Trophy in a privately entered Jaguar XK120. Momentum built swiftly, and by 1954 he was tipped for a place at Mercedes-Benz on its return to grand prix racing, only to be judged too inexperienced. To set that right his father bought a Maserati 250F, and Stirling’s impressive performances in that secured him the coveted Mercedes seat for 1955 as a teammate of Juan Manuel Fangio. That year Moss…

2 min.
future is bright for j40 pedal cars

Burlen Ltd, known around the globe as manufacturers of carburettors from Amal, SU and Zenith, has bought the Austin J40 pedal car spares business from industry expert and engineer Roy Halford. Burlen can now supply from stock a range of J40 pedal car parts and spares, manufactured in-house using traditional and modern manufacturing methods to ensure exceptional quality and fitment. Now famous for the children’s Settrington Cup at Goodwood Revival, the J40 pedal car was originally made by the Austin Motor Company in South Wales at a specially constructed factory opened in 1949 under the name of the Austin Junior Car Factory – see our feature in the March issue for the full story. A total of 32,098 Austin J40 pedal cars were made before production ceased in September 1971, with cars…

1 min.
data boost for volvo 'youngtimers'

Times move on, even in the classic car movement, and so too must repair methods. Despite the burgeoning values of 1980s and '90s cars proving a growing interest, this new generation of classics poses fresh ownership challenges to keep them on the road. The more mature Volvo models are no different, and increasingly complex electrical systems pose obvious difficulties to enthusiast owners and garages. Like their contemporaries, many 1980s and 1990s Volvos pre-date the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) socket, which standardised engine management fault codes across all European manufacturers. With an inability to access fault codes and with no data from which to reference multimeter readings, repairers and restorers can often get stuck. With this in mind, the Volvo Enthusiasts Club has just completed a two year cataloguing exercise of a unique…

1 min.
fiat's fire engine

Fiat has announced the end of one of the longest-lived production car engines. The eight-valve version of its Fully Integrated Robotised Engine (commonly known as the FIRE unit) is ending production after 35 years and over 23 million units sold, having resisted many attempts to replace it. It first saw use in the Autobianchi Y10 (badged the Lancia Y10 for most export markets and pictured above) in 999cc and 1108cc guises. Over its 35 years, FIRE derivatives were used in over 30 different FCA models, as well as the second-generation Ford Ka and the Indian Tata Indigo. Emissions are cited as the reason for the FIRE ending production.…