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Practical Classics November 2016

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

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in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

‘If I look at it hard enough… it’ll work’ Matt George, Prod editor ‘Someone needs to tell them, don’t they?’ Matt Tomkins, Projects manager ‘Leftie loosey, righty tighty… or is it?’ Danny Hopkins, Editor ‘Oooh look… there’s some solid metal here.’ James Walshe, Assistant editor Nobody will be surprised to know that I nearly bought another classic recently. I have the affliction as badly as any of you lot, so cars ‘in need’ are always a danger for me. The one I viewed was priced to sell and described as needing a couple of jobs for an MoT. I had the cash in my pocket. But when I arrived at the motor it was obviously in a much worse condition than described. Rust had eaten the front of the sills, all the quarter panels and the floor pan edges.…

1 min.
life begins at xj40

Over thirty Jaguar XJ40s gathered at the site of the original press launch to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the model. The event, held at Dunkeld House Hotel near Perth, Scotland on August 28-29, was jointly organised by the XJ40. com forum and the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and attracted a total of 40 Jaguars – 36 of them XJ40s. A rally covering part of the original press route was arranged by the original press liaison, Howard Hunt. During the evenings, presentations were made by several key figures in the development of the XJ40. Jim Randle spoke of his time as Chief Engineer at Jaguar, Ed Abbott recounted the extreme climate testing, and Jonathan Partridge discussed the marketing aspect of the XJ40’s life. Jaguar restorer David Marks brought the sole surviving XJ40…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

An MG ZT160 with just three miles from new was auctioned by Classic Car Auctions on September 24. As we went to press it was estimated at £8500-10,500. Jools Holland unveiled a 6ft bronze statue of Edward, Lord Montagu at the National Motor Museum during Beaulieu Autojumble’s 50th anniversary weekend. Another good Goodwood Revival – the new Kinrara Trophy for closed-cockpit cars added twilight and a driver change to an already exciting spectacle. The Jaguar E-Type owned by Boycie in Only Fools and Horses has sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Prive sale for £115,875, smashing its estimate by £40,000. Matt George will take part in the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliabilty Run, in aid of Guide Dogs UK. Help him via justgiving.com/fundraising/TEAM83RBRR16.…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Any Vitesse is a usable, desirable classic’ There are plenty of big birthdays in 2016; 1966 appears to have been a good year for them. But among the Interceptors, Hunters and Cortina MkIIs is another, the lairiest Vitesse of the bunch, the MkI 2-litre. The Vitesse first hit showrooms in 1962, as a 1600cc sports saloon and convertible, derived from the popular Herald. After four years on sale the 2-litre version entered production in September 1966. The smooth, torquey six-cylinder engine was shared with Triumph’s 2000 model and instantly gave the Vitesse a substantial power hike. The four-seater saloon suddenly had performance to easily match sports cars such as the MGB, encouraging Triumph’s marketing gurus to coin a new strapline ‘the two seater beater’. The bigger engine was matched by a new…

1 min.
dull but important

A growing number of people are reporting issues with getting more modern classics accepted onto classic insurance policies. Our sources within the industry were quick to reassure PC readers that modern classics are welcomed. However, care is being taken to separate real devotees from those simply after an inexpensive insurance policy and to ensure that premiums for genuine enthusiasts can remain competitive. While black number plates have become tied to tax exemption and are now applicable to cars over 40 years-old on a rolling basis, the MoT Testers Manual still states that they should only apply pre-1973. A new version is being prepared but this may cause confusion for 1973-1976 cars presented for test on black plates. The FBHVC has clarified that injunctions intended to prevent or restrict car cruises and other…

1 min.
murad has its moment in the sun

An ambitious prototype built to take on Britain’s motoring titans has appeared at auction. The one and only Murad car, a 1.5-litre saloon prototype completed in Aylesbury in 1948, has emerged from 52 years of storage. It is being sold by Brightwell’s in Leominster, Herefordshire, as we go to press in late September, with no reserve. The car was the brainchild of a Jamaican-born electrical engineer and entrepreneur called Wadia Halim Murad. He studied at Manchester University and went on to establish engineering businesses in the south of England during the Thirties. With the financial success these ventures created, he was able to follow his dream of becoming a car maker. Mr Murad’s dream was deadly serious. He chose what was probably the busiest and most competitive sector – small family…