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Practical Classics

Practical Classics Spring Issue 2018

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 you are currently at the PC Resto Show then I hope you’re having a cracking time. It’s taken a whole year of hard work to prepare and we want it to be the best ever. Do get in touch and tell us what you enjoyed about it and what you would do to make it even better next year. Most important come and say hello to us (and our cars). The PC stand will be rammed with classics, the Rover 75 coupé (see p44) and the winner of the 2017 Restorer of the Year competition. The Skill Shack Restoration Theatre will have my Riley RMA in attendance, while the Peter James stand will be looking after my Pathfinder and my Discovery V8 will be in the Practical Classics’ Parade…

2 min.
75 alive

This year marks twenty years since the Rover 75 memorably upstaged Jaguar’s S-Type at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show. Even Jeremy Clarkson – introducing that week’s edition of Top Gear – declared the 75 to be car of the show. ‘It’s as good as a Rolls Royce inside!’ Speaking exclusively to PC, Kevin Jones was PR Manager for Rover at the time. He says the crowds were 20-deep. ‘It was a real scrum! Rover really did have a headline act again.’ However, nobody expected what was to come just hours later, when Bernd Pischetsrieder (then head of BMW Group) made a speech which, to some, undermined the entire day. Having had some disagreements about the future of Longbridge with the UK government of the time, he suggested there was a crisis afoot:…

1 min.
the 1998 show in 5 pics

The other biggest launch of 1998, Jaguar unveiled the curvy S-Type – the car appearing from a large obelisk on the stand. The Rover stole Jaguar’s thunder. Billed as a grown-up 205, Peugeot’s new hatchback captured the fun spirit of its predecessor, with visitors to the show admiring those slinky, chic lines at the NEC. A real showstopper, the TT signalled an end to Audi’s dull but worthy reputation of the Nineties, unleashing the coupé and igniting a new interest in the brand. The Bentley Continental Sedanca Coupé marked the beginning of the end for the final true-blue Bentley. 73 were made, with boxer Mike Tyson among the owners. One of the prettiest saloons ever, the Alfa Romeo 166 attracted executive buyers who found the new Rover and Jag too retro,. The Alfa’s 220bhp…

1 min.
starting handle

‘It’s crucial that we all check our policies’ The past few months saw two high profile cases of classic car theft. In one instance, an immaculate 1965 MG Magnette Mark IV was stolen in Berkshire. Bill England, 87, had cherished the car for almost half a century, so was naturally inconsolable when it was found nearby, gutted by fire. He has been left feeling in the dark by endless insurance paperwork. In the second case, Clare Howarth’s Citroën 2CV – family owned from new – was taken from outside her house in Manchester and discovered stripped of all its panels. After a brief and distressing battle with her insurers, that car has been declared ‘Category N’ which means that although it has been written off and deemed to be uneconomical to repair,…

1 min.
this month we love...

Not only is replacing an interior expensive, it can be a shame to loose the patina and history of the original. Furniture Clinic, who are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, can do anything from repairing a cigarette burn to fully retrimming an interior. The pictured seats are for our Westminster project (see p112). The leather has been revived, repaired and recoloured allowing us to keep the original seats without compormising on the quality of finish. Once coloured, the Furniture Clinic treat the leather to a coat of their special laquer that protects the seats and seals the colour in. furnitureclinic.co.uk TRIED AND TRUSTED This interior is for our Westiminster project (see p112), and has been restored to perfection.…

1 min.
loaners assemble

The expansion of classic vehicle loan projects will be announced at the PC Resto Show. The schemes, intended to encourage a new generation of enthusiasts, will be showcased at the event with a host of new vehicles available to prospective borrowers. Having teamed up with Peter James Insurance, the Classic Car Loan Project will be at the event to unveil additions to its loan fleet – including a 1934 Morgan. Already available and awaiting applicants are a 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton, a 1960 Vauxhall Victor and a 1983 Austin Maestro. The latest addition comes courtesy of the Morgan Three-Wheeler Club, having been offered by owner Andrew Morison. Heading up the group of private owners and clubs is Project Manager Bob Wilkinson: ‘We are looking to hand over the cars to their…