Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine. It defined the world of classic motoring 40 years ago and still does it today. Every issue is put together by our team of classic car experts and enthusiasts. Using the best expert writing and photography, the magazine helps you experience what it's like to drive, keep and restore the classic cars of days gone by. We bring the stories and people behind the cars to life - showing you how to buy, keep and enjoy your cars. Every issue of Classic Cars is packed with: - Road tests - Drive stories - Expert buying advice - News and events coverage Classic Cars is the original classic car magazine.
Welcome • As carheads it’s all too easy to become obsessed with the numbers, but the real meaning comes from a deeper place
THE FISHERMAN’S TALE • Dubbed the Fisherman’s Coupé, this unique Alvis TF21 was a bespoke build for a keen angler. We take it down to the river again and trace the car’s chequered past
Turbo R values feeling the weight • As the new-era Bentleys descend, old-guard values could be compressed further
No lockdown blues • Historics tops 80% figure for third sale running
Market indicators • Look hard enough and you can once again find a few bargains out there.
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
Classic market still growing • FBHVC survey shows 40% rise in enthusiast numbers
WHAT THE K500 MARKET INDEX SAYS ABOUT THE…
IN THE TRADE
A winner’s ride • Bonhams to offer 911 RS2.7 once owned by rally champ Röhrl
Bicester defies the odds • Battling lockdowns and bitter weather, Per Ardua Ad Infinitum delivered rally goods
Here’s to a better year in 2021… • It might not have got off to the start we’d all wished for, but hope is on the horizon – as is an enticing roster of events. Check organiser websites for latest event status and details before making arrangements.
Significant Brits surface in Oz • Historied coupés have been seeking solace in Australia’s classic-friendly climate
Quentin Willson • Once we and our cars are liberated again, make sure one of your first destinations is Warwickshire’s broad automotive mecca of Caffeine & Machine
John Fitzpatrick • I’m looking forward to the Silverstone Classic when it returns in 2021 during the last weekend in July - it looks like being bigger and better than ever
The (Non) USUAL SUSPECTS • It’s time for a rethink, as we pick the best-buy alternatives to expensive icons and put them to the test
‘To be discreet is of course one of the successes of the Golf GTI’ • Current head of Volkswagen Group Design Klaus Zyciora joined the company during the transition from MkI to MkII Golf GTI. Here he recalls the original, its successor’s arrival and reflects upon the model’s continued success
SCRAMBLE FOR THE FINNISH • This 037 won Henri Toivonen his full-time Lancia contract and a shot at the World Rally Championship, following a storming drive on the 1984 1000 Lakes. With no speed limits in sight, we drive it at maximum attack...
‘The paint had cracked like crazy paving over the filler’ • Retired surgeon John Lennox had always coveted the Tickford Land Rover, and in 2010 found one of the three right-hand-drive examples. But he hadn’t bargained for an eight-year DIY restoration. Scalpel…
The life story of a Racing Puma • Unlike so many cosseted Racing Pumas, this fast Ford has lived up to its name, from daily-driver to 200bhp hillclimb stormer, track warrior to restoration job
Seven steps to buying a Austin A40 Farina • An Anglo-Italian on a rampant charm offensive – use our guide to buy bellissimo
BOOKS & MODELS
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