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
ANNOUNCEMENT SEES FIRST SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE RETURN TO ORGANISERS
FBHVC ADVICE ON ETHANOL FUEL
SPIRIT OF ECSTASY STILL FLYING HIGH
THE RENAULT 4 TURNS 60
ROLLS-ROYCE AND BENTLEY UPGRADE
PROJECT CAR MERRY-GO-ROUND
GRAHAM ROBSON COVENTRY – MOTOR CITY
IAIN AYRE A LACK OF IMAGINATION
ROD KER A MOTORING LIFE
A SPECIAL CAR FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS • When Graham and Theresa Fillmore married in 1998, their carriage for the occasion was an Opalescent Silver Blue Daimler 2.5-litre V8. They bought that very car some four years later, and PPA 508E now performs the same function for their company Morse Wedding Cars, where it is one of the most popular cars on their fleet.
A STANDARD 10 FOR THE 21ST CENTURY • In the 1950s, four cars dominated small car sales in the UK. Three of them – the Morris Minor, the Austin A30/A35 and Ford’s Popular – are regularly featured in the classic press, but the fourth is often overlooked. Phil Homer introduces the Standard 10, and tells the story of one that has been brought completely up to date, yet retained that original 1950s look.
TIMELESS ELEGANCE • Ford's Mk2 Granada helped forge a new identity for the marque in Europe, wooing customers with a unique mix of discreet styling, great value and solid design. This Ghia was top of the tree in 1979, and it still turns heads for all the right reasons today.
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT... THE TRABANT • Ask 100 motoring enthusiasts to compile a list of the ten worst cars ever made, and the chances are that 99 of them will include the Trabant on it somewhere. Simon Goldsworthy feels that this is grossly unfair, and wonders how much these critics really know about the East German people’s car. Here is a little background, and some trivial facts that may well surprise you.
MG MIDGET PROJECT PART 7 DAMN AND BLAST IT! • With basic structural integrity returned to the Midget’s bodyshell after our welding marathon, we feel brave enough to risk uncovering and exploring new areas of corrosion in and around the engine bay.
The MG Owners Club
Pimple the Mini is squeezed
The go-faster Mk3 Escort
Bodywork on a tight budget
Troubleshooting with Steve Rothwell • Our helpful Q&A hotline may be able to solve your classic-related problems, so email us at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help.
PROJECT MINI CLUBMAN PART 5 • Having replaced the offside A-panel last issue, it is time to blend the new metal into the old with some paint. The only problem is, what colour should that paint be?
CLASSIC MINI PARTS PRICES FROM WWW.MINISPARES.COM FOR A 1976 LEYLAND MINI 998CC
PROJECT BMW MINI ONE PART 5 • Rob Hawkins manages to fix the MINI One’s passenger door electric window without spending a penny, but calls in the experts to replace the front lower arm suspension bushes.
PROJECT SHOESTRING PART 3 • With classic car values continuing their inexorable rise, we set ourselves the goal of buying a classic to be proud of and putting it on the road, all for under £1500. The car we found was a 1984 Triumph Acclaim, and now we are ready to break out the spanners.
HIT AND MYTH • The TVR Cerbera was flawed yet brilliant. A brutal, beautiful, game-changing creation by an iconic British marque, it quite rightly has...