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 • Taking on some work can be the best way to own the car of your dreams, if you choose with wisdom and care
SOUTH AFRICAN SHAKEDOWN • Fresh from a two-year restoration in Johannesburg, South Africa, Michelle Hambly’s 1969 Porsche 911E Targa is ready to collect – and what better way to test its integrity than with an epic 1000-mile trip back to her home in Cape Town?
Cleaning up after a Pagoda party • Picking up the pieces after the W113’s 2017/’18 jamboree could land you a 2021 bargain
A virtual success • Silverstone seals solid season starter
Market indicators • This very mixed bunch shows how buying enthusiasm now stretches far across the market
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
New online auctions player • Auto Auction launch includes Mitsubishi’s UK heritage fleet
WHAT THE K500 MARKET INDEX SAYS ABOUT THE…
IN THE TRADE
More than a Goddess • Restored DS21 Décapotable heads for Monaco
Sports and Show in Sydney • Dual-role Delage wows crowds at Sydney Harbour Concours
Gaydon marks the E-type’s 60th • New exhibition celebrates evolution, with previously-unseen Sayer models
Murray Walker, 1923-2021
May-July 2021 event highlights • As restrictions gradually unwind, we can start planning our classic year with increasing optimism. Just remember to check organiser websites for latest event status and details before making arrangements.
Johnny Dumfries, 1958-2021
Bob Berry, 1929-2021
Flat-pack Lotuses and AC shock • Pair of Lotus Elevens and rare Aceca-Bristol emerge from late enthusiast’s garage
Long lost Tojeiro?
Quentin Willson • The latest addition to my garage might raise some eyebrows – my wife’s included – but it brings back fond memories. Time to make some new ones?
John Fitzpatrick • Press stunts are part of the job, but few are more bizarre than the time I had to water-ski down the Thames with an Aussie known to throw dynamite
PAINLESS CLASSICS • Not every classic has to be an unreliable moneypit. With great spares backup and design with longevity in mind, here are 12 cars you can buy without risking the ownership dream becoming an expensive nightmare
HOME IMPROVEMENTS • Turning a flawed gem into a jewel of a classic doesn’t always mean a full restoration. We’re picking out improvements you can make at home - and those best trusted to the professionals
FIVE JOBS TO AVOID
The life story of a Mini Cooper • Still with its first owner, this 1275S has done the Monte historic, competed with Hopkirk and been used to prompt childbirth
BRAVE NEW WORLD • The 525bhp V10 Fighter could have revolutionised Bristol Cars but only an estimated 12 were built. We drive a development car and meet the men who worked with it
‘To compete with Ferrari, we needed a new Cobra’ • Peter Brock designed the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray at 21 before masterminding the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé – but first he had to overcome the defeatists
Seven steps to buying a Jaguar XK150 • It’s the bargain of the XK range but still strong money, so buy...