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Welcome • The R107-generation Mercedes-Benz SL has a special place in motoring history, so we decided to celebrate in style
‘It just hit me... I’m driving a Lamborghini!’ • Paul Bushby has spent almost half a century thinking about the Lamborghini Urraco. Today we facilitate his boyhood fantasy
PAUL’S DREAM DRIVE LIST
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PAUL BUSHBY’S CAR CV • He drives an Abarth 595 today but Paul’s previous cars skew towards British luxury and Seventies design
DB6 values Kamm-tailling off • Several examples have sold for sub-£200k– but is this an anomaly or the new norm?
Stag party • Hits for Historics two months in a row
Market indicators • Maybe it was the lack of Spring this year, but coupés rather than roadsters are in demand
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
Classic trade body launched • HCVA aims to protect the future of classic motoring
WHAT THE K500 MARKET INDEX SAYS ABOUT THE…
IN THE TRADE
Khamsin goes for a song • Superb UK market Maserati snapped up for bargain price
Prescott waves the Tricolore • Not quite as hoped, but Prescott Italia brought an exotic splash of colour to the Gloucestershire countryside
Donington solves Lotus mystery • Long-lost 20B stars at Donington Historic
Best of British drives into Derbyshire • Novel new museum puts visitors behind the wheel
John Frayling, 1946-2021
Max Mosley, 1940-2021
Best-preserved 1950s Ferrari? • Europa GT shut away in a garage for more than half a century fetches $2.2m at auction
Hidden Le Mans Aston
Quentin Willson • I’ve been bewitched by the R107 Mercedes SL since my first date with one – and the one time my head was turned it came at a cost
John Fitzpatrick • Finding an old steed for sale reminded me of the steep rear-wheel-drive learning curve that began with an MGB and culminated in a Porsche 962
MERCEDES SL 50 YEARS OF THE R107 • The R107-generation Mercedes SL spread glamour the world over, even starring on TV and cinema screens. In this special package of features we pay tribute to the subtly stylish legend
‘It arrived in boxes. Lots of boxes’ • When the home restoration of this Mercedes 420SL was thrown into jeopardy, a model specialist stepped in to pick up the many pieces. But what could be used – and what would need redoing?
MY FAVOURITE TOOL
The life story of a Mercedes SL • After starting life as semi-covert wheels for a US diplomat in El Saldavor, this Mercedes 280SL looked set for a quiet retirement beneath a barrier-island holiday home…
‘Stuttgart had a lot of pride in its work and here I was challenging it’ • As a young Mercedes intern-turned-marketeer, Jonathan Ashman gained an inside perspective of the phenomenon that was the R107 SL – and his input as a test-driver would ultimately steer the fate of the UK-market Panzerwagens
SCULPTED TO WIN • The month of June means the Le Mans 24 Hours, so we drive the 1957-winning Jaguar D-type to find out what gave it the...