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
HAZEL CHAPMAN • The Lotus and motorsport communities say goodbye to Hazel Chapman
THE NISSAN NEWBIRD
IAIN AYRE TOO RISKY TO ENJOY
PHIL WHITE WINTER DREAMING
IN THE BEGINNING… • Jane Rowley is well placed to chart the evolution of Triumph’s Spitfire as she has something of a collection. However, it is this gorgeous model from the early years of production on which we are focusing today.
FUELLED BY NOSTALGIA • Nigel Shepherd has a mixture of fond and calamitous memories of growing up with a long line of Jaguars and Daimlers as the family transport. The troubles haven’t put him off buying one of his own though, and choosing a Daimler over a Jaguar.
HIDING IN THE SHADOWS • Mark McClelland’s Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk1 was a lucky find back in 2015, having been mothballed for almost 20 years. Rob Hawkins discovers how this example has been preserved, and why the model deserves more credit than it often receives.
10 YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT… THE MORRIS MINOR • Being realistic, so much has been written about the Morris Minor over the years that we are not going to bring anything totally new to market in this feature. However, what follows is our fairly random selection of factoids and trivia from a glorious 23 years of production – and beyond.
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FORD CORTINA MK3 PROJECT PART 6 • We started off the welding repairs last issue with a couple of relatively straightforward patches on the offside. This issue we tackle a slightly more complex problem at the front of the nearside inner sill.
Should it stay or should it go now…?
No cause for alarm
Troubleshooting with Steve Rothwell • Our helpful Q&A hotline may be able to solve your classic-related problems, so why not email us at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help.
PROJECT PANDA • There is a mystery to be solved on the front suspension as we appear to be missing a crucial and unobtainable part, but it all turns out to be fine in the end.
ROTODIP • Many people know BMC cars were ‘painted on a spit,’ but just what actually went on in BMC’s Rotodip remains a mystery to most. Fortunately, Craig Watson and Owen McDonald are on hand to explain everything!
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ASSESSING A PROJECT • Whether it is currently on the road or more of a garden ornament, careful assessment of a project will pay dividends.
THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
OTHER STATIC TESTS
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
AUSTIN MONTEGO ESTATE • There is lots to get through this issue as our Montego stops being just a collection of parts and starts to resemble a car again.
THE FULL RESPRAY
PLASTIC TRIM AND ‘THAT’ REAR SIDE WINDOW
WHEELS AND TYRE
MERCEDES W123 BUYING GUIDE • Over 2.6 million examples of the W123 Mercedes were produced and many still continue to be used today, but Rob Hawkins warns that they need careful consideration when buying one.
YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER… • Classics Monthly editor Simon Goldsworthy and Lancaster Insurance’s Car Clubs Manager Dave Youngs are allowed just one car each that they would recommend as a Mercedes W123...