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Welcome • Quentin’s gift for finding joyful buying opportunities and persuading us to think differently is uncanny
‘You point it, and that’s where you go’ • Mike James always fancied the Lotus Elan +2 over a two seater so we put him in one for the day to find out why
Special Saab for a Swedish song
Well-bought Bristol flies under the radar
First-gen Mercedes SLK –a Yellowstone-cold classic?
Lots in France
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
Fulvia Coupés still look undervalued
Big Healeys back in the race
IN THE TRADE
Renault UK Heritage sell-off
WHAT K500 SAYS ABOUT THE...
The magnificent seven
Coventry enjoys a classic start
‘Pom’ perseveres at Silverstone
Old stagers at Gaydon
West coast Jag has race pedigree
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Bat out of green hell
Quentin Willson • In recent times our hobby has fended off a global recession, Brexit and a pandemic – but even choppier waters may lie ahead
John Fitzpatrick • The CSL that took me to victory at Silverstone in 1976 may have handled like a dream but I lacked the foresight to buy one at the time
SMART BUYS 2022 • Between pandemics and geopolitics, life can feel gloomy of late. All the more reason to seek out joy – and each of these cars will deliver it in abundance
BREATH TAKING • The 430bhp bi-turbo 1995 911GT was Porsche’s last air-cooled hurrah. Does this fearsome machine deserve its Widowmaker reputation?
LAST LAP OF LUXURY • Patriotic Vanwall Formula 1 boss Tony Vandervell favoured Bentley road cars. We try his 1956 S1 Continental – an ultra-rare manual gearbox example, and the last Bentley he owned
‘What would we find under the paint?’ • This mystery of this unique 1950 Ferrari’s origin was unravelled by a detailed restoration – something never foreseen when the car arrived supposedly ready to run
THE LIFE STORY OF A Cortina 2000 • Decapitated within weeks of delivery, this rare Crayford Cortina has made countless joyful family memories
ASH TO ASHES • Built for one year, the Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe was the last of marque’s true ‘woodies’. We drive one in the UK, and we’re stirred by its sense of wanderlus
Six steps to buying a Riley RM
BOOKS & MODELS
Phil’s sensible side
Going for gold
Improve it or move it?
1972 Datsun 240Z £39,995 • This represents strong money for a 240Z, but as Chris Hope reveals, few examples we’ve seen have been this well cared for
2005 Ferrari F430 Spider F1 £95,000 • Big money for a 2005 Ferrari, but as Richard Gunn notes, it does seem as good as new. Can it really be 17 years old already?
1978 Ford Escort 1.3 Ghia £10,995 • No, it’s not a Mexico, but this Ford Escort MkII is a timewarp example that needs cherishing, as Nigel Boothman discovers
1969 Morris Minor Traveller £14,995 • Judging by the direction Traveller prices are going, Rob Scorah ...