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 • If you think the water-cooled 996 is still the new kid on the 911 block, this issue will change your perspective
‘The engine’s pull and the noise are so addictive’ • Aston Martin fan Mark Palmer was tempted to fill his List with ten of Newport Pagnell’s finest – but honed his desire down to the Aston DB4. Can it deliver on his expectations?
Early E-type values bottomed?
BMW takes it!
IN THE TRADE
Shaken, but not deterred
Goodwood powers up • The power revolution of 1982 was celebrated at a spectacular Goodwood Festival of Speed
Stewart honoured on home turf
Select classics shine in Yorkshire
July-Sept event highlights
Lost, in France, but now found
THE INSIDERS • A recent people-watching session tells me millennial and Gen-Z enthusiasts are rejecting organic curves in favour of severe, boxy shapes of the 1970s/1980s
THE INSIDERS • Celebrating fellow racer Derek Bell’s recent 80th birthday was an excuse to relive the great races we competed in, either together or in rival teams
Watercooler moment • 25 years ago, the Porsche 996 attempted to replace the iconic 33-year-old 911. We drive the bargain Carrera 2, ultra-reliable Turbo and collector-grade homologation GT3RS to see whether they make great classic buys today
‘Winning overall in a GT car wasn’t something we expected’ • German racing driver Jörg Bergmeister won the Carrera Cup Germany, Supercup, American Le Mans GT class and more in the 996. He remembers it fondly
The Flexible Feline • When new in 1951, this Jaguar XK120 was immediately deployed on rally stages, hill climbs and top-tier circuits. We drive this prowling polymath fresh from restoration
‘Start with a good car and you can hit perfection’ • Who would restore a 10,400-mile survivor? Someone looking for the very best, museum-quality classic Ford Capri MkI... and who knew such a chance may never come again
PIONEER IN MINIATURE • The Fiat X1/9 is turning 50 but its philosophy still feels fresh. We try an early 1300 for size to the cut-price, mid-engined trailblazer’s legacy today
THE LIFE STORY OF A Mercedes 230S • Bought new by an ice-cream man, this 1966 Fintail has witnessed weddings, been a guest of The Queen and fended off bear attacks
Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider • Fizzing performance, Italian style and top value make this a tempting modern classic
The Archaeological Automobile
Driving joy, at last!
Boxing day comes early
Nappy change time?
Jaguar Mark V dhc £79,995 • One of the best-documented examples of one of Jaguar’s most elegant yet underrated cars, tester Sam Dawson finds
1999 BMW M5 (E39) £31,995 • Pontentially a shrewd investment, this late-Nineties Bavarian powerhouse offers a great driving experience, says Dale Vinten
Turner 950S £31,000 • If Fifties-style fun is what revs your engine, Sam Dawson reckons this track-seasoned rarity could be a...