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 • Cars with any more than a hint of motor sport pedigree wear a special halo, even if they didn’t actually win very much. Just to have walked the walk can be enough
‘Listen to that exhaust – the acoustics are phenomenal’ • Get yourself a car that can do both. Clive Kelsall loves classics that pair engineering brawn with undeniable beauty. Will a day driving a dream 1954 Austin-Healey 100 uncover his perfect polymath?
Bargain Jensen? I’ll drink to that!
Anti-hero Metros and Rover 100s are super-affordable
Out-of-fashion TR6s at very attractive prices for buyers
Go thirst class
Porsche 911SC on the comeback trail with prices up
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
Vauxhall Astra GTE hits hard in hot-hatch shootout
IN THE TRADE
How Deep is Your Love for this Rolls?
Moss Merc magic
Sorted and swoonworthy
Legends rally to Knockhill
Heveningham über alles
Paddy Hopkirk, 1933-2022
Alain de Cadenet, 1945-2022
40 years in the shadows
Frilly Ferrari flies past estimate
Hidden in New York
Swiss Spyder sees light in London
LIFE’S BETTER WITH CLASSICS
THE HOT 30 CLASSICS TO BUY NOW
Fate and fortune
QUENTIN WILLSON • A chance London rush hour encounter with a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow made me realise how far its image has moved from the old wedding-car cliché
JOHN FITZPATRICK • Hearing that we’d lost Paddy Hopkirk was sad, but it took me straight back to 1964 when we first met, racing Minis in the British Saloon Car Championship
GRIT & GREATNESS • Their rallying exploits are legendary, and now they make thrilling choices as heroic classics to own. We drive five road-going cousins of rally stars to find out what you’re letting yourself in for
‘Dealers were encouraged to take part in motor sports themselves’ • As a senior engineer at division during the Escort RS years, Rod Mansfield witnessed a masterclass in motor sport spin-off marketing
PARALLEL UNIVERSE • Opportunity knocked when a coachbuilder invented cantilevered sliding doors. We drive one of seven Bentley 4¼ Parallel-Door DHCs to test the novel system
‘It seemed closer to the road than my other project cars. How wrong was I?’ • Restoring Triumph’s crash-damaged Beta prototype was a tough job which resulted in a 15-year quest for marque specialist Neil Revington
THE LIFE STORY OF A Fiat 500 Special Saloon • Built to contest the outrageous Special Saloons series of the Seventies, this unique car has charmed owners and spectators alike
STAR SHIP • The Mini Cooper 970S was created for 1000c production saloon racing, but this one enjoyed a rock star-studded life in the hands of Humble Pie guitar roadie, John Hammel
Audi Quattro • This technical groundbreaker is also a tough, usable classic, and interest is increasing in all things Eighties, making it a keen investment too
Games Without Frontiers
Better late than never...