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 • Here I am, lover of everything from cammy straight fours to thundering V8s, advocating hybrid and electric cars as appealing alternatives. Have I lost the plot?
‘That’s the biggest surprise – it could easily be my daily’ • This air-cooled aficionado has driven Beetles and 911s galore but the 356 is his missing link. Today he’ll complete the chain by driving his dream car, a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet
Refreshed interest in Austin-Healey 3000s • Recent sales both sides of the Atlantic show that the fortunes of an old British favourite are back on the up
Pagoda tales • Mercs make the running at Historics sale
Market indicators • The number of bargains bagged suggests we have moved into a buyers’ market
A fair wedge
The full works • A genuine works car, this Metro 6R4 was being sold for the first time in 20 years
Classics lose out to inflation • Hagerty reveals that only eight popular classics beat inflation over the last year
IN THE TRADE
Goodwood’s triple-crown hero • Career of Graham Hill takes centre stage at the 2022 Goodwood Revival
Thirties masterpieces wow Hampton Court • Art Deco elegance shines through at the 10th-anniversary Concours of Elegance, held in London
Variety in the wild at Blenheim Palace • The elegant met the unconventional on the Salon Privé lawns
Champs’ cars take pride of place • Old steeds of Graham Hill and Jim Clark set to star at the NEC Classic Motor Show
Pilot’s Porsche is emancipated • Seven years of persistence sees a pilot’s dormant 911 freed from mouldy captivity
Reunited with a C-type
QUENTIN WILLSON • Maybe I shouldn’t admit it here, but my addiction to electric vehicles began in 1996 with the GM EV1 and was fuelled by an early test of the first Tesla Roadster
JOHN FITZPATRICK • When the chance came to follow my father’s dream and finally have my own Ferrari, I jumped at it, but I didn’t end up keeping the car for very long
BACK TO THE FUTURE • Can electric cars ever be more than white goods? We drive the first wave of enthusiast-pleasing pioneers to find out if they can challenge the classic establishment
‘There wasn’t much Elise left in it’ • As Hethel’s go-between with Silicon Valley, Rexford Parker witnessed the birth of the 21st century’s most significant car – the Tesla Roadster
LOST IN TRANSLATION • Earls Court, 1973: a supercar with Italian panache, American throb and Argentinian parentage is foisted upon an unsuspecting British public. Today we drive the British Motor Show DeTomaso Pantera GTS
‘We revealed a mountain of horrors’ • Restoring any Bristol is a tough task, but as a concours-showcase job for a new restorer with a unique setup and work split across two premises 1000 miles apart, perfecting this 401 was a challenge for HC Classics
THE LIFE STORY OF A 1988 Opel Manta GT/E • After surviving accidents, questionable modifications and threats of bodgery, this Manta turned its sole owner into a classic car enthusiast
The shape of things to come •...