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 • A fresh year stretches out before us, so before the calendar gets clogged up with need-to-do activities, plan some life-enhancing road trips with your classic
‘BMWs have never done it for me. But this certainly would...’ • Terry Unwin has owned scores of classics over the years, but the BMW Z8 is one itch that he’s never been able to scratch – until now
Ferrari F40s suddenly on fire • Market observers once believed too many F40s were built to excite investors
West End prices • Miura project tops £1m at Bonhams
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London whitewashes the top ten UK auction sales • Three events in capital account for all of the most expensive cars sold at auction in 2022
Turin marks a Golden Age • Golden Age of Rally tells the sport’s history at Museo Nazionale Dell’Automobile
Frozen fun at Bicester • VSCC Winter Driving Tests put vintage cars through a tough day of tarmac trials
Patrick Tambay, 1949-2022 • French racing ace excelled on both sides of the Atlantic
Jan-April highlights • Events to intersperse all those tours you’ve planned...
Sheer luck for Sheerline’s finder • Austin laid up for 61 years by quick-fix issue; survives storage in remarkable condition
Next Month • The April issue of Classic Cars is coming together
QUENTIN WILLSON • At a time when more and more collectable classics are kept safely hidden, it’s a great joy to meet someone who makes them part of his working life
JOHN FITZPATRICK • Escaping the British winter for Florida has me looking forward to the modern and classic events calendar in the US, and remembering when I used to race here
HIT THE ROAD! • We have a 1962 Triumph TR4, some of the best roads in the country and 48 hours to kill. Join us on the perfect classic tour to kick off our guide to the top 50 British drives for a lively 2023
50 GREATEST BRITISH DRIVES • From a Sunday morning blast to a week-long adventure, the British Isles’ roads offer a lot more than you might think. Here’s our pick of the best to try in 2023
12-CYLINDER SALUTE • The 60th anniversary of the Lamborghini V12 engine coincides with its last in pure, unassisted form. We’ve gathered five of Sant’Agata’s supercar dignitaries to throw it a 60-cylinder celebration of life
‘I knew it was rotten as a pear. It was scrap’ • Spotting a familiar numberplate in an online listing led to this extraordinary restoration – one that relied on the commitment you only get with a very personal connection
THE LIFE STORY OF A Ford Capri 3.0S • This prototype and press car spent 20 years in police custody, before emerging as a star of the classic show scene
THE EVERYMAN EXECUTIVE • The Opel Monza lived its life in the shadow of more fancied coupés from Munich, Stuttgart and Coventry, and survival numbers are low. Did it deserve a better fate?
Mercedes CL (C215) • Could this be the classic world’s biggest bargain? One of these world-beating, exclusive GTs can be yours from just £3000, but avoiding costly gremlins is...