Each issue is packed with the best down-to-earth advice, useful specialist information and news based on realistically priced classic cars, which will inspire you to buy, repair and restore your own classic cars. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies
ONES TO WATCH • Hagerty analysts use in-house data to predict 10 rising stars of the classic car world, ranging from the Ford Fiesta to the outrageous Lamborghini Diablo.
KOP HILL CLIMB CHARITY TOTAL
FRENCH LEGENDS COMBINE IN FILM
DRIVE IT DAY 2023
EARLY BIRDS AT DONINGTON
THE POLICE BIG FARINAS
AUSTIN MEMORIES AND ARCHIVE I.D.
MY LAST JAGUAR?
IAIN AYRE • BIO: Iain Ayre’s automotive enthusiasms span everything from Minis to Bentleys. He has prototyped several car designs without commercial success, and has written 18 books on random motoring subjects. He continues to avoid getting a proper job.
PHIL WHITE • BIO: Phil White’s first job, at 15, involved restoring classic cars. A decade later he began writing about them in magazines. 35 years on, he’s still at it. He plans to grow up at some point, but in the meantime climbing rocks, running, cycling and, you know, writing about classic cars, seem to get in the way.
IN DEFIANCE OF ALL CONVENTIONS • To say that David Scarff is the owner of a rare vehicle is a slight understatement, as his 1975 Citroën Ami Super Estate is an unusual sight even in its homeland. It is also one of the most determinedly individualistic vehicles you are ever likely to encounter.
QUE SERA, SERA • With relatively humble running gear clothed in a totally unique body, the Toyota Sera occupied a similar niche to Nissan's Figaro. But whereas the Figaro was retro to the core, the Sera is still futuristic some three decades on.
FUELLED BY NOSTALGIA • David Shadbolt has two very different but equally charming cars in a 1967 MG1100 and a 1951 Standard Vanguard, but the impetus for buying was the same in both cases. We'll let David tell the story
WASH AND GO • As a teenager, Mike Marchant used to wash his dad's Mk2 Jaguar and then drive it around the work site. Now he has a 340 of his own to bring back those happy memories.
BET TER L ATE THAN NEVER! • Karen Simpson-Brown never really liked Capris all that much back in the day. Then three years ago she saw this 1972 1600L in Sunset Red and it was love at first sight.
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT... • Lots of cars can lay claim to being bubble cars, but we are focusing today on two principal exponents of the phenomenon – the Isetta and the Messerschmitt.
PROJECT MGB GT
The downside of using a classic regularly
A Lotus Elise as a sensible daily driver?
Weird, weird, weird.
Locks, brakes, MoTs, seats and windows
A pumped up Panda brake pedal
RELIANT REGAL 3/25 DE-LUXE • The last of the major mechanical components to be overhauled on our Regal is the steering box. The only trouble is, Simon’s never stripped and rebuilt one before.
LAND ROVER • The Series Land Rovers were suspended on leaf springs all round, but the ones on our project car had definitely seen better days and it was time for a change. REPORT:
£1500 Z3 CHALLENGE
VAUXHALL VIVA HC • Rarer and sometimes cheaper than an equivalent Capri or Cortina, find out what you need to know when buying a Vauxhall HC Viva, Magnum or Firenza from the 1970s.
STAR PERFORMER • The second-generation Mercedes C-Class made a BMW rival of Stuttgart’s compact executive...