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 • Our celebration of V8 Ferraris had me playing fast-rewind through the models I’ve been fortunate to drive, and it left me wanting more
‘I like all these quirky touches – it could only ever be a Rover’ • Mike Finnis aspired to a Rover P6 3500S years ago, so Classic Cars gives him one for a day to see if it lives up to the legend
Lagonda Rapide price reset • Entry to the exclusive world of Sixties Astons looks more accessible than ever
Desert wins • Bargain buys from Bonhams in Arizona
Sunny side up • Maserati’s finest? Rare Euro-spec Ghibli Spyder still available from RM’s Paris sale
Will bigger London ULEZ affect classic values?
IN THE TRADE
What’s in a name? A lot, it seems... • A collection of eight VIP-owned Lotus Elans hightails it to auction – but which provenance adds most value?
Big-blocks hit Birmingham • Revitalised Autosport show saw a roll-call of long-unseen V8 monsters emerge
Estates of the Art • Season-opener Bicester Scramble celebrates five-door heroes
Tom Karen, 1926-2022 • Versatile designer was as well-known outside of the motoring world as he was for his unmistakable vehicles
February-May event highlights • Old favourites return for a classic Spring 2023
Rare BMW escapes underworld • Koenig 850 with murky past emerges from underground after eight years in hiding
Chance to play Chancellor
The once-lively Frogeye that now needs a jump
Overlooked Gems • From £4k Fiat to £20k Aston, six brilliant bargains the market has missed
DS dancing on ice
The stuff of memories
It’s not over yet
QUENTIN WILLSON • A chance conversation with my daughter led to a useful insight into the cars that Gen Z thinks are ‘sick’, which translates as ‘cool’ to you and me
JOHN FITZPATRICK • Thanks to a mix-up over start fees, I ended up being chased down the highway by a sweaty race promoter, desperate to locate his misplaced $20,000
FERRARI’S V8 GREATS • Join us for a symphonic celebration as we honour 50 years of mid-engined V8 Ferrari road cars – six choices each with a compellingly different reason for desire
ACCIDENTAL HERO • Ferrari’s new V8 wasn’t meant to go racing, but necessity and chance made it a winner on both track and rally stage
World-class bargain • Despite price rises across the board, Ferrari’s four-seater ‘world car’ Mondial is still cheap. Can you still buy one for Mondeo money though?
LOOKING AFTER NO 1 • One hundred years ago, Alvis built this car in a quest for competition success to publicise its brilliant new overhead-valve engine. They called it Racing Car No 1 – does it live up to that name today?
‘People think glassfibre doesn’t rot... but it does!’ • This Lotus Elite should have tasted glory at Le Mans in 1959, but a pre-race accident changed its fate. After a first rebuild, many owners and decades off the road, the time came for a return to road/race specification…
THE LIFE STORY OF A Mini Moke • Created to find a new...