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 • Overlooked for no good reason, or best avoided – that’s the question to ask yourself when attractive bargains seem too adept at flying beneath buyer radar
‘V8 burble, column shift – it’s a perfect piece of period Americana’ • A scale-model Ford Thunderbird that Steve Richardson had as boy gave him a life-long yearning to try the real thing. Does it live up to the dream?
Quattroportes worth the risk? • They can bite with expensive bills – but for £10k these Maseratis are hard to top
Record-breaker • Cosworth RS500 makes almost £600K!
Coachbuilt special • One of a unique pair of Bristols is up for grabs for the first time in 55 years
Spiders on the Rise • Eighties and Nineties Alfa Romeo Spiders have reversed the trend and are now outperforming earlier models
E-fuel company wins community award
IN THE TRADE
An Olympic Comeback • The London Classic Car Show finds its feet at Earls Court Olympia for a second time
Rallying back to Stoneleigh • Race Retro sees long-lost rally hero cars emerge from hiding
From basket cases to concours • Journey from project to show condition to be celebrated at Practical Classics Restoration Show
March-May event highlights • Spring’s here, which means it’s showtime!
Much-travelled 356 causes a stir • Pre-A Porsche stuck in restoration purgatory since the 1980s sells for a song in Paris
Next Month • The June issue of Classic Cars is looking good
P6B prototype recalled
QUENTIN WILLSON • There’s a very simple way for many classic cars to make a better impression at sale time – crack out the Marigolds and the toothbrush and get detailing
JOHN FITZPATRICK • Wintering in Florida gives me the chance to meet up with old racing friends and attend some classic racing events during the UK’s chilly off-season
Overlooked Gems • Finding value in a cost-of-living crisis means foraging where others have ignored. We’ve gathered six hidden diamonds that have been perennially overlooked for no good reason
‘Will today’s desirable cars be forever sought-after?’ • The Car Years’ sharp-dressing presenter Alex Riley ponders what it is that makes cars fall out of fashion
‘The front end was smashed in and the body was rotten’ • For former Vauxhall apprentice Sheldon North, resurrecting this Group B homologation special was a 16-year labour of love
THE GENTLEMAN’S COBRA • This prototype gives a glimpse into an alternate future for AC, had it not been consumed by America’s appetite for Shelby Cobras. Let’s find out if it was it good enough to change history
‘I’m happiest in the garages on my own’ • Stephen Leckie finds peace from his hectic schedule by opening the doors on his highly eclectic collection
LET IT BE? NOT THIS TIME... • From Minis to McLaren F1s, George Harrison proved himself a petrolhead – but the car that held his interest longest was this AMG-styled Mercedes 500SEL. We take it for a drive to find out why
LIFE STORY OF A Morris Marina 1700L • This late Marina sparked a lifelong obsession, and is set to mobilise a...