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 • Was Seventies car design for you all earth, wind and fire, or do you remember it as a stylistic smouldering wreck?
‘To me, the Dino badge only makes the GT4 more desirable’ • Antonio Valente tries the road less travelled without sacrificing style. Is the Dino 308GT4 the unorthodox supercar he always wanted?
ANTONIO’S DREAM DRIVE LIST
ANTONIO VALENTE’S CAR CV • Antonio loves Minis and unusual classics alike. He’s walked past the MGB, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Fiat 500 to enjoy their less ordinary rivals instead.
Ferrari opportunities aplenty • Don't let the downward correction of prices put you off, when a good deal pops up...
Bidders return • Historics play to a live audience at last
Market indicators • Some quite amazing results from what used to be the affordable end of the classic car world
PRICE GUIDE MOVERS
Norfolk collection for sale • Rare classics offered under the radar in fine art auction
WHAT THE K500 MARKET INDEX SAYS ABOUT THE…
IN THE TRADE
True rarity, real style • RM’s Farina-bodied Lancia convertible is one of ten
Zoey looks for a new home
Donington fires starting gun • 2021 UK motor sport begins behind closed doors with the Donington F1 Festival
Snetterton honours Jim Russell • Belated farewell for race-school founder at Snetterton’s Jim Russell Trophy Meeting
American Inspiration • Stateside-style specials star in the Thruxton Thriller
Robert Opron, 1932–2021 • France’s most celebrated car designer dies
June-August event highlights • With the restrictions gradually unwinding, we can plan out our classic year with increasing optimism. Just remember to check organiser websites for latest event status and details before making arrangements.
An Aston DB4 taken in payment • Collection cast-off Series IV in the USA has been awaiting restoration for 46 years
What about Lancia?
Quentin Willson • Early E-types suffered many indignities, but there was something inherent in them that saw so many survive into this more appreciative era
John Fitzpatrick • How one ridealong demo in an IMSA-spec Porsche 935 left an American passenger legless and an entire pit garage in stitches
1970s SPORTING BARGAINS • The sports car didn’t die in the Seventies. And this quartet have been overlooked and undervalued ever since. It’s time to get involved
‘I wanted to do something completely new’ • Harris Mann led the team that designed BL’s all-new sports car for the Seventies. Given a tricky brief, he arguably broke new styling ground in the process
‘Lord Stokes decided that there was no future for MG’ • John Ashford developed the TR7 concept into a whole family of variants, but it was not to be
‘It was a challenge – our motor industry was in big trouble’ • Richard Hunt was responsible for the Triumph TR7’s interior design and striking colour palette, at what was a tricky time for British Leyland and the industry in general
SOUTHERN ACCENT • Lost to a Brazilian...