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WHICH STORIES CATCH YOUR EYE?
I had a fine day out recently, driving the Jensen Interceptor for our cover feature. It's been a long time since I last enjoyed its raffish decadence, back when these powerful and stylish coupés were still MGB or maybe Triumph TR6 money.

They're no longer bargains, but the Interceptor remains good value compared to its natural rivals like the Aston Martin V8,...
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Classic Cars magazine
03/21/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
The greatest concept never built?

This caught our eye at the recent London Classic Car Show. It's the Peugeot Oxia concept car, and to our surprise it's entirely functional, being based on 405 T16 underpinnings with a turbocharged PRV V6 engine derived from the WM-Peugeot Le Mans Group C cars of the era.

In some ways it's odd that Peugeot never tried to cash in on its Le Mans successes. As a...
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Classic Cars magazine
03/20/2017 at 15:06. Facebook
£10k SUPERCAR
There aren't many sub £10k classics that give a real taste of supercar experience, but the Vauxhall VX220 does a pretty good job.

Of course, if the supercar experience you're seeking is about boastable bhp figures and badges to impress young ladies queuing up outside nightclubs, the Vauxhall won't do the job. But if you want something that will thrill you as soon as you drop...
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Classic Cars magazine
03/19/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
DB: It started here.

You don't often get to see an Aston Martin DB1. Admittedly Aston didn't call it that themselves - it was merely the 2-litre Sports Special back in 1948 - but it was succeeded by the DB2, making it retrospectively the first of an iconic line.

This one was displayed by Roos Engineering at Rétromobile, and it's a fascinating curio marking the juncture between Aston Martin's...
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Classic Cars magazine
03/18/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
WAR HORSE
This AMC Javelin had a frantic life from the moment it was shipped to the UK in 1971 and converted into a fire-breathing, 490bhp Group 2 race car.

Its life story – told in the Life Cycle feature in the current issue of the magazine – is filled with wheel-to-wheel action, a battle to keep the car competitive season-after-season and some terrifying accidents. It's one of the star...
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Classic Cars magazine
03/17/2017 at 17:33. Facebook
OUT OF THIS WORLD
The first time I saw a Mazda Cosmo I thought that it looked like something from The Jetsons cartoon made real. And that was before I knew what it was called, or discovered that it was powered by a rotary engine. Pure sci-fi fantasy from 1967.

We test drive this 1969 Series 2 Cosmo in the April issue of the magazine to explore whether the experience behind the wheel is as...
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03/17/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Dino: Prototype versus Production.

An interesting juxtaposition at a recent Artcurial auction gave us the chance to ponder whether Pininfarina's original design for the Dino 206 GT was better than the production car that resulted in 1966.

It's often the case that prototypes have a total purity about them, with details like headlamp heights or considerations concerning passenger accommodation...
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Perfection and controversy.

It's fair to say that Rolls-Royce and Bentley and the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina haven't always had the best of relationships. Despite being the most expensive car in the world, the Rolls-Royce board expressed fury when the Pininfarina-designed Camargue was presented to them without rain guttering, causing water to cascade all over the sleeves of anyone...
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Cooper versus Abarth.

Front-engined/front-drive versus rear-engined/rear-drive. Transverse four versus twin-cylinder. Giant-killing on the Monte Carlo Rally versus amassing every speed record available. Understeer versus oversteer.

For cars that invite obvious comparisons, the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 Abarth are remarkably different cars. And yet if you were looking for a tiny city-sized car...
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Book your ticket to the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show before Friday 24th March and you will be automatically entered into the free prize draw to win a 'meet and greet' with Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead! The personal meet and greet with the Wheeler Dealer and For the Love of Cars hosts can take place on any chosen day across the show weekend. So, what are you waiting for?...
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Bizzarrini Europa: a supercar in miniature.

If only more manufacturers did this: back in the Sixties, feeling the need for a cheaper entry-level model that mere mortals could afford to buy and run, Bizzarrini exploited its General Motors connections to give us the 1900 Europa, essentially a small version of the mighty 5300GT Strada (also seen here, in red) on an MG-rivalling scale with a...
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GHOSTS OF THE PAST
We know that you like glamorous, exotic and rare classics on the Classic Cars Facebook page, but what about those important cars that were the street furniture during our formative years, machines like the Vauxhall Viva GT that we feature in the current issue?

It's a fascinating tale of dedication and ingenuity to return a once-popular car to its original suburban glamour,...
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The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show will be host to Classic Car Auctions’ biggest ever sale! With a long list of almost 200 cars, including A 1988 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa Sport, 1993 Ferrari 348 Spider, 1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4, 1960 Ford Thames 300E Van and many more, why don’t you pop along and add something unique to your collection? Book your tickets today at
Saoutchik gets it right.

I think it's fair to say we have a bit of a love-hate relationship with controversial French coachbuilder Saoutchik here at Classic Cars. Some of Jacques Saoutchik's designs were inarguably years ahead of their time in introducing angular forms at a time when organic curves ruled supreme, but in his desire for avant-garde shapes they had a nasty habit of being...
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THINK AGAIN
Over the course of a road trip in the current issue of the magazine, Ross Alkureishi explores whether the Lamborghini Silhouette really deserves to live in the shadow of the headline-grabbing Countach.
What do you think?
Four seats and (very) fast.

Nowadays there seems to be a trend for big continent-devouring GT cars to have four doors. The Porsche Panamera, for example, could be argued to be the 928's successor, and most of the Maserati range are four-door saloons rather than sleek coupés.

Maybe there's nothing wrong with that - it's just practicality after all - but back in the early Seventies Lamborghini...
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The Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery will be hosting many famous motoring faces across the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show weekend. From 31 March – 2 April you can see the likes of Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer, For the Love of Cars’ Ant Anstead, Fuzz Townshend, Jimmy DeVille and many more surprise guests! More information at