• THE BIG TEST. Which classic Mercedes strikes the best balance between driving appeal, aesthetic cool and investment – 280 SE Coupé, 280 CE, SEL 6.9, 190E Cosworth, E320 Cabrio or SL500? Plus, Quentin Willson gives his verdict on each
• EPIC RESTORATION. How Land Rover Classic transformed the 1950 CKD Series I, rescued from oblivion in the Australian outback, into its first as-new Reborn car
• LIFE CYCLE. Ken Walker and his Fiat 124 Coupé have been through a lot together. It once lost its brakes on a hill and suffered a collapsed wheel – but he’ll never sell it
• THE COLLECTOR. We take a guided tour of confirmed Mercedes and Chevrolet fan Louis Coetzer’s collection of more than 100 classic cars
• THE LIST. Reader Tim Rogers has fond memories of the Aston Martin V8 Volante he used to travel in as a child – now it’s his turn to tame this 305bhp ground-shaker
• THE PILGRIMAGE. In the first of a new series, we drive a sporting Bentley 3-Litre saloon through West Sussex countryside to visit marque specialist William Medcalf
AC ACECA. We get very sideways in the bellowing, tyre-shredding monster that AC never got around to building – a 5.0-litre V8-engined Aceca
• BUYING GUIDE. Don’t buy that Jaguar E-type Series 1 or 2 you’ve always lusted after until you’ve read our focused six-point how-to guide
• WHY I LOVE. Paris-Dakar veteran Andrew Cowan explains why he loves the world’s most demanding car rally


• QUENTIN WILLSON on how even global uncertainties can’t flatline the classic market
• TOM TJAARDA remembers how Mercedes’s 6.9-litre hot rod saved car design in 1973
• SIMON KIDSTON talks 1000bhp V8s and certifiable nutters in part two of his Panther story


• THE MONTH IN CARS.  Transaxle Day Jürgen Barth’s 924 Turbo Le Mans campaigner stars at Zuffenhausen, La Vita Rosso/La Vie En Bleu Prescott headlines with Ferrari 225S Vignale Barchetta, Historic Winton Elfin Streamliner and Model T Speedster take to the track Down Under, American Graffiti Vivid purple
• SMART BUYS. Quentin Willson says the De Tomaso Pantera and Bentley Azure can’t remain bargains for long, and states the case for the Vauxhall Viva GT and…Rover 75?
• MARKET WATCH. Russ Smith reports on flagging Aston Martin sales, how TV stardom is ramping up Jaguar XJC values and why R129 Mercedes SLs can be had for Midget money
• Market Highlight Simon Kidston reports from Monaco, where a dazzling concours Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider failed to sell, but a scruffy Jaguar C-type made €7.2m
• TEMPTATIONS. Six classics guaranteed to empty your ISA, from Aston Martin DB6 Vantage and Ferrari 250 GT SWB to AC 3000ME and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce
• BARN FINDS. Nigel Boothman finds a prototype Costin-Nathan racer,     a Downton-tuned Mini Traveller rally car and an Aston DBS
• BOOKS AND MODELS. New reading on Juha Kankkunen and Mike Hawthorn plus 1:18-scale models – including a Coombs Jaguar E-type Lightweight – reviewed by Sam Dawson
• OUR CARS. Phil improves the Jaguar E-type’s stopping power, Malcolm reveals his latest Special acquisition and Ross finally wrestles the gearbox out of his Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato
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