DECEMBER 2017 issue

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Mercedes SLs to buy now. We pick the best buys from five generations of SL, and ask chief engineer Frank Knothe about their design secrets
• We get hold of the ex-Sultan of Brunei Ferrari 288 GTO and put it to the test in Scotland
• The racy eight decade life story of an MG J2 told in the owners' words and old pictures
• Epic Restoration of an 'unrestorable' Mercedes 190 SL
• We put a Lotus Esprit-driving reader into his dream Ford Mustang 289 V8 an capture his enlightening experience
• We drive the prototype-turned factory racer Triumph Spitfire
100 Datsuns! Meet the man compelled to keep buying them
• Race car designer and rear spoiler pioneer Robin Herd on the cars that shaped his life
• Living the Anglo-American dream in a Sunbeam Rapier
• Why I Love... Paddy Hopkirk reveals his first car, and why he bought it back


• How to buy a great Jaguar XJR for £3-6k
Quentin Willson reveals which Alfa Romeo, Audi, Peugeot or Rolls-Royce to buy now
• Is the £70k Audi Ur-Quattro result a blip or the new reality?
• The De Tomaso Vallelunga, Lamborghini Diablo VT, Austin Seven Mini and Fiat 500 that have us checking our savings balances this month
• The latest books and models reviwed
• Cars for sale tested: Aston Martin DB6, Porsche 911 Supersport, Lotus Elan +2 and Honda Prelude
• Advertise your classic for free


Quentin Willson on why the current state of the market is reassuring
Gordon Murray reveals how much influence classic TVRs had on the new Griffith
NEW COLUMNIST John Fitzpatrick on a Ferrari pilgrimage and meeting Enzo

The month in cars

• Barn finds. A Lagonda dragged from a hedge and a buried MG J2
Goodwood Revival brings out a reborn Ferrari 250 SWB, Ford GT40, Alfa Monza and more
• Our pick from the new Lamborghini concours include the Bertone Marzal, Walter Wolf Countach and prototype 350 GT
• Highlight events to look forward to including the UK's biggest indoor classic car show and more
• Your Letters on grand touring in a Pebble Beach-winning Hispano Suiza and is the Tesla Roadster an emerging classic already?
• Our Cars. Phil finds an elusive part of his Jaguar E-type at Beaulieu Autojumble, Malcolm hits the Alps in his Triumph TR3 and Nigel tries to get is long-dormant Reliant Scimitar started