February 2017 issue

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• Hottest Hatches. Eighties pocket-rockets are hot property – we burn rubber in hard-charging hatches from VW, Peugeot, Ford, MG and Renault. Plus Quentin Willson’s pick
• The List. Reader Rob Norton owned E-types and MGs in the Seventies, but the Sunbeam Tiger always eluded him. We realise his dream of driving Rootes’ hot rod
Bizzarrini. The short-lived 5300GT Strada was born out of a passion for racing and is a spectacular road car. We drive the Italian supermodel with a thumping American heart
• The Pilgrimage. Russ Smith hits the highway in a Chevrolet Corvette C1 and finds the American midwest in deepest Kent, before visiting marque specialist, Claremont
• Epic Restoration. Steve Webb’s dream of rescuing a Porsche 924 Carrera GT became a nightmare of melted wings and competing for missing parts with Derek Bell
• Life Cycle. The Ford Escort MkI that Rosemary North won in a newspaper competition has been crashed, repaired and restored – but it’s staying in the family
• The Collector. Luo Wenyou opens the doors to his musem to reveal a staggering collection of Chinese state cars, including Chairman Mao’s 10m-long limousine
• Why I love… Brooklands Museum director Allan Winn on why he never tires of the Napier-Railton’s rear suspension

• Smart Buys. Quentin Willson says rising Jaguar E-type S1 values are pulling up S3 prices, Ferrari Daytona prices have yet to settle, and the R230 Mercedes SL is one to watch
• Market Watch. Russ Smith on an auction feeding frenzy in Milan, plus why prices for the previously unloved Ferrari Mondial and Ford Cortina MkIII are on the rise
• Market Highlight. Simon Kidston explains why a €7m Alfa P3 is actually good value
• Temptations. Six red-hot classics to buy now, including a De Tomaso Pantera, Citroën DS Décapotable, Lancia Fulvia, Chevrolet Corvette C1 – and a rather unusual Alfa Romeo
• Buying Guide. Don’t buy a Lancia Flavia until you’ve read our exhaustive 13-point guide
• Barn Finds. Nigel Boothman discovers a tired Alfa Giulietta Sprint Zagato and Porsche 356 Speedster, plus an Armstrong Siddeley left by the roadside
• Books and Models. Sam Dawson reviews the latest scale models and great reads – including one on Lamborghini-spotting
• Ads on Test. Mercedes 190 SL, MG TA, Jaguar 3.4, MG Midget
• Advertise your classic for free
• Price Guide. 290 classic market movers revealed

Quentin Willson. says that global upheaval is actually boosting classic car values
Tom Tjaarda. on why he is in awe of legendary Pininfarina designer, Aldo Brovarone
Gordon Murray. on how the Lotus Elan betters even the mighty McLaren F1
Simon Kidston. considers 2016’s craziness – and losing the patron saint of car dealers

The month in cars
• Classic Motor Show. Rarely seen Canadian export Vauxhalls revealed in Birmingham
• Milano Autoclassica. Crowds flock to see Stradale-spec Lancia 037 and Delta S4 in Milan
• Montée Historique. DB Monomil and Fiat 124 Abarth Rally storm challenging hillclimb
• Events Planner. Olympia Historic Automobile Fair among five new events for 2017
• Next month. Special Grand Designs issue sees four futurists go head to head
• Your letters. Changing big ends in the gutter, and how best to get into a McLaren F1
• Our Cars. Phil adjusts the E-type’s wheel camber, Ross’s Renault 5 Turbo suffers engine and bodywork problems and is Mike’s MG Midget about to go under the knife?