january ISSUE

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Aston Martin DBS at 50. We celebrate five decades of Aston’s big GT with a drive of every model from DBS to Zagato. Plus stunt driver memories of The Persuaders! DBS
• Epic Restoration. Munich Legends had just 12 weeks to get BMW UK’s M1 press car to Goodwood, despite having to tackle extensive rust and blown body panels
• Life Cycle. How the last ever TVR 450 SEAC survived endless leaks and a close encounter with the River Thames – and was once repaired using a designer lipstick
• The Collector. Canadian Steve Harris shows us round his collection of British classics, including a Bentley MkVI and a Humber Pullman once owned by the Queen Mother
• The List. Reader Mark Heath has never forgotten seeing Jim Clark three-wheeling Lotus Cortinas in the Sixties – we get him behind the wheel to realise a long-held dream
McLaren F1. It’s 25 years since the F1 became the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car. We take one to the track to discover why nothing has managed to surpass it
• The Pilgrimage. Nigel Boothman is seduced by a Lancia Aurelia B22 on some of Norfolk’s best roads, then discovers why it’s such a gem at marque specialist Omicron


• Smart Buys. Quentin Willson says prices for the NSU Ro80, Mercedes W108 280 SE and Bristol 412 won’t stay low for long, and tips the Vauxhall VX220 as one to watch
• Market Watch. Russ Smith says the weak pound is attracting foreign buyers to UK sales, the Karmann Ghia is still cheap, but even scruffy Peugeot 205 GTIs can make silly money
• Market Highlight. Jaguar expert Chris Keith-Lucas on Bonham’s Bond Street sale XK120
• Temptations. Six classics to splash your savings on – from a Maserati Mistral, Innocenti Spider and Jeep Surrey, to Aston Martin DB2, BMW 535i and Ford Granada Scorpio
• Buying Guide. Buying one of Honda’s early pocket-rocket CRXs isn’t as straightforward as it used to be – our six-point expert guide reveals the pitfalls to avoid
• Barn Finds. Nigel Boothman unearths a rare Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato, early Jaguar E-type body shell, low-mileage Lanchester and a smart XK140
• Books and Models. Sam Dawson’s Christmas special includes the latest book on Gandini plus reviews of 12 new models
• Ads on Test. Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII, Jaguar E-type roadster S1, MG RV8, Ferrari 308 GTS
• Why I love… the Mulsanne Straight. Derek Bell reveals why doing 200mph at Le Mans was so special
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Quentin Willson fears the rise of driverless cars will marginalise classics
Tom Tjaarda on how the wedge-shaped Bertone Zero concept sired a rally legend
Gordon Murray reveals why he prefers driving classic to modern cars
Simon Kidston takes his Miura to meet the family who gave it its famous name


• Eifel Rallye Festival Walter Röhrl drives the Audi Group S concept for the first time
• Motoclassica 1923 Benz 16/50 Sports Tourer returns from ute ignominy Down Under
• Rallye Historique du Poitou Citroën Visa Chrono II Group B rally car makes its debut
• Walter Hayes Trophy One of just three Zinc MkIIIs built stars at Silverstone
• Events Planner. Five reasons to join the Classic Cars team at the Ace Café every month
• Next month. The five hottest hatches to buy, from VW Golf GTI to Renault 5 GT Turbo
• Your letters. In praise of classic replicas, and why one man’s Alfa 164 was a ‘horror show’
• Our Cars. Phil treats his Jaguar E-type to some period-style tyres, Russ gets his Alfa Spider running sweetly and Sam buys a race-inspired BMW 3 Series homologation coupé