JuLY 2017 issue

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Quentin Willson and Steve Coogan team up to shake down the comedian’s newly acquired Jaguar E-type S1 roadster – but the restoration dilemma they debate is no laughing matter
• The Subaru Impreza, Ford Sierra Cosworth, Audi quattro and         Lancia Delta Integrale all boast prodigious rally pedigree – but which £16k buy is best?
• Epic Restoration. The story of how a rolled shell and subsequent Olympic-grade bodgery left the structural integrity of this Triumph Italia in turmoil – and how a marque expert managed to resolve it all to make it better than new
• Life Cycle. The Ginetta G4 that was kit-built in the Sixties, and has been racing and rallying its way across the world ever since – all in the hands-on ownership of one man
• The Collector. The Spanish scrap-metal mogul who has built up a competition-car fleet that most would envy even in die-cast form
• The List. When James Cartwright told us he wanted to sample a Lotus Esprit, we wondered why he specifically requested a red one. His underlying reason was even more peculiar than we ever hoped it would be...
• We retrace the Alpine route taken by a legendary war photographer and this storied Mercedes 300 SL Roadster prototype
• A jovial trip along the Dorset seafront in a frill-topped Fiat 500 Jolly
• The Farina-bodied Lancia Augusta that still boasts every bespokefeature its original Countess owner specified in the Thirties
• Why I Love... a fateful competition entry by rally legend Louise Aitken-Walker MBE
• Our Cars. Phil encounters tacho trouble on his Jaguar E-type, Malcolm has a palaver with the bent pushrods of his Triumph TR3 and Sam saves his new Peugeot 405 SRi from old maintenance howlers


• Smart Buys. Quentin Willson on which Jaguar, Citroën or Mini to buy now
• Market analysis. Russ disects a slow month for the auction houses, and charts a surge in blue-chip Ferrari prices. Plus, are values of the Lamborghini Miura and Lancia Beta Coupé finally climbing to their rightful rung on the value ladder?
• Market highlight. Simon Kidston explains why it’ll take the right kind of rich to bring home RM’s Pebble Beach-winning Mercedes Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster
• Temptations. A Lancia Aurelia B52 for connoisseurs and an ex-works Subaru Impreza WRC for McRae emulators
• Buying Guide. How to buy an Aston V8 without fear
• Books and Models. The latest reads and miniatures
• Ads on Test. Alfa 2600 Sprint, Triumph Stag, Aston DB7 Volante, Ford Escort XR3i Cabrio
• Advertise your classic for free


Quentin Willson vents his frustration at quick-money flippers who add no value
Tom Tjaarda. The original Fiat 124 Spider designer questions the impact of the new car
Gordon Murray on another recent collection addition that he barely fits in
Simon Kidston peels back the bling of modern-day Monaco to unearth a hidden gem

The month in cars

• Donington Historic An Arnolt-Aston DB2/4 Spyder makes its historic racing debut
• Events Plenty of event action down under, including the Phillip Island Classic emergence of a Group 5 BMW 320 once owned     by Tom Walkinshaw and raced by Ronnie Petersen
• Barn finds A rare Healey G-type with a Hollywood connection surfaces in Australia
• Events planner Highlights include the City Concours and the Brooklands Double 12
• Your Letters Debates rage on speed-record E-types and MX-5 poly-bushes