july 2018 issue

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• Targa Time. Can the Porsche 911 Targa, Triumph TR4 Surrey Top, Ferrari 348ts, Toyota MR2 T-bar and TVR Tuscan successfully combine roofless rawness and coupé civility? And why now’s the time to buy them
• Epic Restoration. How do you go about restoring a Ferrari 288 GTO rescued from a desert? Learn the resourceful secrets of Eighties supercar resurrection
• The Collector. Meet the Wilsons, the Australian family who bought some Minis, then a few more, and never really stopped
• Life Cycle. The fast-paced life of the Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Coupé HF once rallied by Sandro Munari then abandoned by the works team on an African river bed
• Indoor Protection. Keep rust at bay with our handy guide
• The List. A professional chauffeur puts the refinements of a Jaguar MkIX to the test
• Sedanic Majesties. We drive a pair of Mercedes-Benz V126s first owned by Rolling Stone and Rhythm King Bill Wyman. Will you be their next owner?
• The Fast Samurai. Flat-out in a Toyota Corolla SR1600 that took on Monte Carlo
• The Other Dino. Assessing the Maranello-bred credentials of the Fiat Dino Spider that Sergio Pininfarina kept for himself


Quentin Willson decodes a rare and unusual Ford Mustang and spots an unlikely emerging Aston Martin bargain
• Chasing Cars. Russ Smith heralds the buoyancy of the affordable end of the market, and tracks the sudden slump in Ferrari values. Plus, is it finally time to buy a big Volvo?
• MoT exemption. Unpicking what it means for your classic
John Surtees’ 507 One multiple World Champion owner from new – Surtees’ own modified BMW comes to market
• Buying Guide. Are you brave enough to take advantage of a bargain-priced Maserati Quattroporte V? Read our guide and find out
• Ads on Test. A Jaguar XJC, Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am, Ferrari 308 GTBi and Porsche tractor pass under our buying microscope – which one’s your ideal buy?
• Advertise your classic for free


Quentin Willson on the Mercedes SL that tops a new wave of great-value classics
Gordon Murray on the unique appeal of a tiny, high-revving Honda
John Fitzpatrick on behind-the-scenes motor-show shenanigans with Porsche

The month in cars

Jim Clark 50th Anniversary Poignancy and ceremony in Duns as Lotuses gather
Flying Scotsman. An incredible Alta defies all odds on Britain’s toughest vintage test
Brabham returns David Brabham is our guide as his new supercar is joined by Formula One legends at the Australian High Commission in London
• The Classic Cars Free Events Guide. Coffee-fuelled morning gatherings, pub meets, surprisingly large classic car shows and even a major motor sport festival are among the great events you don’t have to pay to get into. Which ones will you go to?
Events. Planner A scorching summer of classic fun starts here...
Barn Finds. A special-bodied Jaguar XK140 headlines a month of Fifties finds
Letters. The importance of caveat emptor, and who really was an Interserie champion?
• Books & Models. A landmark work on Reid Railton, and a great-value Alpine-Renault
• Our Cars. A Drive-It Day special: Russ takes his Alfa Spider to Bicester, Sam takes his Peugeot 406 SRi to Ryton, Phil takes his toolbox to his garage for a fix it day assault on the Jaguar E-type...
• Why I Love... dirty tricks at Le Mans, by ex-BMC Competitions Manager Peter Browning