• Turbos Big Test. Forced induction can provide a huge adrenalin rush, but which delivers the biggest thrills? We drive the Audi Quattro, Renault 5 GT, Ford Escort RS, Lancia Delta Integrale, Lotus Esprit, Bentley Turbo R, Porsche 911 and Alpine GTA to find out
Alfa Romeo 6C Beautiful and hugely expensive when new – yet reliant on recycled technology – Alfa’s postwar 6C Freccia d’Oro attracted a film-star following and still dazzles today. We take an original beauty on an unforgettable tour of the Italian lakes
• Lancia specialist Thornley Kelham had to tackle heavy accident damage, a seized cylinder head and clumsy body repairs to bring this Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider back to life
• The story of a racing AC Cobra 289 that arrived in Australia in a crate, starred at Goodwood and managed to get one of its errant owners off a speeding ticket
• John Schofield has scrapped thousands of cars over the years but his personal collection includes a Jensen Interceptor, Chevrolet Bel Air and a fleet of Minis
• Reader Tony Smith’s vivid recollection of seeing an Alvis TD21 drophead coupé in rural France comes full circle as we get him behind the wheel of one. Does the reality live up to the memories?
• Motor sport journalist and racing driver Loris Goring recalls nearly sinking a Triumph TR2 in swamp, bog-rallying in a VW Beetle, and being ‘slightly frightened’ by a Wyllie Special
• Follow our seven steps to picking up the best XJ40 Jaguar XJR


• QUENTIN WILLSON on how Rolls-Royce secured a brighter future by reinventing itself
• TOM TJAARDA wonders why it took Porsche so long to develop a four-wheel drive 911
• SIMON KIDSTON looks back on Panther’s colourful history – and reveals a guilty secret


• THE MONTH IN CARS. Donington Historic Festival Chevron, March and Lola take centre stage, VSCC Spring Start, Silverstone Record-breaking Hotchkiss AM80 stars, Belles D’Antan, France Rare Peugeot/Bugatti Torpédo competes in French veteran car run 21   
• EVENTS PLANNER. The full lowdown on the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival in California
• SMART BUYS. Quentin Willson reckons the Sunbeam Tiger is spearheading burgeoning interest for British V8s and says values of the Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 and Renault 4 are on the rise. One to watch in the future is the BMW Z4M Coupé
• MARKET WATCH. Russ Smith says that predicting classic car values may be difficult at the moment but prices of the Lancia Gamma Coupé and MGB are definitely rising
• TEMPTATIONS. A prototype MG and low-mileage Citroën GS feature in this month’s enticements
• BARN FINDS. Nigel Boothman unearths Lamborghini’s 1978 Geneva Motor Show Espada, the last right-hand drive Porsche 911 2.7 RS ever made and a Ford Capri sunbathing in Tenerife
• BOOKS AND MODELS. New reading on Juha Kankkunen and Mike Hawthorn plus 1:18-scale models – including a Coombs Jaguar E-type Lightweight – reviewed by Sam Dawson
• LETTERS. Erroneously lightened 911 comes to grief, and a close encounter with a Riley Pathfinder
• NEXT MONTH. Three-pointed stars – we reveal the eight Mercedes to buy right now
• Ads on Test Aston Martin V8 Vantage (p119), Jaguar Mk2 3.8 (p120), Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster (p123), Roll-Royce Silver Cloud II DHC (p124)
• CLASSIC PUNTS. Why Peter Mason’s twice-restoredMorris Eight visited Downton Abbey