August 2017 issue

On sale June 21


• Stuttgart Six. There are still some Porsches within the realms of relative affordability. We shortlist and drive the best – 911 SC, 924 S, 928 S4, 944 Cabrio, 996 and Cayman S
• The List. After being left awestruck on reading about one as a youngster, our reader finally fulfils his dream of sampling some rare British beef that appears to have been cut with a chisel – the Aston Martin Lagonda Series II
• Home at last. After 33 years in America, Raymond Baxter’s steed for the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally – this Aston Martin DB MkIII prototype – is back on UK soil. We drive it
• Epic Restoration. We follow the restoration of a Mercedes SL Pagoda that arrived resembling a collander and left as an exemplar, testing every ounce of a marque specialist’s resolve along the way
• Life Cycle. The Gilbern GT1800 whose early-life road crash initiated a 50-year competition career – from which it still bears battle scars and homespun modifications
• The Collector. The Londoner who keeps his classics in his landscaped garden
• Why I Love... Brian Hart’s autobiography, by Cosworth co-founder Mike Costin


• Buying Guide. How to assess a Citroën DS and snare a Goddess
• Willson’s top tips. Quentin reckons Mercedes E36 AMG, BMW M5 V10 and Volvo T5-R values have bottomed out, meaning fun for the family without financial frivolity
• Market analysis. More risers than fallers points towards good market health, with first-incarnation models fast becoming the toast of 2017
• Market highlight. We investigate why another Jaguar E-type exceeded auction expectations by selling for over £500k
• Temptations Alien landings predicted at Monterey and IWM Duxford in the form of an Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia and a Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato
• Books and Models. The latest reads and miniatures
• Ads on Test Lamborghini Countach, Morris Isis Traveller, Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
• Price Guide Quarterly
• Advertise your classic for free


Quentin Willson on the lost art of employing character judgement as a buying tool
Tom Tjaarda At the request of his family we’ll be publishing the late great’s final columns
Gordon Murray pays tribute to John Surtees, the childhood hero who became a friend
Simon Kidston on the sadly departed king of suave, Sir Roger Moore

The month in cars

• Barn finds. Shabby Aston DB2 Vantage charmingly shatters Monaco chic; potential life-partner projects found in Thailand; Ford Falcon quartet flies at Australian estate sale
• Villa d’Este Concours. A Lamborghini Miura with a Sherlock connection surfaces, while an early Formula Junior precursor wins visitors’ hearts and judges’ votes
• Events. The unique Fiat 1100 MM Berlinetta attacks the Mille Miglia mid-restoration, and a pair of obscure French fancies delight locals with their appearance on the Tour Auto
Tom Tjaarda obituary. We look back at the colourful life of a pillar of Italian car design, whose legacy will live on in cars from the Ford Fiesta to the Ferrari 365 California
• Events planner. Five reasons why the Festival of the Unexceptional has become one of the most interesting events in the calendar, plus more free days in July-Aug to cross off
• Next Month. Seventies grand-touring greats and a Diablo dream coming true
• Your Letters. A run-in with the law and a more welcome surprise in the rear-view mirror