July 2019

See what’s inside the July 2019 issue of Classic Cars magazine


(p44) SWINGING IN TOWN – We take a Cooper S on a zip across the capital city it so famously conquered, and quiz fashion designer and Mary Quant on its wider cultural impact

(p52) ‘IT COULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER’ – Gordon Murray uses his own 1959 Austin Seven to break down the crucial design decisions that turned Issigonis’ imp into an icon

(p56) ‘IT’S A SHAME WE NEVER GOT TO DO A SEQUEL’ – David Salamone – aka red Mini-driving Dominic in The Italian Job – reveals why the model was chosen to pester Turin’s rooftops

(p60) ROYAL APPROVAL – Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon often chose a Mini above their Rolls-Royces and Astons. We drive their Downton-tuned delight to find out why

(p66) ‘A SMALL CAR MAKES THE ROADS BIGGER’ – We reunite Paddy Hopkirk with a rally Mini Cooper more important than his 1964 Monte winner

(p82) EPIC RESTORATION – We chart the extraordinary lengths of one restorer’s quest to bring a rusty, mid-range Mercedes W116 company car back to better-than-new glory

(p88) LIFE CYCLE – After being dumped by his girlfriend in 1971, Alan Course spent his house deposit funds on a VW Beetle. He tells tales from his 177,000-mile life with the car since

(p6) THE LIST – This month’s lucky reader swaps his company vehicle – a Challenger 2 tank – for a day driving another Great British destroyer, the Aston Martin Vanquish

(p70) UGLY BEAUTIFUL – Touring’s Alfa Romeo Praho show car previewed an alternative future for the marque; we take it for a drive to realise and analyse its vision

(p76) GIVE IT THE WORKS – A drive in an ex-Roger Clark Ford Escort Twin Cam rally car that won’t take slow for an answer


(p14) QUENTIN WILLSON’S HOT TIPS – Our market guru reveals which Porsche, Mercedes and... Buick station wagon look good value in the current climate

(p16) CHASING CARS – Russ spies a radar-ducking Mercedes and notes
 movement in the values of Porsche 356s and Fiat Pandas

(p22) TEMPTING BUYS – A coachbuilt V8-engined Fiat, a tempting Triumph, and a pre-war Aston catch the eye of our resident market magpie Russ Smith

(p102) BUYING GUIDE – How to buy a Vauxhall Cresta/Velox PA without being stumped by scarce parts

(p109) BOOKS & MODELS – Must-read works on RGS Atlantas, Ford Mustang II and Pinto and Monaco Grand Prix, plus the best scale models

(p107) ADS ON TEST – FIA-spec Ford Falcon (p107), Bentley Continental Convertible (p108), De Tomaso Longchamp (p111) and Aston DB6 Vantage Volante (p112) driven and evaluated



(p37) QUENTIN WILLSON ponders the classic-car repercussions of climate-change protests

(p39) GORDON MURRAY tracks down an unfinished prototype from 1972

(p41) JOHN FITZPATRICK tells of his brushes with the ultimately elusive Ferrari 250GTO

The Month in Cars

(p24) TECHNO CLASSICA ESSEN – A gaggle of pioneering Mercedes supercars shown in Germany

(p28) DONINGTON HISTORIC – Masquerading F1 KERS test mule among the highlights

(p32) BARN FINDS – An eco-car with a difference emerges – a twin-turbo LPG-fuelled BMW M1

(p35) LETTERS – Readers tell of their personal encounters with automotive heroes

(p186) WHY I LOVE… Norman Dewis on alighting unscathed from a barrel-rolled Jaguar XJ13

(p111) OUR CARS – Phil adds crutches to his garage equipment to work on his Jaguar E-type (p99), Ross’s Renault 5 Turbo makes its screen debut (p100), and Russ is still discovering idiosyncrasies after owning his Alfa Spider for eight years (p102)