October 2019

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


(p42) HOT 30 – The classics to buy in 2020 Five market experts, six price brackets and no fewer than 30 cars to consider buying – and perhaps some unexpected overrated classics to avoid. Our epic guide to buying classic cars in 2020 starts here

(p70) ROAD RACER – Shattering the tranquility of rural Essex in the Porsche 910 used by Vic Elford to storm to a rampant class victory at Hockenheim

(p88) THE COLLECTOR – A brace of Opel GTs are the most normal cars in Alan Johnston’s French-biased hoard, which also has a military-themed offshoot

(p82) EPIC RESTORATION – A Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus, restored by a McLaren race team boss

(p76) LIFE CYCLE – The family-owned life of Germany’s oldest-known BMW Alpina 2002ti

(p6) THE LIST – We give Lotus aficionado and Classic Cars reader Simon Lister his first taste of mid-engined performance with a Lotus Esprit V8GT dream-drive


(p14) QUENTIN WILLSON’S HOT TIPS – Our buying guru spots a Mercedes-Benz estate on the up, Triumph bargains to be had, and a seriously undervalued BMW cabriolet

(p16) CHASING CARS – Russ explains why now’s a good time to buy – but not sell – a Porsche 911, Triumph TR6 or Peugeot 205GTi and why later Audi Quattros are the better

(p20) TEMPTING BUYS – Why a unique Ford V8 Pilot could be headed for greatness, plus we’re tempted by an early Fiat Dino 2000 Spider, Jensen FF MkII, Fiat 500N Trasformabile and a race-prepared Austin A35

(p92) BUYING GUIDE – How to bag yourself the best German-built Volkswagen Beetle in a world of ‘veedubbers’ and suspect modifications

(p101) BOOKS & MODELS – Definitive tomes on Autodelta, Rolls-Royce Camargue and more

(p113) ADS ON TEST – Four cars for sale driven and assessed, but will a BMW 3.0CSL ‘Batmobile’ recreation (p113), Triumph Stag (p114), Mercedes-Benz 300SL (p117) 
or Radbourne Abarth 695 (p118) take your fancy?



(p37) QUENTIN WILLSON A Gordon-Keeble GK1 knockdown signals bargains galore to be had

(p39) GORDON MURRAY considers how he can follow up the incomparable McLaren F1

(p41) JOHN FITZPATRICK rrisks his toes in a Porsche 908 in the name of public entertainment

The Month in Cars

(p24) SILVERSTONE CLASSIC – Bathurst-special Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth takes to the track

(p26) TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL MEETING – Welsh hero honoured with Formula Atlantic reunion

(p27) ACE CAFE CONCOURS – Football powerbroker’s Lotus Carlton takes top honours

(P28) JIM RANDLE – Remembering the man who masterminded the Jaguar XJ220

(p32) BARN FINDS – One-off Ghia-bodied Maserati 5000GT emerges from Saudi Arabia

(p35) LETTERS – More of your Mini memories - specials, special editions and saucy goings-on

(p186) 40 YEARS AGO TODAY… The day CAR first spotted the Audi Quattro and Ford Sierra

(p105) OUR CARS – Phil’s Jaguar E-type gains laser-sharp precision, Sam’s Chevrolet Camaro brake maladies are cured, and Russ’s Alfa Romeo Spider eyes up rivals at Bicester