Classic Cars January 2023

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Mercedes ‘Pagoda’ SL at 60

44 Life and Timelessness Looking back on the production life of the Mercedes ‘Pagoda’ SL

From catwalk to rally stage - how Mercedes’ SL conquered it all

46 Talk of the Town Cruising nocturnal Mayfair in search of the truth about the 230SL

Getting to the heart of a car that invented the compact luxury roadster

56 Express of the Elite Lifting the lid on the world of celebrity Pagoda SL ownership

Meet the celebrity owners who defined the Mercedes ‘Pagoda’ SL


6 The List Reader Simon Biggs adds to his unusual saloon experience with a Citroën DS19

‘It has a soundscape unlike any other’ - an artist meets his DS muse

60 Hard to Top On the road in the ex-Peter Collins, prototype Aston Martin DB2/4FHC

<br>Driven – an F1 driver’s Aston that also furthered the DB bloodline

80 Erhard Schnell Before his death aged 92, the design supremo talked to us about Opel


72 The Collector Meet Johan van der Vyver, the man with 30 Toyota Land Cruisers

Find out why Toyota’s go-anywhere 4x4 appeals enough to buy 30

86 Life Cycle The 50-year story of ‘Bubbles’, one family’s well-travelled Fiat 500

50 years in the family – a much-loved Fiat 500 reveals its colourful story

92 Epic Restoration How Project Heaven recreated the missing 1952 Allard J2X Le Mans

Recreated ‘lost’ Allard J2X is ready to take on Le Mans – find out how

109 Our Cars Phil sniffs out an issue on his BMW 325Ci , while Stewart introduces his heirloom Ford Transit and Russ worries his Morris Minor is being eaten by mice


14 Quentin Willson on why now, in a falling market, is a good time to buy a Jaguar XK120

Our market guru Quentin Willson shares his latest value picks

16 Chasing Cars Russ spots under-estimate buys across the board, from Triumph to Ferrari

Russ Smith digests the latest auction results and market moves

20 Temptations Why a Mercedes-Benz 300b Convertible represents excellent value

A rare right-hand-drive Mercedes that makes Gullwings seem ubiquitous

100 Buying Guide Bag a bargain Toyota Celica before prices climb into collector territory

How to find a sleeping rally homologation hero before the world wakes up to them

117 Ads on Test Lotus Cortina , Jaguar XK8, Mercedes 300, Colt Galant

The month in cars

24 Motorclassica Stunning ground-effect De Tomaso Pantera resurfaces in Melbourne

A wander around the halls of Australia's most prestigious classic showcase

27 Historic Rally Festival François Delacour’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth returns to Telford

30 Super Touring Festival Unique BMW 635 Turbo takes to the tarmac at Donington Park

30 Events Planner See out the year in classic style - and plan for the rest of the winter

32 Barn Finds A bumper crop this month includes a surprise haul of Maseratis in Norfolk

The salvage of a rare De Tomaso saloon curiously rebodied in glassfibre

38 Next Month Refined classics put to the test, and a unique coachbuilt Volkswagen is revived

39 Letters Magnum memories with a Ferrari 308GTS, and overseas service intrigue

41 Quentin Willson reckons it’s a buyers’ market out there, as mint four-figure Rovers prove

43 John Fitzpatrick ponders the value of provenance inside a dented Costin Lister-Jaguar

162 25 Years Ago Today CAR bade farewell to an unexpected groundbreaker - the Austin Metro

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