march 2017 issue

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• Grand Designs. Why Seventies sharpness is the must-have look of 2017. Wedge styling legend Oliver Winterbottom rates the DeLorean DMC-12, Lotus Esprit S2, Lancia Montecarlo and Maserati Khamsin
• The List. Reader Angus Doe has long harboured a desire to take a drive in the dramatically styled Jaguar XK120. Thanks to Classic Cars, that itch has been scratched
Toyota 2000 GT. We drive a rare UK-based example fresh from a £150k rebuild
• The Pilgrimage. Citroën 2CV4 road trip across the Picardy-like Lincolnshire fens to     meet a marque specialist on a mission to help keep les Deux Chevaux on the road
• Epic Restoration. The owner’s brief to the specialists was short and to the point. ‘Turn my Giulia Spider into the best Alfa there is.’ Did they succeed…?
• The Collector. How a Studebaker fixation spiralled into an amazing collection
TOURS AND RALLIES 2017. This year, treat you and your classic to one of these 85 great adventures – from a day in the Cheshire countryside to three weeks in Japan
• Why I love… Ferrari Daytona drive from Lancashire to Maranello. Ex-TVR boss Martin Lilley still relishes the memory


• Smart Buys. Quentin Willson on which Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Rover to buy now
• Market Watch. Is now the time to buy a Lotus Esprit or MG Midget/Austin-Healey Sprite?
• Market Highlight. An Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior with serious competition history
• Temptations. Six classics to worry your bank manager, from BMW 2002 tii Alpina A4S, BMW 3.0 CSL and Jaguar XK150 to Bugatti Type 57, Iso Lele and Porsche 356 Speedster
• Buying Guide. Ford’s Pilot V8 positively reeks of Forties Americana, yet it was made in Dagenham. Cool and interesting to own – if you know how to pick a good one
• Barn Finds. Nigel Boothman reports on an amazing French find, a preserved BMW M1 and an original but decayed Porsche 356
• Books and Models. Latest volumes and diecasts reviewed
• Ads on Test. Fiat 500 Abarth 595 recreation, Alvis TD21, early Range Rover and Jaguar E-type V12 rated
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Quentin Willson. ‘Have classic cars turned out to be the best post-war investment ever?’
Tom Tjaarda. ‘When we built the Ghia prototype, I knew we had a winner’
Gordon Murray. ‘I’ve bought a classic racing car purely for nostalgic reasons’
Simon Kidston. ‘The cars are driven by the first owners you read of in auction catalogues’

The month in cars

• Haka Classic Rally. 1939 BMW 327 takes vintage class honours in New Zealand
• Geelong Revival. High-speed highlights from the Down-Under waterfront sprint
• 3 Day Trial, Australia. Including a Corvette bought especially to take part
 • Events Planner. As the days get longer, so does our list of great days out where you can get your classic fix – including big shows at home and overseas
• Your letters. Barracuda good, MGC bad – and more of your musings
• Our Cars. One click later, Malcolm is the new owner of a Daimler V8 250; Ross gets a marque guru to restore the Renault 5 Turbo’s dampers; and Russ’s Alfa Spider starts again