MAY 2017 issue

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Quentin’s Smart Buys 2017. Our resident expert tips the Jensen Interceptor, Lotus Elan S4, Saab 900 Turbo, Mercedes 220 SEb coupé and Lancia Fulvia Coupé
• Top Ghia. Ordered new by a Hollywood star who died before he got to drive it, this Ghia L6.4 is one of 17 examples of a car that the Rat Pack turned into a jet-age status symbol. Now it’s Quentin Willson’s turn to take the controls
• DB4-play. Road-test pilot Ben Barry gets intimate with an Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Series 5 as he takes it on a whistlestop tour through Aston country
• The List. A vivid memory of a Rolls-Royce in the Sixties left our reader yearning to experience lambswool luxury for himself – but sampling modern Bentleys left him with the blues. Will a drive in a Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur ward them off for good?
• Epic Restoration. The ingenuity required to rebuild the Jabbeke speed-record Triumph TR2 discovered in a stack of boxes stored in an eccentric collector’s garage
• The Collector. An American whose fleet includes a fire engine and an ice-cream truck recounts a night spent hairdrying damp $100 bills to buy back his Cobra 289
• Why I Love... the Monza GP by former McLaren team manager Alastair Caldwell


• Smart Buys. Quentin Willson predicts Stuttgart fever and tips a pair of Noughties Mercedes – the SL55 F1 and the CL500 – for future greatness. And there are bargains across the size spectrum, from little Hillman to big Bentley
.• Market watch. Russ notes Jaguar XKs following E-type trends with earlier cars becoming the most desirable; and is last year’s transaxle anniversary starting to bump up prices for the lowest-rung Porsche 924s?
• Market highlight. Porsche guru Andy Prill analyses the reasons behind an ultra-modern classic 996 Turbo Cabriolet selling for an eye-watering £1.15m
• Temptations. Ever wished someone had made a 4wd junior supercar with a mid-mounted Rover V8? Well, someone did. Meet the Gold Cirrus prototype
• Buying Guide. Advice on how to bag a prize Berkeley, the pint-sized roadster with Cal’ Spider aspirations
• Books and Models. Two must-own car design books and a new Porsche 718 RSK ‘Monoposto’ model by Cult
• Ads on Test. Lancia Delta Integrale, Alvis Speed 20, Rolls MPW Coupé, Porsche 996 Turbo
Price Guide Quarterly. The latest price moves for more than 1200 classics


Quentin Willson reflects on conversations held with Classic Cars readers
Tom Tjaarda looks back at Lancia’s brighter days with rose-tinted enthusiasm
Gordon Murray finds a Bristol literally back from the grave at an Indian concours
Simon Kidston wonders whether any of the Geneva debutants warrant classic status

The month in cars

• Barn finds. A one-of-120 Maserati Mistral Spyder pulled out of the parking space it’s occupied since 1983, a shocking Jaguar E-type and a Scottish island-find Rover P5
• London Classic Car Show. Ferrari fever arrives in the capital
• Race Retro. Mercedes 190E works rally car and ex-Jim Clark Lotus 33 steal the show
John Surtees CBE obituary. We pay tribute to the 1964 F1 World Champion
• Events Planner. Highlights include Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival and the Mille Miglia
• Next Month. V12s for everyone; Ex-Mille Miglia Cisitalia driven; film prop car collection
• Your Letters. Colour swatch debates rage while ton-up tales are told via Facebook