SEPTEMBER 2017 issue

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• We pick the optimum Seventies GTs of the moment, from £6k to 140k: Alfa Alfetta GTV, Ford Capri 3.0S, Jaguar XJ-S, Porsche 911 SC, Citroën SM and Aston Martin V8 Vantage
• The List. We make reader Matthew Burrup’s dream come true when we put him in a Lamborghini Diablo VT for the day and light the blue touch paper
• We test an Alvis Speed 25’s grand touring abilities on a Welsh road trip
• Epic Restoration. Craftsmen reveal how they reversed decades of neglect to make a Ferrari 250 GTE perfect again
• A chance to track test the Brabham BT24 than Denny Hulme drove to 1967 F1 Championship victory was too good to miss
• Life Cycle. Five owners reveal their part in the ragged-edged life of a Triumph TR7 rally car
• It took a night out in London driving an Avanti II to get what it was really about
Lagonda 3-Litre and Daimler Regency battle it out for Fifties discreet luxury honours
• The Collector. This man has 23 Aston Lagonda saloons – we just just had to see the rest of his collection
• Why I Love... Monte-winning co-driver Paul Easter explains the unbreakable hold that his 1928 Sunbeam tourer has on him


• Buying Guide. How to buy a Fiat 124 Spider well, before prices move again
• Willson’s top tips. Quentin reveals which Jaguar, Alfa and Morris to buy now • Market analysis. A welcome return to realistic auction estimates
• Market highlight. We ask whether the Aston DBR1/1 will become the most valuable British car ever sold publicly
• Temptations. Dune-buggy daydreams over a Meyers Manx
• Books and Models. The latest reads and miniatures
• Ads on Test Triumph TR3A, Aston DB7 Vantage Volante, Mini Cooper S and Triumph TR6
• Advertise your classic for free


Quentin Willson regrets letting a bargain Benz go under his radar
Tom Tjaarda. With the Tjaarda family’s blessing, we publish his penultimate column
Gordon Murray on a memorable weekend with an old four-wheeled friend
Simon Kidston spends time with two recent – and polar-opposite – fleet additions

The month in cars

• Barn finds. An unrepeatable pair of Mercedes 300 SLs and a rare Peugeot 404
Goodwood Festival of Speed. Little-known Group B/C relics terrorise tranquil Sussex
• Brooklands Double 12. Past masters set loose on the newly restored start/finish straight
• Chateau Impney. Forgotten Bugatti Type 54 surfaces at the historic hill climb
• The Classic Val de Sèvre rally, and zealous Ford Falconry down under
• Villa d’Este Concours. A Lamborghini Miura with a Sherlock connection surfaces, while an early Formula Junior precursor wins visitors’ hearts and judges’ votes • Events. The unique Fiat 1100 MM Berlinetta attacks the Mille Miglia mid-restoration, and a pair of obscure French fancies delight locals with their appearance on the Tour Auto
• Events planner. Highlights include the Brooklands Reunion and Ignition Festival
• Your Letters on frenzied classic car quests and bettering friends’ microcar zests
• Our Cars. Sparks fly between Phil and his Jaguar E-type en route back from Le Mans, Ross’s Renault R5 Turbo picks up some Eighties-cool ICE, and Russ and his Alfa Romeo Spider S2 agree to start afresh