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The day I 'drove' Fangio's Mercedes-Benz W196 at Monaco

There was very little to beat the first few runnings of the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco. The Principality was near empty as it wound up ...

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In appreciation of depreciation

Car manufacturers may have (largely) conquered rust, unreliability and a whole host of other enemies, but one gremlin, depreciation, remains as ...

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Chapron: rather more prolific than just DS chop-tops

One of the fascinating aspects of the classic car world is becoming obsessed with unearthing additional history on characters who are known ...

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Is the devil really in the details, or is it greatness?

It's funny how tiny details can completely turn you off a car or make you fall head over heels for something otherwise utterly unassuming. Ok, it ...

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Remembering a recently departed forgotten Lotus hero

It must have been a long time ago because C&SC was in Somerset House in Teddington, a horrible outpost only out-horribled by the constantly ...

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Come for a spin in my classic time machine

I really envy those enthusiasts who can browse old magazines and not pay attention to the prices for cars. I simply can't rationalise them like ...

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Why the phrase 'thousands spent' makes Elliott run a mile

Clicking on yet another tantalisingly priced 928 on eBay last night, while the page loaded I had a little bet with myself about the content of the ...

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How did Elliott fare with his classic resolutions for 2012?

The problem with the internet is that things don't seem to go away… ever. If I wrote my magazine column on classic-related New Year resolutions, ...

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Remembering a time when speed was a safety feature

One of the joys of reading old motoring literature is the effusiveness of the prose, which is often shoved into the shade only by the ...

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The torture of missing out on a must-have classic

Last Wednesday my stormy two year relationship with my Lotus Elite finally came to an end when it packed its stuff (a few spares and some ...