Bargain British roadsters, 180mph TVR v Viper shootout and Bentley Speed Six headline July issue

| 5 Jun 2014

A fantastic new issue of C&SC covering everything from bargain-basement roadsters to forgotten Le Mans heroes hits the newsstands in the UK today (5 June).

The July issue of Classic & Sports Car kicks off not with out of reach hypercars, but recession-busting British classics that you can still get your hands on for sensible money. From the charming and timeless Frogeye Sprite through to the cheap and cheerful Midget 1500, we test and evaluate six generations of affordable fun. Grab a copy of the magazine to find out which one's for you.

Six generations of Spridget

If you're into power and performance over practicality, though, then you'll love our 180mph shootout between the Chrysler Viper and TVR Cerbera. Both of these supercars are capable of blinding speed, but is it the Brit or the Yank that we'd take home? Find out whether V8 or V10 takes the plaudits.

TVR vs Viper

Mick Walsh steps back in time to drive Woolf Barnato's fabulous Gurney Nutting-bodied Bentley Speed Six around the Cholmondeley estate, delving into the history books to reveal colourful stories of both car and owner. Just what exactly was that sideways-mounted rear seat used for?

Blue Train Bentley

Our Bentley coverage doesn't stop there. Martin Buckley gets to grips with the Crewe firm's Continental range, starting with the then fastest four-seater and most expensive production car in the world, the 1952 Continental R, through to the current Continental GT. Though the times have changed, the ethos behind the Continental certainly hasn't.

Bentley Continental timeline

No issue of C&SC would be complete without a true rarity, and the Hillman Aero Minx assumes the role with aplomb: just two examples are thought to exist. The story of the Streamlined Saloon is told through the eyes of its owner, who has been the car's custodian for 50 years, but only completed the restoration in time for the 2012 Classic Motor Show.

Hillman Aero Minx

What better cure for the post-war blues than the Ford Consul Capri and Sunbeam Rapier, which are pitched head-to-head by Andrew Roberts. Both models took transatlantic styling to the masses in the 1960s, and it quickly becomes clear that beauty is much more than skin deep. Just £5000 is enough to make you feel like a movie star today.

Rapier vs Consul

If you like just a touch more luxury, then you'll love the Monteverdi 375/4. Buckley's search for the ultimate supersaloon leads him to California, where the 375bhp 7.2-litre behemoth gets tested to the limit.

Following on from the streamlined Aero Minx, we recount our top-ten aerodynamic cars, from the early days of the Tatra 77 to Volkswagen's XL1. You might be surprised at what else has made the list!

In the news, we've got the latest reports from the Monaco Grand Prix Historique and the Donington Historic Festival, plus club action from the Gawsworth Hall Classic Car Show and the 750 Motor Club's tour of Lotus' London roots.

Curious to know more about the quirky Smart Roadster? Look no further; we've got a full buyer's guide that tells you everything you need to know about the iPad generation's Sprite. Rot spots, common faults and values – it's all there.

Lets not forget the usual musings from our four columnists, the latest book releases, art and models, plus up-to-date auction results. And of course, the trials and tribulations of the C&SC fleet.

Before you pick up the mag you'll want to check out the latest selection of free wallpapers – be sure to read the terms and conditions before downloading.

Click here to see our cover shot Spridget compendium

Spridget wallpaper

For a fantastic shot of Barnato's Bentley in action, click here.

Blue Train Bentley

Click here for a stunning photo of the Rapier and Consul.

Rapier vs Consul wallpaper

For a beautiful studio picture of the Hillman Aero Minx, click here.

Hillman Aero Minx wallpaper

Fans of the Chrysler Viper should click here.

Chrysler Viper wallpaper

Click here if you prefer the TVR Cerbera.

TVR Cerbera wallpaper

Or click here if you'd like to own them both.

TVR vs Viper wallpaper


We've also got some great behind the scenes videos from our two headline features. 

Click here to see what James Page reckons to our flock of Spridgets.

Or click here to to hear the TVR Cerbera take on the Chrysler Viper.