Bargain supercars and a free 2013 calendar make the new C&SC unmissable

| 4 Dec 2012

A new issue of C&SC is due to roar on to a newsagent’s shelf near you this Thursday and it’s packed full of classics, from supercars to a Mini Cooper ‘S’ and the Embiricos Bentley.

On top of that, though, is a brilliant free calendar. It’s got details of more than 400 classic events and is garnished with our best pictures from the past 12 months.

On the car front, this month’s headline feature musters 1131bhp, 10,602cc, 22 cylinders and four turbos as the Lotus Esprit V8 goes head-to-head with its rather more pricey rivals – Ferrari’s evocative 355 and Porsche’s legendary 993 Turbo. The 355 has the name and everything that you’d expect to come with it, while the Porsche counters with ruthless efficiency and unbelievable pace – how will the Lotus fare?

The aerodynamic ‘Embiricos Bentley’ was a supercar in its time, even racing at Le Mans. It was developed when the marque’s distinctive grille was considered sacrosanct but, luckily, not everyone agreed and with a bit of arm-twisting Paulin’s slippery creation was born. This year it starred at the Le Mans Classic, the Windsor Castle Concours and the Goodwood Revival, and now Mick Walsh drives it exclusively for C&SC.

Holden’s Hurricane looked about as far removed from any other Holden as it was possible to be. Now, 43 years on, it’s had a few close shaves with the scrapyard before being spotted by the firm’s global head of design, Ed Welburn. As an 18-year old he had been inspired by the car and re-paid the compliment as the catalyst for its restoration.

Meanwhile, James Elliott’s been driving the Maserati 3500GT – the car that Modena launched as a suitable mass-market alternative to the wonderful 150GT prototype. When released it cost as much as a rival Ferrari and twice the price of an Aston DB4, but now Elliott finds it’s a tempting alternative for a fraction of the price of its period rivals.

Lacking the Maserati’s glamour, but none of its desirability are two homologation specials – the Mini Cooper ‘S’ and the Lotus Cortina. James Page finds out what makes go-faster add-ons so appealing on an everyday car.

Martin Buckley’s been looking at more modest vehicles in the form of cars from Audi’s forebear – DKW, the two-stroke alternative to VW’s Beetle. In 1932, DKW was the dominant partner in the Auto Union alliance; Buckley charts the model range and ponders what went wrong.

For this month’s buyer’s guide Malcolm McKay looks at the ‘Wonder Car’ of the late ’20s – the Riley 9. It spearheads our line-up of regulars in the form of Our Classics, news from auctions, events and motor sport, Lost & Found discoveries, art, letters and columns. But as always, we begin with our free and fantastic new-issue wallpapers.

For a picture of a Lotus Esprit with its rival from Porsche and Ferrari, click here.

For a full-size and high-definition picture of the Embiricos Bentley, click here.

Click this link to download Jochen Mass in the Mercedes-Benz W125 tackling the Grossglockner.

Click here for a wallpaper of the Lotus Cortina.

And finally click here for a wallpaper-sized picture of the fantastic Holden Hurricane.