The April issue of Classic & Sports Car goes on sale in the UK today (5 March), and it's stuffed to the gunwales with great features, including a wonderfully original MGB, a stunningly well preserved Ferrari Testa Rossa and a bonkers – yet beautiful – Iso A3/C. Jaguar's MkV rubs shoulders with the Bentley MkVI, while our expert eye falls on the Ford Escort Mk2.
This month's cover star is one that will resonate with many of us – a 1964 MGB finished in Iris Blue. The quintessential British roadster from the model's early years is presented in its purest form, and reminds James Page what a wonderful sports car the B was when new. But the story doesn't end there; an extended tour around a series of twisting country lanes shows that there's plenty of life left in the old campaigner.
You'll find it hard to miss the incredible Mela Verde Iso, which makes as much of an impact on the pages of C&SC as it did when it was first unveiled at the 1963 Turin Salon. In total, 7000 rivets hold together the spectacular aluminium bodywork, while at its heart lies a thumping Yank V8. As fascinating as this most outrageous road racer is, the story of how it came to production is every bit as interesting. Richard Heseltine delves into the Italian beauty's fascinating past.
For fans of 1950s sports cars, it doesn't get much better than the Ferrari Testa Rossa 0704. Mick Walsh gets reacquainted with a car he first discovered in a Detroit museum, and tells the incredible story about how this legendary ex-works Ferrari came within a hair of having its precious patina wiped away forever, only to be saved by a British specialist.
The story truly comes alive as we climb into the cockpit and put the racer through its paces on a private track.
Built for the road rather than the race circuit, Jaguar's rakish MkV saloon is tested with the upper-class Bentley MkVI – but does it stand up to scrutiny? Jon Pressnell provides a compelling analysis of both cars, weighing up the pros and cons of the Crewe-built classic and the cut-price pretender. His conclusion may surprise you.
A hot hatch legend brings us back to modernity as we go hell for leather in the very first Renault Clio Williams. Ross Alkureishi takes chassis 001 – which first belonged to Frank Williams – on a white knuckle blast through the countryside and discovers that, far from being a marketing ploy following the firm's Formula 1 success in 1992, the Clio Williams is a bona fide legend.
As the weather improves, many of us will be searching for a soft-top for the summer, and no coachbuilder made more interesting conversions than Crayford. Andrew Roberts gathers six rare survivors, including a Ford Cortina GT, a Viking Hornet Sport, a Vauxhall Viva GT and an incredible Mumford Marina to remember a time when coachbuilders had lofty ambitions.
Also with a flair for the extravagant is a pair of pastiche classics from the '60s and '70s. The Panther J72 and Excalibur SS were widely derided in period, but the passage of time has softened the views of someone you might not expect – Martin Buckley. We look past prejudice and get to the core of what each car is about, getting very sideways and laying down some black lines in the process.
Rétromobile celebrated its 40th birthday in Paris and thousands flocked to the Bremen Classic Motorshow, while Classic & Sports Car launches its own event in this month's issue.
Mick Walsh remembers Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Elliott pays his respects in Columns, while in Our Classics the Beetle gets a new pair of wings and Balme's gasser is treated to a new coat of paint.
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