Grand tourer trio, 603bhp French hypercar and German curiosities star in the new C&SC

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A stunning new issue of C&SC covering everything from the MGB to the sublime Bugatti EB110 hits the news stands in the UK this week (1 May).

A three-way battle between some of the world's most desirable sports GTs takes pride of place, with eight pages bursting with facts and fantastic photographs of the Corvette Sting Ray, Jaguar E-type and beautiful Toyota 2000GT.

Alastair Clements brings together one of the rarest sports cars in the world – the Toyota 2000GT – and pits it against contemporary rivals from home and abroad. £450,000 separates the cars in price, but which is the only true sports car? It isn't the one you would expect!

Even more rare is the Bugatti EB110 – the forgotten hypercar. Only 31 SuperSports models were ever built and – incredibly – none have ever returned to their Campogalliano birthplace. Our very own Mick Walsh sets out to right that historic wrong with the help of Le Mans racer Sam Hancock. Their eight-page adventure is not to be missed.

The MGB V8 proves classics don't have to be expensive to be fun, and this example has a story to rival any other. Built and owned by Don Hayter – 'Father of the MGB' – it offers a unique link to the factory. Martin Port puts the roadster through its paces, and delves a little deeper into its fascinating history.

If the unusual is your thing you needn't look further than Christian Steiger's tale of the Porsche by Borgward: the Goliath GP700 Sportcoupé. Our feature car was pulled from a cowshed near Hamburg. We've got the full story of its restoration, plus we take it out for a long-overdue spin.

It's not all glitz and glamour – or is it? Martin Buckley takes Vauxhall Heritage's stunning Royale out of its comfort zone and all the way to Monte Carlo. Find out what the great, the good and the hyper-rich of Europe think of our man from Manchester as he drives to Geneva via Grenoble in one of the finest executive expresses of the 1970s.

Slightly more glamorous is a streamlined BMW 328 Coupé, a replica of a car that competed in the 1940 Mille Miglia. While northern Europe was in the grip of conflict, the German firm threw its weight behind the Italian event. Mick Walsh relives that famous race in the newly rebuilt experimental BMW.

Porsche is set to return to La Sarthe this year, which has given James Page the perfect opportunity to look back on the Stuttgart firm's 16 historic wins. From its first forays in 1952 to its first victory in 1970, we tell the story of the highs and lows of Porsche at Le Mans using stunning period imagery you're unlikely to have ever seen before.

A look at the Goggomobil continues the German theme. Jon Pressnell discovers the importance of this pint-sized curiosity to the recovery of Germany's post-war economy, charting Glas' fortunes from 1955-'69.

Ever wanted a Ford Cortina Mk1? We've got you covered. We tell you everything you need to know before buying, whether you're after a 1200 or a Lotus. Don't part with your cash before reading our definitive guide.

In news, Techno Classic Essen visitors were mesmerised by the Mercedes-Benz display – find out what made it so special as well as all the other highlights. Plus American classics invade Moscow and a record number of British classics attend Pride of Longbridge. 

There's also the usual mutterings from our top columnists, plus new book releases, art and models, as well as the latest auction results. Not to mention another great behind the scenes visit with the man who builds Legoland's models.

Before you get stuck into the latest issue you'll want to see this month's fantastic selection of free wallpapers – be sure to read the terms and conditions before downloading.

Click here for a snap of BMW's streamlined 328 at Lake Como

For a photo of an incredibly rare Goliath GP700 click here

Click here to download a picture of our cover stars

For two Bugatti EB110s at home in Emilia-Romagna click here

Or click here to see Vauxhall's Royale cruising through Monaco

 

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