Italian sports cars, a 600bhp road racer and bargain saloons star in the new C&SC

| 2 Apr 2014

A packed new issue of C&SC covering everything from pre-war MGs to boutique supercars officially hits the news stands in the UK this week (3 April).

Alfa Romeo's Spider dynasty takes pride of place, with Martin Buckley following the progression of the model from Giulietta to Twin Spark in a fantastic 9-page feature full of facts, insights and stunning photography.

The journey begins with the 1956 Giulietta Spider, the car that shared post-WW2 Italian style with the rest of the world, before moving on to the 105 Series cars of 1966-'95 including the Duetto, Kamm-Tail, Aerodynamica, and later Series 4. The spirit of the Spider is also charted to the front-wheel drive car of 1994, which is given the full road test treatment alongside its ancestors.

Alfa Romeo family at Goodwood

We shift things up a gear with an all encompassing review of the Lister Storm, the 600bhp supercar success from Surrey. Launched in 1993 it cost almost three times the price of a Ferrari 456GT, yet scored countless successes in GT racing. Is it as good on the road as it was on the track? Richard Heseltine finds out.

Lister Storm May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

Bringing us back to affordable reality are a Vauxhall Viva GT and Triumph Vitesse, which are compared on price, performance and style by James Page. Whether you prefer the Coke bottle styling of the Viva or the classic '60s lines of the Vitesse, you can get behind the wheel of either from as little as £3000.

Vauxhall Viva GT and Triumph Vitesse May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

The Citroën Ami 6, France's most unlikely success story, is also the subject of our attention. Built from 2CV parts, the quirky little saloon with overhanging rear window and single-spoke steering wheel shouldn't really have been a hit – we tell you why it was.

At the other end of the classic spectrum, Mick Walsh looks back on the 60 years since stock car racing came to the UK. He meets the personalities behind the sport and takes to the dirt track in a race-ready 350bhp car. Thrilling stuff!

Stock Cars May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

At a more sedate pace, the MG Tigress – one of just five built between 1929-'33 – drives long-term fan Mick to distraction.

MG Tigress May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

Fancy a Triumph Roadster? Make sure you read our full buyer's guide before you part with your cash. From common rot spots to the latest market prices, we show you everything you need to know to make a safe and informed decision.

Full event coverage from Retro Classics Stuttgart tells the whole story for those who couldn't be there, including our top four cars of the show – from a 1950s racer to a Volkswagen Beetle-based kit car.

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance results are also in, as well as the second running of the Classic Car Boot Sale in London.

The potential ban on classic cars in the capital is also high on the agenda. Click here to join the campaign and sign our petition.

Of course there's also the latest musings from our top columnists, new book releases, art and models, as well as auction results and analysis to look forward to. Not forgetting the Austin 1100 and Morgan Super Sports in the Lost & Found section and the most recent updates to the C&SC fleet.

But first, you'll want to see our stunning selection of free wallpapers for the month ahead. Be sure to read the terms and conditions first. 

Click here for a fantastic photo of six generations of Alfa Romeo Spider on location at Goodwood

Alfa Romeo Spiders May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

Or click here for a blistering shot of the Lister Storm in action

Lister Storm May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

For a snap of classic stock cars driven in anger, click here

Stock cars May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

If you like your classics a bit more refined, click here for our Vauxhall Viva GT and Triumph Vitesse wallpaper

Vauxhall Viva GT and Triumph Vitesse May 2014 Classic and Sports Car

Click here for a terrific picture of a Citroen Ami 6 tearing through the French countryside

Citroen Ami 6 May 2014 Classic and Sports Car