On sale now - the C&SC guide to buying your dream classic


With 18 back-to-back reviews covering everything from saloons to supercars, C&SC’s new Buy Your Dream Classic special edition offers a comprehensive guide to the best classic cars, whether your budget is £500 or £5million.

The 185-page issue compiles nearly all the magazine’s ultimate showdowns such as MG Midget vs Triumph Spitfire, Morris Minor vs VW Beetle, BMW 3.0CSi vs Daimler Sovereign and Ferrari Testarossa vs Lamborghini Countach.

Each definitive, nine-page test grades the cars on interior, styling, engine, drivetrain, performance and handling, before delivering a verdict.

When you have decided which classic you ‘must’ have, there is a list of useful reading, plus details of clubs and specialists that can offer a wealth of experience and advice before you take the plunge.

Meanwhile, a five-point checklist for every car gives you a heads-up on specific problems to look out for, be it failing head gaskets, rust spots, valve gear or desirable updates.

Finally, there’s a price guide telling you what you should pay for examples in every condition from restoration projects to concours beauties.

Buy Your Dream Classic costs £5.99 and is due to be on the shelves until the end of June.

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