A brand-new issue of Classic & Sports Car hits the news-stands today (6 November). There's something for every palate in the December issue, from Porsche's front-engined masterpiece, the 928, right through to a barn-find Aston Martin that was discovered after 60 years. We have an exclusive drive in Mercedes' first Silver Arrow, Lancia and Renault's best hot hatches of the '80s are pitched head-to-head, plus we tell you everything you need to know before buying a De Lorean DMC-12.
Taking pride of place on our front cover this month is the fantastic – and bargain priced – Porsche 928. It's got affordability, practicality and performance on its side, but can the long-underrated Porker really compete with the 911 for a space in your garage? James Page takes a stunning early example for a point-to-point blast through the countryside, and finds himself strangely taken by the rank outsider.
Those with racing in their veins won't want to miss our exclusive drive in Mercedes' first Silver Arrow. We wind the clock back some 80 years to squeeze behind the wheel of the indomitable Mercedes W25 and experience the car that changed the face of motor sport. Mick Walsh imagines tackling the 1934 Eifelrennen in the 750kg 300bhp behemoth.
The Germans may have started the hot hatch craze, but it was France and Italy that turbocharged the genre in the 1980s. We pick two of the best – the Renault 5 GT Turbo and Lancia Delta HF Turbo – to see which lightweight performer still has the goods to capture our imagination, plus we round-up the other turbocharged hatches of the period.
The pace is slowed slightly for a retrospective glance at one of Volvo's rarest offerings, the PV60. The American-influenced saloon was only built for four years, and those that did make it off the production line lived in the shadow of the more popular PV444. But, as Jon Pressnell discovers, there is much to recommend one of Sweden's first forays into transatlantic styling.
Barn-find classics have enjoyed a boom in recent years, but few have lain dormant for as long as an Aston Martin DB2/4 that was discovered at the back of an old MG dealership. What does a car look like after such a long slumber? You need to read Martin Buckley's article to find out; we've taken it directly from the garage to our photographic studio to preserve the find on celluloid. Not only are the pictures incredible, so is the compelling story behind the Aston's abandonment.
At the more affordable end of the spectrum, Andrew Roberts braves wind and rain to celebrate a half-century of the Mini Moke. Early brochures promised that the Moke was 'as sure-footed as a cat, wherever you take it', a suggestion challenged by our thorough thrash around a muddy quarry! We drive two examples from different eras and makers, and find out from their owners what makes the cars so special.
If all that sounds a bit too crass for your tastes, you're sure to appreciate a head-to-head battle between two of Britain's most caddish GTs – the Jensen C-V8 and Bristol 410. Prim and proper they may seem by today's standards, but each packs a V8 punch that transforms its character at the twist of a key. James Elliott puts both cars through their paces.
If you're looking for a new classic, you could do much worse than a De Lorean DMC-12. Once much-maligned, the gullwing sports car is now enjoying a resurgence. We tell you everything you need to know to pick up the best example possible in our full buyer's guide.
In news, massive crowds flocked to Sywell Pistons & Props, while the Kop Hill revival was hailed as the best yet. Jaguar announced plans to let the public drive precious classics from its heritage fleet plus, in sport, GT40s dominated the 22nd Spa Six Hours. Again.
That's not all – we've got the latest instalments of your favourite columns from Mick Walsh, James Elliott, Simon Taylor and Martin Buckley, as well as the latest trials and tribulations from the C&SC fleet, including Julian Balme's Falcon flying at Goodwood.
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