The brand-new May issue of Classic & Sports Car hits the shelves this week and to mark the occasion we’ve listed the top six must-read features. In ascending order, they are…
6. The Shield Versus the Diamond
If you wanted a sporting saloon in the late 1950s, you’d have been hard pressed to choose between the Appia and the One-Point-Five, despite the Lancia costing twice as much as its British rival.
5. Borgward Hansa 1100
With front-wheel-drive, a water-cooled engine and an all-synchro gearbox, Borgward’s Hansa should have been a recipe for success – but was it the right car at the wrong time? Jon Pressnell gets acquainted with a 1950s pioneer in an effort to see why the Hansa failed to live up to its early promise.
4. TVR Sagaris vs Marcos TSO GT2
If you’re going to go out, you might as well do it in style. That’s certainly a maxim followed by both Marcos and TVR, each of which signed off with supercoupés capable of achieving upwards of 185mph. With 900bhp between them, the Sagaris and TSO GT2 can still tangle with more modern metal, as Malcolm Thorne discovers while blasting through Essex.
3. Bugatti Type 55
This Bugatti is like no other. Not happy with a standard Type 55 – the quickest Bugatti available at the time – this car’s first owner commissioned a timeless bespoke tourer body. It may have dulled the performance slightly, but not the experience. Mick Walsh gets behind the wheel of this priceless beauty before delving into its fascinating history.
2. Lamborghini Islero S
It may lack the flamboyance of the Miura and Espada, but Lamborghini’s Islero exudes an understated style that ensures it will always be ranked among Sant’Agata’s greatest creations. This particular car is more special than most, having criss crossed Europe in the care of its first owner. James Elliott charts its course from Barbados to Blighty.
1. Seventies Scorchers: 10 great sports cars to snap up this spring
You don’t need to break the bank to get behind the wheel of a bona fide soft top classic, and to prove it we’ve gathered 10 of the very best models the 1970s has to offer. Alfa Romeo Spider, Triumph TR6 and Chevrolet Corvette rub shoulders with Lotus Seven, Fiat 124 Spider and Morgan 4/4, plus there’s the ever dependable MGB and left-field Porsche 914. Ross Alkureishi puts all ten cars through their paces, evaluating performance characteristics, everyday usability and financial matters and arriving at a score for each model. The results may surprise you!