It’s that time of the month again: a brand-new issue of Classic & Sports Car has just hit the shelves. We’ve rounded up seven of the July issue’s must-read features, including group tests, buyer’s guides and a rip roaring head-to-head between two of the 1970s most outrageous supercars. Order your copy – with free First Class postage – by clicking here.
7. Bentley and Rolls-Royce
Martin Buckley gathers Bentley MkVI, R-Type and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn to tell the story of how the elegant Standard Steel body helped Rolls-Royce and Bentley to survive in the bleak, early post-war economy.
Most Tojeiros were destined for a life in competition, but this jewel-like Climax-powered GT was designed for a much different role. Malcolm Thorne gets behind the wheel of a true one-off, charting its history from early gestation through long garage layups, part exchanges and even a late night run-in with a cow.
5. Company Contact
So far as company cars go, Patrick Mimran’s will take some beating. His Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole is unique, featuring bespoke metallic paintwork in Bordeaux Speciale, Panna cream upholstery and stunning ‘Oro’ Ozetta wheels. Mark Wheeler tells the whole story.
4. Simplex centenary
The French city of Nice is almost as crucial in Benz history as Stuttgart itself, which is why the firm brought three of its early pioneers – 35hp, 40hp and 60hp – to relive the excitement of Nice Week. James Elliott takes a hair-raising, white-knuckle ride alongside a motorsport legend.
3. Hot 1970s favourites
The front-wheel drive new kids on the block didn’t have it all their own way in the 1970s. These sporting icons – Hillman Avenger Tiger, Vauxhall HP Firenza and Ford Escort RS2000 Mk2 – flew the flag for the old school. Simon Charlesworth samples all three.
2. A tale of two Porsches
Losing your pride and joy in a house fire could be enough to make you turn your back on classics, especially if a booming market begins to leave you behind – but not Stuart MacLeod. The tenacious Porsche fan embarked on a hugely ambitious restoration of a 911E Targa that would take determination, patience, and hundreds of man hours.
1. Chasing the ultimate thrill
If you grew up in the 1970s, chances are you had either a Lamborghini Countach or De Tomaso Pantera plastered to your bedroom wall. Such was their impact on the world of supercars, they’re both still instantly recognisable to those decades younger. For this month’s cover feature we pitch an incredibly original Lamborghini against a fully restored De Tomaso – but can the crossbreed Pantera humble pedigree Countach?
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