Get exclusive access to Autocar’s new archive

| 2 Aug 2023
Classic & Sports Car – Get exclusive access to Autocar’s new archive

Classic & Sports Car’s sister magazine and motoring pioneer Autocar has launched a new digital archive charting 128 years of automotive history – and as a C&SC reader, you can enjoy limited exclusive free access.

The fully searchable archive is hosted by digital publishing platform Exact Editions, and catalogues more than 5900 issues of the world’s oldest motoring publication, from 1895 to the present day.

Want to get stuck in? Just click here. Please note, this offer expires on 31 August 2023 at 16:19 BST.

As well as charting the story of the car, it is a fascinating insight into the development of magazines, from the austere pamphlets of the early days to today’s glossy, full-colour production – and we’ve enjoyed looking at the evolution of covers across the decades.

Whether you would like to read a road test of your classic car when it was new, you’re researching the history of a particular model or you want to see what was on Autocar’s cover the week you were born, with more than a century of automotive literature you are spoilt for choice.

Autocar has marked every milestone in the history of motoring, from the first public demonstration of cars in Britain in the inaugural, 2 November 1895 issue, to the launch of the Volkswagen brand in Germany in the 10 February 1939 magazine and the birth of the Mini in the 28 August 1959 edition, to the Jaguar E-type’s Geneva reveal in the 24 March 1961 issue, the arrival of the Ford Fiesta (17 July 1976) and, in the 14 October 1987 magazine, the debut of the Ferrari F40.

And, of course, Autocar invented the road test, its first subject being the Austin Seven in the 13 April 1928 edition.

“We are delighted to have worked with Exact Editions to bring the Autocar archive online and host it on their brilliant platform,” said Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw.

“It is a one-stop source for future generations to learn about the evolution of the car, as Autocar really is the history of the car, told in period.”

Remember, you can click here for free, exclusive access to the brand-new Autocar archive, until 31 August 2023 at 16:19 BST.

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