Fab ’50s roadsters: Inside the March 2019 issue of C&SC

| 7 Feb 2019
Fab ’50s roadsters: Inside the March 2019 issue of C&SC

Join us in the new issue of Classic & Sports Car as we dream of warmer weather and celebrate the very best of British ’50s sports cars.

And that’s not all! We’re also helping you live your dreams with our Porsche 964 buying guide, we slide into the world of rallycross in a mud-splattered retrospective, we’ve an exclusive drive in the jaw-dropping Scarab, plus one enthusiast reveals the results of a painstaking Aston Martin DBS V8 restoration.

Get all this and a whole load more in our March 2019 magazine, out now (in the UK) – or available to order online here. Keep on reading for our preview!

Wind in your hair

This month’s cover feature is a super-evocative, 1950s sports-car shootout, featuring some of the most sought-after names ever to have come from the UK.

Martin Buckley is the chap tasked with choosing between Jaguar XK120, Austin-Healey 100M, MGA Twin Cam, Triumph TR3A and AC Ace Bristol.

And it doesn't stop there! Turn over and from page 112 discover some of best ’50s sports cars from beyond these shores, starring Lancia, BMW, Volvo and more – an eclectic bunch and some compelling options.

The Scarab strikes

We promised you an exclusive – and here it is. A drive in the superlative Scarab is a once-in-a-lifetime treat and lifelong fan Mick Walsh brings you the story from behind the wheel.

From the seeds of Lance Reventlow’s dream through to racing glory, via triumph and tribulation, it’s a typical motor-racing tale of ‘what ifs’ and celebrity glamour, but the real star is the piercing-blue car and its 5.5-litre V8.

Slip inside with us and feel the addictive launch, be subjected to the engine’s relentless punch and hear the exhaust roar, all from page 136.

Blood brothers

It might take some people by surprise, but Britain’s Triumph Dolomite Sprint and Sweden’s Saab 99 Turbo have a shared bloodline.

Look under the bonnets of both and it’s their 2-litre slant-four engines that connect these two classics.

Greg MacLeman investigates this perhaps unlikely pooling of resources between Trollhättan and Canley, before sampling both and delivering his verdict.

Going large

It’s time for a change of pace with this magnificent beast, the Mercedes-Benz Type 770 Model W150 Grosser, more affectionately known as the 770K.

Ready to unravel the mysteries of this imposing machine and its intriguing history is Richard Heseltine, who shares stories from behind the wheel of this near-five-ton, straight-eight behemoth.

Just 88 chassis were built and surely few unrestored Grossers are in as good a condition as this majestic example – find out more from page 122.

Enjoy these features and more, plus news, motorsport, auction updates and all our regular content in the March 2019 issue of C&SC, out now – get it here.

Happy reading!