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  • SAAB 9-3 SPORTWAGON PROJECT

    SAAB 9-3 SPORTWAGON PROJECT

    James Howe on 15th September 2021

    Is a more modern Saab just a posh Vauxhall – and are they a good ownership proposition for the DIY enthusiast? We find out, in association with Teng Tools

  • MINI ONE (R50) PROJECT

    MINI ONE (R50) PROJECT

    James Howe on 8th September 2021

    Inspired by a true icon, the R50 MINI is fast becoming a classic in its own right. But how does it stack up as a project car?

  • JAGUAR X-TYPE PROJECT

    JAGUAR X-TYPE PROJECT

    Paul Wager on 3rd September 2021

    Jaguar’s smallest car for 40 years may have been tainted by its Ford associations but still stacks up as a fine modern classic

  • MG MIDGET PROJECT

    MG MIDGET PROJECT

    James Howe on 1st September 2021

    The MG Midget is a perfect beginner classic – something we hope to prove with our very own 1970 example

  • HONDA S2000 PROJECT

    HONDA S2000 PROJECT

    James Howe on 23rd August 2021

    The Honda S2000 was a technological tour de force – but what’s it like to live with as it ages? You might be surprised

  • FORD PUMA PROJECT

    FORD PUMA PROJECT

    James Howe on 18th August 2021

    The Fiesta-based Ford Puma was a significant performance Ford but remains an under-the-radar gem. What’s it like to live with?

  • MINI CLUBMAN COOPER S (R55) PROJECT

    MINI CLUBMAN COOPER S (R55) PROJECT

    James Howe on 17th August 2021

    The R55 MINI Clubman is one of the most characterful modern-classic cars around – and in Cooper S form it's fast too. We find out what it's like to work on, in association with Teng tools

  • JAGUAR XJ X350 PROJECT

    JAGUAR XJ X350 PROJECT

    Paul Wager on 30th July 2021

    With traditional styling hiding modern underpinnings, our Jaguar XJ X350 project offered the best of both worlds. Here's what it was like to live with

  • MERCEDES 190E PROJECT

    MERCEDES 190E PROJECT

    Paul Wager on 21st July 2021

    Our Mercedes 190E project did well to prove that the tales of old-school quality are true. Here's how we got on living with a true modern classic

  • RUSTY PEUGEOT 205 – TIME TO FIX IT

    RUSTY PEUGEOT 205 – TIME TO FIX IT

    Matt Bell on 23rd September 2020

    When Joe originally purchased his Peugeot 205, he thought the rust was exclusive to one area. After a bit more inspection, it turns out this is one rusty Peugeot 205. Time to get it fixed.

  • FORD PUMA 1.7 EXHAUST FIX: STAFF CLASSICS

    FORD PUMA 1.7 EXHAUST FIX: STAFF CLASSICS

    Jeff Ruggles on 10th September 2020

    Work on our Ford Puma 1.7 up until recently had largely revolved around service consumables and fixing loose or tired bits of trim. However, after a few longer trips, I noticed the exhaust note had become rather more vocal than before.

  • £1000 FORD PUMA GETS SOME TLC

    £1000 FORD PUMA GETS SOME TLC

    Matt Bell on 23rd July 2020

    Jeff's £1000 Ford Puma was a tidy car to begin with, but with a bit of TLC in the form of some new parts has started to turn it into a respectable, tidy modern classic.

  • CHEAP RANGE ROVER P38A – BROKEN ALREADY?

    CHEAP RANGE ROVER P38A – BROKEN ALREADY?

    Matt Bell on 16th July 2020

    We always knew that the cheap Range Rover P38A would eventually cause us problems, but Aaron didn't envisage just how soon it would stop playing ball.

  • STAFF CLASSICS – JEFF’S R50 MINI ONE

    STAFF CLASSICS – JEFF’S R50 MINI ONE

    Jeff Ruggles on 8th July 2020

    Bought as an experiment to buy the cheapest R50 MINI One on the market in 2017, Jeff attempts to bring about some former glory 18 months on since it last moved.