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  • FORD ANGLIA 105E BUYER’S GUIDE

    FORD ANGLIA 105E BUYER’S GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 22nd March 2019

    Ford’s challenger to the high-tech new Mini was the mechanically conventional Anglia with its glamorous transatlantic style. They’re now a sought-after classic Ford.

  • ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW BUYER’S GUIDE

    ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW BUYER’S GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 19th March 2019

    Arguably Rolls-Royce’s most important model to date, the Shadow still represents excellent value. Here’s what you need to know before buying one.

  • FORD CORTINA MK1, MK2 AND MK3 BUYING GUIDE

    FORD CORTINA MK1, MK2 AND MK3 BUYING GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 26th February 2019

    The first three generations of Ford’s ubiquitous Cortina sold more than a million units each, regularly topping the sales charts in the UK. So which versions make the best buys now – and what needs checking before you take the plunge?

  • FORD COSWORTH BUYERS GUIDE

    FORD COSWORTH BUYERS GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 21st February 2019

    Supercar performance and everyday practicality made the Sierra RS Cosworth unbeatable on the road as well as the track. Here’s the lowdown on the fast Ford legend. Here's what you need to know before buying one. 

  • TRIUMPH SPITFIRE BUYING GUIDE

    TRIUMPH SPITFIRE BUYING GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 20th February 2019

    Based on the compact Herald saloon, the Triumph Spitfire was Triumph’s attempt to take on the Austin Healey Sprite and the new MG Midget. Here's what you need to know before buying one.

  • BUYING GUIDE: ROVER P5

    BUYING GUIDE: ROVER P5

    Matt Bell on 19th February 2019

    The ultimate expression of 1960s middle England, the Rover P5 makes a compelling classic buy. Here's what you need to know before buying one.

  • BUYING GUIDE: ROVER MINI

    BUYING GUIDE: ROVER MINI

    Matt Bell on 14th February 2019

    The last Mk7 Minis to come out of Longbridge were collectable from the outset, but despite several advances in the way they were made, they still have many major Mini maladies if you don’t buy carefully. Here’s what to look for.

  • BUYING GUIDE – MG ZA/ZB MAGNETTE

    BUYING GUIDE – MG ZA/ZB MAGNETTE

    Matt Bell on 4th February 2019

    Launched in 1953, the MG Z-type Magnette enjoyed the distinction of being MG’s first unitary-construction car. It had been co-developed alongside the Wolseley 4/44 as a sporting alternative to the relatively staid Wolseley. It was also the first MG to use a BMC engine in preference to a Nuffield one; gaining the B-series from Austin over the XPAG from the contemporary saloons.

  • BUYING GUIDE – VOLVO P1800 (1960-1973)

    BUYING GUIDE – VOLVO P1800 (1960-1973)

    Matt Bell on 29th January 2019

    The epitome of elegant ’50s Scandinavian elegance, Volvo’s P1800 was styled in Italy and began life in Britain. Here’s what you want to know before taking the plunge.

  • BUYING GUIDE – VW CORRADO

    BUYING GUIDE – VW CORRADO

    Matt Bell on 25th January 2019

    The Scirocco-that-wasn’t became a significant car for Volkswagen and kicked off its move upmarket in the ’90s. Here's what you need to know before buying one. 

  • BUYING GUIDE: AUSTIN A40

    BUYING GUIDE: AUSTIN A40

    Matt Bell on 24th January 2019

    The A40 is an intriguing beast but they do tend to get overlooked by the classic press in favour of more glamorous machinery or even their own more curvaceous predecessors, the A30 and A35.

  • BUYING GUIDE – RANGE ROVER P38A

    BUYING GUIDE – RANGE ROVER P38A

    Matt Bell on 22nd January 2019

    Missed out on the classic Range Rover price boom? Then the underrated second generation could be your own second chance.

  • VOLVO 240 BUYING GUIDE

    VOLVO 240 BUYING GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 18th January 2019

    With healthy sales throughout its two-decade career, the 240-series was one of Volvo’s most successful models – and is now a popular choice for anyone seeking a practical, well-built classic. We explain what to look for if you’re tempted

  • LEXUS IS200 BUYING GUIDE

    LEXUS IS200 BUYING GUIDE

    Matt Bell on 10th January 2019

    Lexus’s idea of upsetting the applecart was to place the IS200 directly against the BMW 3-series. Why couldn’t the upmarket Toyota have a dig at the middle-ground?