PRACTICAL CLASSICs - JULY 2019

 

In the latest issue of Practical Classics...

In the new issue of Practical Classics, we celebrate fifty years of the Ford Capri, by driving the first and the last through some truly stunning Welsh countryside with a couple of Capri nuts – and ask exactly what it is we love about this iconic Brit GT.

There’s restoration action in the form of a Triumph 2.5Pi and a Vauxhall Astra GTE, plus the Practical Classics team get stuck into their own projects, including a Wolseley 2200, Triumph TR6 and Citroen CX.

We check out some wallet-friendly modern classic city cars and essential buying tips if you’re thinking of buying an MGB or a BMW E46.

Plus – we give you more advice and tips on restoring and maintaining your classic than any other magazine!

 


Britain’s Best Classic Car Club - The Tour!

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Meet the PC team on our journey around Britain this month!

Week 1 - June 24-28

Monday June 24 - 4pm-8pm: Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club, Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, SA72 6WS

Tuesday 4pm-8pm: South Wales Classic Car Club, Ysgol y Deri, Sully Road, Penarth CF64 2TP

Weds 4pm-8pm: Torbay Old Wheels Club, The Blagdon Inn, Paignton TQ4 7PT

Thurs 4pm-8pm: Locks Heath Classic Car Club, The Strawberry Field Tavern, SO31 6DX

Friday 4pm-8pm: Storrington And District Classic & Sportscar Enthusiasts, The Spur, Arundel BN18 0NE.

Week 2 – July 1-5

Monday July 1 - 4pm-8pm: Scotch Piper Classics, Scotch Piper Inn, Lydiate, L31 4HD

Tuesday 4pm-8pm: North West Casual Classics, RAF Burtonwood, Old Hall, WA5 9YZ

Wednesday 4pm-8pm: Silverstone Social Classic Car Club, Turweston Aerodrome, NN13 5YD

Thursday 4pm-8pm: East Coast Retros, The Rose Inn, Shotley, Ipswich OP9 1NL

Friday July 5 - 4pm-8pm: H Town Classic & Dub Club , The Hitchin Lavender, Caldwell Farm, Ickleford SG5 3UA


IN PRACTICAL CLASSICS THIS MONTH: THE FORD CAPRI AT 50

We go out on the road in Ford’s big coupe. Back in the Sixties, Ford of America plumped up the American dream with its affordable muscle car Mustang and in 1969, it was Europe’s turn. A revolutionary development programme saw engineers, designers and – crucially – marketing experts cooking up what was to become one of the most celebrated models to go on sale in UK automotive history. Its impact was simply huge.

We go out on the road in Ford’s big coupe. Back in the Sixties, Ford of America plumped up the American dream with its affordable muscle car Mustang and in 1969, it was Europe’s turn. A revolutionary development programme saw engineers, designers and – crucially – marketing experts cooking up what was to become one of the most celebrated models to go on sale in UK automotive history. Its impact was simply huge.

The public was immediately captivated by the Capri, charmed further still by one of the most game-changing advertising statements ever. Sales of ‘the car you always promised yourself’ were strong from the outset, groovy young things flooding into dealerships across the land. Ford launched the car in Britain with the specific intent of selling it on good looks for an affordable price. But did it work and how do the cars stack up now, in 2019? Find out in the new issue of Practical Classics when we compare Mk1 and Mk3 on an exciting journey through Wales.

The public was immediately captivated by the Capri, charmed further still by one of the most game-changing advertising statements ever. Sales of ‘the car you always promised yourself’ were strong from the outset, groovy young things flooding into dealerships across the land. Ford launched the car in Britain with the specific intent of selling it on good looks for an affordable price. But did it work and how do the cars stack up now, in 2019? Find out in the new issue of Practical Classics when we compare Mk1 and Mk3 on an exciting journey through Wales.


MGB buying guide

If you're looking at buying your first classic, of all the makes and models out there a rubber-bumpered MGB GT makes great sense. For young drivers a closed classic will always be easier to insure than an open-topped one, and the GT offers better year-round usability than the roadster. Throw in low parts prices and unrivalled ease of DIY maintenance and it's easy to see why the B is an ideal classic whether you're just starting out or you're treating yourself to a retirement gift – or anything in between. Check out our buying guide in the new issue of Practical Classics!

If you're looking at buying your first classic, of all the makes and models out there a rubber-bumpered MGB GT makes great sense. For young drivers a closed classic will always be easier to insure than an open-topped one, and the GT offers better year-round usability than the roadster. Throw in low parts prices and unrivalled ease of DIY maintenance and it's easy to see why the B is an ideal classic whether you're just starting out or you're treating yourself to a retirement gift – or anything in between. Check out our buying guide in the new issue of Practical Classics!


triumph 2.5pI restoration

Father and son team Paul and Ross Taylor have a thing about Triumphs. Their present outbreak of Triumph mania began four years ago when Paul bought an original but rusty Triumph 2.5PI to restore. However, the family’s affection for Triumphs goes back much further, to when Paul was in his twenties and enjoyed running a 2000 saloon as his daily driver. Then in 1976 his wife wanted to replace her Anglia runabout with a sports car, so Paul bought her a TR5. Son Ross used to ride in a carry cot behind the TR’s seats and says: ‘I grew up with the whirring of a Lucas PI pump in my ears’. This goes some way to explaining why the family now own a grand total of five Lucas injected Triumphs, including the TR5 bought over forty years ago. But what of their 2.5Pi? Full story in the new issue of Practical Classics…

Father and son team Paul and Ross Taylor have a thing about Triumphs. Their present outbreak of Triumph mania began four years ago when Paul bought an original but rusty Triumph 2.5PI to restore. However, the family’s affection for Triumphs goes back much further, to when Paul was in his twenties and enjoyed running a 2000 saloon as his daily driver. Then in 1976 his wife wanted to replace her Anglia runabout with a sports car, so Paul bought her a TR5. Son Ross used to ride in a carry cot behind the TR’s seats and says: ‘I grew up with the whirring of a Lucas PI pump in my ears’. This goes some way to explaining why the family now own a grand total of five Lucas injected Triumphs, including the TR5 bought over forty years ago. But what of their 2.5Pi? Full story in the new issue of Practical Classics…


THE PRACTICAL CLASSICS TEAM AND THEIR PROJECTS

We’ve been hard at work again this month, with Danny reviving his stunning Wolseley Landcrab to James buying a dream CX and restoring his dad’s Dyane. Matt George perfects his TR6 and Matt Tomkins is all about saving his MGB GT. There’s loads of tech advice too on restoring and maintaining your classic. No other classic car magazine has this much variety each month!

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