PRACTICAL CLASSICs - March 2019

 

In the latest issue of Practical Classics...

Don’t miss this one! We present our ultimate price guide! They’re the most realistic figures to follow when buying a classic car – plus our recommendations for what’s going to be hot in 2019.

Elsewhere in the mag, the Practical Classics team embark on an epic road trip to Holland in cars they were supposed to have bought and restored for under £1000. Some succeeded… some failed… badly! Read about the thrills and spills in the latest issue of PC, where you’ll also find a fantastic story about the restoration of a 1980s Datsun… once street furniture but now unbelievably rare.

There’s a Toyota Celica buying guide, an astonishing Triumph Stag with a difference and you can read about all the team’s project cars – from a Morris Minor and MGB to a Citroen CX and a Triumph TR7. Plus loads of technical tips and advice on how to keep your classic maintained.

 


essential classics to buy right now

Now is the time to buy a Rover P6 - along with many other classics that’ll never be more affordable. Our price guide is researched via several sources, including club guides, auctions, the trade and advertisements online and in print. All have been reviewed and updated regularly and in this issue we identify the 100 classics we think will go up in value in 2019. From the Rover P6 to a Vauxhall Viva and many intriguing and surprising cars in between, these are the prices we think you should pay,  NOT asking prices! We reckon it’ll help you fulfill the dream!

Now is the time to buy a Rover P6 - along with many other classics that’ll never be more affordable. Our price guide is researched via several sources, including club guides, auctions, the trade and advertisements online and in print. All have been reviewed and updated regularly and in this issue we identify the 100 classics we think will go up in value in 2019. From the Rover P6 to a Vauxhall Viva and many intriguing and surprising cars in between, these are the prices we think you should pay, NOTasking prices! We reckon it’ll help you fulfill the dream!


winter challenge

The team have been asked to meet at Dover for further instructions on their winter challenge. For Matt Tomkins, Danny Hopkins, James Jefferson and James Walshe, the sigh of relief having simply made it round the M25, was audible. What lay ahead for them was something altogether more challenging. The team would be instructed to visit Europe’s lowest point, Zandvoort Circuit, the steam railway at Hoorn and then a drive across the Zuidersee. This would be followed by a visit to the Bridge at Arnhem, the former DAF factory in Born and a castle. Belgium would be involved as would some windmills and waffles. Would the Rover, Citroen, Volvo and Triumph be up to the task of navigating the low countries?

The team have been asked to meet at Dover for further instructions on their winter challenge. For Matt Tomkins, Danny Hopkins, James Jefferson and James Walshe, the sigh of relief having simply made it round the M25, was audible. What lay ahead for them was something altogether more challenging. The team would be instructed to visit Europe’s lowest point, Zandvoort Circuit, the steam railway at Hoorn and then a drive across the Zuidersee. This would be followed by a visit to the Bridge at Arnhem, the former DAF factory in Born and a castle. Belgium would be involved as would some windmills and waffles. Would the Rover, Citroen, Volvo and Triumph be up to the task of navigating the low countries?

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datsun delight

‘How many rivals had electric windows, sunroof, aerial and mirrors back then? The gimmickry won me over,’ says Mel Jardine. ‘My dad and I went everywhere in our Datsun Laurel, but by 1993 he’d replaced it with a Ford Sierra…and we fell out for a few days!’ Her dad passed away in 2014 and that was a catalyst to embark on reliving old memories. But, says Mel: ‘The thing that really started the ball rolling was discovering the North East Restoration Club in Washington, Tyne and Wear. They’ve got properly-equipped workshop bays, and once you’ve paid the annual membership, you can book a car in and do the work with access to all the shared equipment.’ That’s where the story began……

‘How many rivals had electric windows, sunroof, aerial and mirrors back then? The gimmickry won me over,’ says Mel Jardine. ‘My dad and I went everywhere in our Datsun Laurel, but by 1993 he’d replaced it with a Ford Sierra…and we fell out for a few days!’ Her dad passed away in 2014 and that was a catalyst to embark on reliving old memories. But, says Mel: ‘The thing that really started the ball rolling was discovering the North East Restoration Club in Washington, Tyne and Wear. They’ve got properly-equipped workshop bays, and once you’ve paid the annual membership, you can book a car in and do the work with access to all the shared equipment.’ That’s where the story began……


the practical classics projects

Check out the team’s classic projects and find out what’s gone wrong (and right!) at the Practical Classics workshop this month!


Britain’s best classic car club

In 2017 we revealed Britain’s best classic café, in 2018 it was the nation’s favourite classic destination that we uncovered – now we are looking for Britain’s finest classic car club. Practical Classics and Footman James are on the hunt for the nation’s very best local club and it’s the ‘local’ bit that is most important. Enthusiasts the length and breadth of Britain have nominated their favourite clubs and here are the top 30 local clubs and branches that have made our shortlist. Pick your favourite to make it into our top 10 by going to Practicalclassics.co.uk/bbcccoty

In 2017 we revealed Britain’s best classic café, in 2018 it was the nation’s favourite classic destination that we uncovered – now we are looking for Britain’s finest classic car club. Practical Classics and Footman James are on the hunt for the nation’s very best local club and it’s the ‘local’ bit that is most important. Enthusiasts the length and breadth of Britain have nominated their favourite clubs and here are the top 30 local clubs and branches that have made our shortlist. Pick your favourite to make it into our top 10 by going to Practicalclassics.co.uk/bbcccoty


Triumph ‘Shelby Mustang’ Stag

It’s a Stag… but not as we know it. Read about this incredible machine in the March 2019 issue of Practical Classics!

It’s a Stag… but not as we know it. Read about this incredible machine in the March 2019 issue of Practical Classics!


TOYOTA CELICA BUYING GUIDE

Get all the advice you need on buying a Celica in our ultimate buying guide.

Get all the advice you need on buying a Celica in our ultimate buying guide.