Category: Classic Cars

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Living With Failure

Yesterday, I was on the road, racking up the miles in the Mercedes-Benz W124 as I drove to and from Milton Keynes to photograph a car for Car & Classic. I love that old Mercedes. It’s not the most frugal of cars, given that it weighs as much as a small frigate and has only […]

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Millbrook Turns 50 – The Ultimate Proving Ground

Millbrook Proving Ground is a place that you perhaps won’t know by name. However, you do know it, because you have almost certainly seen it. You might have seen it while watching James Bond. You might have seen it while watching a music video. It might have been there while you were looking at car […]

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DB5 Continuation – Bond is Back

Aston Martin loves a ‘Continuation’ model, as we documented last year when the British icon announced it would be building a number of ‘new’ DB4 Zagato models. That’s not the only old car they’re refreshing though. There is another, and it’s perhaps the most famous of them all.  Yes, we are of course talking about […]

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Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune – French Fancy

At first glance, Savigny-lès-Beaune looks like any other pretty French village; picturesque central square, tasty brasserie, a spot of boule on the go. In fact, the only sign that something slightly unusual might be going on is a rogue tail fin protruding above a hedgerow. Head to the tail fin (just off the aforementioned square) […]

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1950 Morgan F Super – Classified of the Week

In 2012, Morgan gave us the mighty Three Wheeler. It was and still is an odd contraption. There’s an S&S V-Twin engine up front, which in turn is mounted to a Mazda MX-5 five-speed manual transmission which drives the rear wheel via a belt system. It seats two, it can carry but a garnish of […]

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Forty Years of quattro – Audi Do that?

The Audi quattro Coupe of the 1980s is a car that has, quite rightly, earned a massive following. As a road car it was handsome, but thanks to those box arches, also menacing. It was fast thanks to the five-cylinder turbocharged engine with near 200bhp, and of course, it handled like nothing else. And that’s […]

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Mercedes-Benz 500E – E’s Are Good

It’s no secret that we like a Mercedes-Benz W124. We have one ourselves. It may have come to us as a forgotten £100 wreck that, were it not for our interjection, would have been sent to the crusher. But now it’s been brought back from the brink and is a rather lovely place to be. […]

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Pony Up – Five Momentous Mustang Moments

Lee Iacocca’s brainchild, the Ford Mustang, is considered by many to be the car that secured Ford’s future. It was a bold, brave departure from its previous offerings, and Iacocca himself had to fight tooth and nail to get it built. It was worth the fight though. Ford speculated that first year sales of 100,000 […]

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Raced, Crashed & Abandoned – But now this Mini is back!

Sir William Lyons once said, “The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.” His words resonate with the story of Harrison Kirby’s MK2 Mini Cooper ‘S’. A car that seemingly has nine lives. The history of this Mini is a little hazy in places, but its story starts […]

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Five Off-Road Classics

The road as we know it, the smooth ribbon of tarmac that dashes underneath us, does not share its age with the automobile. Far from it in fact. Cars arrived without the infrastructure to support them. As such, when the first cars gained popularity, they had to traverse the rutted, rough, dirt tracks that had […]