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Classic Car Buying Tips

Buying an old car is fraught with danger. Could a car be hiding a sinister secret? Has it been wrapped around a tree? Is that shiny paint glossing over a multitude of metal-based sins? There are so many things that could tarnish the ownership experience. Don’t worry though, we’ve put together a list of things to check when shopping for a classic.
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How they used to advertise…

Today’s car adverts are subject to all kinds of red tape and diplomacy. Back in the day, however, things were different. The advertising men, no doubt in a nicotine-filled room, took no prisoners with their bold - and sometimes a bit sexist - adverts, of which we’ve picked ten of our favourites. You won’t see ads like this in the magazines of today!
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NEC Restoration Show – Restoring the Faith

How do you step up the tried and tested car show recipe? There is one high-profile show that has bucked the trend by welcoming the rough, rusty and the ruined into the show hall. This is the Practical Classic Restoration Show.
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The work of Terry Davey

When you think of Haynes manuals – the automotive bibles that have got many of us out of trouble – you also think of the artwork that adorned the covers. Those intricate cutaways brimming with detail. But who made them? Terry Davey, that’s who.
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1959 AC Aceca – Classified of the Week

AC was more than just the Ace and the Cobra. It also made elegant, beautiful coupes, as this Aceca goes to show.
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The Rover P6 – The Time is Now

Classic cars should be, first and foremost, bought for enjoyment. That said, there’s nothing wrong with making that enjoyment pay for itself. With that in mind, we’ve had look at the numbers and come up with this series of cars that should, hopefully, earn you a few quid as well as plenty of smiles per mile. First up? The Rover P6.
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Classified of the Day – 1969 Jaguar Mk2

There are few classics as evocative or as ingrained into pop culture as the Mk2 Jag, making this one a must have.
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Classified of the Day – 1955 Riley RME

Gorgeous lines, maximum comfort and more chrome than you can shake a tin of Brasso at. Perfect.
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Classy Racers

Classic cars aren’t all about liberal amounts of wax and gentle drives on sunny days. Some of them are built to be given a damn good shoeing around a circuit. If you want to buy a classic to use in track-based anger, you can, as these five old school racers go to prove.
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Classified of the Day – 1975 Toyota Celica

Japan loves a bit of car customisation, as this rather magnificent 1975 Toyota Celica goes to show.