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1932 Austin Seven

This year marks 100 years of the Austin Seven. Mark Dixon drives a rather special example to a very special event.

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1962 Volkswagen Type 2 Half-Track Fox

One innovative Austrian inventor fancied an alternative to the ski-lift. The VW Half-Track Fox was his solution, and it’s just been restored.

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1934 Alfa Romeo Monoposto Tipo B P3

Having raced throughout Europe and in the Indianapolis 500, this Alfa Romeo P3 is still enjoying an active retirement, nearly 90 years on.

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1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 vs. 1970 Lamborghini Espada

Why underrated Espada and 365 GTC/4 offer all the glorious V12 thrills of their exotic brethren for a fraction of the price. Lamborghini’s Espada and Ferrari’s 365 GTC/4 have long existed in the shadow of more exalted siblings. Richard Heseltine says it’s time they received greater recognition.

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‘The Espada continues to pull on the heartstrings and remains my favourite Lamborghini. The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 appeals for different reasons, a true GT from a time before the term became shorthand for a track-orientated blunt instrument.’ Richard compares two thoroughbred underdogs: turn to pages
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477 bhp 1965 Chevrolet El Camino

Sometimes it’s the simplest moments in life that can shape a person’s future, leading them down a path fed by experiences from an early age. Being born into a performance automotive family, it was only a matter of time before Pete Dayotas Jr. of North Grafton, Massachusetts, came face-to-face with fate. When your earliest memories revolve around climbing into a hopped-up T-bucket packing a dual-quad-fed small-block Chevy, it’s easy to see the switch being flicked on in a youngster’s mind. The combined scent of fuel and oil mixed with chrome and metalflake of his uncle Paul Dayotas’ hot rod was all it took to lure him in. At the same time his dad, Pete Sr., set the pace with regular visits to New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, to feel the thunder along with traveling to local events like the World of Wheels and Boston Area Roadster shows. Following the sounds of a sizzling fuse being lit he wasted no time heading to a grand finale with building the wicked ’65 Chevy El Camino laid out across these pages.

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470 rwhp 1972 Chevrolet Nova

“Years ago, I bought a ’37 Ford Coupe, and that was going to be my last car project,” Norman Brown from Islamorada, Florida, states. “It was a Henry Ford all-steel body that was nicely chopped. I put a TCI chassis under it and, of course, a Chevy big-block for a ‘little’ motivation. Like I said, it was going to be my last build, but unfortunately it was wrecked in an accident!”

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910bhp 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

Some might say 1970 was a monumental year for rock music, and much of it not good. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died at the age of 27, and the Beatles called it quits due to musical differences between Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Both continued on a musical path to highly successfully solo careers. Joplin and Hendrix–not so much. With the two most famous Beatles going their separate ways, their fans followed suit; some took the Lennon train, while others aligned with McCartney.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4MATIC+ W177 vs. 2023 Audi RS3 8YA

They sit right at the top of the hot-hatch food chain, so can the fresh Audi RS3 8YA put the bite on the ballistic AMG A45 W177?

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Big test 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ V297

What sort of electric future works for Australian drivers? 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ V297 is the catalyst for a reckoning of where we are right now.

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2023 Cupra Formentor VZx

Cupra’s intriguing trio of sporty Euro models has only just touched down on Australian soil but I’m already familiar and very fond of two thirds of it. A year ago, I got my hands on the range topping Leon 300 (dubbed VZx locally) and it proved to be one of the most involving and exhilarating hot hatches for blasting around the English countryside, enjoying the autumn sun.

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2023 Haval H6GT Ultra

Yes, the ‘thrift-shop Urus’ jokes started coming thick and fast as soon as the 2023 Haval H6GT Ultra rolled into the car park, but almost as soon as they started, the office japers went a bit quiet.

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2023 Porsche 911 GTS Manual 992

If, instead of Porsche’s impressive facility in Stuttgart, the 992 911 family was actually grown on vines and finished in oak barrels, the Carrera would be a fresh young riesling and the Carrera S would be a bold durif, while the Turbo siblings would sit on the top shelf in grappa bottles.

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1966 Pontiac GTO

The ‘goat’ brought real muscle that defined an era

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2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ SUV Electric Art Line X296

Mercedes-Benz is in a state of transition, moving from old-world internal combustion to battery-electric vehicles. We join key engineers testing forthcoming electric vehicles, including the new EQS SUV, and discover this switch to battery power has provided fresh motivation for staff, who are fully embracing the company’s new direction.

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1982 Lotus Turbo Esprit

Martin Cliffe developed the engine for the Lotus Turbo Esprit, yet he’d never owned one until recently. Today we both drive it, then compare notes on how it shapes up retrospectively.

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