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1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 - with a motorsport past

When Darren and Lucy Arnold bought an early E-type 20 years ago, they didn’t know the car had a fascinating motorsport pedigree. We investigate the newly restored car’s past.

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1956 Bentley S1

Cars can leave a profound impression on our childhood, and as car enthusiasts we can probably all think of one we wish our parents had never sold. David Watt did better than that – he bought it and brought it home.

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1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Limousine by H.J. Mulliner

This refined carriage was created for a customer with limited mobility, and so wears unique H.J. Mulliner coachwork – which was at risk of being scrapped for a more sporting body until the present owner stepped in.

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1967 MGC GTS - Works rack-testing the brilliant ex-Sebring racer

The short-lived MGC suffered a poor reputation as a driver’s car. The racing GTS suggests it could have been so much greater, as Richard Meaden discovers

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1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Bill Collins bought his 250 Lusso five decades ago and has cherished it ever since. Robert Coucher finds out more about its celebrity connections.

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1952 Zanussi 1100 Sport

One man’s technical knowledge made the 1952 Zanussi 1100 Sport far more significant than the world would remember.

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Across the USA 3000 miles coast-to-coast in a 1930 Lancia Type 227 Dilambda Cabriolet

Lancia across the USA — 3000 miles coast-to-coast in a 1930 Dilambda. What would you choose to drive nearly 3000 miles across the USA in two weeks? Massimo Delbò picked a 1930 Lancia Type 227 Dilambda Cabriolet – which wasn’t without issues…

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Scottish Rally-winning 1950 Jaguar XK120 ‘MNK 500’

Flexible Feline — We drive the Jaguar XK120 with both race and rally successes to its name. When new in 1951, this Jaguar XK120 was immediately deployed on rally stages, hill climbs and top-tier circuits. We drive this prowling polymath fresh from restoration.

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1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1

Aston Martin fan Mark Palmer was tempted to fill his List with ten of Newport Pagnell’s finest – but honed his desire down to the Aston-Martin DB4. Can it deliver on his expectations?

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1966 Dodge Coronet 500

Clothing Vince Donald’s 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 now sports upgraded suspension and a big-block race Hemi, yet on the outside it still looks just like it did the day he bought it…

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1950 VW Sportkabriolett Dannenhauer & Stauss

Built on Porsche 356 running gear, this Sportkabriolett is the car Dannenhauer & Stauss had always dreamed of creating.

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1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series II

Cruising the Cotswolds in a group of glorious 250GTEs brings to the fore the appeal of Ferrari’s first series-production 2+2

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

As Ferrari plots a transformative five years, we examine the car that more than any other has shaped the last 60.

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Ex-Miles Davis 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

The Ferrari NART Spyder is one of the rarest of rare Ferraris — a valued collectible today yet an orphan car back in the day.

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1977 Ford Granada 3.0-litre GL Automatic Estate Mk1

Ford Heritage: With his previous Mk1 Granada purchase proving to be a no-go, Trevor Hardy wasn’t taking any chances with this rare Estate, and luckily it’s proved to be even better than he hoped.

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