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1965 Jaguar S-Type 3.4 Manual

We drive a 58-year-old Jaguar S-Type that has averaged less than 600 miles a year to discover whether it feels and performs as well as its mileage suggests.

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1962 Ford Thunderbird

A scale-model Ford Thunderbird that Steve Richardson had as boy gave him a life-long yearning to try the real thing. Does it live up to the dream?

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1970 Lincoln Continental

Editor Ben Klemenzson gets up close and personal with a British-based example of the all-new for 1970 Lincoln Continental. They don’t get bigger or heftier than this, so if you like your cars big and bouncy, you’ll love this Conti’…

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1936 Cord 810 Westchester

There’s a small handful of Cords in Britain but, with the notable exception of Andy Saunders’ recent custom project, you’ve probably never seen one outside a museum. Trevor Cowell is going to remedy that, because he’s just overhauled one and fully intends to use it, as Zack Stiling found out…

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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Vignale Chassis no. LML/802

This DB2/4 features coachwork by the Italian coachbuilder, Vignale, and was built in 1954 for the king of Belgium. After becoming derelict, it has recently been restored by marque specialist, Aston Workshop.

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1966 Ford Thunderbird 390 Convertible

The convertible is a perfect expression of one version of the American dream and, for a lucky few, dreams do come true.

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1955 Tojeiro-MG by Corsica

This Tojeiro-MG, the final car to emerge from thefabled Corsica coachworks, covered only 34 milesbefore 2003. Finally it is being driven as intended.

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1928 Bond 1.5-litre Super Sport

No, it’s not a Bugatti — it’s something considerably rarer. Mark Dixon drives the Yorkshire-built Bond, a unique survivor of one man’s dream.

Editor's comment
Normally I don't like shooting black cars, but the Bond Super Sport had plenty of kerb appeal to make up for it. Its curved rear was my favourite angle, and the brightwork was like mirrors all over the bodywork, making you work harder to minimise reflections' Jonas fantastic photography accompanies Mark Dixons feature on this page.
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1973 Gilbern Invader MkIV prototype

By 1973, Gilbern had graduated from kit cars and was eying promising new markets with a big new coupé. Fate had other ideas – but today we drive the sole Invader MkIV prototype.

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1923 Alvis 12/50 ‘Racing Car No 1’

One hundred years ago, Alvis built this car in a quest for competition success to publicise its brilliant new overhead-valve engine. They called it Racing Car No 1 – does it live up to that name today?

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1970 Buick GS455 Stage 1

When Mike Smith bought his dream car, this rare 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 convertible, he expected to have to restore it. But he never thought he’d be doing it twice…

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1954 Porsche 356 1500 Pre-A

Purportedly the oldest surviving right-hand drive 356 Pre-A has recently emerged from a four-year restoration. And, thanks to its impending sale, this stunning Porsche could soon be yours...

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1961 Porsche 356B T5 Coupe

Tantamount to the apocryphal barn find, Bob Knight lucked into an unblemished 356 B stashed away since 1973. Replete with a few carefully considered upgrades, the car is now on sale at air-cooled Porsche specialist, Karmann Konnection...

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Celebrating the brilliance of the Porsche 912

Perceived wisdom suggests the four-cylinder 912 was just a budget 911 — all show, but not a lot of go. Truth is, the 912 comprehensively outsold the 911 during its three-year lifespan, but is only now getting the recognition it so richly deserves...

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1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports Saloon

Brian Williams came late to the joys of Rolls-Royce ownership. Magnificently capturing the elegance of pre-war luxury motoring, this 25/30hp Sports Saloon has produced a convert with a mission.

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