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1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina with a fully glassfibre body by Scaglietti

Lightweight and rare, the short-lived 308 GTB Vetroresina is the only plastic-bodied road car ever made by Ferrari. How special does it feel to drive?

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Aston Martin drivers Tony Brooks

Not a household name today, but Tony Brooks remains one of Aston Martin’s most accomplished drivers.

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1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage

Although still a current model name, Vantage goes back to the Fifties. We look at the history of the first that was based on the DB2.

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1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage

With a longer body, faired-in headlights and distinctive shape, the DB4 Series V Vantage was a precursor to the all-conquering DB5. Yet the car was more than just a trial and is an important and highly desirable model in its own right. We drive a rare example to explain why.

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1995 Aston-Martin DB7 3.2 Automatic vs. 1998 Jaguar XKR 4.0 X100

As supercharged grand tourers, not only are the Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XKR similar in concept but, due to their joint Ford parentage, they share much below the surface. The pair even arrived around the same time, too. We get an early example of each side-by-side to look at these similarities as well as their many differences.

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1976 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Prototype

If the V8 Vantage is the first British supercar, then this 1976 prototype is the origin of the species. We look at the history of the car before driving it ourselves.

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Air-cooled classic 270bhp 3.2-litre 1967 Porsche 911 SC restomod

Don’t mess about! If a particular competition model has caught your eye, or if a specific era of Porsche production turns you on, then go for it. This is precisely what Dave Lewis did — infatuated by the legendary 911 ST of 1967, he found just what he wanted in a 1981 SC backdate...

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1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Unloved for decades, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is now back in fashion – and with good reason, argues Mark Dixon.

Editor's comment
No decade for young men

The cultural touchpoints that unify every British child of the ’70s are myriad. On the telly there was Blakes 7 (Glynis Barber, say no more), the memory of your parents hurriedly covering your eyes during the sexy bits of I, Claudius and, because things weren’t quite bleak enough in real life with non-stop power cuts and non-start bin emptying, there was The Survivors to cheer everyone up of any evening.

The pop charts were full of nowdisgraced lascivious men in stacked heels, represented by now-disgraced impresarios and introduced by now-disgraced disc jockeys. Driveways were packed with Marinas, playground arguments were largely over who was the sexiest member of Pan’s People and, inexplicably, Joe Bugner was everywhere. And that is only the tip of the iceberg of the misery. Of course it wasn’t all bad: there was the summer of 1976, and most of all a Corgi 1:43 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in every toy box. Mine, like most of my friends’, was the far-rareron- the-road MPW two-door (in Silver Sand, I think). If any car reflected the fortunes of the decade itself, the Shadow was it. It went into 1970 as a glamorous five-year-old, the pinnacle of sophistication and class both mechanically and in status, and came out of the 1970s as the slightly tawdry wheels of choice of the more successful northern working men’s club comics. As if things couldn’t get worse, this glorious machine that once laid claim to be The Best Car In The World then had to endure years in the wilderness as the wedding car of choice.

How did everyone – except the wedding hire companies – forget the sheer magnificence of the Silver Shadow? Has there ever been a more dramatic fall from motoring grace? Which is why I am so delighted that the Shadow seems to be enjoying a long overdue rehabilitation. Because of my age, I simply can’t support all the elements of the motoring 1970s that a younger generation now deems acceptable – like russet, saffron and all the other BL euphemisms for excrement-coloured paint – but the re-gentrification of this oncearistocratic Royce (Rolls is for proles, as they used to say) is a cause I can get right behind. The number of its champions has been quietly but steadily growing under the radar, except for Harry Metcalfe whose campaign is rather more public, and prices have been rising accordingly. Good; everyone deserves a second chance.
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1995 Mercedes-Benz E220 Cabriolet A124 vs. 1996 BMW M3 Convertible Evolution E36/2CS

The Mercedes-Benz A124 Cabriolet is one of the classic car world’s most enduring four seaters, but it was expensive when new. How does a similarly priced BMW alternative compare today?

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1977 Volkswagen Golf GTi Cabriolet Mk1

The Mk1 Golf Cabriolet can often be had for far smaller sums than the regular hatch, especially when it comes to the GTI. But does it make for a great summer classic, or a floppy-topped folly?

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1973 Citroën DS23 Pallas Semi-Automatic

The Citroën DS seemed like a spaceship when it was launched nearly seven decades ago – how does it stack up today?

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2003 BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0i E85

BMW’s E85 Z4 Roadster has aged rather gracefully. There’s still enough good weather remaining to make investing in an early 3.0i very much worthwhile.

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N54B30-engined 460bhp 2010 BMW 335i Touring E91

Touring isn’t the most obvious model to modify into a track car, but with some serious hardware, an eight minute Nürburgring lap time and a top speed of 180mph, the results for this one speak for themselves.

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1985 BMW 318i Baur E30

For Those About to Rock… …we salute your superior motoring choices. For David Gowar, it’s been a symphonic E30 Baur love affair for thirty years and counting – his 300,000-mile unrestored example is still going strong.

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2023 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé F93

2023 BMW M8 F93 line-up has come in for its LCI updates, which is all the excuse we need to take the four-door Gran Coupé for a blast through Germany.

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