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2009 Porsche 911 Targa 997.2
The 997 Targa. Chances are you forgot about that one, and indeed the 996 before it. Porsche took a bit of a diversion with the Targa version of the 993, 996 and 997, with these models not coming with the immediate Targa signifier of a rollover bar and expansive wraparound rear glass. The 991 would return to that format, with some added opening and closing automated theatrics, all of which leaves those interim Targa models somewhat overlooked.
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Technology explained - twin turbos
Porsche has used twin turbochargers on its 911 since the 1990s, but how do these devices manage to generate such significant power gains? Turbo charging has been utilised by Porsche since 1973, where it was put to devastating effect in the 1974 Carrera RSR 2.1. Quick to make use of the technology in production cars, the 3.0-litre engined Turbo (930) was launched in 1974.
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Sales debate - how significant is the number of previous owners?
It’s one of the first questions we ask when interested in any vehicle, but more so a 911: “How many owners has it had?” We asked our experts, what significance does that number carry when looking at a used 911? “In older cars, the number of owners is largely irrelevant,” says Jonathan Ostroff of Hexagon Classics. He points out that condition is the key factor, not how many people have registered the vehicle in their name.
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Buyer’s guide Ford Escort RS Cosworth Mk5
The road and rally legend created a storm when it was launched in 1992 and 31 years on, its status has only grown — as have the values. Here’s what you need to know if you’re in the market for one. Words Christian Tilbury Photos Magic Car Pics BUYING GUIDE: Escort Cosworth - What to check when buying Ford’s performance icon.
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The 1980s – Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet
Due to such luminaries as the XK120, E-Type and XJ6 as well as the five Le Mans victories, it’s understandable why many consider the 1950s and 1960s to be Jaguar’s golden era. Yet in my view the company’s best decade is a completely different time for several reasons: the 1980s.
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Buying Guide Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 2005-2017
Can you afford to buy, run and repair a 4.3- or 4.7-litre V8-powered Vantage that was manufactured between 2005 and 2017? Find out the answers with our comprehensive buying guide.
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Volvo P1800 Jensen Cow Horn according to customer's request One set includes : One front bumper in 3 parts One rear bumper in 3 parts Mounting kit (bolts and nuts). The rear bumper is shaped like the front bumper, but the size of the rear bumper samples. Bumper is made from 304 stainless steel (it never rust, even at different temperatures), 2mm thickness, After the bumper is finished, it is polished to high gloss. It looks like chrome.
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Modifying guide Ford Focus ST170 Mk1
The Focus ST170 is widely revered as a fantastic handling car with a smooth and rev-happy 2.0-litre engine that delivered plenty of smiles-per-mile. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be made even better... Words JAMIE KING Photos ADE BRANNAN MODIFYING GUIDE: MK1 FOCUS ST170How to extract the best from the hot Mk1 that wasn’t an RS. The Mk1 Focus was a bit of a turning point for Ford; before its arrival in 1998, Blue Oval hatchbacks were something of a handful when the road got twisty.
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The Porsche 911 is often split into air and water camps, but all Neunelfers rely on oil. What’s its role?
Engines are made of many moving components, working together under finely engineered tolerances. To do that, they need oil, a viscous fluid that lubricates all those moving components, reducing friction and cooling them in the process. Without it, bearing surfaces would quickly overheat and wear out in minutes. This is the job of oil pressure: the engineered resistance created by the fluid being pumped through the engine as it rotates, ensuring moving parts are lubricated as intended.
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Sales debate - is a Targa 964 still the cheapest classic 911 to buy?
For many years, the Targa was out of favour in the 911 market, offering possibly the cheapest way into each model. Is that still the case? No, says Philip Raby of Philip Raby Specialist Cars: “They were once unloved, because they leaked, or gave wind noise issues, so the Cabriolets were more popular. Today, that’s probably reversed.” Philip explains this is partly down to fresh interest in the model after the 991 Targa reintroduced the silver hoop of earlier cars.
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Buyers’ Guide Porsche 911 Turbo 964
The 964 was the last old-school Turbo, but today it’s much-prized by collectors. Here’s your in-depth look at both the 3.3- and 3.6-litre models. Written by Kieron Fennelly 3.3 VS 3.6: HOW TO BUY A PORSCHE 964 TURBOPorsche Index: 964 Turbo - Kieron Fennelly unearths all the facts you need on both the 3.3- and 3.6-litre 964 Turbo HISTORY & TECH The 964 Turbo is famously almost the 911 Turbo that never was.
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Life Cycle - the unlikely story of a tricky 1994 Ginetta G33 rescued from the jaws of bankruptcy
Rescued from a bankrupt Ginetta, this wild V8 roadster has tested the mettle of two passionate owners. Words SAM DAWSON Photography IAN SKELTON Tricky to live with, sublime to drive – a Ginetta G33’s life story told 1995 – Malcolm Pinder realises his long-held dream of becoming a Ginetta owner ‘When I was 19, I went to the Motor Show at Earls Court, saw the then-new Hillman Imp-based G15, and knew then and there that I wanted a Ginetta one day,’ says Malcolm Pinder.
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Buying Guide Ford Capri MkI
Cooler than ever and with values rising, it’s time to buy a Euro-Mustang Words JAMES WALSHE Photography MAGIC CAR PICS Buying Guide With prices hiked but unhyped – it’s the ideal time to buy a MkI Ford CapriThe height of suburban cool when new and with race track cred to boot, the first Ford Capri spent decades out of fashion before emerging as a classic. These early cars have curves-and-chrome appeal, are more practical than an MG BGT, and prices are on a gradual journey upwards.
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Reader’s restoration 1973 Ford Consul L
Readers’ restoration: When Dan Godley looked to get back into a Consul after a break, he had his work cut out finding one — until he lucked out with this L-spec survivor. Words and Photos Jon Cass Consul L gets a new lease of life Dan Godley is certainly no stranger to a Mk1 Granada or indeed its almost identical Consul-badged cousin, but this 1973 2-litre V4 base model which was in desperate need of some major TLC happens to be one of the rarest he’s rescued so far.
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Buyer’s guide Ford Fiesta Mk1
A bold step forward for Ford, the original Fiesta quickly established itself as a major success. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of buying the 1970s supermini. Words Christian Tilbury Photos Adrian Brannan BUYING GUIDE: Mk1 FiestaWhat to check when buying Ford’s original supermini. Ford might have been distinctly late to the supermini party, but it certainly made an entrance with the Fiesta.
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