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1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Automatic W113

Once misunderstood, the Mercedes-Benz ‘Pagoda’ SL W113 went on to create and define an entirely new kind of car. Join us on a drive through its natural playground of nocturnal Mayfair as the icon turns 60.

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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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1965 Austin Mini Cooper 970S

The Mini Cooper 970S was created for 1000c production saloon racing, but this one enjoyed a rock star-studded life in the hands of Humble Pie guitar roadie, John Hammel.

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1965 Ford Lotus-Cortina

Alan Mann Racing was responsible for some of the most successful racing Lotus-Cortinas. Richard Meaden reunites this winning pair for the first time since 1966.

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1965 Ford Anglia 105E Broadspeed

Broadspeed is synonymous with racing in the 1960s, including several 105E Anglias. Mike Koskela managed to track down and now own one, which he’s carefully brought back to original Group 5 spec.

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1965 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Ambulance W110

Blessed with a restored 190Dc ambulance and motivated to escape the stresses of everyday life, the father and daughter team of Loek and Nika Scheepers began the road trip of a lifetime.

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Silver Shadow-based 1965 Bentley T-type Special

If you were going to build a single seater, you probably wouldn’t start with a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. But this unlikely old warhorse recently won its first race.

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1965 Toyota Sports 800

The Toyota Sports 800 is as small in size as it is big in stature, but its significance is only appreciated in its homeland. Could it have succeeded outside Japan had its makers been braver? We encounter two-cylinders of pure fury and try to keep a straight face.

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1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.0 vs. 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2 FHC Series 1

Which do we think is the best Sixties coupe out of an iconic E-type 4.2 and an equally famous Aston Martin DB6 4.0? There's only one way to find out and that's to drive these two beautiful British sports cars side-by-side.

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1965 OSI Ford Mustang

This ‘Made in Turin’ mustang with radical new bodywork was the pony that got away

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1965 Porsche 912

Hot off the press. One of the very first right-hand drive 912s. Freshly restored following retirement from the road more than forty years ago, this 1965 Light Ivory 912 is not only one of the first three right-hand-drive examples produced, but also served as a press demonstrator for Porsche’s British sales outpost…

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1965 Porsche 911S Targa prototype

This unique Porsche 911 S Targa prototype was once the company car of motorsport legend Jochen Neerpasch. Time to reunite the two

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1989 Morgan 4/4 vs. 1965 Alvis TE21 Convertible, 1987 AC Cobra MkIV, 1970 Aston-Martin DBS V8

Which British classics offer the most hand-built character for the money in today’s market? Let’s explore our four choices: Morgan 4/4, Aston Martin DBS V8, Alvis TE21 and AC Cobra MkIV

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