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1967 AC 289 Sports

The 1967 AC 289 Sports wears no Cobra badging, but it sang the swansong for the original speedcrazed snake. Just 27 were made – we drive the final right-hand-drive example built.

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1967 Meyers Manx The Thomas Crown Affair buggy

There’s cool, and then there’s driving Steve McQueen’s dune buggy on a California beach cool. Mark Dixon does his best to live up to the legend.

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1967 Toyota 2000GT

Rare, stylish and exquisitely engineered, the Toyota 2000GT revolutionised Japan’s motor industry — and charmed Robert Cor her.

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This is, in effect, the second draft of this column. You see, I had in my mind a treatise on how the Toyota 2000GT had been tuppence ha’penny when I got into this game (rather longer ago than I would care to admit) yet now ranks alongside the aristocracy of European classic cars in desirability. Then I actually checked the then and now price guides and a very different picture emerged. Maybe that’s why I/we so seldom fixate on values: to my mind they are a useful barometer to the shifting sands of desirability, but how many noughts they boast is simply not important to me. Also, I appear to be rubbish at it!

Anyway, I have no idea where I got the idea that the Japanese GT was about £15,000 in 1996 because, according to the contemporary price guide, an excellent example was then £50k, which I know from personal experience was more-or-less enough to buy a three-bed excouncil flat in Fulham at that time (though it wouldn’t be for long). In comparison, the blue- blooded old-money greats were far from the presumed ten times the price, with an LP400 just £7kmore, a 507 for £75,000 and a Gullwing double, at a fraction over £100k.

According to the Classic Car Price Guide (buy from magsdirect.co.uk), a decent 2000GT today is £470,000 (though it might take almost double that to buy one like ours’), roughly half the price of a Miura or Gullwing. The only seismic change has been the 507, which is now valued at four times the price of the 2000GT.


There are lots of reasons for this, of course, primarily power and performance, plus I suspect a tendency for people to think of the difficult-to-pigeonhole 2000GT more as a fancy Datsun 240Z rival than even an E-type competitor. It is probably only the Toyota’s rarity, with just 337 built, that elevated it above its mass-produced countryman and the Brit. In fact, you must wonder whether we would have even have heard of it if it weren’t for that brilliant bit of product placement (of a convertible that couldn’t be bought) in You Only Live Twice. Oddly, for me, all of that just adds to its insuperable allure. Plus, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous. And I fit in it.

My car-owning history shows I am a sucker for a hybrid, whether it be a plastic sports car that turns Ford basics into a worldbeating combination, or a boisterous GT combining Italian looks, American power and British, er, weight. As an Interceptor owner, I found driving the Iso Rivolta especially interesting, but for me the project itself was more fascinating. Underneath it is like a brand new car; on the top it looks as if it has just been dragged out of a California canyon. That juxtaposition can challenge your senses, but ultimately it is a visionary triumph.
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1967 Citroën DS21 Pallas

«At a time when everyone fantasized about seeing a car fly over the earth, the most innovative of French manufacturers created the DS, a prototype halfway between a flying saucer and a car, but available for purchase on the market. Well, do you know what? Some even saw it fly… in the movies.

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1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper

Clambering aboard this split-window Type 2 Camper – and you really do have to climb up into it, it’s surprisingly high off the ground – the thing that surprises me most is how far removed from the Beetle it is. I know it’s built on that car’s floorplan and shares its engine and gearbox. But it’s testament to the ingenuity of VW’s platform engineering that the thing it reminds me most of is not a car, but the 201 bus to Stamford.

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1967 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia 1500

Is this a sports car or just a Beetle in a tuxedo? It’s odd, but no other car in this group – not even the Golf GTI – has quite such a weight of expectation hanging over it quite like the Karmann-Ghia. Given that the Beetle on which it’s based was a Ferdinand Porsche design, and the 356 was created using much of the same thinking and raw materials. Even the Karmann-Ghia’s suspension layout with torsion bars front and rear is similar. Is this sporty coupé and roadster take on the Beetle a decent substitute for a real Porsche? If so, £6k for an average one never looked so cheap.

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1967 - Ferry Porsche presiding over what looks like a management meeting

Here’s Ferry Porsche presiding over what looks like a management meeting. He’s flanked by his oldest son, design director Ferdinand Alexander – or Butzi as most people now call him – and his nephew, technical director Ferdinand Piëch.

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1967 Ford GT40 MkI road car

The Ford GT40 earned its place in motoring history via Le Mans success, but not all were destined for competition. Today we see how this rare road car copes with the realities of street life in 2023.

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1967 MG Magnette MkIV Farina

For some, one is never enough… even when you already own a stunning example of your favourite classic. When John Langford had the chance tos become the custodian of his second finned Magnette, he just couldn’t resist.

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1967 Vauxhall Cresta 3.3 Automatic PC

Many manufacturers included an ultra-basic model in their line-up to offer a low entry point. Often this was available more in theory than in fact, but as Andrew Roberts discovers, in the case of the Vauxhall Cresta PC, the most basic of models was still a fine motor car.

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Ryan Polson’s twice-smashed 1967 Porsche 912

Bought as a bargain-basement entry into 911 ownership, Ryan Polson’s 912 got chewed in a couple of crashes. Rehabilitated and endowed with a 2.2-litre flat-six, this arresting Porsche is busily morphing from rat-look to R-look…

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1967 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Zagato Quattroruote

At first glance it’s a 1930s Alfa 6 roadster. But looks deceive. Massimo Delbo unravels a very special project from the. 1960s, built by Alfa Romeo and Zagato.

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1967 Aston Martin DB6 in the rare colour of Autumn Gold

We take a recently restored DB6, in the relatively rare colour of Autumn Gold, for an autumnal drive across the beautiful North York Moors.

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Gaspare Fasulo’s self-built 1967 Porsche 911 R tribute

Gaswerks Garage is renowned for its work on iconic classic Porsches, hence our excitement at this 911 R tribute, the latest creation from the New Jersey company’s master restoration and service technician, Gaspare Fasulo...

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