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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 vs. 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL Automatic V116

Marking 50 years since the launch of the 116-series S-Class with help from two keen owners. Half a century after their grand debut, the 116-series Mercedes-Benz S-Classes remain highly impressive limousines, combining breathtaking sophistication with self-assured looks and effortless performance – characteristics that are serving them well in today’s collector market.

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1972 Chrysler Valiant Charger R/T E49

Destined to become one of the fastest cars never to win Bathurst, Chrysler’s Charger was nevertheless New Zealand’s most successful standard production racing saloon, winning the annual Benson & Hedges 500 seven years in a row from 1972 – 1978.

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1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser VC

Before the SUV and the minivan there was the station wagon. One can arguably state that when it comes to the station wagon America has done it bigger and better than anyone else. Originally conceived as a doorless people and cargo mover on a truck platform in the early 1900s, by the middle of the 1920s Ford had added some civility to it with the introduction of the Woodie. That refinement continued after World War II as wooden bodies gave way to steel panels and a foundation based on passenger car chassis.

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1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 vs. 1970 Lamborghini Espada

Why underrated Espada and 365 GTC/4 offer all the glorious V12 thrills of their exotic brethren for a fraction of the price. Lamborghini’s Espada and Ferrari’s 365 GTC/4 have long existed in the shadow of more exalted siblings. Richard Heseltine says it’s time they received greater recognition.

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‘The Espada continues to pull on the heartstrings and remains my favourite Lamborghini. The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 appeals for different reasons, a true GT from a time before the term became shorthand for a track-orientated blunt instrument.’ Richard compares two thoroughbred underdogs: turn to pages
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470 rwhp 1972 Chevrolet Nova

“Years ago, I bought a ’37 Ford Coupe, and that was going to be my last car project,” Norman Brown from Islamorada, Florida, states. “It was a Henry Ford all-steel body that was nicely chopped. I put a TCI chassis under it and, of course, a Chevy big-block for a ‘little’ motivation. Like I said, it was going to be my last build, but unfortunately it was wrecked in an accident!”

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1972 BMW 3.0 S Manual gearbox E3

We take a rare and restored E3 BMW 3.0 S sedan for a drive and are reminded what these gems were like 50 years ago.

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1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider

Fioravanti on the ultra-rare convertible. Few cars are as sexy as a Ferrari Daytona, even more so in Spider form. Massimo Delbò finds out why designer Leonardo Fioravanti was so surprised to see it go topless.

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Honda F20C engined 1972 Ford Escort 1300XL Mk1

Barking with a cacophony of VTEC-inspired revs and with a bite to match, Chris McNair’s stunning Mk1 is a martial artform.

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3.0-litre Duratec V6 engined supercharged 1972 Ford Cortina Mk3

With muscle car styling and a whacking great blower perched atop an unexpected engine, this Cortina is guaranteed to raise eyebrows — and pulses.

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1972 Fiat 124 Sport Spider - Rally replica tackles ‘The Pom’ at Silverstone

Fiat 124 & the Pom Doing ‘The Pom’ – the Laurence Pomeroy Memorial Trophy – at Silverstone in a Fiat 124 Spider

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Powered by a 210bhp 2.7-litre flat-six 1972 Porsche 911 S Restomod

They don’t come much more spick and span than Uwe Kraenzmer’s prized Porsche. Then again, we shouldn’t expect anything less from a marque enthusiast running a business stripping muck off vehicle chassis. His intriguingly named 911 got the full treatment…

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1972 Porsche 911S 2.4 with RS 2.7 firepower

Subjected to comprehensive restoration using a wealth of rare unused Porsche parts, this early 911 S 2.4 benefits from exceptional attention to detail and additional poke provided by a flat-six built to Carrera RS 2.7 specification

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1972 Lotus Elan +2

Mike James always fancied the Lotus Elan +2 over a two seater so we put him in one for the day to find out why.

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1972 Plymouth Barracuda

Richard Brezinski’s Plymouth ’Cuda is just the latest in a long line of magnificent Mopars that have graced his garage. Jon Cass caught up with him to get the lowdown on his latest Pentastar lovely…

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