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Archive for the ‘Classics’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Retro-Looking Infotainment for Jaguar Land Rover Classic Models

JLR’s classic division, known as Jaguar Land Rover Classic, is upping its game yet again. They announced today the launch of vintage-looking but modern infotainment systems for classic Jaguars and Land Rover modes. This means you can have your cake and eat it too. 

The feature-packed infotainment comes in “authentic-looking, classically-styled, head unit” and in single DIN size, which means it gits most classic vehicles running on negative earth electrics. It might look old, but the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Infotainment System has everything a modern system has. You get customisable satellite navigation in up to 32 languages, smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity and dual DAB/DAB+ digital radio, as well as FM and AM analog reception.

Granted, the 3.5 inch screen size is a bit tiny for navigation. It’s like using an old Blackberry phone But you have a choice of different unit trims to compensate. There is black or chrome faceplate finishes to suit Jaguars, and a choice of black or silver brushed aluminum for Land Rovers. You even get phonebook and internal microphone.




Honestly though, we don’t like this thing at all. Driving a classic car should be one of those occasion where you leave your phone and busy work aside for a few hours. You’re better off spending the £1,200 this unit costs on period driving attire-some nice leather gloves and a cool vintage cap!

 

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PostHeaderIcon All-Electric Jaguar E-Type Zero Headed for Production

Last year Jaguar unveiled an interesting concept based on the E-Type where they had swapped the petrol engine of the original for an electric motor. Even though it was an affront to the very credo of the petrolhead faith, Jaguar E-Type Zero received a hugely warm welcome from the public and the press alike. So now they’re going to put it into production. 

The electric Jaguar E-Type Zero will be offered as both conversion kits for existing E-Type owners in a reversible treatment (in case they ever regret it, or the conversion destroys the market value of their car) or fully restored and converted ready-to-go cars. The electrical components used in this car come from Jaguar’s advanced I-Pace electric SUV, mated to a single drive transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack with a range of 170 miles. Jaguar says the entire setup weighs about as the engine and gearbox of the original car, so no weight disadvantage here.

Jaguar E-Type Zero customers can also opt for a modified instrumentation and fascia showcasing the latest touchscreen infotainment, but that is a step too far, frankly. An E-Type with a bloody touchscreen in its dash? That’s sacrilege. I mean, the electric conversion is too, but at least you can’t see the bits under the bonnet. The production variant of the E-Zero will make its U.S. debut at the The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering wearing a Bespoke Bronze paint finish. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.






Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic. E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Project Gold is a One-Off 911 Turbo Set to be Auctioned

As you may remember, a while ago we told you about the mysterious Porsche Project Gold. We knew it was going to be a restomod of some iconic vintage model, and so it is. The car is a 911 Turbo form the 993 series, and it’s built with genuine Porsche Classic parts to be the perfect counterpart for the new and modern 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Porsche Project Gold serves, more than anything else, to show off the skill and capabilities of Porsche’s Classic department. But it is also built for a good cause. The one-off Turbo will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on October 27, 2018. The proceeds will go to Ferry Porsche Foundation. The car is also a nod to Porsche fans in the 70th anniversary of the brand that although they are committing to EVs now, with the new Taycan and everything, they are not forgetting where they have come from.

So over the past year and a half Porsche experts at the Classic department perfected this idea to build a super special retro-modern car based on the 993, which is one of the most sough-after classic models. Porsche Project Gold gets its name from the special paint job which was first developed for the 2018 Exclusive Series and applied to this car as well. The car boasts a 450 horsepower flat-six turbo engine, plus manual transmission and all-wheel drive, all sourced from Porsche Classic’s parts bin.

“Project Gold” showcases the comprehensive skill of Porsche Classic in fascinating fashion”, says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “This project clearly demonstrates our strategic approach. Although we are starting a new chapter in our sports car history with the Porsche Taycan, the story of how the company evolved is no less significant. On the contrary, this Golden Yellow 993 demonstrates how incredibly passionate we are about the tradition of our brand.”

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PostHeaderIcon 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Restomod by E-Type UK

The original E-Type roadster is one of the hottest vintage cars in the whole world. The popularity of that model has caused the prices to skyrocket, and that means those who cannot afford the original shift their attention to the less sexy Series 3 model. This 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 shows that the underdog can be just as desirable, and at a fraction of the cost. 

Restomoded by E-Type UK, this Jag has undergone a 3,000-hour restoration to bespoke specifications but also modernized to become usable everyday should you fancy that. The biggest highlight of this car is perhaps the V12 engine which has been upped from 5.3 to 6.1 liter and equipped with a totally bespoke downdraft fuel injection system in place of its troublesome carburetors. It now makes 284 hp which is good enough for such a small and light car.

To cope with the extra power it now wields, this 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 has also been equipped with reworked and improved suspension and steering rack as well as powerful new brakes and a modern 5-speed gearbox. Crucially, the the superb classic looks of the car have been maintained, as evidenced by the 62 spoke 16″ Turino wire wheels. Inside, E-Type UK has fitted bespoke leather upholstery on seats from the XJS, modern sound deadening, piano black trim, and advanced audio system.





This particular 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 has been built based on an individual order. But E-Type UK can do the same to any car and add your own custom touches to it as well. If you want one, though, you had better hurry because the way things are going, the Series 3 will soon join the big dog club price-wise.

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PostHeaderIcon 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Cross the Auction Block, Estimated at $45 Million

The 250 GTO, in the exclusive world of high-end auctions, is the equivalent of a Picasso painting. Everybody wants one; only a few can get one. So if you always fancied a GTO, there is a superb 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO coming to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale on August 24. And yes, it is going to cost A LOT.

Like seriously a lot. This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is estimated by the auctioneer at $45+ million USD, and that is without the buyer’s premium, which adds a few more millions to final price. So, yes, you’d better come heavy. Chances are the car will end up selling for considerably more than 45 mil, because as far as investments go, GTO Ferraris are incredibly solid.

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO offered by RM Sotheby’s is one of 36 with remarkable pedigree and racing history, including winning the 1962 Italian National GT Championship (victories in 9 out of 10 races) and 1st in class at the 1963 and 1964 Targa Florio. It also has provenance, but most of the previous owners were rich car guys. The most famous of the owners is the current one, Dr. Greg Whitten, Chairman of Numerix, avid collector car enthusiast and former chief software architect at Microsoft.



“We are thrilled at the rare opportunity to offer a legendary Ferrari 250 GTO at auction,” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Due to the evolution of technology and safety regulations that followed, the GTO was essentially the final true road racer, marking the end of an era when drivers really got their hands dirty. This was the last car that you could park in your garage, drive to the track, win the race, and then drive home.”

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PostHeaderIcon Classic Cars – Restoration vs Restomodding

Human being, by their very nature, want to have everything at the same time. They want both the Eden and the forbidden fruit. That is why in recent decades we’ve been witnessing a surge in the practice of Restomodding, which is fitting old cars with modern features and running gear. 

Done well, restomodding can be brilliant. What you get out of it is the amazing looks of the old classic, but the trusty underpinning of a modern car. If classic car motoring, in its original form, is the marriage of heaven and hell, then restomodding is pure bliss-the nirvana itself. It’s a classic car with all the charm and beauty that comes with it, and you can use it everyday. But no paradise is without its problems.

The thing about classic car motoring is that a lot of the people who get into it do so for the love the adventure. For them it is not just about driving around in a cool looking C3 Corvette or an exquisite early-model SL Mercedes. The breakdowns, the leaks, the dirty knuckles and skinned fingers are all part of the charm. They treat their classic cars like their pets, sometimes their children. To these people restomodding is something akin to sacrilege. It’s for the posers, the Hollywood phonies who drive a vintage car just because it make them look cool. They believe it’s disingenuous to want the fruits of vintage motoring without the troubles.

Of course, to the average person that sounds like abject nonsense. There is nothing wrong with wanting a cool-looking vintage car which has modern running parts, in the same way that there’s nothing with getting a trained dog from a shop rather than adopting a wild one from a shelter. If you can handle the latter, then by all means do it. But the a lot of people are happy doing the former. The thing is though, restomodding, unless done absolutely right, could end up giving you more headache than classic car motoring. And doing it right costs an insane amount of money.

Let’s face it. If you want to get a sexy vintage car and restomod it for everyday use, you are not getting a Datsun or a Studebaker. You want an early model Porsche 911, a 70’s muscle car, or a BMW or Mercedes from the era before health and safety. Those things are expensive to buy, and everybody know restoring them to original glory is a gargantuan task that costs even more money and doesn’t even guarantee smooth operation for long because, after all, the technology is at least half a century old. But restomodding – again, done correctly – is not that much cheaper. Sure, you can send the car to your local garage and ask them to drop a modern engine and gearbox in there. And it’s doable. But a few thousand miles down the line the thing is just going to break.

The right way to go about restomodding is what firms like Singer do. These guys take in a vintage 911 body and basically built the rest of the components themselves. Not only that, they redesign that body to emphasize the god, desirable parts, and take out the unsavory bits. It’s like a remake of a cult classic movie where they take out the cliched or racist dialog and replace them with witty, relevant one-liners. But as mentioned before, this is bloody expensive. A Singer 911 will set you back around half a million dollars.

So really, unless you have that kind of money, it’s a coin toss between restomodding and restoration. They both have their troubles, but at least with restoration you maintain the value of your classic cars. Restomods, except the really high-end ones, do not usually command a big price when you sell them because they are, by definition, very personalized. And not many people may share your taste in color and trim.

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PostHeaderIcon Classic Recreations to Build Continuation Boss and Mach 1 Mustangs

As we reported a while back, Ford has decided to basically ruin the legendary Mach 1 moniker by putting it on an upcoming electric SUV. But fear ye not, if you are a fan of Mach 1, because they have given a license to coachbuilder Classic Recreations to build continuation versions of the original iconic Mustangs, not just Mach1 but also Boss models.

This is awesome news for classic motoring enthusiasts, especially those who only appreciate the looks of the classic but have no interest in its old running gear. Yes, what Classic Recreations does is restomoding the original Mach 1 and Boss Mustangs, so the word continuation is kind of misused here as it implies the cars are built to the exact specifications of the original.

But that is not the case. Each of the modern Mach 1 and Boss Mustangs will be built to the individual customer’s specs “using the latest chassis and drivetrain technology paired with new Ford-licensed reproduction parts.” So you get the awesome design of the old car with the trouble-free underpinnings of a modern supercar. The project will begin with reproduction of 1969-1970 BOSS 302, 1969-1970 BOSS 429 and 1969-1970 Mach 1 Mustangs.

“We chose to offer these new models because we wanted to expand our Ford offerings beyond just Shelbys,” said Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel. “The BOSS 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them. This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

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PostHeaderIcon Bespoke Jaguar XJ Greatest Hits for Iron Maiden Drummer

Jaguar is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic XJ model with something really special. They have built a one-off, completely bespoke Jaguar XJ Greatest Hits for a very special customer, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain who is a huge Jag fan. 

The project has been a three-way collaboration between Nicko, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess. It has taken more than 3500 man hours of work, with more than 4000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned to bring the 1984 car back to original glory. But the result is spectacular, and it has such a cool and apt name too: Jaguar XJ Greatest Hits.

This is not, mind you, a strict restoration. Jaguar XJ Greatest Hits is more of a restomod, as they have changed a fair few parts to make the car look cooler and drive better. The main highlights include revised front and rear bumpers, flared wheel arches to house bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres, upgraded front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers, LED headlights, Mauve paint finish, new seals for reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening, re-trimmed interior, touch screen satnav, phone, rear view camera and in-car entertainment, high-end audio system, and upgraded air conditioning. The engine, too, is modified, but not very deeply. The 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SU carburettors from the E-type, and features quad-exhaust tail pipes.












“This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly named ‘Johnny 3’. It has been a true labour of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva – it really is a Greatest Hits edition and to me it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about. It’s a credit to the craftsmanship of the Jaguar Classic team. We couldn’t have timed it better, this being the 50th anniversary of XJ – my favourite of all Jaguars.” Nicko McBrain

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PostHeaderIcon For Sale: 1969 Dodge Charger Owned by Bruce Willis & Jay Kay

About as good as it gets! This 1969 Dodge Charger you see here is about as special as muscle cars get. And only half of that is down to the car itself,and the fact that it’s “Bullitt spec.” What sets this Charger apart is its previous owners, which include one Bruce Willis, and one Jay Kay.

These names alone are enough to give this machine a lifetime supply of cool. The gloss black 1969 Dodge Charger was originally bought by actress Demi Moore as a gift for her then husband, actor Bruce Willis. The man who hardly dies kept the Charger for 10 years, and only parted with it when a high-profile buyer came along. That was non other than Jamiroquai front-man Jay Kay who brought the car to the UK, where it is on sale now.

And if you thought this Charger couldn’t possibly get better – what with the movie car spec and celebrity ownership – in 2014 Jay Kay spent £25,000 to have the engine rebuilt and upgraded as part of an improvement package to make the car as near perfect as possible. That means this beast drives as good as it looks. And it does look really good. It is left hand drive and has a 8.2-litre V8 engine and 3-speed automatic gearbox. In spite of all this, when this 1969 Dodge Charger goes under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on 24th February it is expected to fetch £50,000 and £60,000 only. That sounds like a bargain to us.






Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: “What can we say about this amazing car! Aside from the fact that it has been enjoyed by two massive global mega-stars – Bruce Willis and Jay Kay – it is also an unbelievable example in its own right. Indeed, its star-studded celebrity past will attract interest from bidders around the world, who will also appreciate that it is one of the best examples of a 1969 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ spec model currently available to buy.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Polo Storico at Salon Rétromobile 2018

For those of who are not familiar with Lamborghini Polo Storico, it’s a division of Automobili Lamborghini committed to the restoration and certification of classic Lamborghini cars. And they are having a field day at this year’s Salon Rétromobile in Paris these days, presenting two superb projects. 

The first car Lamborghini Polo Storico is showing off at the Parisian classic car show is a sweet 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400. This beauty has been through a ten-month restoration process to return to original glory with original specs. The body is finished in Verde Scandal while the chassis and electrical, braking and cooling systems have been renewed. The interior to has been completely redone, including the dashboard which has also been restored to its authentic color of Testa di Moro. This Miura is now one of the most desirable cars in the whole world.

The second of latest projects at Lamborghini Polo Storico is a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 and what’s interesting about this one is that they have put it on display half way through the restoration. It gives you an opportunity to see up close how this gargantuan task is being carried out. Every single part of the car has been stripped off, the color is being redone in the original yellow, components are being replaced as necessary using Lamborghini original spare parts, and the interior is being refurbished in the original Tabacco color.

Another highlight of the Polo Storico is a showcase of the Lamborghini’s V12 4.0 liter engine head, being reproduced as a result of client requests. These are being built to the exact original specs, making the job of restoring classic V12 engines a lot easier.









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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar D-Type Race Car Re-Enters Production After 62 Years

Jaguar and their Classics department have found a brilliant way to make some serious cash, and that is re-making their old legends and selling them for over a million apop to wannabe connoisseurs. These are cars, mind, you can’t drive on the road. The latest is this Jaguar D-Type race car which has re-entered production 62 years after the last examples were produced 1956.

That alone is quite remarkable and makes the new Jaguar D-Type race car worth whatever it’s going to cost. But there are other factors making this thing a highly collectible item. For one thing, they are only producing 25 examples, hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. But more important than that is the history of D-Type and what it represents.

Buying a Jaguar D-Type you become in possession of a car that won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957. It might sound strange, but the new car you receive has the exact same specification as the Le Mans winner, down to the very last details. So yea, you may not be able to drive this car on the road. And you may not want to race it because it’s too precious. But it works brilliantly as eye-candy, next to that Impressionist painting you paid ten million pounds for.









“The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today,” Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said. “The opportunity to continue the D-type model’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

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PostHeaderIcon Elton John’s 1997 Aston Martin Vantage Could Be Yours

If you fancy yourself a bit of Sir Elton John action, there are a bunch of ways you can indulge in that lifestyle. But you wouldn’t think, would you, that one of those ways has to do with cars. This handsome car you see here is Sir Elton’s 1997 Aston Martin Vantage V8, and it’s up for grabs. 

Set to go under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on the 24th and 25th February, Elton John’s 1997 Aston Martin Vantage is a V550 version in black with a black leather interior. Apparently, the Rocket Man had better things to do than drive this car though, as it only has 8,663 miles on the clock. Granted, Elton is one of the previous owners. But those who got the car after him knew that some say the celebrity connection would fetch them big bucks and so they kept the car in min condition. According to the auctioneer, the Vantage still has its new car smell.

This generation of the V8 Vantage is one of the most iconic cars Aston has ever built. The classic coupe profile with the long bonnet and short boot, the aggressive design of the bumpers, grilles, and lights, and of course the V8 engine that gives the beast a top speed of 186 mph, all make this Vantage one of the manliest cars in history. Come to think of it, that’s probably why Elton got rid of it!

“As well as enjoying celebrity ownership, this stunning V8 Vantage has been maintained regardless of expense and has a mere 8,663 miles on the clock, that’s equivalent to being driven about 400 miles only a year!” Adam added: “Our Race Retro auction is a rare opportunity to own one of the last coach-built Aston Martins. If that wasn’t enough, then throw in the fact it was ordered new by Sir Elton John and you have a truly special car.”

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PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Defender Works V8 Is an Homage to the Original

On the 70th anniversary of the iconic Defender, and with an all-new model currently in the works, Land Rover decided to treat the fans of this car to something rather special. The Classic Defender Works V8 is a tribute to the early V8 models, and the most powerful version of the SUV ever built. 

The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain featured in the Defender Works V8 churns out 405PS and 515 Nm of torque. That is a far cry from the standard Defender which has to make do with only 122PS and 360 Nm. As a result, this V8 version is a limited, collector’s edition of just 150 copies, and the only one capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 106 mph.

The performance highlights of the V8 Defender include eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres. Distinguishing features of the Land Rover Defender Works V8 on the outside include Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille, aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering,LED headlights and 8 exterior colors. Inside the cabin you get Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats and Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System.

The cost of this most desirable of Defenders is a whopping £150,000 for a 90 version. They will also make 110s built-to-order, and those obviously cost even more.









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PostHeaderIcon 1948 Land Rover Launch Model Headed for Restoration

In its 70th anniversary year Land Rover is about to do something really cool. They have tracked down one of the three pre-production ‘original’ models, a 1948 Land Rover, and they are now going to restore it back to original glory. The car will be the center of anniversary celebration. 

This 1948 Land Rover has an interesting story attached to it. It was one of the launch models shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. So this was the genesis, what showed to the world what was then to become the ultimate offroad icon we now know and love.  But then this demonstrator wen missing. Turns out it had spent 20 years sitting in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project,whereupon it spent many more years just slowly disintegrating in a garden. As luck would have it though, the Landie was found just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK, where it was first built and it is now in the hands of Jaguar Land Rover Classic department being restored to an as-new condition.

Land Rover will invite the previous owners of this vehicle to come check out the restoration process and share their stories of the car.







The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team will follow a dedicated process to restore the launch vehicle, which has a lot of special features that are unique to the 48 pre-production Land Rovers that were produced prior to the mass production vehicles, such as thicker aluminium alloy body panels, a galvanised chassis and a removable rear tub. The patina of its components will be preserved, including the original Light Green paint applied in 1948.

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PostHeaderIcon Unique 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Up for Grabs

Prestigious British exotic and classic car dealer, Hexagon, is offering something so unique, it is guaranteed to make classic car lovers whimper with excitement! It’s a 1959 Aston Martin DB4, and as if that wasn’t cool enough, this car is a pre-production unit painstakingly resorted back to its original glory. 

This highly desirable item was the third Right Hand Drive DB4 to come from Newport Pagnell, featuring custom upgrades by Aston Martin aficionado Richard Williams. Once a demonstrator, this 1959 Aston Martin DB4 has been converted to run on a Vantage triple Weber carb system and boasts a 5-speed gearbox. The wider wire wheels sit inside especially modified fenders and provide more grip than any standard DB4. So to drive this little piece of Aston history is a pretty delightful car.

But the main joy is owning this gem is ogling it. Finished in unique Blu Scozia with re-trimmed leather interior, the car is the quintessential vintage British sports car. Only it is so well sorted out, you can daily driver it if you want. A hill climber for most of its life, Hexagon’s 1959 Aston Martin DB4 has had £222,000 spent on its restoration, a job that included engine rebuild to 4.2 litre specification. Said to be in “near concours condition,” this DB4 is not just one of the finest in the world, it is also the coolest.










Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics, said: “This is an unmissable opportunity for someone to own a truly unique classic car. The DB4 is unmistakably iconic, made more so thanks to this particular pre-production model claiming the legendary Richard Williams amongst it previous owners. It has been lovingly restored to immaculate condition and it ready for inspection from our North London showroom now.”

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PostHeaderIcon Jaguar E-Type Zero Is the Ultimate Restomod

Jaguar Land Rover Classic, a division of the British company dealing with their vintage models, ha come with something truly electric. No it’s actually, literally electric. The Jaguar E-Type Zero is a restomoded version of the old beauty powered by an electric powertrain. 

The zero in Jaguar E-Type Zero refers to the fact that it’s a zero-emission vehicle. That is thanks to a bespoke electric powertrain developing 220kW. It enables the Zero, based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster, to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions, and similar weight, to the XK six-cylinder engine used in the original E-type. Best of all, it is located in the same place as the engine, so there is no issue with weight balance. the electric motor is fitted to the rear of the battery pack.

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Jaguar E-Type Zero has a ‘real world’ range of 270km (about 170 miles), helped by the low weight and good aerodynamics. It uses a 40kWh battery, which can be recharged from home overnight and takes about seven hours. It is a little peculiar driving an E-Type without the raspy soundtrack of a not-so-reliable petrol engine, but the Zero enables you to enjoy the amazing looks of the E-Type without any of the mechanical issues that plague even the best preserved original.






The E-Type Zero is not officially available for sale, but the Classic division does accept inquiries about it, which means they are probably open to making a limited number of copies for a potentially eye-watering price. E-type Zero makes world debut during Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

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PostHeaderIcon Field Marshal Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III Goes on Display

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Celebrating the launch of the new Phantom, the eight generation of the car, Rolls-Royce has planned a huge exhibition called ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ at the end of July. Now they have announced that one of these greats will be a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III belonging to no other than British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery of WWII fame. 

Actually, during the war Field Marshal Montgomery has the use of three Rolls-Royce Phantom III, known as Monty’s Triple. The one starring in The Great Eight Phantoms exhibition in London will be the ‘Butler’ Phantom, the commander’s favorite, commissioned for Alan Samuel Butler, Chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, with bodywork by HJ Mulliner of Chiswick.

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Monty used this car visiting such eminent addresses as 10 Downing Street, the War Office on Whitehall, the British Prime Minister’s country residence Chequers, and military operations centres such as Northwood in Hertfordshire and the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe in Rocquencourt, near Versailles, France. Another one of these III’s ferried Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower and King George VI to D-Day planning sessions at his base in Southwick House, Hampshire.

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Recently refurbished by P&A Wood in Essex, the main highlights of Montgomery’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III include a front-sloping windscreen that made the car 15 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the standard configuration, a Swept Tail design at the back, and extensive leather and woodwork inside the cabin.

Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 2Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 2Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 2Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 2Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
Montgomery Rolls-Royce Phantom 2Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com
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PostHeaderIcon Speed Record Holder Lamborghini Countach Up for Auction

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S HR

Not that a run of the mill Lamborghini Countach isn’t special enough, but if you are spending big bucks to get one you might as well get one with an X factor. This 1983 Countach LP500S has just that. It is the proud holder of 12 British Outright Speed records and it can now be yours as it’s heading to Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale this month.

Estimated between £325,000 to £350,000, the record holder 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S chassis number ‘12550’ has been recently repaired and restored, which is a good thing, because all those speed record attempts might not have been very gentle on it. The fixes include remedying minor mechanical ailments, new door glass and windscreen, tyres and battery, and last year it even got a full respray.

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Speaking of the speed records, which is what makes this Lamborghini Countach that much more special than an ordinary one, they were set back in ’83 by racing driver Barry Robinson and his co-driver, Alex Postan, who took the car up to 180 mph at Millbrook test track. Included with the car is the history file included detailed invoices of works completed along with the MoT certificate, magazine articles, manuals and service records and information about the RAC Speed Records.

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“To be offering a speed record Lamborghini at our Race Retro Sale is an absolute privilege, and it has not one but 12 British speed records,” comments Guy Lee-Milne, general manager and classic car specialist, Silverstone Auction. “This Countach has the performance, racing driver provenance and of course the icon, dramatic looks.”

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PostHeaderIcon Range Rover Reborn Is Ready for Rétromobile Debut

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As you may know, Jaguar Land Rover launched a huge campaign a few years back to restore and basically reproduce some of their most iconic models. For Jaguar it was the E-Type Lightweight and the XKSS, and now Land Rover is ready to present their first modern-classic in form of this 1978 two-door they call the Range Rover Reborn.

As the name suggests, the Range Rover Reborn is restored in every last detail back to the original factory setting, only everything in it is new. It is as if Land Rover has used a recovery disk to turn the clock back, basically performing a “factory reset”. And the result is pretty amazing. What they have ended up with is a magnificent looking 70s car that drives like a new car, sort of. I mean, it’s still 70s technology, but it’s brand-new 70s technology, if you know what I mean.

As for the specs, the Range Rover Reborn comes in Bahama Gold and features the period correct 3528cc V8 Petrol Carburettor Zenith-Stromberg 175CD type engine with 132bhp and 186 lb ft (251 Nm), delivered via a 4-speed manual transmission and lockable central differential. And yes, you can order one of these if you want – they are making up to 10 units in the first run – but beware the price is kind of dear at £135,000 GBP, which is more than what a 2017 Autobiography costs!

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Tim Hannig – Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Range Rover Reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise. It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon. It is a wonderful way to preserve the much sought after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories.”

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PostHeaderIcon Range Rover Reborn Is Ready for Rétromobile Debut

Range Rover Reborn-0

As you may know, Jaguar Land Rover launched a huge campaign a few years back to restore and basically reproduce some of their most iconic models. For Jaguar it was the E-Type Lightweight and the XKSS, and now Land Rover is ready to present their first modern-classic in form of this 1978 two-door they call the Range Rover Reborn.

As the name suggests, the Range Rover Reborn is restored in every last detail back to the original factory setting, only everything in it is new. It is as if Land Rover has used a recovery disk to turn the clock back, basically performing a “factory reset”. And the result is pretty amazing. What they have ended up with is a magnificent looking 70s car that drives like a new car, sort of. I mean, it’s still 70s technology, but it’s brand-new 70s technology, if you know what I mean.

As for the specs, the Range Rover Reborn comes in Bahama Gold and features the period correct 3528cc V8 Petrol Carburettor Zenith-Stromberg 175CD type engine with 132bhp and 186 lb ft (251 Nm), delivered via a 4-speed manual transmission and lockable central differential. And yes, you can order one of these if you want – they are making up to 10 units in the first run – but beware the price is kind of dear at £135,000 GBP, which is more than what a 2017 Autobiography costs!

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Tim Hannig – Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “Range Rover Reborn is another showcase of our dedicated in-house engineering expertise. It underscores our commitment to nurturing the rich heritage of Land Rover, and is a rare opportunity for customers to own a valuable and genuinely collectible automotive icon. It is a wonderful way to preserve the much sought after three-door original Range Rover from the 1970s, from period-correct colour ways to interior trim and accessories.”

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