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Break for the Border Road Trip

Break for the Border Road Trip

We sample Great Escape’s Break for the Border Road Trip to see if driving a varied range of classic cars makes the perfect antidote to dealing with the winter blues. Let’s face it, the UK winter of 2016-17 wasn’t the best and seemed to drag on forever with an endless combination of grey skies and […]

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Aston Martin DB7 Volante GTS II

Aston Martin DB7 Volante GTS Driven

We take Vintage Classics Aston Martin DB7 Volante GTS II on a two hundred mile round trip back to where all 7,000 DB7’s were produced at Wykham Mill, Bloxham in Oxfordshire (UK) and discover what a class act their latest acquisition is. Prior to models such as the Aston Martin DB7 Volante even being conceived, the early 1990s […]

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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Driven

Never has any car spanned the spectrum of the car buying public as much as the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. From business mogul or even royalty when new through to the owner of the local car ‘recycling’ facility second hand. The question is, what does a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow mean to the world today […]

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AK427

AK427 AC Cobra Replica Driven

Kit cars haven’t always enjoyed the best rep, particularly with the number of VW Beetle based models that appeared on the scene back in the 70s, but times have moved on, quality improved and so with a V8 engine up front and a decent chassis underneath is there now a case for cars like the AK427 […]

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Fiat 500F

Fiat 500 Driven

After World War II it was time to get Europe moving once again and Italy came up with a brilliantly simple design that was affordable for the masses in the form of their cute and cuddly Fiat 500. With nearly four million units sold over an impressive eighteen year reign (1957 – 1975) the world […]

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Ford Capri 280 Brooklands

Ford Capri 280 Brooklands Driven

By 1986 the Capri had already outlived its expected lifetime by three years thanks to the Cologne powered 2.8i and so when Ford discovered a spare 1038 shells they decided to produce one final model, the Ford Capri 280 Brooklands. Originally there were going to be 500 Turbo-Technics modified cars called the Capri 500 but […]

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Alfa Romeo Spider Driven

The Alfa Romeo Spider stood the test of time for nearly thirty years, before finally bowing out just as the Mazda MX5 was establishing itself as the long lost love child of the Lotus Elan. The fact the Alfa Romeo Spider was in production for that length of time with only cosmetic changes on each new release […]

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Saab 900 T16S Driven

In the 1970s Saab showed the world that you could have a car that was both practical and as quick as a Porsche 911 making savvy Dad’s everywhere look cool. During the 80s that trend continued with this 175bhp Saab 900 T16S, a car that demonstrated to anyone who drove one exactly how good a […]

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XJS Convertible V12 Driven

The the XJS Coupe and XJS Convertible filled a 21 year gap from 1975 to 1996 between the outgoing Series 3 E-Type V12 and incoming V8 powered XK8 and XKR models. Often maligned over the years the tide now appears to be turning with a growing appreciation of designer and aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer’s other Jaguar […]

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Big Healey 3000 MK111 Driven

Donald Healey was a racer winning the Monte Carlo Rally before the war and every car he produced there after followed the ethos of race it on Sunday to sell on Monday with arguably the most famous of them all being this the Big Healey 3000. As well as a decent competitor Donald Healey was […]

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BMW Z3 2.8 Driven

After one of the biggest marketing coups of all time even by the high standards set from the masters of the art themselves, BMW sold the first year’s 15,000 unit production before launch after the car starred in the 1995 James Bond film Goldeneye, the reputation of the BMW Z3 appeared to go only one […]

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Jaguar XK8 Convertible

Jaguar XK8 Convertible Driven

As prices for the still relatively new Jaguar XK8 Convertible begin to drop below those of the best original chrome bumper MGBs is it time to invest in one of Jaguar guru Ian Callum’s first forays into big cat design? We explore Malham Cove high up in the Yorkshire Dales driving Classic Car North’s mint […]

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