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HMC Healey MKIV Driven

Park this HMC Healey MKIV in the centre of town and it will have most passers by fooled. Save for the GRP body, flared front arches and subtly different lines there is no disguising the distinctive MKIII looks on which the HMC Healey MKIV is modelled. The question though is how does it drive, and the answer much better […]

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Daimler SP250 Dart Driven

It is estimated there are no more than 700 left in the UK and so quite remarkable that we got to drive Lorimer Burn’s superbly restored Daimler SP250 Dart. In the late 1950’s Daimler was in financial trouble and desperate to emulate Triumph’s and Jaguar’s success in capitalising on the American market. What evolved was […]

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MGB GT (Chrome Bumper) Driven

Buying or hiring a classic car for the first time can be a truly daunting prospect. Perhaps not too surprising given the choice available and if buying the added risks associated with costly repairs. Here at Classic Cars Driven, in weighing it all up, we think if you are at all unclear on where to […]

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Triumph TR4A Driven

Triumph’s TR range evolved very gradually from the TR2 of the early 1950’s through to the TR6 of the mid 70’s. The cars also stayed in line with more general trends of the time, including ever straightening body profiles and increasingly refined engines and suspension design. At the beginning there were less than 2.0 litres driving […]

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Morris Mini Cooper S Driven

Arguably there are roads that suit every classic car in the whole world, ones that really allow their drivers to appreciate every last handling characteristic. In our’s and this particular modified Morris Mini Cooper S’s case the road is the A686 in the North Pennines (UK). A piece of twisting black top enjoyed by 2, 3 and 4 wheels that bucks and weaves its way up to the infamous […]

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Jaguar MK2 3.8 Manual Driven

The Jaguar MK2 3.8 dominated our television screens in the 1970’s as the getaway car of choice. It is easy to understand why, powerful with reasonable handling and enough space inside for four burly adults wearing masks and carrying guns of the sawn-off variety. Although you have to suspect Sir William Lyons had a different […]

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E-Type 4.2 Convertible Driven

The Series 1 E-Type opened the chapter on one of the most famous car stories of all time. Step forwards to Series 2 and things were already on the move with changes to the rear lights, bumper, front lights and grill. Changes that didn’t please everyone, particularly the longer chassis on the later series 3 roll out […]

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MG TD Driven (LOL)

There is no disputing the MG TD’s classic car status, but does it qualify for entry into an even rarer club? Sit a group of people down in a pub who are even remotely interested in cars and with the right fuel on board they could quite happily debate all night long what makes a […]

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TVR Tuscan Driven

If magpies really are in the habit of collecting precious metal and sparkling gems, then if they were big enough surely they would collect TVR Tuscans. Attracted initially by the pearlescent paint that changes like a chameleon in differing lights and then by the array of trinkets throughout the interior, sparkling inside the TVR Tuscan like costume jewellery. A […]

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Jensen Interceptor Driven

Some cars look big on the outside, but are small inside, Jaguar XKR springs to mind. Whereas others are the polar opposite being more like Dr Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S, such as the Original Mini or Morris Minor. The Jensen Interceptor on the other hand is just plain big, inside and out. This car is enormous, when […]

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Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe Driven

If ever there was one car that defined the very essence of what a classic car is all about it has to be the Jaguar E-Type, available as three series with 6 cylinder and V12 engines. The good news is that regardless of desirability of individual models, when sat behind the wheel there isn’t a […]

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Aston Martin DB6 Driven

Sit inside this surprisingly low slung GT with your legs stretched out horizontally in front and you could be forgiven for thinking an Aston Martin DB6 is much more sports car than tourer. Although unlike sports cars of the same era the doors are of normal proportions meaning entry and exit is no struggle at […]

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