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1972 Chevrolet C10 pick-up

Having had a hard life, this smart Chevy truck has had everything restored and replaced – but it’s not just for show. This rig will be working for a living, as Steve Havelock found out.

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1950 Ford Custom Club Coupe

As head of the Sonderwunsch department, Rolf Sprenger was the man who made Porsche’s 911 even more special, for those who could afford it…

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1964 Pontiac Parisienne

Todd and Patty Bourgon’s 1964 Parisienne is a window into Sixties Canadian motoring, when life was lived at a more relaxed pace…

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John Barnard's 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Half a century after he last saw it, we reunite legendary Formula 1 designer John Barnard with the Aston he bought as a teenager.

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1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Cabriolet 'Studionove' Boneschi

What is it that makes an Alfa Romeo so instantly recognisable? It is, of course, the unmistakable ‘trilobo’ triangular front grille, which has adorned pretty much every car that ever came out of Milan (or Turin, for that matter). But not absolutely every one…

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Aston Martin DB5 Vantage came in three forms: we try Saloon, Convertible and ’Brake

How would you like your DB5 Vantage: Saloon, Convertible or Shooting Brake? Or, if you’ve got a cool £4m sitting around, you could buy all three. We drive them — and fantasise about that Lottery win.

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1972 Holden HQ SS

A Belmont in flash trackies. Once the poorer brother to Monaro GTS Coupe; now rich pickings

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1967 Porsche 910 Coupé

Porsche’s motorsport department was on a roll in 1967, consolidating its catalogue of sports-racing prototypes with the gorgeous 910. We sample chassis 006, an ex-works car campaigned at the Targa Florio and Le Mans.

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1931 Bentley 4½ Litre ‘Blower’

Reader Clive Button tries out his dream ‘Blower’ Bentley for real. He owned the Matchbox model as a child; now reader Clive Button gets to realise his Bentley Blower dream in 1:1 scale ‘I defy anyone not to be amazed by the acceleration’.

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1984 Citroën BX16 TRS

Once ubiquitous, now near-extinct, the BX is a hugely significant car that deserves to be remembered – and saved

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1959 Borgward Isabella Coupe

There are not many motoring stories that start on a boat but this one does. In fact, this automotive tale began in 2012 on a yacht. Les was sailing with his friend off the coast of Queensland enjoying the salt air and wind swept spray on his skin when he noticed a sheet of newspaper in the water. Reaching out he retrieved the rubbish and in doing so the classifieds section caught his eye. 

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1959 Porsche 356A

The workshop is crammed and dark, I carefully pick my way through the clutter, car parts

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1975 Porsche 914/4 1.8 injection US-Spec

Notwithstanding the fact it’s an excellent car in its own right, the 914 remains an affordable entry point to air-cooled Porsche ownership, but be mindful of wearing rose-tinted spectacles if you’re planning to find out what’s available across The Pond…

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1976 Porsche 912 E

Mike Brewer’s restored 912 E wheeler dealers star’s passion for Porsche rare retro ride — the car’s the star. Mike Brewer is known to millions as the star of TV’s Wheeler Dealers, but away from filming, he likes nothing more than hitting the road in his restored 1976 Porsche 912 E. What’s more, he thinks you should be considering an example of the four-cylinder 911 lookalike when buying your first Porsche

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