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1989 Porsche 911 Turbo S 930

Total 911 drives a special 930 given the ’S’ treatment by Porsche Exclusive. Is this the ultimate impact-bumper Turbo?

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1973 Triumph GT6

Vaughan discovers that there’s much more to this cute British sports car than meets the eye.

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2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster

Similar in concept to the earlier AR1, the 2017 Speedster was another Zagato-designed convertible, only this time based on the then current Vanquish S. Just 28 were produced, making it one of the rarest Aston Martins of the modern age and we’ve driven one.

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2024 Aston Martin DB12

We take on the epic Route Napoleon in the new DB12. Is this decadent super-GT a solid foundation for Aston Martin’s future?

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1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack Coupe

Arriving in 1986, the X-Pack was the final and most powerful evolution of the V8 Vantage model, firmly cementing Aston Martin as a member of the exclusive supercar club. We look at the model’s history before driving a recently restored example.

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1975 Porsche 911 Turbo 930 with rock and roll history

We get behind the wheel of Baddie, one of the most original 930s around. It also happens to be a classic 911 Turbo with a serious hard-rocking past…

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2024 Porsche 911 Sport Classic 992

A may be a mishmash of parts, but this doesn’t stop the new 992 Sport Classic from being a highly desirable celebration of all things 911...

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Imported from Japan 1989 BMW M3 E30

In the quest to create his dream E30, Ariel Jaskiewicz took influence from the East and inspiration from the past.

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1963 Jaguar E-type ‘Semi-Lightweight’

This Semi-Lightweight E-type has shrugged off 60 years of racing scraps and scrapes while retaining unbroken provenance – today we follow Protheroe, Vestey, Mansell and Unser into the driver’s seat.

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1971 Aston Martin DBS V8

Reliant Scimitar enthusiast Jim Pace has always fancied spending a day in an Aston Martin DBS V8 playing Roger Moore from The Persuaders! Today we make it happen.

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1995 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo Harlekin 993 (Harlequin)

Two things we like here at Spotted: rarity, and a splash of colour – and this month’s car has plenty of both. We found a glorious 2.8 RSR, number 12 of just 55 built in Sea blue (which is on the cusp of purple) over at Mechatronik.de. Job done, we thought, but then we scrolled down. Now, there aren’t many cars that can out-rare and out-colour a purple (with red decals) 2.8 RSR, but the 993 GT2 Evo Harlekin (Harlequin) is such a car. And then some.

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2024 Rolls-Royce Spectre - the 300-mile test

Who needs a huge V12 when electric power can bring out the qualities that make a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce?

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2014 Jaguar XK Dynamic R X150

A decade since the end of XK production was announced, we revisit the model’s swansong, the XK Dynamic R.

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Across Chile by 2024 Porsche Panamera 971 - testing e-fuel to the end of the world

Porsche believes that e-fuel will keep the internal combustion engine alive in an electrified future. Steve Sutcliffe travels to Chile to find out how.

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1967 Toyota 2000GT

Rare, stylish and exquisitely engineered, the Toyota 2000GT revolutionised Japan’s motor industry — and charmed Robert Cor her.

Editor's comment
This is, in effect, the second draft of this column. You see, I had in my mind a treatise on how the Toyota 2000GT had been tuppence ha’penny when I got into this game (rather longer ago than I would care to admit) yet now ranks alongside the aristocracy of European classic cars in desirability. Then I actually checked the then and now price guides and a very different picture emerged. Maybe that’s why I/we so seldom fixate on values: to my mind they are a useful barometer to the shifting sands of desirability, but how many noughts they boast is simply not important to me. Also, I appear to be rubbish at it!

Anyway, I have no idea where I got the idea that the Japanese GT was about £15,000 in 1996 because, according to the contemporary price guide, an excellent example was then £50k, which I know from personal experience was more-or-less enough to buy a three-bed excouncil flat in Fulham at that time (though it wouldn’t be for long). In comparison, the blue- blooded old-money greats were far from the presumed ten times the price, with an LP400 just £7kmore, a 507 for £75,000 and a Gullwing double, at a fraction over £100k.

According to the Classic Car Price Guide (buy from magsdirect.co.uk), a decent 2000GT today is £470,000 (though it might take almost double that to buy one like ours’), roughly half the price of a Miura or Gullwing. The only seismic change has been the 507, which is now valued at four times the price of the 2000GT.


There are lots of reasons for this, of course, primarily power and performance, plus I suspect a tendency for people to think of the difficult-to-pigeonhole 2000GT more as a fancy Datsun 240Z rival than even an E-type competitor. It is probably only the Toyota’s rarity, with just 337 built, that elevated it above its mass-produced countryman and the Brit. In fact, you must wonder whether we would have even have heard of it if it weren’t for that brilliant bit of product placement (of a convertible that couldn’t be bought) in You Only Live Twice. Oddly, for me, all of that just adds to its insuperable allure. Plus, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous. And I fit in it.

My car-owning history shows I am a sucker for a hybrid, whether it be a plastic sports car that turns Ford basics into a worldbeating combination, or a boisterous GT combining Italian looks, American power and British, er, weight. As an Interceptor owner, I found driving the Iso Rivolta especially interesting, but for me the project itself was more fascinating. Underneath it is like a brand new car; on the top it looks as if it has just been dragged out of a California canyon. That juxtaposition can challenge your senses, but ultimately it is a visionary triumph.
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