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1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000S

German cars dominate Rob Castilla’s classic car CV. Time, then, to put him in a timewarp Lamborghini Countach 5000S to find out exactly where his automotive loyalties lie.

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Rare convertible 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 Fly Mk1

Readers’ restoration: Lifelong Fiesta fan, Rob Colton always had the desire to one day own a rare convertible Ford Fiesta XR2 Fly Mk1. Tracking one down would be no easy task — and then the hard work really began.

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1983 WSCC 40 years on, drivers and engineers remember the dominant Porsche 956

In 1983, Porsche 956s performed the unprecedented feat of winning every single round of the World Sports Car Championship. Forty years on, drivers and engineers recall the dawn of a Group C titan.

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Jaguar XJR-5 wins first race, Road Atlanta, April 10 1983

Road Atlanta might be thousands of miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, but what happened at the American circuit four decades ago would have a direct impact on Jaguar’s future success at Le Mans. Ever since Bob Tullius’ Group 44 team had announced its IMSA GTP programme with the V12-engined XJR-5 in the early Eighties, there had been speculation that it would be a spring board for the British company to head back to the famed 24-hour race. Jaguar, though, initially played down its chances.

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1.8T 20v AGU-engined 330bhp 1983 Volkswagen Golf Driver Mk1

By day Jake Nelson works on military vehicles. It makes sense that his Berg-kitted 330bhp 1.8T powered Mk1 looks as hard as nails. You’d be brave to wage war against this one…

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Aero hero - Ford’s 1983-1988 Thunderbird ushered in a new era for American cars

Pundits will argue that the 1986 Ford Taurus was the car that really redefined American car design during the Eighties; but I would argue that its Thunderbird stablemate

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1983 Jaguar XJ-S 3.6 Litre Coupé Police

Hoping to persuade police forces across the UK that the XJ-S could be a high-speed response vehicle, a single demonstrator was developed. It’s fresh out of restoration and we’ve driven it.

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281bhp 1.8 20v turbo BAM engined 1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

When Youtube star, Dan Chambers, realised his recently purchased Mk1 Golf GTI Campaign wasn’t going to be the quick fix he had hoped for, he embarked on a full nut and bolt restoration with a 20v turbo twist!

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1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 with Optional VDO gauges

Here at PVW Towers, we are frequently asked what it takes to make a feature car. There are no hard and fast rules to this. This Gorgeous Mk1 GTI with a select few period mods is proof that sometimes less is more…

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1983 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 vs. 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Automatic

Back in 1983, when the Carrera 3.2 was launched, the 911’s future still hung in the balance — only a few years beforehand, Porsche heralded the 928 as the car projected to take the brand into the next century. History, however, tells a different story...

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TRUE COLOURS

How time flies. If there’s one thing to make an automotive enthusiast feel old, it’s a significant anniversary of a car or event, the launch of which sticks firmly in the mind as a recent occurrence. The twentyfifth birthday of the Boxster in 2021 is a prime example of what I’m getting at, as is this year’s two-decade anniversary for the Le Mans Classic. 2022 also marks another significant milestone for Porsche fans — forty-five years of 928.

Now, this is Classic Porsche magazine, and as such, we usually only point our cameras at air-cooled cars carrying the Stuttgart crest (if kettles are your thing, subscribe to our sister title, 911 & Porsche World, the world’s bestselling monthly Porsche magazine). That said, with renewed interest in the Zuffenhausen ‘land shark’ as a consequence of its forty-fifth trip around the sun — done in the lap of luxury, what with it being a super-opulent V8 grand tourer — we reasoned comparable cost between the last-of-line 928 GTS and the earlier Carrera 3.2 may well present something of a conundrum to prospective purchasers wanting to experience Porsche ownership with a set budget in mind. Air or water? Classic 911 or something entirely different from the Porsche stable?

In this issue, we’ve brought together samecoloured examples of both models in the interests of ‘compare and contrast’. Talking of colour, the vibrant shades Porsche applied to its products in decades past — as opposed to the popularity of grey, black, silver and white in more recent times — is one of the hallmarks of the classic Porsche scene, but eye-popping paintwork isn’t exclusive to our favourite manufacturer’s historic road cars. Indeed, the Porsche motorsport department turned out some extraordinary-looking racing machines in years gone by, with some of the liveries worn going on to become more famous than the drivers parading them around the world’s bestloved circuits. Across the following pages, we’ve examined ten brilliant examples of Porsche battle dress. Let us know which is your favourite. On your marks. Get set. Go!
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1983 BMW 316 E21

The E21 sat in the shadow of the E30 for quite some time, now this classic BMW is getting the attention it deserves – like this lovingly restored 316.

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An RS-influenced 1983 Porsche 911 SC restomod

This once derelict 1983 911 SC is now sporting an RS-inspired exterior and is developing close to 275bhp from its freshly tuned three-litre flat-six…

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3.4-litre flat-six RSR-aping 1983 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2

Eagerly awaiting a 3.4-litre flat-six and finished in a hulk-like hue, this RSR-aping Carrera 3.2 is a fiendishly fascinating classic Porsche with giant road presence…

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1983 Daimler Sovereign Series 3 4.2 Manual

Any Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 with a manual gearbox is unusual, but more so when it’s a luxurious Daimler Sovereign. We track down a rare example and explain its significance

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