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1995 Chevrolet G20 Starcraft

Fads in the car world have left a legacy of weird and wonderful creations, but one of the most comfortable niche vehicles has to be the luxury panel van…

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 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.

The tourist BTCC-bodied 300bhp 1995 Ford Mondeo Mk1

A genuine ex-BTCC race car that was then campaigned in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia with a Cosworth YB and — now in New Zealand — still racing today? There’s a lot to unpack here…

A budget-beating OEM+ 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 993

More for less. Is it possible to radically change the appearance and performance of an aircooled 911 without shelling out vast sums of money on engine upgrades and extravagant bodywork enhancements? Thanks to carefully considered, budget-friendly cosmetic updates and a refresh of factory parts, this gorgeous Guards Red 993 Carrera proves the answer is in the affirmative....

Editor's comment

Since sitting down to write the introduction to last month’s issue of 911 & Porsche World, a scarcely believable string of own goals by the British government has seen billions wiped off the UK economy and the pound sink to its lowest level against the dollar since Blighty went decimal in 1971. At the time of stringing these words together, it’s unclear what the full impact of this market turbulence and subsequent interventions by the Bank of England will be, but I’ll wager these events are sure to have many of you keeping a keener eye on your pennies than ever before.

In response to what’s been happening, and away from scheduled servicing, perhaps you’ll be holding back on spending money on your Porsche over the winter months, a time many enthusiasts take to retire their cars from the road and carry out a series of upgrades and modifications in readiness for a return to action in spring? If you’re nodding your head right now, I urge you to read our cover story, showcasing the stunning 993 Carrera seen on this page. Through a series of carefully considered, budget-conscious updates, including a smattering of parts sourced through forums and eBay, not to mention a willingness to get his hands dirty, the radiant red air-cooled classic’s owner, Andy Brookes, has utterly transformed the look and handling of the car without breaking the bank. Even those 959-inspired Rotiform wheels were purchased second-hand. Awesome, aren’t they?!

We’re used to being bombarded with gazillion-pound Porsche restomods from all angles, but Andy’s 993 proves you don’t need to spend big to achieve serious ‘wow factor’ — less can indeed be more. With this in mind, I’m heading to the garage. Maybe I’ll hop online and visit eBay first, though.
1995 Aston-Martin DB7 3.2 Automatic vs. 1998 Jaguar XKR 4.0 X100

As supercharged grand tourers, not only are the Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XKR similar in concept but, due to their joint Ford parentage, they share much below the surface. The pair even arrived around the same time, too. We get an early example of each side-by-side to look at these similarities as well as their many differences.

1995 Ford GT90

It was to be America’s first supercar. Ford had been designing vehicles based on its ‘Aero’ language since the 1980s: when the original Taurus saved the company from the increasingly confident – and better built – competition. By the mid-1990s, Aero was standard operating procedure at the Ford design department – if it “ain’t broke” …

1995 Mitsubishi Diamante - first car with adaptive cruise control

Eagle-eyed readers may remember the innocuous-looking Diamante from our May 2020 Innovators piece on the first production car to feature cruise control: the 1958 Chrysler Imperial. While it may have been relegated to footnote status in that particular article, the Diamante is an innovator thanks to its special place in automotive history as the first production car to offer a form of adaptive cruise control.

1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Coupe vs. Cabrio

Initially controversial, the XJS became Jaguar’s longest running model. In its 21st and final year of production, the company launched the ‘XJS Celebration’ – now deemed by many to be the most desirable of the range – We examine its history and find out what makes them so special…

670bhp 1995 Subaru WRX STI GC8

Mitchell Lowe sends a GC8 Subaru WRX into a new dimension, far further than the factory intended back in the ’90s. If you saw this future classic cruising the streets, how much power do you think it would be packing?

1995 Porsche 911GT 993

The 430bhp bi-turbo 1995 911GT was Porsche’s last air-cooled hurrah. Does this fearsome machine deserve its Widowmaker reputation?

Guilty Pleasure 1995 Chrysler Neon Mk1

Disposable cars are, by their nature, disposable. Vehicles bought on a budget face a rapid decline into the abyss, often just one big bill away from a meeting with a burly chap with a car baler and a German Shepherd named crusher. It’s why the first-generation Chrysler Neon is a rare sight, even in its homeland, where it was sold as the Plymouth or Dodge Neon

Modified 1995 Rover Mini Cooper

Sam Elliott ’s Mini was bought for him by his parents as a project to gain experience in classic car restoration and to learn to drive in. Six years later, the glamour of the show scene is this Mini’s destiny.

1995 Castagna Alfa-Romeo Vittoria - SZ-based prototype

Think the Alfa Romeo SZ ‘MOSTRO’ was ugly? Castagna’s similarly conceived Vittoria took things to a whole new level

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