The October to December 2020 issue of Retro Classics goes on sale on the 1st of October, but you can PRE-ORDER it right now and receive it to your door with FREE POSTAGE! As always, we’ve a fantastic selection of fast classics for you to peruse, with the cover slot this time around going to a 1978 Toyota Celica RA28 GT that’s been impeccably restored to show-ready condition, with a few subtle mods thrown in for good measure. A show-winning VW Golf Mk1 also features, a very special car for its owner as it was built for his wedding day, while we also check out a freshly-restored BMW E30 325i Sport, a cherished Subaru Legacy RS Turbo, a mint and original Toyota Supra A70, an unusual Peugeot 205 CTi with a unique history, and a simply monstrous Rover SD1 Vitesse V8 rally car. Our regular buyer’s guide focuses this time on the underrated MGF, we show you how to get your classic ready for winter storage in our new regular detailing slot, and there’s plenty more besides, so don’t miss out – click here to pre-order your copy online, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!
Some classics take a while to mature before they are considered truly desirable, but Toyota really created an instant classic with their seventies sports-coupe offering, the Celica. Powered by lively engines and styled after the best of American muscle-car design cues, but with high levels of practicality and equipment as standard, any rust-free survivors are highly sought-after today, and Gerard McKenna’s been lucky enough to find his dream example.
Designed to replace the world-conquering Beetle, Volkswagen’s Golf turned out to be the mother of all follow-ups, becoming a paragon of practical but stylish motoring for over 45 years. Scott Hanna’s Mk1 labour of love is just one example of how it’s inspired enthusiasts all over the globe.
Rover’s mighty V8 Vitesse might have been a familiar sight on the racing circuits of the globe, but the big saloon also took to the rally stages for a short stint in the mid-eighties with Tony Pond at the helm. Richard Hogg’s recently-refinished beauty evokes great memories of those glory days.
A Lasting Legacy
It’s important to remember that, in the years before the domination of the Impreza WRX, Subaru’s performance flagship was the Legacy Turbo. A rallying legend, not least in this country thanks to the likes of Bertie Fisher and Kenny McKinstry, the Legacy survives in far smaller numbers than the Impreza that replaced it on the stages. This one’s a real keeper.
The Power of Three
Since the mid-seventies the BMW 3-Series has been held by enthusiasts as one of the purest of all sporty saloons, a tradition that’s just as strong today. Of all of the different generations, the E30 is the most iconic, and the 325i Sport is the most desirable short of an M3. This one’s just been rebuilt to showroom fresh.
This soft-top version of arguably the best eighties hot hatch has an intriguing early backstory that involves EU diplomats, failed Franco- Japanese trade negotiations and a stint in Belgium, before being brought over and sadly abandoned in Ireland. Thanks to a new owner, it’s once again living the good life.
Since its inception in the late seventies the Toyota Supra has gone from brawny cruiser to muscle-bound powerhouse to lightweight sports car (albeit BMW-based in this newest guise), but fans hold the mid-eighties Mk3 models aloft as the one that started the craze for huge power outputs. Tony Ryan’s 1988 3.0i is one of the most original we’ve ever seen.
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