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IF YOU wander across to our classified website you may notice we've suddenly had a massive injection of classic cars – somewhere in the region of 9000!

The reason is, someone got the bright idea that our parent company has a group of classic car mags in the UK, along with a massive database of good gear for sale.

Now we've got it. You'll find a big range of toys, from dirt-cheap Bentleys through to Mini variants we never saw here and all sorts of other desirable gear. Have a squiz and try the 'Classic Cars UK' button on the home page.


SHED-FIND CHARGER READER RESTO

YOU HEAR about cars being ‘on blocks’, but this one really was – on logs, in fact, says Karl Miguel, owner of a remarkably original 1978 Chrysler Valiant Charger.

A three-owner car with full history, the Charger was found in Gundagai, NSW and had been in a shed for more than 18 years.

The first owner had a couple of Chinese take-away restaurants and retired, leaving the car in Gundagai for return visits; after he died, his house and contents were auctioned.

The car was sold to a local man who drove it for a few years before parking it. And there it remained for 18 years.

"It took me seven years to buy due to my moving around for work and losing contact with the owner," explains Karl. "It managed to remain hidden in the shed over the muscle car boom for five years until I happened to drive past its hiding place and I saw it again – and this time I didn’t let it escape," said Karl.

It took a bit to get the keys, but it was all worth it...

Full story online in Features > Reader Restorations.

JB DRIVES LAMBO ESPADA

FERRUCCIO LAMBORGHINI made road cars that went head-to-head with Ferrari in the marketplace but he did it without any motor racing heritage. Ferrari has always been involved in racing (its road car division was originally set up to fund its racing program) and its image and marketing is based around its racing heritage.

Lamborghini didn't have that - he was a tractor manufacturer! As the story goes, he'd had such a bad run with a Ferrari he owned that he vowed to build a better car. It was a raised-middle-finger gesture to Enzo Ferrari!

The result was the V12-powered 350 GT launched in 1964, but it was the Miura in 1966 that really put Lamborghini on the map. Two years later came the Espada, so with three distinct models in around five years, it's easy to see Lamborghini was serious about success...

Full story online in John Bowe Features > Reviews.

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