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Have you ever suddenly come across a car and said to yourself ‘Golly,
that would be really good, I’d never thought of one of those
before!’ You then spend the next few hours at a PC checking
out the prices and availability on the ‘net, mentally noting
which colours to go for and what spec to find. Phone calls to friends
- ‘What? You must be mad, they cost a fortune to run and how
would you park it in London? Does it come with its own mechanic!
Ha, ha!’ You know the sort of thing. After a couple of days
sober reality sets in and perhaps it was a bit extravagant and well,
they did not really sell a lot at the time, did they? I had that
almost out of body experience this week with a 1997 Mercedes-Benz
CL500, the coupé version of the last ‘monster’
S-Class. Dark metallic black/blue, 64,000 miles on the clock, fully
loaded - and all for around £19,000 from a dealer in the UK.
And that’s a more expensive one, looking in Germany for left
hand drive versions throws them up at £12,000ish.
They are from the era when M-B made superbly hand-crafted automobiles
for a discerning clientele wanting safety and autobahn-crushing
performance that only the Stuttgart manufacturer can deliver. Big
steering wheel, big seats, all the options – marvellous. I think
a re-build of the memory seats would probably bankrupt me - not
to mention filling the tank on a regular basis for long-range Classic
Driver duties. But a UK list price for the current model of £70,000+
shows you are getting a very top of the range Mercedes for almost
MINI Cooper S money.
The same principle is true of older classics as well of course.
That’s why we introduced a new home page this year featuring
the ’50 most recently added cars’. We know a lot of
you use this feature to check on new additions to the database,
why not use it as a source of inspiration for that next purchase
Ford Galaxy for the school run? No, I think a £12,000 LHD
1992 Mercedes 500E will do nicely thank you – there’s
one on Classic Driver right now.
WEEK IN CLASSIC DRIVER
Ferrari 575 GTC wins on debut at Estoril
5th October - The new Ferrari 575 GTC has not wasted any time, winning
first time out in the FIA GT series. The car is based on the road-going
575M Maranello, developed by the Ferrari Corse Clienti department
in collaboration with N-Technology and has won the penultimate round
on the 2003 calendar at Estoril in Portugal...
Estoril - Championship still within sight
three hours of on-track action under the warm Portuguese sunshine,
TMC’s Jamie Davies and Darren Turner in their ‘Scarlet
and Cambridge Blue’ Ferrari 360 N/GT race car (number 88)
came home in second position. After qualifying well yesterday in
second (car 88) and fourth (car 89) places in class, the pressure
was building on the team to achieve a finish...
the complete article
Classic Motor Show Competition - The Winners
weeks ago Classic Driver and the organisers of the 2003 International
Classic Motor Show at the NEC offered readers a chance to win a
pair of tickets to next month's show. The result was an overwhelming
response and we are pleased to announce that the answer was of course...
read the complete article
potent ever Audi A3 goes on UK sale
latest and most potent ever Audi A3 is set to go on sale in Britain
from November 1st, raising the bar yet again in terms of performance
and advanced on-board equipment. The first ever V6 premium sports
hatch from Audi, with 250PS on tap will be reaching its first UK customers
within weeks, some equipped with the revolutionary and pioneering
DSG double clutch transmission...
Tomahawk - reproductions will be sold
Dodge Tomahawk concept bike made a lot of noise at the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2003. A second Tomahawk
is about to be heard from...
the complete article
full history, 1 owners, Rolls Royce service history
colour Larch Green over Ivory
interior colour Magnolia
mileage 43.951 km / 27.310 m
country United Kingdom
price 21.950 GBP
Avro Motor Cars
Phone: +44 (0) 1932 352220
than 2,000 miles from new. Fitted with 18" alloys, Command,
Sat Nav, ESP and all usual refinements. Perfect - as new.
interior colour Alpaca hide
type Cabrio / Roadster
mileage 3.219 km / 2.000 m
country United Kingdom
price 67.950 GBP
Phone +44 (0) 1753 644599
Auction, Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher, UK
see further event details
21st October 2003
London to Brighton Run, UK
2nd November 2003
Tour d’Espana Auto, Spain
5 – 9th November 2003
International Classic Motor Show, NEC, UK
8 – 9th November 2003
Bonhams Auction, London Olympia, UK
1st December 2003
Christies Auction, The Jack Barclay Showroom, UK
2nd December 2003
Bonhams Europe Auction, Gstaad, Switzerland
19th December 2003
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