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Octane issue 174 – on sale now!

Octane issue 174 – on sale now! Classic and Performance Car

We’ve driven the new Aston Martin DB4 GT at Goodwood, and taken a look around the production line in Newport Pagnell. 

When Aston Martin announced that is was planning to build 25 brand new DB4 GT track cars, we couldn’t help but get a little excited. The December issue of Octane kicks off with a world exclusive track drive of the new car, tested by Stephen Archer at Goodwood. We then had a tour of the Newport Pagnell production line, to see just how Works have pulled it off. 
Aston Martin DB4 GT
Pinin Farina once had a go at bodying a Jaguar XK120, and Classic Motor Cars Ltd has recently completed a restoration of this unique example. Robert Coucher explores its history, and the drives the finished car. 
XK120 Pinin Farina
Elsewhere in the issue, Massimo Delbo celebrates the Fiat 500’s 60th anniversary with an Italian road-trip to join a 3000-strong congregation. Stephen Bayley also spends some time with Ferrari designer, Flavio Manzoni, for The Octane Interview. Mark Dixon drives the McLaren P1, still McLaren’s flagship, and ponders its future as a classic car. 
Mazda Cosmo
John Simister takes a look at Mazda’s first rotary-engined production car – the Cosmo – in detail. This is followed by a drive in a selection of Wankel-engined Mazdas, including the RX-3, original and third-generation RX-7 as well as the RX-8.

Sierra Cosworth
Jesse Crosse, former editor of Performance Car, is re-united with the original Ford Sierra RS Cosworth that he originally ran as a long-term test car during the 1980s. How does it feel after all these years?
Glen Waddington attempts to hand-crank a 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40hp, while learning about the role that the French coastal town of Nice had to play in the formative years of Mercedes-Benz...
James Elliott also charts the interesting history of a particularly special Lotus 18. Piloted by Stirling Moss, it scored two of the greatest and most unlikely victories in British motor sport history.

Aston Martin DB4 Classifieds

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