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Owned for around twelve years and completely restored during this time, Terry’s charming Model T was built at Ford’s Trafford Park factory in Manchester. But not only does it look superb it also boasts a fascinating history. Originally registered in Scotland, it was previously owned by the MacKinnon family who made the famous drink, Drambuie. Believed to have been used to drive between Edinburgh and London during their ownership, it is also thought to have transported the secret ingredients used to make the whisky-based liqueur. Today, the livery paying tribute to that historic past certainly makes this an eye-catching vehicle.

“My dad owns a classic car, and wanting to join the classic community myself I bought this Spitfire just over a year ago” says proud owner, Jake Clappison. It has got a full history from new along with all of the original paperwork, while the paintwork has been changed from white to a stunning yellow. That was originally done around twenty years ago and the bodywork remains in superb condition, and it’s just as lovely on the inside with the Moto-Lita steering wheel fitting in perfectly. “It’s just a shame there hasn’t been more opportunities to show the car this year” adds the owner.

Believed to be the fifth owner Paul Hibbert purchased this 1973 Porsche 914 in October 2016. A Porsche mechanic had rebuilt the engine, but with the paintwork covered in micro blisters, he decided on a full bare-metal restoration carried out by Mike Brewer Motors Accident Repair in Derbyshire.  The restoration took place over a four month period with about a month spent building the car back up again, and Paul documented every step; “I’ve even got pictures of Mike Brewer himself helping with the refurbishment of the bodywork.“ Painted in period ‘Zambezi Green’ and with the classic Fuchs alloy wheels, the result is simply amazing. 

A Eunos model imported from Japan, Ian Cummins has owned his stunning 1991 Mazda MX-5 example since 2010 and it has undergone plenty of work since then. In fact, the many hours spent on the bodywork and mechanicals, plus numerous upgrades, have completely transformed the little roadster and it’s now a deserved show winner. And resplendent in the original colour of Mariner Blue, it led his mother to nickname the car ‘Bluebird’. Having undertaken all of the work himself the owner is rightly proud of the result, and since its completion in 2011 it has attended plenty of shows across the UK and Europe.   

Owned for almost four years, Paul Clappison's lovely 1972 MGB GT is his pride and joy and a car that has benefitted from some alterations and upgrades, along with plenty of hours spent on detailing.  “The chromed wire wheels look great, but they do take a lot of cleaning” he says. All of the hard work has paid off, however, as success at shows proves while it has also been the subject of magazine articles and appearances on social media. And Paul’s ownership has also inspired son, Jake, to buy his very own classic meaning they both get to enjoy plenty of great driving experiences.

This delightful 1955 MG Magnette ZA was owned from new by Grant Howlett's grandfather and it remains in entirely original and unrestored condition. The only additions, which were made in period, are an electric screen washer, parking rods on the front wings and extra wheel trims. “It has still only covered fifty four thousand miles and I enjoy driving it whenever I can. I took it with me to the United States for ten years, where the engine was rebuilt and fitted with an unleaded cylinder head.” Inside, the wood and leather are in lovely condition and there’s the original HMV radio specified when new.

This stunning example of the fast Mark Stewart's 1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo is all about originality, something the owner says is especially important to him. “I’ve always had a passion for these cars, and this one took a long time to find.” Wonderfully preserved, many hours have been spent on detailing and while Mark enjoys driving it there is still only 45,000 miles on the clock. Keen to ensure it remains just as it left the factory, closer examination reveals lots of original features such as the dealer-fitted mudguards and headlamp protectors, as well as the dealer window stickers.  Few can be as good as this one.

Bought to replace a troublesome Jensen Healey, Steve Fletcher has owned his terrific 1974 MGB Roadster since 1986 and has cherished it ever since. “I was twenty three when I got it, and carried out the first restoration a year later.  It involved plenty of work but it then got used for some great trips.” The second restoration was undertaken this year, and along with a bare-metal respray Steve took the opportunity to carry out some upgrades. These included fitting Sundym tinted glass, while the interior was fully re-trimmed in leather and gained a modern audio system. He loves the way it drives and the bespoke look.

Thanks to its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive system, the Escort Cosworth is a fast Ford legend, and Mark McLelland's stunning 1994 Ford Escort RS Cosworth example is special indeed. Finished in Moondust Silver, it’s a Lux model which meant it got extra luxuries including a leather interior and electric sunroof, while the 18-inch OZ Motorsport wheels perfectly complement the eye-catching design. And as a special touch, a peek under the bonnet reveals the signature of car designer, Frank Stephenson, the man responsible for that wild rear spoiler. Regular visitors to the Classic Motor Show will have seen Mark’s ‘Cossie’ before and we’re thrilled it’s here in 2020.

Retrospectively known as the Mk 1 - following the introduction of the Mk 2 - Guy Loveridge's superb 1958 Jaguar 3.4 example is a Special Equipment model which means it benefits from a more powerful C-Type engine and disc brakes all round. Having been in the family for a few years, it is used throughout the year and is taken to events all over the UK where it gets plenty of attention.  In wonderful condition, it has also won the Coombs Trophy at the Blenheim Palace concours. The luxurious interior features a period radio and wind-up aerial, while Tourist Trophy badges reference the legendary Mike Hawthorn.

Andy Plumb actually designed this 2000 Reliant Robin Mk 3 back in 1997/98, so it’s no surprise that he’s proud to own what became the last Reliant model as production ended for good in 2001. Purchased in 2014 the car was rather run-down and unloved, but since then he’s treated it to a nut-and-bolt restoration that involved re-building or renewing just about every part. The cracking three-wheeler also received an uprated engine and an upgraded interior with custom parts and leather/Alcantara trim. “Apart from a professional respray I did all the work myself, and thoroughly enjoyed the restoration process and being able to add the personal touches” he says. 

Usually his daily driver, the first national lockdown gave George Loveridge the opportunity to undertake a few jobs on his cherished classic - the 1969 Triumph Herald 13/60. These included making a boot carpet, attending to some bodywork marks and painting the wheels cream to complement the blue paintwork. Inside, the Herald sports the original seats but has a chunkier steering wheel to improve the driving experience, and he has added soundproofing beneath the carpet to make journeys a little quieter. The engine bay has also received some cosmetic attention, and benefits from an uprated battery and electronic ignition. “It’s a very reliable engine for daily driving” says George.

Bought in 1979 and restored over the following twenty four years, this delightful 1930 Austin 16/6 - owned by Nick Loizou - was discovered in a Welsh barn and was in a very dilapidated state. Clearly far from that today, it is also rare and is believed to be the sole survivor of three made. In fact, it took three years of detailed research to establish its history and the result is fascinating, this car being a Pass & Joyce Magnet Coupe featuring a combination of fabric and aluminium bodywork. Built at the Weymann factory in Surrey, its first owner - Miss Hetty Holloway - kept the car until 1961.

Mark Fishpool owns a number of interesting cars but describes this rare 1956 Hillman Minx Californian as one of his favourites, and having found it in a scrapyard he knew it needed rescuing. “My aim was to keep it completely original, so apart from a bare metal re-spray it still has its original engine, gearbox, exterior chrome and interior.” The latter is particularly charming, and perfectly complemented by the two-tone cream and red paintwork, and being based on the Minx Mk VIII it’s fitted with the 1390cc OHV engine. Mark even managed to trace its second and third owners, adding to the story of this fine British classic.