The Volvo 850 T-5R proved that it’s hip to be square. It was one of the most improbable performance weapons of the 1990s, built by a manufacturer known for producing safe, dependable and practical cars. A bit of an oddball, slightly left-field and brilliantly bonkers – it was an obvious candidate for the cover of Klassisk.Retrospektiv.Nymodig. Read Richard Heseltine’s words in the latest issue.
From Swede dreams to many people’s idea of a nightmare, Gavin asks if the Nissan Qashqai is a classic. Spoiler alert: it’s not, but our man reckons it will be a future star of the Festival of the Unexceptional. Mind you, he also admits to loving the Mitsubishi Carisma, so you shouldn’t believe a word he says.
Elsewhere, the charismatic Rolls-Royce Camargue is the subject of this month’s Reader Resto, while the Ultimate Guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a Jaguar XK8. That’s assuming you don’t want a Qashqai.
There’s more, because we celebrate 40 years of the Citroën BX, a reader tells us about his Italian adventure in a Fiat Panda, while our resident film critic, Merc Carmode, casts his eye over an overlooked cinematic gem. It’s 100% Carmode with no mayo.
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Hooper as our newest correspondent. Ben will be explaining what’s it’s like to be a young retro car fanatic in an era of PCP deals, touchscreens and hashtags. He owns a Volvo 480 and an Audi 80 Sport, so we think he’ll feel at home in our mag. Please give him a warm welcome on Twitter @BenHooperHants.
There’s plenty more, including six of the most OTT cars of the 1970s, Triumph TRs in motor sport and the TXR Tracer. A whopping 148 pages of classic, retro and modern escapism.
Issue 14 is out NOW – just look for the big yellow Volvo.
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