The Cars

Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor


Birmingham’s only supercar is such a glorious failure. Despite the factory losing more money than a Greek bank the Interceptor always stayed a twinkle in our eyes.


Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Chevrolet Camaro Z28


In 1964 the bosses at Chevrolet were spitting blood when arch-rival Ford launched their best-selling Mustang.


Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220


The fastest Jaguar ever had a very troubled birth. The XJ220 was originally conceived as a 230mph V12 supercar with four wheel drive and rear wheel steering,


Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa


We should all kick ourselves. Just five years ago you could have bought a decent Ferrari Testarossa for £30k - and the seller would have bitten your arm off.


Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5


The DB5 tops every survey going as the classic the whole world wants to own. Those few, short moments of fame in Goldfinger have endured for decades and catapaulted values so high that now a good DB5 won’t leave you much change from half-a-million.


Triumph Stag

Triumph Stag


You don’t normally think of the familiar Triumph Stag as a glamorous Bond movie car – but in the 1971 Diamonds Are Forever film Sean Connery drives one to Amsterdam.
Image courtesy of telegraph.co.uk


1959 Mini

1959 Mini


The Mini is more important than a whole car park full of Ferraris. This tiny, cheeky little runabout revolutionised motoring and made 60s Britain smile.


Ford Thunderbird

Ford Thunderbird


Two days sashaying round LA in a raven black ’57 T-Bird was one of my highpoints of our first series. And we chose the ’57 because it’s the best T-Bird of all.


Porsche 911

Porsche 911


You’ve missed the boat if you want a vintage 70s Porsche 911. Like Ferraris, early 911s have been one of the strongest prices performers of the last couple of years.


MGB

MGB


We need to put the MGB into rehab. For years it was polished and preened by old blokes in cavalry twill trousers and became, well, a bit fusty and traditional.


Jaguar XK120

Jaguar XK120


Its 1948, and Britain is still rationing food and petrol. Life is grim and the nation is slowly rebuilding cities devastated by German bombs. We open our newspapers and centre stage at the Earls Court motor show is a slinky sexy Jaguar


Ferrari Dino 246

Ferrari Dino 246


Strange to think that a decade ago we were sniffy about the Ferrari Dino. Old-school Ferrari enthusiasts thought its V6 engine was puny and those roundy-roundy looks were, well, a bit girlie. Time has proved them absolutely and totally daft, because the 70s Dino has matured into one of the world’s best looking and most desirable classics.


MGA

MGA


Alex Riley’s jaunt in an MGA in this week’s show should concentrate our minds, because this 50s MG is a real buying opportunity.


Range Rover

Range Rover


The first Range Rovers have become classic icons, simply because they were so totally revolutionary. Before the RR was launched in 1970, estate cars were dull, utilitarian and boring. Suddenly this go-anywhere, lantern-jawed V8 appeared,


Porsche 928

Porsche 928


Proposed American legislation in the 70s created the Porsche 928. Designed to replace the legendary 911, the much-feared US rules never appeared, and Porsche was left with a car it didn’t need. But that legislative hiccup turned out to be a blessing