February 2015 Issue

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In the latest issue of The Automobile, Simon Moore concludes his two-part treatise on the jewel-like Amilcar C0 and C6 of the 1920s, this time turning his attention to pair of restored survivors, one an early production example, and one late.


Our series of interviews with important figures in the old-car world continues with a visit to the irrepressible Charles Howard, the famous London-based dealer who moved from selling antiques to motor cars almost by accident, and went on to handle some of the world’s most prestigious vehicles. He talks to Matthew Bell about his long and entertaining career.

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Our Publisher, a connoisseur of all things original and historically significant, tells the story of a stately 1913 Renault Type DP coupé-chauffeur which has been in the same family ownership for its entire 102-year life. Recently unearthed from decades of storage, the car is a beautifully-preserved time capsule of a bygone age.


Sandy Skinner tells the story of the post-war Lea-Francis 2½-litre Sports models, the underrated sporting cars from Coventry. He explains marque’s struggles to produce a low-volume quality car in the dreary post-war period, and recounts his own time behind the wheel of such a car.


Michael Ware reports on the complete rebuild of a rare 1908 10/12hp Coventry Humber, built up over a number of years from parts sourced from all over the world – a truly international restoration.


Elsewhere in the magazine, Michael Worthington-Williams brings us the latest collection of barn finds, basket-cases, lost causes and projects in Finds & Discoveries, plus the latest news from the world of historic motor sport and our usual in-depth look at recent auction results. All this and more in the February, 2015, issue, which is out now.

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