Honda heroes remembered

Honda heroes remembered – from CRX to Civic Type-R

This month we’re featuring a Honda NSX – one of the finest supercars of its generation.

Here are a few more Honda heroes that have graced our pages. Let us know which one is your favourite!


Honda CRX (Issue 2)

A recent example sold for £20k – but we championed the CRX’s charms way back in issue 2...


Honda Accord Type-R (Issue 5)

Don’t be fooled by the Accord’s sober suit – this is a properly engaging performance saloon.


Honda Integra Type-R (Issue 7)

An icon of a generation, there are very few Integra Type-R DC2s remaining – that’s why we tipped them as our top tip in our Investibles feature.


Honda Civic Type-R EP3 (Issue 12)

Is the Honda Civic Type-R EP3 the spiritual successor to the Peugeot 205 GTI? We head to Wales to conduct scientific tests. And by that we mean have lots of fun. 


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Our favourite M cars

This month we’ve picked out the BMW M535i as a car that will make your heart and your potential investment soar.

But it’s not the only Munich hero that we adore. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite M cars from our previous issues. Let us know which one’s your favourite.


BMW M5 E39 – Issue Two

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The BMW M5 E39 was lauded as the finest supersaloon of its era – we brought along the cars it had to beat, plus two that tried to take it on. Does it still beat all comers as a modern classic? 


BMW M6 – Issue Three

For around £15,000 the stonkingly fast BMW M6 E63 makes a great continent crusher – but is it the best GT you can get for the money? We put it up against rivals from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati and Bentley to find out in issue 3, available to buy below.


BMW M3 E36 – Issue Five

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For years unloved, the BMW M3 E36 has started to grow in value spectacularly – but we think there’s still some to come. We nominated it as a Clever Money Car – find out why by buying a copy of this issue!


BMW 1-Series M – Issue Seven

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Last year we showed you ten modern classics that were set to appreciate as fast as they accelerated. The eye-twistingly rapid BMW 1-Series M has never really depreciated, but it’s set to rise still further. Find out why by checking out issue 7, available to buy below.


BMW M3 CSL E46 – Issue Nine

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The BMW M3 CSL is king of the modern classic BMWs, and prices have risen spectacularly, putting it within reach of the Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black, a much rarer breed. We hit the track to see which one brings the greater grins. 


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Alfa V6 Engine

This month we get behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 164 Cloverleaf, equipped with a throaty V6.

To celebrate, we thought we'd pull together a selection of our favourite Busso-engined cars for you to drool over...enjoy!

The Busso unit is one of the prettiest engines, and sounds as good as it looks. 


Appearing in Issue 1 of Modern Classics, we tipped the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA for stardom.

Its torquey V6 sports 3.2 litres and you’ll be zinging towards the horizon with one of the best soundtracks in the business. It’s truly beautiful too, and practical to boot. We were right about the car’s star quality – mint, low-mileage examples are pushing £15,000 thanks to the car’s relative rarity.


Appearing in Issue 3 ofModern Classics, we pitched Alfa Romeo’s sports saloon, the 75 Cloverleaf against the mighty Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth.

The 75 isn’t what you’d call beautiful, but it’s fascinating to look at and utterly of its time. If you love brutalist styling along the lines of the Lancia Delta Integrale, Audi Quattro or Maserati Shamal, you’ll love the 75. It was also the last RWD Alfa saloon until the brand-new Giulia Cloverleaf.


In Issue 4 we got behind the wheel of one of the finest-looking coupes of the 1990s – the Alfa Romeo GTV V6.

With beautiful, mini-Ferrari styling and a great leather interior, this is a supercar for supermarket money. It’s not great for those over six foot, but if you can fit in it, you’re unlikely to want to get out. It’s also affordable – for now – with prices for decent cars starting at around £5000.


Issue 6 saw the ultimate big boy V6 hot hatchback grudge match, with the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA up against the Volkswagen Golf R32.

Though the VW offered crushing pace, it was the 147 GTA that won our hearts with its rev-tastic engine and innate ability to get the driver giggling manically. It’s also a car that’s shot up in value, in line with its big brother, the 156 GTA. Could you be tempted?


This 156 GTA is juicier than most.

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 It was a thrashed and neglected ex-Alfa Romeo UK press car, which once had Vicky Butler-Henderson behind the wheel, but specialist Autolusso nursed it back to life – and went much further. With the engine pushed to 3.8 litres and a Quaife sequential gearbox installed, this is a car that can take on a BMW M3 E46 – and win.


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