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he August issue of Modern Classics magazines celebrates 30 years of back-to-basics Japanese fun machines. It's 30 years since the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota MR2 MkII hit the road, 20 years since the Honda S2000 first screamed into being and 10 years since the brutish Nissan 370Z appeared. We bring them together to see which one still cuts the Wasabi. Plus: tech insight, buying tips and owner advice.

Next we head out into North Yorkshire's finest roads in the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 – just how much of its motorsport bloodline can be felt all these years later?

Then we sample the last – and best – of the proper Imprezas: the storming Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type-C RA-R, a car that'll accelerate to licence-busting speeds quicker than you can say its name. With 22Bs touching £100k, this is an under-valued car – for now.

Next we pitch the Ferrari 550 Maranello against a Vanquish S in Aston's back yard – which one is the ultimate V12 GT? JJ and Nathan start the argument...

We also shine a spotlight on the Talbot Horizon – the first 'world car' as we know it, and just 14 are left running on UK roads. Here's why we should cherish those that remain.

PLUS: how to buy the best Alfa Romeo 147 GTA, Coventry MotoFest report, columns from Jethro Bovingdon, Tiff Needell and Keith Adams, market insight from Lewis Kingston and lots more besides.


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Anniversary Special

30 years ago the Japanese launched a sports car invasion that has lasted to this day. These Four Celebrate key milestones in 2019


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Great Drives

The trip of the Mercedes-Benz racing spear had a chequered history but can it take pole in the Pennines


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Head To Head

JJ Vollans and Nathan Chadwick have a disagreement over the best V12 GT - is it the Aston Martin Vanquish or the Ferrari 550?


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Endangered Species

Overlooked and now almost forgotten, Talbot’s Horizon was one of the most groundbreaking cars of modern times


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