Drive-MY test drive editor
Tito’s presidential limo Ultra-rare Mercedes 600. Driving Tito’s presidential car, a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet W100. Mercedes-Benz 600 Tito’s super-rare Pullman Landaulet. Maximum size for the greatest impact. There’s no point being a dictator if you pass unnoticed, says Martin Buckley as he samples the Mercedes 600 Laundalet delivered new to Marshal Tito. Photography James Mann.
Never before had such fast and fancy cars been so sorted and sensible. Daimler vs. Fiat, Benz and BMW: the GT car re invented for the 1970s. Coupe shootout BMW 3.0 CSi E9 meets Fiat 130 Coupe, Mercedes-Benz SLC C107 and Daimler Double-Six. Faced with his greatest dilemma, can Martin Buckley decide between his favourite BMW, Fiat, Mere and Daimler coupes? Photography Tony Baker.
A Cobra for the jet set. AC’s other hybrid Buckley samples convertible and fastback variants of the unsung 428. AC’s rare 428 blended savage power with beautiful Italian styling. Martin Buckley tries Convertible and Fastback – and falls in love. Photography James Mann/LAT/Rex Features. 428: AC’s unsung hero is it better than a Cobra?
Old-school values in a new world. Best of the ’50s saloons Zephyr meets its rivals. 1950s Bargefest Ford takes on rivals from Vauxhall, Humber, Austin and Wolseley. These big saloons were objects of desire when rationing was making way for rock ’n’ roll. Martin Buckley indulges in a bargefest, 1950s style. Photography Tony Baker. Battle of the Barges, part four: Buckley heads back to the ’50s.
Old habits in a brave new world. Alfa 1900 and 2600: Milan’s contrasting post-war saloons. Alfa’s boom and bust Buckley compares the brilliant 1900 with the overlooked 2600. Car makers needed to rapidly adapt in post-war Europe. Martin Buckley explains why Alfa’s 1900 scaled the heights yet its 2600 sank without trace. Photography James Mann.
Grand Turismo greats Ferrari 365GT 2+2 takes on Maserati Mexico and Monteverdi 375L. Welcome to the jet set. Martin Buckley chooses between three exotic GTs with epic performance and svelte looks: the Monteverdi 375L, Maserati Mexico and Ferrari 365GT 2+2. Photography Tony Baker.
Performance without compromise Ferrari 365GT4 vs. Lamborghini Espada and Maserati Indy. Family supercars! Exotic looks, 150mph performance and 2+2 practicality. Espada locks horns with Indy and 365GT4. Practical performance. Family-friendly 150mph GTs from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Supercar needn’t mean mid-engined plaything, says Martin Buckley as he samples a grown-up trio from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Photography Tony Baker.
Touring’s grandest tourers Aston Martin DB4 vs. Maserati 3500. Aston DB4 takes on Maserati 3500GT in the battle of the sublime GTs. Aston Martin vs. Maserati Buckley chooses between two fabulous six-cylinder GT contenders. Milanese styling and sophisticated pace make the Aston DB4 and Maserati 3500GT natural rivals, but which does Martin Buckley prefer? Photography Tony Baker/LAT.
An R-type Continental for the 1970s? The controversial Camargue: Rolls-Royce’s brave new look. Rolls-Royce Camargue Buckley on the luxurious leviathan. Rolls-Royce’s unloved Camargue could be due a renaissance, says Martin Buckley as he reassesses the majestic former range-topper. Photography James Mann.
Drophead gorgeous Style from Alvis, Daimler and Jaguar. They seemed to carry the promise that life could be good again. Does Buckley pick Daimler Special Sports, Jaguar MkV or Alvis TA21? Post-war Britain wasn’t all rationing and gloom, says Martin Buckley, as he samples alluring dropheads from Daimler, Alvisand Jaguar. Photography Tony Baker.