Malcolm Thorne

Malcolm Thorne

Our second senior editor

Write on Monday, 10 April 2017 Published in Test Drive

The last dance. TVR takes on Marcos All-Brit 900bhp shootout. Malcolm Thorne laments the demise of Marcos and TVR, but says they went out in a blaze of glory with the brutal but brilliant TSO and Sagaris. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Saturday, 11 March 2017 Published in Test Drive

Sunbeam Tiger - we drive the last of the V8 greats that everyone is chasing. Malcolm Thorne falls for the charms of the Sunbeam Tiger, as he marks 50 years since its demise by sampling the last one built and meeting some of the Ford V8-powered model’s biggest fans. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Saturday, 11 February 2017 Published in Test Drive

If art were made metal… …then this unique Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spyder would epitomise it. So says Malcolm Thorne after sampling a car due to be auctioned to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photography Tony Baker. Sexiest Ferrari ever? One-off Nembo driven. Ferrari 330 Nembo a coachbuilt beauty to rival the best.

Write on Saturday, 11 February 2017 Published in Test Drive

Little wedge for a lot of fun. Fiat vs. Toyota and Reliant. Top bargain sports cars. X1/9 vs. MR2 vs. SS1 Bargain basement sports wedges. Malcolm Thorne recalls the high points of set-square design with a trio of outstanding sports cars from Reliant, Fiat and Toyota that are now classic bargains. Photography Tony Baker.


Write on Saturday, 07 January 2017 Published in Test Drive

Bargain Astons! From £20k DB7, DB9 and V8 Vantage: British greats for Mondeo money. Affordable aristocrats. Why settle for a new repmobile when you could have a spectacular Aston Martin? Malcolm Thorne revels in the appeal of the DB7, DB9 and V8 Vantage. Photography Tony Baker. A selection of sleek sub-£40k GTs from a British legend. Aston’s biggest bargains Supercar performance for saloon money: DB7, DB9 and V8 Vantage.

Write on Sunday, 04 September 2016 Published in Test Drive

Sporting 1950s coupés MG, Porsche, Lotus, Alfa. Can the MGA Twin-Cam match its rivals from Porsche, Lotus and Alfa? Finest sporting coupés MGA Twin-Cam takes on Porsche 356, Lotus Elite and Alfa Giulietta. In the 1950s, enthusiasts had a choice of gorgeous sporting coupés. Malcolm Thorne pitches MG against Porsche, Lotus and Alfa. Photography Tony Baker Little.

Write on Thursday, 21 July 2016 Published in Test Drive

Horizontally Opposed. Air-cooled adversaries: Panhard 24CT battles Karmann Ghia. Quirky coupé shootout Panhard 24CT vs. Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. The Panhard 24CT and VW Karmann Ghia offered a quirky yet stylish alternative for image-conscious mid-’60s motorists, but which wins today? Malcolm Thorne decides Photography Malcolm Griffiths/LAT.

Write on Sunday, 05 June 2016 Published in Test Drive

MG’s missed opportunity Malcolm Thorne enjoys an exclusive drive in the EX234 prototype. The sports car that could have saved MG. A flawed business plan led to the Midget and MGB remaining on sale way beyond retirement age. After driving the one-off EX234 prototype, Malcolm Thorne explains how things could have been very different. Photography James Mann/Paul Hughes.

Write on Monday, 08 February 2016 Published in Test Drive

Porsche’s unsung heroes 924 meets 944 and 968. Porsches for the people: the frontengined bargains. Who needs a flat-six? We drive the brilliant 924, 944 and 968 ‘fours’ that saved Porsche.