CLAS­SIC KIT

A roundup of the lat­est es­sen­tial good­ies for you and your cat

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MR2 EX­PLAINED

Rather over­shad­owed by the MX-5, the Toy­ota MR2 is an equally ca­pa­ble sports car and just as de­serv­ing of the modern clas­sic tag. Its rel­a­tively low pro­file means there are fewer books on the sub­ject but this ti­tle by Brian Long should set things right.

Ja­panese-res­i­dent Long is well re­garded for the depth of in­for­ma­tion in his work, es­pe­cially when it comes to the Ja­panese mod­els where he’s clearly made the right con­tacts in the coun­try to get to the heart of things. And so it is with Toy­ota MR2 Coupés and Spy­ders, which traces the model’s de­vel­op­ment from 1984 to 2007. All three gen­er­a­tions are cov­ered in ap­prox­i­mately equal de­tail, with all the model and spec­i­fi­ca­tion changes listed for Ja­panese, US and Euro­pean mar­kets. If you’re an owner or prospec­tive owner of the ‘Mid­ship Run­about 2 seater’ then it’s re­quired read­ing. Toy­ota MR2 Coupes and Spy­ders is pub­lished under ISBN 978-1-787110-62-5. More de­tails from www.ve­loce.co.uk.

SL SAFETY NET

Lat­est in the pocket-sized Es­sen­tial Buyer’s

Guide list which pub­lisher Ve­loce reck­ons has now notched up over 100,000 sales world­wide is this ti­tle cov­er­ing the ‘R129’ Mercedes SL.

These once-might­ily ex­pen­sive cars have been look­ing like great value for some time now and are a tempt­ing al­ter­na­tive to those of us priced out of the older SLs. They may be modern cars and one of the last mod­els to be built in the tra­di­tion­ally gran­ite-solid Mercedes way, but the R129 still de­mands cau­tion if you’re not to un­wit­tingly land your­self with a money pit. As with all the ti­tles in the series, this guide covers the his­tory and spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the cars, plus a step-by-step guide on the var­i­ous as­pects of check­ing and own­ing an SL, ac­com­pa­nied by the likely cost of var­i­ous items. Es­sen­tial read­ing if you’re about to take the plunge into SL own­er­ship. The Es­sen­tial Buyer’s Guide to the R129 is pub­lished by Ve­loce under ISBN 978-1-845848-98-9. More de­tails from www.ve­loce.co.uk.

SERIES 1 E-TYPE ALU­MINIUM RADIATOR

SNG Bar­ratt’s new range of alu­minium ra­di­a­tors prom­ise to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of your Jaguar’s cool­ing by up to 40 per cent com­pared to the orig­i­nal. These high-qual­ity al­loy ra­di­a­tors work as a direct re­place­ment and ac­cepts the orig­i­nal fan cowl, plus of­fer an au­then­tic ap­pear­ance with modern per­for­mance at a great price. Man­u­fac­tured in the UK, and re­tail­ing at £729.05, they’re avail­able now and can or­der on­line at: www.sng­bar­ratt.com

GRAN TURISMO DRIV­ING GLOVES

Mo­tor­ing gifts, ac­ces­sories and life­style com­pany Me and My Car is de­lighted to an­nounce that its con­tin­ued and suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with Suix­til has been ex­panded to in­clude these new Gran Turismo driv­ing gloves. Only avail­able in the UK from Me and My Car, they’re ideal for chilly days or even for an evening drive with the roof down. Made from su­per-soft ink blue lamb leather, with a one-piece palm and red over­stitch­ing ac­cents on the back, these gloves also in­clude a 100 per cent cash­mere knit­ted lin­ing and cuffs to keep your hands su­per warm. Or­der yours to­day by vis­it­ing: www.me­and­my­car.co.uk or or­der over the phone by call­ing: 01865 883061. Ex­pect to pay £115.

NEW SEALEY SER­VICE PRO­MO­TIONS

Sealey’s ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated ve­hi­cle ser­vice pro­mo­tion brochure is now avail­able on its web­site (www.sealey.co.uk). Of­fer­ing great sav­ings across a num­ber of lines and lots of new in­no­va­tive prod­ucts, the 40-page pro­mo­tion brochure in­cludes over 340 deals and sav­ings of up to 54 per cent. It fea­tures ev­ery­thing from tools for electrics, fuel management, en­gines, brakes, cool­ing sys­tems, sus­pen­sion and ex­hausts, along with many other es­sen­tial di­ag­nos­tic tools for the busy work­shop. Down­load your copy for free now.

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