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