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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys - DAVID SIMIS­TER ED­I­TOR

WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £25,000 EX­CEL­LENT £16,000 US­ABLE £8000 PROJECT £2500

The pre-HE cars we’re talk­ing about here are no­to­ri­ously thirsty, but at least the £235 sav­ing you’ll make if you pick up one of the ear­lier models will help to off­set the cost of the V12’s fuel bills.

We’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend one, be­cause there’s noth­ing quite like fir­ing up that beau­ti­fully smooth 5.3-litre en­gine, let­ting the ini­tial roar set­tle into a muted purr and al­low­ing it to take the strain as you watch the coun­try­side whisk past the end of that long and beau­ti­fully sculpted bon­net in an end­less blur.

We high­lighted it as a bril­liant tax-ex­empt buy in CCW a year ago, but with there be­ing more 1976 cars around than ones from the model’s launch year, we reckon it’s well worth high­light­ing again. Find the wrong one and it can be a real headache, but source one that’s been looked af­ter and it’s a proper Bri­tish GT quite un­like any other. You won’t re­gret it.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINES 5343cc/V12/OHC POWER 285bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 249lb ft@3500rpm MAX SPEED 153mph 0-60MPH 6.7 sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 12-18 mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD four-speed man/three-speed auto EN­GINE OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic XL20w/50 – 11.3 litres GEAR­BOX OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic EP90 – 2.4 litres AXLE OIL Cas­trol Clas­sic EP90 – 1.6 litres

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