Choos­ing our next clas­sic is where the ra­tional brain does bat­tle with the emo­tional, and barn-find fear isn’t far away

Classic Cars (UK) - - Welcome - Phil Bell, edi­tor

What unites an Austin 7, Jensen In­ter­cep­tor and a Fiat 8V Su­per­sonic? What if I were to add a Porsche 930 Turbo, Alfa GTA and Fer­rari F40? No? Apart from the fact that own­ing all six and a barn large enough to store them would make for one very happy edi­tor, they’re all cars that our panel of six mar­ket ex­perts think you should buy now or for­ever re­gret miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity.

Along with the rest of their Hot 30 choices, these cars are hugely re­ward­ing to own. They share the virtues that nor­mally drive up value but, help­fully, have ei­ther stalled, slipped back or man­aged to duck be­low the mar­ket’s line of vi­sion. Our panel of ex­perts for 2018 in­cludes new­com­ers Maarten Ten Holder of RM Sotheby’s and Ed­ward Bridger-stille of His­torics to bring an even broader mix of knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and per­sonal taste to the mix. Be­cause no mat­ter how ob­jec­tive we all try to be when ad­vis­ing on how to nav­i­gate the world of old cars, the heart can’t help butting in on the con­ver­sa­tion. Nat­u­rally we want to help you make wise choices, but it doesn’t mean that they have to be en­tirely ra­tional. Let’s face it, when we com­mit to own­ing any clas­sic, we do so in the knowl­edge that an emo­tional and fi­nan­cial jour­ney awaits with all of the joys and oc­ca­sional out-of-con­trol mo­ments of an Alpine black run on an icy morn­ing.

The barn-find E-type on page 35 serves as a chill­ing re­minder of the fate that’s for­ever snap­ping at my own car, if I don’t over­come the main­te­nance chal­lenges that it sport­ingly throws at me most years. Spook­ily, it’s also a 1962 fixed-head coupé that started life in Opales­cent Dark Blue, but has just been plucked from 35 years in dusty stor­age. It makes the seven-month in­tern­ment of my E-type seem mi­nor, as­sum­ing that I pre­vail over the lat­est head-scratcher played out on page 115.

I hope your clas­sic car is spend­ing more time on the road than in the garage dur­ing this fab­u­lous sum­mer.

En­joy the is­sue

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