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Practical Classics magazine featuring 90s/00s cars

  • 07-12-2019 8:01pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 7,699 ✭✭✭ BrianD3


    I don't buy car magazines anymore and rarely even browse them but today I was in Easons and had a quick look at Practical Classics. One of the cars featured was a Renault Scenic RX4, I was bemused that a car (and an ugly one at that) that was introduced in the year 2000 is now appearing in a classic car mag. Then again, 2000 is almost 20 years ago now and when I was buying mags years ago it was normal for 20 year old or younger cars to be featured.

    The point I'm trying to make here is that a lot of time has passed and I never thought I'd be seeing the likes of Mondeos, Primeras and Renault Scenics in this type of magazine!

    On the other side, is interest in cars from the 1960s and earlier dwindling as those who remember them when they were new pass away.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭ Arthur Daley


    How long is a piece of string?

    But I always think 25 years is a threshold. Unless it's something super rare/desirable. For me something like the mk1 focus RS or a mid 90s Escort Cosworth or Honda 2000 would start to qualify soon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭ horseofstone


    BrianD3 wrote: »
    I don't buy car magazines anymore and rarely even browse them but today I was in Easons and had a quick look at Practical Classics. One of the cars featured was a Renault Scenic RX4, I was bemused that a car (and an ugly one at that) that was introduced in the year 2000 is now appearing in a classic car mag. Then again, 2000 is almost 20 years ago now and when I was buying mags years ago it was normal for 20 year old or younger cars to be featured.

    The point I'm trying to make here is that a lot of time has passed and I never thought I'd be seeing the likes of Mondeos, Primeras and Renault Scenics in this type of magazine!

    On the other side, is interest in cars from the 1960s and earlier dwindling as those who remember them when they were new pass away.

    You make a good point,its hard to believe 20 years almost has passed.I drive a 00 nissan almera for everyday use and its still going strong.I think something like a ford puma would be a good investment if it was in good nick.


  • Registered Users Posts: 38,249 ✭✭✭✭ Guy:Incognito


    For anyone that actually does buy it or is thinking about it, its on the readly app. Think I pay around a tenner a month, you get 100's of magazines of all types. Few on there for classics. I like Car Mechanics magazine too, used to get the paper version every month till I switched. Only for those on with a tablet mind, can only see it being painful on a phone :)

    Well worth it for anyone who would be inclined to buy a couple of magazines a month anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    When I bought my first classic, my 1983 Chevette, it was 22 years old and no one would argue it wasn’t a Classic. By comparison, the MK1 Mondeo is 27 years old now, almost 30, and I remember well when it came out but if you saw one at a car show you would consider it a ‘new’ car still.
    I think the car magazine is slowly dying out as there is so much available online instantly now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭ Thinkingaboutit


    I've subbed to Practical Classics for a while. It's nice to read something on paper, as a person has to stare at screens all day at work. It's great for repair / mechanical features, although the rating difficulty must be rated at what a mechanic would find easy. PC certainly cover the newer cars, which is fair, and what makes a classic is in a way subjective. Thanks to environmentally dubious car dealership subsidising scrappage schemes a lot of somewhat older, ordinary cars and commercials vanished, which means that some cars at least become rare, even if to some, certain cars stretch the definition of 'classic.'


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    You make a good point,its hard to believe 20 years almost has passed.I drive a 00 nissan almera for everyday use and its still going strong.I think something like a ford puma would be a good investment if it was in good nick.

    Puma's don't seem popular, with loads giving up their (1.7) engines to Fiesta's of similar age. I'd tip a Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 from 2000-2002 as an investment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,525 ✭✭✭✭ carchaeologist


    Isambard wrote: »
    Puma's don't seem popular, with loads giving up their (1.7) engines to Fiesta's of similar age. I'd tip a Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 from 2000-2002 as an investment.

    Because most were rotten( inner rear wheel arches), and most were only 1.4 here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 237 ✭✭ horseofstone


    Isambard wrote: »
    Puma's don't seem popular, with loads giving up their (1.7) engines to Fiesta's of similar age. I'd tip a Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 from 2000-2002 as an investment.

    Puma's are gone scarce its true.their quite an unusual looking car though which may intrigue future generations in years to come,hence my reasoning that to own one could be a good investment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    Because most were rotten( inner rear wheel arches), and most were only 1.4 here.

    Fiestas rotted much the same. Even 1.4 is seen as better than 1.25 (not by me, the 1.25 is a lovely unit)


  • Registered Users Posts: 289 ✭✭ gfwd


    BrianD3 wrote: »
    I don't buy car magazines anymore and rarely even browse them but today I was in Easons and had a quick look at Practical Classics. One of the cars featured was a Renault Scenic RX4, I was bemused that a car (and an ugly one at that) that was introduced in the year 2000 is now appearing in a classic car mag. Then again, 2000 is almost 20 years ago now and when I was buying mags years ago it was normal for 20 year old or younger cars to be featured.

    The point I'm trying to make here is that a lot of time has passed and I never thought I'd be seeing the likes of Mondeos, Primeras and Renault Scenics in this type of magazine!

    On the other side, is interest in cars from the 1960s and earlier dwindling as those who remember them when they were new pass away.


    I don't think interest in 50s, 60s or 70s cars is necessarily dwindling but there is a lot of interest in 'modern' classics now (just look up the classic and vintage section on DoneDeal). Classic magazines have to follow the trend as they need to maintain a readership. PC is going for 40 odd years now and you can be sure it wouldn't have survived til now without featuring newer classics as it's trundled along. I'm not mad on reading about cars from the 90s tbh, at least not just yet, but that's the more affordable way in to the classic world now for most of us and so they should have their place.


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