Winter time, key time

Okay, it's not winter yet, but summer is past its peak. And that is the time to stop dreaming and what to do. In recent years, we have seen a trend that buyers of classics have the luxury to go for convenience. Beautiful, good classics usually find new owners quickly. Classics with work or a 'backpack' usually remain for sale for a long time. And so a whole file of classic enthusiasts has arisen who cherish the passion or nostalgia, but who lack technical knowledge and experience. And then we are not even talking about the classic buyers who think in terms of 'investment' and who only have the price development 'of their property as a guideline.

Technology is not scary

And those people often feel that they are missing something. Because somewhere dream of a greater involvement with their classics than handing over the keys to one of the increasingly rare 'universals'. Where the garage owner is not yet baffled when he sees a set of contact points. Or at the brand or type specialist who combines M / V craftsmanship (Leontien van Brummelen!) With full-time help for fellow enthusiasts with less technical baggage.

Among AMK readers, there are a lot of people who have the 20W50 flowing through their veins and who feel dirt under their nails. But a large part is not technically trained. For those people, the readers' achievements of AMK are a particularly accessible stepping stone to get in touch with fellow enthusiasts who do not even get nervous if their classics get seriously broken down somewhere in the Flevopolder or the Vosges. Because in the classic world it is just like in politics: You are just as strong as your network is.

Just read it quietly

There are thrift shops and church fairs to prepare you for that pleasantly relaxed world. You will not find any money for that from the time when that basic curiosity among motorists entailed more than the extent to which their car is the ideal platform for their smartphone. In the XNUMXs and XNUMXs many such books were published in which - often with clear line drawings - the operation of the engine, cooling, ignition, brakes and suspension plus maintenance and repairs were explained to interested laymen. And so you can take the first steps in your technical development. Just on the couch. With a cup of coffee or a drink. You will see the technique of our classics - at least if you are not a Ferrari or Citroën hydraulique as the entry-level car - is quite understandable.

Watch on Youtube

For enthusiasts who have already developed so far when they see a book that they want to scroll the pages, the internet is a nice alternative. On Youtube you will find videos explaining everything from changing a wheel to the total restoration of every classic you can think of.

An added value

Once you have read in, you can then take a careful acquaintance with the technical aspects of your classic car. And then you will see that some knowledge and careful maintenance and key experience can be a very serious addition to your classic hobby. That there are tricks that make your life easier. That makes you happy and proud. And isn't that beautiful?

And the readers' meetings of AMK readers? They are listed in AMK.

It's not rocket science ...




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  1. My uncle always said, "you can look up everything in books" to immediately add, "every car or motorcycle you buy comes with a book". The latter was prompted by experience gained by first haphazardly tinkering with an engine block with all the adverse consequences. His conclusion was. “The book costs less than a fraction of what you can destroy an engine block by tinkering with it not hindered by any knowledge”.

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The December issue, containing:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super
    Erik van Putten explores the timeless charm of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super, with images of Bart Spijker and himself. The story delves into the world of Alfaenthusiast Koen de Groot, whose family is deeply rooted in the Alfa Romeo culture. Koens' special relationship with his Giulia, a car he has cherished for years and which will soon receive an impressive upgrade, is highlighted. The Giulia symbolizes car love and heritage, a passion enriched by Koen's father Frans, a Alfa Romeo expert and enthusiast.
  • Double Used Type Designations
    Peter Ecury unravels fascinating stories from the automotive world in the 32nd episode of his series on double-used type designations. This edition provides an update on the rumors surrounding Peugeot and Porsche and delves into the history of the type designation '142', used by brands such as Volvo and Austin. Ecury also discusses the evolution of the term 'GT' and the controversial use of the letters 'SS' in car names after WWII, with examples such as the Chevrolet Impala SS and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS.
  • Ducati 750GT, 860GT and 900GTS
    Hans Smid highlights the Ducati round carts, produced from 1972 to 1974, which combine minimalist beauty with unique technology. This article describes Ducati's drive for innovation and the creation of these models, highlights the challenges and costs of collecting them, and shows Ducati's journey from near ruin to iconic status.
  • Horex Imperator
    Marina Block tells the story of the Horex Imperator, an iconic motorcycle from the 50s, known for its sportiness and advanced technology. Despite the closure of the factories, Horex remained known, partly due to the cartoon character Werner and recent reissues. The Imperator, with its innovative parallel twin and overhead camshaft, inspired later designs and has been praised for its quality and design, despite limited sales success.
  • ClassicPost
    Readers of Auto Motor Klassiek share their discoveries and experiences. Eddy Joustra discovers a Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen, while Robert Reessink photographs a unique Moto Guzzi moped in Italy. Stories range from Chris van Haarlem's Scottish scooter adventures to Bram Drooger's discovery of a Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man finds a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands, and readers share corrections and additions to previously published articles.
  • Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo
    Aart van der Haagen reveals the history of a rare Nissan Silvia 1.8 Turbo, originally registered as a commercial vehicle. The first owner transformed the car into a family-friendly vehicle, and Jan Manenschijn now cherishes this unrestored gem with only 67.000 kilometers on the odometer.
  • Peugeot 205 collection Team VCC Twente
    Aart van der Haagen highlights Team VCC Twente's collecting passion for Peugeot 205 models. Brothers Peter and Niek Olde Veldhuis collected unique examples such as the GTI and CTI, and even a rare 1.9 GTI Dimma. Their collection shows the transformation of a once ordinary model into a special classic.
  • Volvo and Classic Cars
    Alain Pondman from Volvo Lotte speaks about the true value of classic cars. He criticizes the trend of cheap, poorly maintained classics on Marktplaats, emphasizes the importance of making memories with vintage cars, and advises buyers to invest in quality and durability.
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1955 - Second life
    Max de Krijger tells the story of Hendrik Jan Hofman, a passionate Kever restorer. Hofman brought a badly damaged 1955 Beetle back to life with a dedication to perfection and detail. This green Beetle, complete with handmade high chair and open roof, reflects his craftsmanship. Hofman is now considering selling the Beetle to focus on a new project.
  • ClassicPost
    In the KlassiekerPost section of Auto Motor Klassiek enthusiastic readers share their unique finds and personal experiences. Eddy Joustra comes across a rare Peugeot 203 pickup in Heerenveen. Robert Reessink captures a unique Moto Guzzi moped on camera in Italy. Chris van Haarlem shares his Scottish scooter adventures, including an unexpected encounter with an Austin A30 on the Isle of Skye. Bram Drooger spots an elegant Rolls-Royce Corniche and two FIAT 850s. Ben de Man discovers a special Chevrolet Step-Van in the Netherlands. This section illustrates the diversity and deep-rooted passion of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts, with stories ranging from local discoveries to international treasures. In addition, readers provide valuable corrections and additions to previously published articles, such as PBTM Matthijssen's input on the Ardie/Dürkopp Dianette, which contributes to the rich and versatile content of the magazine.
  • Once again almost twenty pages of short messages about everything that has to do with classics
  • And of course our section 'Classics' where you can shop around in search of your next classic.

The perfect reading material for an evening or more of undisturbed dreaming. It is now in stores. A subscription is of course better, because then you will no longer miss a number and you are also much cheaper. Not bad in these expensive times.

Peugeot 203 C

Peugeot 203 C (1955). Delighted about the property

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Chevrolet Chevelle SS396. Better than new after restoration