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    Time capsule Ford Escort RS Cosworth sells for £91,000: The 21-year-old boy racer with just 837 miles on the clock

    A Ford Escort RS Cosworth dubbed a 'time capsule' car after covering just 837 miles since 1996 has sold for £91,125 at auction.The rally-influenced Escort RS Cosworth was considered the king of the boy racers in its day and was famous for both its huge wing and immense power.Now the Escort Cosworth is considered a fully-fledged modern classic car and the two previous owners' decision to forgo driving this one and wrap it in cotton wool instead has been celebrated with the astonishing price fetched at Silverstone Auctions' NEC Classic Motor Show sale.  Timewarp treasure trove: This 1996 Ford Escort ...

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    Meet the supercar SUV: Lamborghini teases its new Urus 4x4... the ultimate Top Trumps school run car

    If you fancy winning a game of school run Top Trumps, Lamborghini has the perfect car. Called the Urus, its new four-seat sports utility vehicle is expected to cost around £180,000 and become one of the fastest family cars on the planet.Lamborghini won't take the wraps off the eagerly-anticipated new supercar 4x4 for another month, but it has given us a glimpse of what to expect with a quick clip of a disguised Urus tearing through the desert.It seems that the Urus won't just be a Chelsea Tractor for taking the kids from the front door to the school gates - ...

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    Should this be banned from the driving test? Instructors petition for manoeuvre to be axed just weeks ahead of its introduction...

    From 4 December, learner drivers will face a host of new challenges in order to obtain their full driving licence.Four new elements will be introduced to the test, while two long-standing manoeuvres will be omitted - and it appears one of the new additions has plenty of driving instructors and learners riled.The move in question is one of the new reversing tasks that requires the driver to pull up on the opposite right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and then rejoin the traffic. Testing times: Instructors have started to sign an e-petition to have a new ...

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    The boxfresh 90s boy racer: This Ford Escort RS Cosworth has covered just 837 MILES in two decades - now it could sell at auction for £100,000

    Ford Escort RS Cosworths were the pick of the hot hatches for boy racers in the early to mid 90s.Ferociously powerful, brimming with rallying heritage and yet still roomy enough to ferry the kids to Wimpy on a Saturday afternoon, most of the 7,145 examples built between 1992 and 1996 were heavily used, repeatedly modified and generally trashed to within an inch of their lives.But for those handful of cars that escaped daily abuse, the reward is a colossal increase in value - a timewarp treasure trove. Like this 837-mile example that's due to go under the hammer for around ...

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    An Aston Martin for the price of a family hatchback - the only catch is that you have to pedal! British marque unveils new £16,000 BICYCLE

    Fancy a brand new Aston Martin for the price of a family runaround?Well now you can buy one for just under £16,000. But there is a catch - it has only two wheels and you have to peddle it yourself.That's because the iconic British car maker ha teamed up with bicycle manufacturer Storck to create a super-lightweight bike that tips the scales at a feathery 5.9kg – less than six bags of sugar. Pedal-powered Aston: Just 107 examples of this Aston Martin bicycle will be made, each one costing a staggering £15,777The car manufacturer famed for making James Bond’s favourite ...

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    Fallen from the same tree as the LEAF: Nissan reveals its IMx SUV - the first of a growing electric family of all-new models

    Nissan is turning over a new LEAF – adding to its core electric range with its first battery-powered sports utility vehicle. The prototype all-electric zero-emissions Nissan IMx crossover, with a claimed driving range of more than 373 miles, was unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan and marks the start of a wider LEAF EV family.Although Nissan bosses were also flagging up its fully autonomous features, once the hype is stripped away, the reality for motorists is that this car will form the second addition to the green LEAF range. And more are expected to follow. Green SUV: Nissan ...

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    For when you want to take your limo on safari: This limited edition 620bhp Mercedes-Maybach G-Class just sold for a record £1.1MILLION at auction

    Rolls-Royce and Bentley might make some of the most delectable limousines on sale today, but could one make it to a business meeting at the top of a mountain or in the middle of the desert? Probably not. But this limo can. It's a 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. It blends supreme luxury with a bulldozing SUV featuring a V12 engine, 620bhp and enough ground clearance to make a speed bump feel fictional. Just 99 were made, each one demanding £560,000. But this example has just sold for a fee that even dwarfs its mammoth body. After a frenzied bidding war at a recent ...

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    BMW's Z4 concept is an early indicator that the 2018 roadster will soon be the best looking car out there for 30,000

    BMW has given the world an early peak at what the next-generation Z4 sports car will look like - and it's fabulous.This Z4 concept was officially showcased at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance in California on Thursday ahead of the car going on sale in 2018.And what you see today is pretty much what you should expect to get in 12 month's time, with the German manufacturer promising that around 80 per cent of the concept design will filter through to the production model. Regal roadster: This is the BMW Z4 Concept - an early sign of what ...

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    Mercedes-Benz follows in BMW's footsteps with 2,000 diesel trade-in deal (but you won't get a discount on a petrol model)

    Mercedes will offer 2,000 off the price of one of their new greener diesel cars to owners of high-emissions older models when they trade in their vehicle.The German premium brand has emulated rival BMW, which offered its own diesel-only discount incentive last week.Called the 'Diesel changeover bonus', only Mercedes' latest diesel models and hybrids are eligible for the 2,000 saving - but the petrol-driven range isn't inclusive of the offer, pushing drivers to diesel cars that are becoming less popular in the face of impending toxin taxes. 'Diesel changeover bonus': Mercedes has followed in the footsteps of BMW buy offering ...

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    Rock and roll car: Keith Richards' Ferrari 400i - one of seven bought by the Rolling Stones in 1983 - tipped to sell for 160k at auction

    Owning a Ferrari is rite of rock and roll passage and this one in particular belongs to one of the most iconic rockstars of all time - but soon it could be yours.It's a 1983 Ferrari 400i that was first bought - and is still owned - by none other than Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. In just 34 years it has covered a mere 2,254 miles, all at the hands of one legendary musician. However, it's now being offered to the highest bidder at an upcoming sale - just be prepared to fork out about 160,000 if you want ...

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    UK car sales in free-fall as figures show 14% decline in second-hand purchases and 8% drop in finance packages

    Car dealers across the UK are coming under pressure from a significant drop in activity, new figures released today suggest.Following reports that new car registrations were down 10 per cent in July compared to the same month in 2016, new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have showed there's been an even bigger drop-off in second-hand purchases - a 13.5 decent decline.This downturn in vehicle sales has been backed-up by stats showing that the volume of finance packages taken out on new models has fallen 8 per cent in a year, with showrooms starting to feel ...

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    Enough room for 007's groceries: Aston Martin's new Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is a 600bhp big-booted estate car

    James Bond can stock up on all the gin, vermouth and lemons he needs to make a martini at home with Aston Martin's new limited edition estate.It's called the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake and it's a two-seat sports car quick enough to chase down an enemy spy and then store his body in a capacious boot that's also ideal for picking up your weekly shop - including the ingredients for your favourite cocktail.Aston Martin gave the world a sneak preview of its first ever production estate car, alongside another new model called the Vanquish Zagato Speedster - both of which ...

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    BMW launches its own scrappage scheme to offer 2,000 off a new car when you trade in a dirty diesel - and VW will have one too

    While Britain's diesel car owners wait to see if the Government will bring in a scrappage scheme, BMW has taken matters into its own handsThe German car gaint has launched a new 'Lower Emissions Allowance' incentive in the UK, offering a 2,000 discount on its greenest cars when you trade in a dirty diesel. And a similar incentive is due to be launched by VW UK 'shortly', according to reports. Diesel discount: BMW is offering a 2,000 saving on a range of almost 60 existing models if you trade in your old dirty diesel car before December 31Owners of Euro ...

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    Small car shootout: Can Ford's new Fiesta retain its crown as Briton's best supermini, or is a Seat Ibiza or Skoda Fabia a better choice?

    The supermini sector is of crucial importance in the UK and, pretty much since it was launched way back in 2008, the Ford Fiesta has led the way. Britons responded to its all-round excellence by buying it in consistently huge numbers. In fact, more than a million have been sold here since its launch.For 2017, there is an all-new Fiesta at last. We drove it at the official launch, but now it's time to pitch it against rivals. The latest Skoda Fabia has actually been the one to beat for many since its launch in 2014 and now, for 2017, ...

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    The electric sportscar with 1940s Grand Prix looks: Infiniti reveals Prototype 9 concept car that blends a racer of the past with the power of the future

    Concept cars usually give us an indication of what vehicles could look like in the future. But this one has given us a glimpse into the past.It's called the Prototype 9 and is the brainchild of employees at Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti, who have been working on the car as part of an after-hours project.Revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance at the weekend, it showcases what an electrified Grand Prix car could have looked like in the late 1940s - about 45 years before the Infiniti brand was even invented. New-age power; authentic '40s looks: The Infiniti Prototype 9 ...

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