Time for the Classic Car of the Year Competition.

Time for the Classic Car of the Year Competition. The editors of Classic Cars, Classic Car Weekly, and Practical Classics – in association with Lancaster Insurance – have selected twenty cars for their prestigious short-list. Motoring lovers can now vote for the five finalists online, at www.ccoty.co.uk. These will be revealed at the Footman James Classic Motor Show, at Birmingham's NEC, from November 11th - 13th 2011. The short-listed vehicles are:

- 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II: a replica that pays homage to the marque’s rallying past, built to an impeccable standard.

- 1965 Peugeot 404: based on a standard export model and finished second in the 1965 East African Safari Rally.

- 1980 Lotus Elite S2.2: originally built by the Lotus F1 team but beautifully restored, this Elite was made available to Nigel Mansell, Elio de Angelis, Mario Andretti, and Colin Chapman.

- 1969 Jaguar E Type Series II: had same owner for 35 years who not only drives it but has lovingly rebuilt the entire car as well.

- 1959 Austin Westminster A105 Vanden Plas: number 416 of 501 produced, this low-mileage Westminster Vanden Plas exudes quality, character, and ‘Britishness’. ñ 1977 Escort RS1800: first rallied in 1977 and victorious on the 1978 RAC Rally in the hands of Hannu Mikkola, and still rallying today.

- 1953 Bristol 401: a tip-off led to the discovery and subsequent purchase of this car, which has been the subject of a 22-year restoration.

- 1975 Jensen Interceptor Convertible: extensively-restored, this rare ‘walnut dash’ Interceptor convertible recently had a starring role in Channel 4’s Red Riding trilogy.

- 1949 Triumph Roadster: a six-year restoration undertaken by its owner, a former Triumph apprentice, has seen this ‘basket-case’ return to its former glory.

- 1970 Porsche 911: once rotten and mechanically-tired, this Targa was completely stripped, restored, rebuilt, and resprayed, by a self-taught father and son team.

- 1960 Armstrong Siddely Star Sapphire: briefly owned by the current keeper in the late 70s, it was shipped off to Sweden for 30 years. Now back in the UK, it is being re-commissioned. ñ 1970 BMW 2002: purchased from BMW Munich and still under the same ownership since new, it’s astonishingly-original despite spending much of its early life in harsh foreign climes.

- 1955 MG Magnette ZA: in the same family since new, used regularly, and in a wonderfully-original condition, this is a truly marvellous Magnette.

- 1969 Datsun 240Z: this delightful 240Z, which was rebuilt in 2002, is actually the original UK road test car. ñ 1959 Triumph TR3S: one of three TR3’s entered by the works for the 1959 Le Mans. Using original drawings as reference, it has been rebuilt to original Le Mans specification.

- 1973 Ford Capri 3.0 GXL: this stunning Capri has been painstakingly and skilfully transformed from burnt-out wreck to concours prize-winner.

- 1932 Lancia Dilambda: twenty Dilambdas have survived worldwide. This magnificent example was rebuilt in time for the Lancia Centenary celebrations in Turin in 2006. ñ 1959 Messerschmitt TG 500: Delivered new to Israel in 1959, this ‘Tiger’ survived a lengthy incarceration and a bombing before returning to the UK for a meticulous restoration.

- 1924 Alvis 12/50 Tourer: Bought by the current owner in 1958, and restored by him in the 1970s, this charming Alvis is a regular at concours events, driving trials, and weddings.
 

Bristol 401. Hand built true British work of craftmanship.

Bristol 401 all the way for me