England has at least two big thick magazines devoted to this subject. Both published once a month, Practical Classics, and Classics Monthly. Both tend to focus on widely sold popular cars on their day in Europe, 1970s-1990’s MG, Triumph, Morris Minor, VW, and Ford. Along with a few oddballs from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Maybe an occasional Jag. But most of the cars featured in these magazines were econo-boxes or borderline-econoboxes at the time. With engine displacements from 800 cc to 1600 cc. Rarely anything bigger than 2000 cc. And the restoration’s goal is pretty much to make it the same configuration as when it was new.
But here in the USA, I’m not aware of any magazines at all that focus on similar restorations of typical popular American econoboxes like 1970’s-90’s Honda Civics, Toyota Corollas, Ford Taurus’s, Nissan Sentras, cars like that. There are plenty of American car magazines about how install a 500 HP motor into a 1970’s Chevy Chevelle to make it a rocket. But not how to restore it to the modest car it was.
Any theories why there’s this difference in interest between the USA and England? I can’t figure it out.