By / 22 Oct 2014
Before Germany produced performance sedans, four doors were utilitarian, soulless appliances for transporting more than two people at a time; a disposable machine that announced, “I give up.” Sure, there were Detroit straight-line ponies good for a burnout but never designed to run at Nardo.
/ 21 Oct 2014
The 911 was in amazing shape, featuring only 37,000 original miles, and included everything that it did when it was first sold new, including the window sticker and even a packet of disposable gloves intended for roadside emergencies. Additionally, it’s completely stock and has never been altered or modified. Gary simply enjoys the rush of driving a Porsche convertible.
/ 20 Oct 2014
German manufacturers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have churned out many of the most notable sporty four-doors, packed with the style and performance you’d expect from the more expensive sports car models of their line ups. By the late ‘80s, a myriad of German sports sedans had been produced and refined, yet some clearly outshined others...
/ 14 Oct 2014
The plan was always to do everything myself because I didn't have a big pile of money! I dread even thinking about the amount of hours, blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into this. I’ve resprayed panels, learned how to weld, and now have good mechanical knowledge. I can't express enough how much joy I get out of this car, it really has been my life for the past six years...
It had hard leather seats, a godawful slab of wood on the dash, and few other amenities. Slightly wider fourteen-inch wheels and a 6.9 emblem on the trunk lid distinguished it from the garden-variety 450SEL. What you were paying for wasn’t flash, it was engineering. And the engineering started under the hood...
By / 1 Oct 2014
Commonality and exceptions are everywhere. Although the following vehicles may seem wildly different from one another they are alike in two respects: All of them were produced at least a quarter of a century ago wearing the badges of German manufacturers.
/ 30 Sep 2014
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved cars. Thinking back, it seems completely natural. I have found pictures of me as a two-year old surrounded by my toy cars, sitting in front of the television, on which my dad was watching Formula One. And that is how it went, every Sunday, for years and years. I would also read his car magazines, go with him to events, and ride along in every classic he owned.
/ 25 Sep 2014
I ran into this beautiful example at an auto show outside Stockholm in 2008. The owner was an old man who had been driving and restoring 356s for decades, a true Porsche connoisseur. Close to mint condition, narrow original body and the sexy black optional sports seats. Delivered new in Sweden, known owner history–and only 45,000 miles on the meter, bingo!...
At the BMW Museum the exhibition doesn't begin in the building, but on a small plaza out front because there's always some action taking place, whether it's a check-point for a classic rally or some car from the collection is basking in the sun. Moreover, when you finally enter to purchase a ticket, it only becomes more impressive because standing guard is the legendary 1972 BMW E25 Turbo, designed for the 1972 Munich Olympics by Mr. Paul Bracq.
In the late 1970s, Audi engineers started toying with the idea of pairing a turbocharged engine with the Volkswagen Group’s four-wheel-drive platform. The result, in 1980, was the Ur-Quattro (Ur being German for “original”), a car that would ultimately change Group B rally racing and, in time, the way sports cars were prepared.
By / 4 Sep 2014
This all-wheel-drive wagon includes locking differentials, and a 2.2L turbo 5 cylinder engine–the engine that won multiple Group B rally championships and Pikes Peak hillclimbs. Finally, this may be the only wagon of its vintage with a manual transmission in Canada.