1957 BMW Racing Kneeler Motorcycle

BMW Racing Kneeler Motorcycle

Sidecar motorcycle racing is one of the few forms of motorsport that uses an asymmetrical vehicle, or that requires the actions of two people to control. Whereas car and motorcycle racing have both enjoyed signifiant mainstream success, sidecar racing has lived on in the background, with a rag tag bunch of enthusiast competitors and some of…

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1978 Porsche 930

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Porsche initially undertook development of the 911 Turbo as a homologation model so they could take part in Group 4 racing – the rules required 400 units to be built within 24 months, and they had to be available for sale through the automaker’s regular dealership network. This original 911 Turbo had the internal designation 930 within the…

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Espiat BMW R80 RT Monolever

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The R80 Monolever was built from 1982 to 1995 and enjoyed solid sales numbers, it was powered by a more-reliable-than-taxes 797.5cc boxer twin producing 49hp and 59Nm of torque. BMW built over 22,000 Monolevers during the life of the model, this means that they’re relatively easy to come by in many parts of the world and…

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BMW 2002 Tii Racer

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The BMW 2002 is a car that only came into existence thanks to a happy coincidence and some pressure from Max Hoffman – the pre-eminent automobile importer in the USA at the time. At some point in the mid 1960s, Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (the designer of…

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1981 Audi Quattro

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The original Audi Quattro, retroactively named the Ur-Quattro, is almost certainly the most important vehicle ever manufactured by the German automaker. The Quattro name is still used to denote all-wheel drive cars built by Audi, but with a lowercase “Q” in deference to the original car, which almost singlehandedly changed the face of international rallying….

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Amphicar Model 770

Amphicar Model 770 Amphibious Car

The Amphicar holds the distinction of being one of history’s most successful amphibious cars, despite the fact that it was a bit of a sales disappointment when it was released in 1961. Initially estimates had put the anticipated sales figures close to 20,000 units per year but by the time production ceased in 1968 just…

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Opel Kadett Car-A-Van

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The Opel Kadett Car-A-Van was produced between 1962 and 1965 along with the rest of the Opel Kadett sub-models as the all-new competitor for the ageing Volkswagen Beetle – a car that had been utterly dominant in the German market for 20 years by the mid-1960s. In almost every measurable way it was a significant…

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BMW PRAËM S1000RR

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The BMW S1000RR was originally developed to compete in the 2009 Superbike World Championship, for homologation purposes they produced 1000 road going versions of the model in the same year but due to overwhelming public demand they began a full production calendar for the bike from 2010 onwards. The specifications of the S1000RR would be…

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1966 Porsche 911 ‘SWB’ Rally Car

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The Porsche 911 is famous for countless things, but there are many who are unaware of the model’s early rallying dominance in some of Europe’s most challenging competitions. After its initial release in 1963 a number of both factory and privateer entries made appearances at the highest levels of international rally competition, and in 1968…

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Luftwaffe Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Luftwaffe Mercedes-Benz Unimog

The Unimog is one of the most universally loved 4x4s in the world. Which is really saying something, because typically the various genres within the 4×4 world often don’t get along. The Germans developed the Unimog in the years after WWII using the same logic the British used to create the Land Rover. There was…

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