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

Opel Kadett 1000 Caravan

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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Billie Joe Armstrong’s 1954 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Volkswagen Beetle is remembered as the single most prolifically produced automobile in history, factories around the world built over 21,500,000 of them between 1938 and 2003, and millions of them remain on the road today. It’s a staggering story of success that very nearly didn’t happen. Somewhat strangely it was a British Army officer…

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BMW 2002 Turbo

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The BMW 2002 Turbo was the fastest version of the iconic 2002 model – which was arguably the car that launched BMW to the front of the pack for those who wanted a sports car that would fit a spouse and three kids plus luggage when needed. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the…

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1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile

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The BMW 3.0 CSL became known affectionally as the “Batmobile” thanks to a series of aerodynamic enhancements that had been developed for the coupe by the boffins at the Stuttgart University. This wind tunnel tested bodykit consisted of a front chin spoiler, a large rear wing, a secondary wing above the rear window and a…

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Porsche 911 Speedster

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The Porsche 911 Speedster was the second production Porsche to wear the Speedster badge, following on from its hugely successful predecessor from 30 years prior – the 356 Speedster. Much like the first Speedster, the 1980s variant was originally developed to be a simpler, lighter version of the base model with no bells and whistles, and…

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1973 BMW 3.0 CSL

BMW 3.0 CSL

The BMW 3.0 CSL was originally built as a homologation special, it was closely based on the eye-catching CS line of sports coupes but featured a thinner gauge steel body, no sound-proofing, and reduced interior trim options to reduce weight. BMW developed the 3.0 CSL to compete in the European Touring Car Championship and the…

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