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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BMW 507 Roadster

BMW 507

The BMW 507 Roadster is very possibly the most beautiful car that almost killed its maker. The basic concept of the car had been suggested by Max Hoffman in the mid-1950s as a model to fill a new niche between the high-end Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the far less expensive MGs, Triumphs and Healeys. Hoffman had suggested to…

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1981 BMW M1

BMW M1

The BMW M1 was a radical departure from business as usual for BMW, famous at the time for building more practical cars the M1 was a dynamic Giugiaro-designed supercar that could rub shoulders with the best of them. The M1 began production in 1978 after a period of turmoil surrounding a partnership between BMW and…

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Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911T

Porsche 911T

The Porsche 911T made its debut in 1967 as a direct replacement for the 912 as an entry level version of the now legendary 911. The “T” in its name stood for “Touring” and in order to make the air-cooled engine suitable for long distance driving it was slightly detuned from 130 hp to 110…

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Volkswagen 21 Window Samba

Volkswagen Type 2 '21-Window' Deluxe Microbus

The 21 Window Volkswagen Samba was the most luxurious version of the iconic Type 2 Microbus, it was offered in both 23 and 21 window variants and both had 8 panoramic windows in the roof as well as a long fabric sunroof. When it was first introduced in Europe, Volkswagen marketed the Samba as a…

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Münch Mammoth

Munch Mammoth

Friedl Münch began hand building the Mammoth in 1966 after receiving a special order from Jean Murit – a former motorcycle sidecar racer and a leading light within the French motorcycle community. Jean wanted a no-expense spared motorcycle that could cheerfully reach 140 mph and hold it for hours on end. Münch had years of experience…

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Porsche 911S Barn Find

Porsche-911S-4

In 1967 the Porsche 911S was released to the general public, it received an exceptionally warm welcome from both automotive journalists and those who enjoy spirited driving with a dash of opposite lock. The 911S was different to the standard 911 in several important ways, it came with 158 hp at the rear wheels thanks…

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Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS

Porsche 356

Amongst the early road-going Porsches one of the most desirable models is the updated “A” specification 356 fitted with the highly successful Type 547/1 four cam engine from the Porsche 550 racing car. Although they looked very similar when the engine bay was closed, the performance of the Carrera was in a league of its…

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Porsche 912

Porsche-912-1

The Porsche 912 was developed and produced as almost an afterthought by the Stuttgart-based automobile manufacturer, the out-going Porsche 356 had been priced about $2000 lower than the new Porsche 911 – and the bean-counters were worried that this price difference would shrink the market for Porsche by a considerable margin. Released in 1965, the…

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Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine

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The Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine is an automobile that was decade or more ahead of its time, its design influenced the creation of the Porsche 356 and the engineering under its skin was revolutionary for the 1930s. The design of the Trumpf Rennlimousine was largely the result of work completed by German aerodynamicist Paul Jaray. He…

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Porsche 944 Turbo

Porsche-944-Turbo-1

The Porsche 944 Turbo was the pinnacle of 944 development, which itself had started with an ill-fated agreement between Porsche, VW and Audi to co-develop a car that would share a common platform. VW eventually pulled out of the arrangement so Porsche bought the rights to the project and carried on – eventually releasing the…

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