1969 Opel Rallye Kadett

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Outside of Europe the Opel Kadett 1900 Rallye is a little known car, in fact it’s not all that well known in Europe either come to think of it. That said, motorsport fans will remember the Kadett as the car that launched the rally career of the great Ari Vatanen, who piloted it to his…

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1936 Horch 853 Spezialroadster

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The name Horch might not be familiar to many, but the name Audi certainly is. As it happens both automakers were founded by the same man – August Horch. Meet August Horch August attended the Mittweida Technical College and studied engineering in the late 1800s, after graduation he found his way to working for a man…

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1986 Gemballa Cyrrus

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There are few German cars as controversial as the Gemballa modified 911s. Some love them, many hate them, but the one thing no one can deny is that they always gather a crowd of curious onlookers. The Gemballa Cyrrus The Gemballa Cyrrus and it’s sister car the Avalanche are the vehicles that helped launch the…

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1929 BMW R62

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BMW motorcycles have always been a little unusual, the Germans were never afraid to depart from the norm, and to their credit, the German consumers have been more than happy to jump on for the ride. Although the R62 wasn’t produced for long it’s still much sought after by enthusiasts thanks to its elegant looks…

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Dickie Stoop’s 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

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The 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 you see here wasn’t actually completed until 1946 – it had been ordered as a rolling chassis by the British Frazer Nash company in 1939 but the outbreak of WWII had seen all 4 chassis impounded by British Customs and Excise until a year after the war ended. A Brief…

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in both Roadster and Gullwing configurations is considered by many leading automotive minds to be one of the most beautiful cars of the 20th century. Over the 1954 to 1963 production run just 3,258 were built, and today they’re among the most collectible classic cars of all time. An Introduction to…

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Ellaspede BMW R80

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This post was written by Hughan Seary of Ellaspede, when possible we like to bring you the story of a build in the words of the people who built it, to offer a unique insight into their thought process and methods. Lines. The lines of a bike are often overlooked or misunderstood; especially when it comes…

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Ex-Peter Sellers Porsche 930 Turbo

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A Short History of the Porsche 930 Turbo In 1974 Porsche displayed a new car to the general public at the Paris Auto Show. It was a turbocharged 911 with the internal type designation “930” – it had widened wheel arches, wide tires, a rear wing, and 260 hp from its rear-mounted, SOHC, 3-liter flat-6….

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Vintage Steele BMW R60/6

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A Short History of the BMW R60/6 The BMW R60/6 made its first appearance in 1974 as part of the all-new /6 family of motorcycles by the German manufacturer. These new models replaced the outgoing /5 motorcycles but shared many of their components – BMW was onto a good thing with their horizontally-opposed air-cooled engines, and…

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1937 Zündapp K800

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A Short History of the Zündapp K800 Decades before the Honda Goldwing appeared on the scene there was already a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine installed in a motorcycle, by a German marque called Zündapp. Zündapp had started out as a machine tool and armaments manufacturer in 1917, after the war in 1921 the company diversified into motorcycles –…

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1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Speedster

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A Short History of the Porsche 356 Speedster The Porsche 356 Speedster is a car that Porsche was reticent to build. The regular 356 was selling well in the USA, but hugely influential importer Max Hoffman had been on the phone explaining to the chaps in Stuttgart that there would be a strong market for a…

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