Top 10 BMW’s

M1 In a way the M1 is a curiosity in BMW terms because it was a race car project that took so long to develop that it was no longer competitive. BMW never went down the mid-engined route again and, although it was finally built by Baur, the styling and tubular chassis development were by […]



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4-Car NSU Ro80

The NSU Ro80 is a lost cause of heroic proportions. Launched in 1967 it was a new big saloon from a company that had never made anything other than economy run-abouts and mopeds. That would have been enough of a risk but the NSU Ro80 (‘Ro’ stood for rotary, ‘80’ the factory design number) was […]



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Lancia Flaminia Touring C&SC

In the enchanted forest of the classical Lancia the Touring bodied Flaminia convertible is still something of a sleeping princess. I’m not the first to pursue this line in a story about these rather over looked V6 Lancias that has lived so long in the shadow of the Aurelia – and I doubt I will […]



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4-Car Ladybird Books

The Ladybird Book of Motorcars, infrequent reviews in full colour of what was latest in motoring around the world, were my literary introduction to cars. In the early nineteen seventies there was limited child orientated information available for kids with a thirst for automotive knowledge. Grown up magazines seemed grey and indigestible at 7 years […]



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Flavia Zagato and Vignale

The Lancia Flavia, fifty years old this year, was probably the most refined middleweight Italian car of its time. In saloon form its boxy shape came to define Lancia four-door motoring in the sixties although it was never the commercial success the firm had hoped for. Carlo Pesenti, the Italian cement tycoon who owned Lancia […]



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Chopper – The Birth of an Icon

It’s now forty years since Raleigh unleashed the Chopper on the previously staid world of British push bikes. Before the Chopper kid’s bikes were wholesome spindly contraptions for spiffing trips into the countryside with a saddle bag stuffed with ginger beer and spam sandwiches. It was just a smaller version of whatever your dad rode. […]



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BMW 2500 and 2800

The 1968 E3 saloons represented the beginning of second phase of BMWs post-war rebirth. Extensively market researched but just three years in the making they marked the return of BMW to the big car class after a gap of five years. In the meantime the Bavarian Motor Works had reinvented itself as Europe’s foremost purveyor […]



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BMW 3.0CSL

The fortunes of BMW’s 3.0 CSL E9 coupes are on the up. Stealthily yet rapidly prices have been hardening, lifting the fortunes of these classic lightweight homologation specials into a whole new league. The car you see here is up for sale at £50,000. Perhaps that’s as it should be. Here, after all, is a […]



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Alain Delon California Spider

As the smouldering essence of everything that was chic in European cinema in the nineteen sixties it should come as no surprise that Alain Delon once owned, or might have owned, open Ferrari 250 Spyder California. Let me explain… Even in the early sixties the link between Ferrari and the world of European film making […]



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4-Car Top 10 TV Cars

Glamorous and interesting cars have always added to the pace, action and the sense of location of TV as well as being a succinct way of communicating the personality of the character driving the cars on screen. Nobody understood this better than ITC. This company, headed by the late Lord Grade, produced easily the most […]



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4-Car Top 10 Notorious Cars

Many cars are remembered not for what they were but for the dubious events and people they were associated with – death, murder, famous larceny and any number of unsavoury accidents. Fast cars and the rich and famous have not proven to be a good combination over the years, particularly in an age before seat […]



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4-Car Top 10 Bond Cars

Cars, and car chases, have been an intrinsic part of the glamour of James Bond since the film series began in 1962 with Dr No, although it was the Aston Martin DB5 that really set the ball rolling in 1964 with an arsenal of gadgets that captured the imagination of boys large and small all […]



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4-Car Rare Estates

Estates are cool. Estates are hip. Estates, so the pundits tell us, are the next big thing, set to usurp the bloated MPV as the middle class lifestyle vehicle of choice. Not just any old estate mind. 21st century estate must be trim and athletic, have the right badge and exude all the right healthy […]



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Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda is a proper petrol head. When he wants to drive from his ranch in Montana to L.A the 66 year old counter cultural icon will not be climbing apologetically behind the wheel of a Prius or even taking a jet but weighing the benefits of BMW R100RS against his Ferrari Modena. But more […]



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Ladybird Book of Motor Cars

The Ladybird Book of Motorcars, infrequent reviews in full colour of what was latest in motoring around the world, were my literary introduction to cars. In the early nineteen seventies there was limited child orientated information available for kids with a thirst for automotive knowledge. Grown up magazines seemed grey and indigestible at 7 years […]



more April 16 2011 at 14:47


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