Last year was BMW Motorrad's best year for sales in the company's venerable history. BMW bikes aren't about being the fastest or the most stylish (although they can be both those things). They're about good balance, fantastic handling, and rider comfort--so all you want to do is get on one, ride away, and never look back. Here are the 25 best ever made
The Jaguar E-Type was manufactured between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. A great success for Jaguar, over seventy thousand E-Types were sold during its lifespan.
Cuba is exciting and full of contrasts, beautiful and dreary at the same time, but above all this country is one thing: colourful. Colours determine the cities, the clothes, the landscape – and the streets. And the cars on Cuban roads are legendary. And like in no other country, classic vehicles are a crucial and also a colourful part of the overall picture.
During the filming of the classic Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, there was a problem: The stunt drivers couldn't get the Esprit to slide around and do what they wanted during the car chase. Roger Becker, the man who did the development driving and chassis tuning on the Esprit, was on hand during filming. He knew that the car could do what the script called for, but he also knew that the car wasn't being driven properly. So he did it himself. And that's how Lotus's test and development driver became the Bond's stunt driver. Sadly, Becker just passed away.
The cutting-edge technology and elegance so characteristic of Mercedes-Benz have always been expressed in a very special way in coupés. The three 230 C, 280 C and 280 CE models, presented by Mercedes-Benz 40 years ago in March 1977 at the Geneva Motor Show, linked into this tradition. Today the model series C 123 is embedded in the history of the E-Class Coupés.
With values of the first model M3 – the E30 – now going stratospheric, and those of the E36 following closely behind, it’s perhaps the worst kept secret in the classic car world that the next model to follow suit will be the E46. Sweet handling, impressive performance and a beautifully proportioned coupé body should create the perfect recipe for a sure-fire modern classic, helped by virtue of it being BMW’s last straight-six powered M3. Don’t let those up-to-date looks fool you – the first E46 M3 rolled off the production line nearly 17 years ago. Now at the bottom of its depreciation curve, there’s been no better time to invest in a well-cared for, low-mileage example. Take care of it and you’ll not lose money.
Many of the classic and collectible cars on our wish list today have become totally out of reach for us mere mortals. They weren’t always looked at in this light; in fact, many of the cars that are now gaining traction in the classic and collectible market were once looked at as oddities, the features that once deterred buyers now adding massive value in the resale market. With all the variation in the collector car market, how can one ensure that you are making a good investment? Are there any tell-tale signs that a car is soon to increase in value?