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?
The first 911 sports model to feature the “S” suffix was distinguished by its exclusive aluminium wheels. The 911 S was, after all, the first model to sport the now legendary Fuchs rims. At the time, Porsche spoke merely of an alloy wheel that was part of the sports car’s standard equipment. The idea behind the aluminium wheel was as simple as its description was plain: the new S model was to have lighter rims than the series 911, which would reduce the unsprang masses. Less weight means a more responsive suspension–a sporty plus for the S model. The difference was supposed to be some 3 kilos less per wheel compared to the steel version–the goal stated in the specifications for the 911 S.
For most car makers in the ’60s, new production supercars were still the direct result of racing regulations that demanded road-legal versions of race cars. Not a bad way to get high-performance cars on the road. Horsepower ratings swelled, top speeds climbed, and the ’60s quickly became the era of what are now the most famous (and now most expensive) exotica of all time.
After almost 18 years, Ferrari finally admitted that the F90 existed and was made for the Sultan of Brunei in 1988. A brief passage in the 2005 Ferrari Annual outlined an impressive order of six bespoke super cars which were much more daring than anything Ferrari would have produced themselves.
The project was managed by Enrico Fumia, the head of the Research and Development department at Pininfarina. Fumia styled the car very similar to a Pininfarina Ethos Concept car made in the same period.
In 1991, Harley released a customized FXDB to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sturgis rally. One year later, they did the same to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rally in Daytona. Just 1,700 of the latter were produced – here’s #1692 and it’s still in the crate! Just be quick, as this auction ends soon
No. It just happens to be the most valuable car to be put up for sale recently. There are more than a few 250 GTOs out there, and there are much rarer, more valuable cars which may never be sold at auction.