1959 BMW 507 Series II

It would indeed have been a shame if BMW had confined the use of its first V8 engine range merely to its saloon cars of the 1950s. Had that been the case, the world would have been denied what is arguably the Bavarian marque’s finest post-war sports car-the glamorous, high-performance 507.

The V8, the work of BMW chief designer Dr. Fritz Fielder, had first appeared in 2.6-liter form in the 502 saloon of 1954, offering impressive performance and fine roadholding Read More

1959 BMW 507 Series II

It would have been a shame if BMW had confined the use of its first V8 engine range merely to its saloon cars of the 1950s. Had that been the case the world would have been denied what is arguably the Bavarian marque’s finest post-war sports car – the glamorous high performance 507.

The V8, the work of BMW chief designer Dr. Fritz Fielder, had first appeared in 2.6-liter form in the 502 saloon of 1954, offering the impressive Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

I drove one cross-country and did four straight hours in Nevada at 110 mph. With the car singing through its original mild-steel exhaust system, the sound is as unique as the rest of the car

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In the collector car world, there is no more immediately recognizable sight than a 300SL with its doors open. Introduced in 1954 as a coupe with signature “Gullwing” doors, the legendary 300SL was conceived as Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

When Mercedes-Benz introduced their new range of cars in 1951 it included the 3-liter six-cylinder 300S model which was to become the basis of their return to motor sport in 1952. Rudi Uhlenhaut, the Competition Director, was obliged to use production components for his new sports racecar and to compensate for the weight penalty he designed an ultra-light, welded spaceframe chassis with an all-alloy coupe body.

To alleviate the access problem caused by the multi-tubed framework, he introduced the Read More

1974 Porsche Carrera 3.0 RSR

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The 3-liter Porsche Carrera RSR was one of the great long distance sports-racing cars of the early 1970s. Just 57 of these 330 bhp “evolution” versions of the already exciting Carrera RS were built, but they were successful beyond all expectations, winning every GT championship entered throughout the world.

The engine received a secondary ignition system, so an extra spark plug per cylinder was adopted, higher lift camshafts were specified, a higher flow fuel injection pump, and Read More

1932 NAG Type 219 Sport Kabriolet

The Nationale Automobile-Gesellschaft (NAG) was formed from earlier motorcar and electrical manufacturing concerns in Berlin in 1915 and survived until the 1930s. It was then absorbed by a group which is still in existence today. The constituent companies had produced many different models of cars (at least one of which was used by the Kaiser) including electric powered versions and numerous commercial vehicles, mostly buses.

The 4 1/2-liter V8 NAG appeared in 1931. It was the first V8 motorcar Read More

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A

The Mercedes 220 series of the Fifties has the stately elegance and engineering integrity so beloved of this company from Stuttgart. The Cabriolet, the most attractive, rarest and most valuable of the series, epitomizes luxurious open air Continental touring on a grand scale.

The Frankfurt Motor Show in the Spring of 1951 saw the return of Mercedes-Benz to their traditional place in the high quality market with the introduction of the 220 series. Similar to current models, the cars Read More

1948 Porsche Prototype Custom Sports Cabriolet

This intriguing link with the very origins of the Porsche marque precedes the launch of the 356, first publicly shown at the spring 1949 Geneva Motor Show. This car was built in Zurich by Hans Waibel, who in 1988 declared that he had show-prepared two Porsche coupes at the request of Ferry Porsche and Louise Piech for display at the Vienna Industrial Exhibition.

He was then approached by a client, Rupprecht von Senger, and asked to build a similar Read More

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

This particular 300SL Gullwing is one of the most famous of all British Gullwings as it is RYT 28, the press car, that was completed on the 5th of December 1955 and delivered new in January 1956 to Mercedes-Benz (GB) at Camberwell. This information is documented in both the chassis records and in Michael Frostick’s book The Mighty Mercedes which documents all of the approximately 59 Gullwings delivered new to the UK. RYT 28 was used and driven by Read More

1970 BMW 3.0 CS Coupe

Introduced in 1971 and in production until 1975, the BMW 3.0 CS shared the same wheelbase and style of the 2800 CS with an improved Karmann-built bodyshell, a full three-liter engine (straight-six overhead-camshaft) and four-wheel disc brakes. It provided more power and improved torque, output of 180 bhp being recorded on this model and even more when allied to Bosch fuel injection. The example pictured here is not injected, and has the desirable four-speed manual gearbox. It also features Read More