Last week, the Pick of the Day was the car that put BMW on the map with enthusiast drivers, the 2002. These were great cars and they sold scores of them. But the car that was the real breakout model for BMW was the 320i.
Since I just returned from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, and one of the many things celebrated there was the 100th birthday of BMW, it seems most appropriate that a classic BMW should be Pick of the Day.
The Mazda Miata took over the early ’90’s as a moderately priced two-seater sports car and had huge success in the U.S. So much so that other automakers were quick to respond with their own versions of the two-seater roadster. BMW developed the Z3 to satisfy the demand, and the cars were produced from 1996 through 2002.
Hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports-car racing is the iconic, mid-engine BMW M1, considered to be the one and only exotic supercar ever built by the Bavarian automaker. The E26 M1 is among the rarest BMW models built with a total of 453 produced. Of those, 399 were designed for street use and the rest were built for the sole purpose of racing.
German car fans have something to cheer about during Monterey Classic Car Week: Two enjoyably relaxed events on Friday that celebrate the solid, innovative automobiles from Deutschland.
For the second year, Porsche has its own standalone car show, the Porsche Werks Reunion, organized by the Porsche Club of America along with a gaggle of vintage-Porsche clubs. Previously, PCA teamed up with the other Germanic show, Legends of the Autobahn, but split away to hold the all-Porsche event last year. Continue reading
Something that is heard quite a lot lately in the classic car community is that all the good deals are gone. Many of us fondly remember when you could buy an early Porsche 911 for $10,000 and an E-type Jaguar for as little as $7,500.
Sadly, the days are over for buying those icons of the 1960s for that little money. It does not matter if there is ever a market correction, the cheap old days for those cars and others of that era are over. Continue reading
Known as an unassuming high-performance sedan, the 1988 BMW M5 is considered a pioneer in its class and legendary in BMW motorsports history. The car seemed to come out of nowhere, beating Ferraris while holding the title of being the fastest production sedan of its time. Continue reading
Today begins the great Mille Miglia of Italy, the 33rd running of the thousand-mile rally revival that commemorates one of the world’s most-storied road races. Continue reading
The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will feature a BMW 328 that holds a special, if somewhat peculiar place in the history of motorsport. The fabled Mille Miglia-winning 1940 “Mille Miglia” Il Gran Premio Brescia Della aerodynamic coupe bodied by Touring of Milan will be the anchor of the BMW 328 class at the Florida concours Sunday. Continue reading