Cars of Interest


BMW 1 series (E81/82/87/88)

History The BMW 1 series was introduced in 2004 as new entry model. Although initially only available as four-door hatchback, it quickly replaced the unpopular E46 compact. A two-door hatchback and a coupé followed in 2007 (along with a facelift for the four-door hatch), the convertible in 2008. Coupé and […]


Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201)

History In December 1982, Mercedes-Benz introduced the all-new 190 model, aiming at a share of the market that was previously not covered. It may be difficult to imagine in a time where the A-class is one of the examples of a huge and very varied range, but the “Baby-Benz” led […]


BMW 5 series (E39)

History The fourth generation of BMW’s 5 series was introduced in December 1995 as successor to the E34. The design was clearly a continuation of the E34, while introducing features introduced with the E36 3 series (e.g. the glass-covered headlights), whereas the more rounded look and horizontal crease line would […]


BMW Neue Klasse

History BMW was in a difficult situation in the late 1950s. It still felt the effects of the second World War, such as the loss of the car factory in Eisenach and the bomb damage to the Munich factory. Motorcycles weren’t selling as well as they used to, money was […]


Mercedes-Benz W 114/W 115

History In 1968, Mercedes-Benz introduced the W 114 (six-cylinder) / W 115 (four/five-cylinder) as successor to the W 110. It is known as Strich 8 (Dash 8) in Germany. Its design is marked by restraint – completely devoid of unnecessary things, except for the chrome side strip. It definitely looks […]


Mercedes-Benz W 110

History The W 110, part of Mercedes’s second-generation post-war lineup, was introduced in 1961 as successor to the W 120/W 121 Ponton model. The W 110 is mostly identical technically and optically to the W 111, but with a shortened front (being designed for four-cylinder engines) and single round headlights […]


Austin Healey 3000

History The “Big Healey” was introduced in 1953, with a four-cylinder engine. In 1956, the six-cylinder 100-6 replaced it. In 1959, the 3000 with a larger 3-liter engine introduced. The “Big Healey” moniker differentiates these cars from the much smaller Austin Healey Sprite. The 3000 Mk II was introduced in […]


BMW M3 (all models)

I have decided to treat the M3 separately from other 3-series models. The M3 models differ quite a bit in price, engine, and sometimes design from the regular models. History The first M3, based on the E30, was introduced in 1985 as homologation model for motorsports. It has little in […]


Porsche 911 G-model (1973-1989)

History For the 1974 model revision, the Porsche 911 received a major overhaul that distinguish the new G-model from the earlier models. New bumpers were required by US law, the vents below the headlights disappeared (with the turn signals being moved into the bumper), and the whole body was slightly […]


BMW 3 series (E36)

History The third-generation 3 series, introduced in 1991, was a radical step forward from the E30. The design was completely new, with much improved aerodynamics. Gone was the open grille that still adorned the contemporary E34 5-series. The six-cylinder engines (M50) were all new, employing four valves per cylinder. Top […]