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2005-2012 Gumpert Apollo: Street-Legal Race-Ready Sports Car

In 2000, Roland Gumpert, the former president of Audi Sport, proposed a new generation of sports cars. He wanted to create a sports car that is street-legal yet ready for the racetrack. Gumpert was approached by automobile designer Roland Mayer to assist in building a prototype sports car. Audi allowed Gumpert to get involved in the project, on the condition ...

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Air-Cooled Haven: A Mecca For Porschephiles

(Editor’s Note: This story was first published in the Man Cave section of Power Wheels Magazine Volume 2 Issue 6.) I was a college student when I saw my first Porsche 911 in 1988. It was a silver 930 Turbo with a whale tail that a student borrowed from his dad. I was a bit disappointed when I heard the air-cooled ...

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Exoticar Superstar: Lamborghini Countach in “Cannonball Run” and “Cannonball Run II”

Among the Lamborghini supercars, the 1974-1990 Countach is undeniably the most recognizable and most iconic model. A sinister-black early Lamborghini Countach with white leather interior from the Alpine stereo posters and magazine ads graced the walls of many car enthusiasts’ rooms in the 1980s. And if the Italian supercar’s space age design, swing-up doors and outrageous power outputs (for its ...

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50-Year-Old Transformation: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Mechatronik M-Coupe Conversion

At first glance, this vintage Mercedes-Benz looks like either a mint well-preserved 1970 280SE 2-door coupe or a meticulously restored one. From the outside, the car seems to be what it’s supposed to be. There’s the elegant W111 coupe shape and twin stacked headlamps that has the car often mistaken for the Paul Bracq-designed W108. There’s an abundance of chrome ...

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1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet (W111): 55-year-old Sports Luxury Cabriolet

(Editor’s Note: After picking up a 2020 Mercedes-Benz V220 Avantgarde from the new Mercedes-Benz showroom in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) for my birthday drive this weekend, I had the urge to sift through our old Power Wheels Magazine articles about vintage Mercedes-Benz cars. I found this “Euro Sports” article about a W111 1965 Mercedes 220 SE Cabriolet, which coincidentally, was ...

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1980-1988 Ferrari 308 GTS: Magnum P.I.’s Robin 1

If an ostentatiously wealthy friend invites you to be his security consultant and live in his beachfront estate in Hawaii, where you can come and go as you please, take odd part-time jobs when you are not occupied, and get to drive a red Ferrari for free, would you say no? We don’t think so. That was the premise of ...

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2006 Ford GTX1 Roadster: A Little Off The Top, Please…

Ford Motor Company‘s now-legendary racing prototype, the Ford GT40, had a magical year in 1966. Henry Ford II wanted to get back at Enzo Ferrari for the botched sale of the iconic Italian sports car company to Ford. After watching the GT40 endure numerous early teething problems like aerodynamics, engine and transaxle reliability, Ford confidently declared it would beat Ferrari ...

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Post War Bubble Car: 1959 BMW Isetta Moto Coupe DeLuxe 300

Cheap and affordable short-distance transportation became a necessity after the Second World War. A micro-car was seen as a better alternative because it offered weather protection than motorcycles and scooters. Italian carmaker Iso came out with the Isetta, and it became so successful and influential as a city car that it was built in other countries, including Spain, Belgium, France, ...

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Quintessential Movie Spy Car: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is perhaps the most famous and most recognized automobile of the famous movie spy franchise, James Bond. The DB5 first appeared in Goldfinger (1964), and then in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). Powered by a 282-horsepower all-aluminum 4.0-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine with three ...

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Very Rare 356: 1957-62 Beutler-Porsche Specials

While working on our stories about model cars for our Miniature Wheels section under The Rack, we were reading about Porsche road and racing cars from the mid-1970s when we chanced upon a small box ad placed in the “Market Place” classified ads section of the January 1976 issue of Road & Track magazine. The box ad was about a ...

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