Update, January 23, 2015: The 2002 Tii sold to a great collector and longtime Sports Car Digest reader. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
With the 2002 ‘Neue Klasse’ models, BMW pulled itself out of financial troubles and established its identity as a performance-oriented manufacturer of automobiles for enthusiasts, while also creating the sports sedan segment so prevalent today. Another factor that makes the 2002 so important is its accessibility to such a huge number of enthusiasts. Built well and in relatively large numbers, the 2002 has a durable, tunable engine and has never gone out of style with enthusiasts. It was even called "one of modern civilization’s all-time best ways … [Read More...]
The Renault story is one of triumph, but not without its share of tragedies. While today they reign as one of the largest automakers in Europe, their road was paved with more than a few bumps and many less-than-successful partnerships with every manufacturer imaginable. After decades of restructuring, the automaker that’s been around since 1899 now enjoys a successful collaboration with Nissan that's yielded many highly awarded automobiles. What might be a surprise to some, however, is Renault’s serious involvement in motorsport.
Renault’s success in motor racing stems back as far as the 1950s, with tuning house Gordini and manufacturer Alpine. The two firms put Renault on the rallying … [Read More...]
Update, January 29, 2015: There is currently a sale pending on the TF. Please inquire for updates.
MG’s rich heritage in building open-air, sporting machines reveals roots that are as deep as they come. Dating all the way back to the 1920s, the sports cars, particularly the well-known Midget series, helped pave the way for the British sports car movement.
Starting with Morris Minor-based M-Type, MG attempted to apply every letter in the alphabet when naming the fourteen variants of the Midget, with seemingly endless developments that spanned over a quarter century. Ultimately, the later “T-series” variants would gain the company much of its notoriety. Starting with the “TA” and … [Read More...]
It's easy to romanticize about Italy when thinking about the remarkable history during the thousands of years of its existence. With a fantastic culture, amazing landscape and incredible depth of artistry, it’s not difficult to get caught up in it.
Italian automobile designers should also be celebrated, with geniuses like Sergio Scaglietti, Giovanni Bertone, Paolo Pininfarina, Ugo Zagato, Giorgetto Giugiaro and others producing masterpieces that have stood the test of time.
Giugiaro, the brainchild of the such Italian notables as the Iso Grifo, De Tomaso Mangusta and Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, is perhaps best known for designing the stunning Maserati Ghibli. Named for a brutally hot … [Read More...]
Few cars embody their associated culture better than the British sports car. One might argue that the American muscle genre might be a contender, but one simply can’t ignore the impact that the small-displacement open-top sporting cars made on a global level. The British sports car is as about as sensible as the type of clothing that came out of the same era, but it’s better for it. It appealed to the well-heeled, but also to starving enthusiasts that couldn't make up the difference for something any more exotic. The automobiles most responsible for inflicting this fever, at least in the United States, were the T-series “Midgets” from MG. … [Read More...]
Update, November 17, 2014: The 356A Cabriolet has been sold. Hope you enjoy it!
Collectors are obsessive about the first and the last of any generational piece, and nowhere is this practice more prevalent than in the vintage car world. With any evolutionary piece, the creators and manufacturers worked out weaknesses over time, sometimes at the expense of the diluting the original recipe, purists will have you believe. In the case of Porsche’s 356 model, this wasn’t always the case.
Bearing roots from one of Ferdinand Porsche’s earlier designs for a very young Volkswagen, the similarities in the 356 and the 'Beetle' were uncanny. While using original bodywork that was clearly designed … [Read More...]
We purchase vintage cars for different reasons. Some value and utility and usefulness, some crave the experience of driving something from another time and others seek craftsmanship and quality of the machines from years gone by. There are vehicles that offer all these qualities, but it's not a large list. German manufacturers have been responsible for more than a couple, though and Mercedes-Benz has brought some memorable machines that tick all these boxes. The brand known for "The Best or Nothing" slogan has represented some of the highest quality products, bristling with innovations and industry firsts. There’s a reason so many of their 40-year-old products roam the streets as everyday … [Read More...]