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Alfa Romeo

1975 Alfetta GTV Coupe: A La Moda Italiano

1975 Alfetta Sedan: Broken Promise

1985-1992 75 (Milano) : Alfa Romeo’s Swansong   Mads Jenson

1986 Spider Veloce: A Work In Progress, For Four Decades

1992 Alfa 164 Sedan: She Has A Great Personality (Capsule)

1993 Alfa 164: Alfa’s American Farewell Present

1996 Spider: Forbidden Italian Fruit


Alpine A 106 – How We Found One Of The Rarest French Cars Ever

1971-1976 Alpine A310: Bittersweet Edge   D.Andreina

Armstrong Siddeley

1958-1960 Star Sapphire   Aaron65

Aston Martin

1934 Aston Martin Ulster   David Saunders


1973 Audi 100 Coupe S — Spot The Influences?   Aaron65

1973 Audi 100LS – Keep It Beautiful  Perry Shoar

Audi Fox/80 (B1) – The Foxy Mother Of The Modern VW/Audi Era

1980 4000  (COAL)  Jim Klein

1983 – 1991 5000/100 (C3): A Picturebook Story Of The Very Model Of A Modern Car

1990 100  Tom Klockau

1984 GT Coupe (COAL)  Jim Klein

1984 Audi Sport Quattro – I Drove My Hero  Jim Klein

1991 200 Avant: Doing It Right  Perry Shoar

1993 90 Quattro: Forgotten, But Not Gone  Brendan Saur

1999 A8 4.2 Quattro: Close But No “Ziggare”  Brendan Saur

2001-2005 Audi A2 1.2 TDI: Vorsprung Durch Technik


1982 A112 Junior   PN


Avia 20f: Still Hard At Work In Russia   Stanislav Alexeyev


Bitter SC – Hard Feelings All Around   Perry Shoar

British Motors/BMC/BLM/Austin/Morris/Triumph/Sterling/Etc.

Austin A125 Sheerline Saloon – Neglected British Luxury

1939 Austin 16: The Tough Austin  KiwiBryce

1948 1800 Roadster: World’s Smallest Dual-Cowl Phaeton? (Cohort Classic)

1949 Triumph Mayflower: Your Thanksgiving Turkey

1951 Austin Devon: The Best-Selling Import Of Its Time

1955 Morris Minor – Britain’s Favorite Car, Bar None, And Rightly So   Roger Carr

Standard Vanguard Vignale   David Saunders

1959 Triumph TR3A: My Favorite 50’s Sportscar

1962 Austin A110 Westminster: Junior Jaguar Or English Fintail?

1962 Triumph Herald: A Tempest In A Teapot

Austin Mini Moke  Robert Kim

Triumph Spitfire Mk1 – One Of The Cars I’ll Probably Never Own   Aaron65

Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre R – International Brougham?   Perry Shoar

1966 Triumph Herald   Roger Carr

1967 Triumph TR4A IRS    Paul N

1968 Austin 1800 (ADO17  “Landcrab”)   Roger Carr

Austin FX4 London Taxi    Paul N

1970 Rover 3500S V8 (P6) – “Sell It Now? I’d Rather Cremate It And Have It Interred With Me”  Paul N

1971 Mini: Yesterday’s mini; Today’s micro

1968 – 1972 Austin America: Yankee Doodle Disaster

Austin 1800 Utility 

1972 Austin Maxi 1500    Roger Carr

1972 MG Midget MKII: Small Pleasures   Paul Niedermeyer

1974 Toledo: They Did WHAT To The 1300?

1974 Triumph TR 6: (Capsule)

1975 Stag: A Handsome Failure

1976 MG Midget   Roger Carr

1976 Triumph TR7: America Gets A Wedgie

1979 Triumph TR7 Drophead – Hot Stuff   Joseph Dennis


1964 1800 Neue Klasse: The Car That Saved And Made BMW

1970 3.0 CSi: The Neue Klasse’s Valedictorian (Capsule)

1974 3.0 CS: The Ultimate Driving Legacy   Eric703

1975 530i  (E12) My First Car, Age 15    R Swartz

1976 2002: The Ultimate Big-Bumpered Driving Machine

1983 757: And That’s Not A Typo (E23)

1985 318i: Teutonic Respite At The Tail End Of The Great Brougham Epoch

1985 635 CSi: Love or Lust     Paul N

1986 528e: The Low Rev Modest Driving Machine

1986 BMW 528i (Euro-version) My Curbside Classic – The Ecstasy Of Beige, Part 1

1987 M6 (E24): The Ultimate Driving Machine For The Decade Of Excess  Brendan Saur

1989 735iL (E32): Bavaria Builds A True Flagship  Brendan Saur

1992 525i (E34): The Red Bimmer Of My Childhood Dreams Brendan Saur

1994 325i (E36): Have We Moved On?  Perry Shoar

1995-99 3-Series Compact: The Bob-Tailed Bimmer  William Stopford

850i And 840Ci: Nineties Icon Or Technological Overkill?

2002 530i (E39): Peak 5 Series  Brendan Saur

2008 328xi Touring (E90): SUVs Are So Overrated (Driving Impressions)  Brendan Saur

2016 228i xDrive (F22): There’s No Point In Living If You Can’t Feel Alive (COAL)  Brendan Saur


H-Van: The French Tin Goose   Paul N

1950 Citroen 15-Six: Double Oxymoron

1969 2CV: The Most Original Car Ever Paul N

2CV Hoffman Cabriolet: The Ultimate Chick Magnet?  Paul N

Citroen ID – The Goddess Storms The Bastille of Convention   Roger Carr

The Surprisingly Complex History of the Ami   Spridget

1972 Citroen SM – Gran Touring, Franco-Italian Style  Tom Klockau

Citroen CX Pallas D – Modernism’s Last Stand   Perry Shoar

Citroen GS – One For the Anoraks (Cohort Capsule)  Perry Shoar

1990 BX 19 CGD: Some Peugeot Bones Well Hidden In A Citroen Suit (Capsule)


1946 Cisitalia 202 GT : The First Modern Fastback


1897 Motor Trike (History)   PN


1961 SP 250: The Queen’s Sports Car

1962 SP 250   Roger Carr

DS 420 Limousine   Robert Kim

DKW/Auto Union

DKW Schnellaster (History): The Mother OF All Modern Minivans?

1958 DKW Schnellaster   PN

1958 DKW Sonderklasse 3=6 (F94): The Proto-Audi

1962 Junior DeLuxe   GGH06


Testarossa: The Thrill Is Gone, For Now

1985 Mondial QV   Dave Skinner

1994 348 Spyder – Paging Christie Brinkley   Brendan Saur


1959 Fiat 600 Multipla: The Original Mini-Van?

1964 Fiat 1500 Spider/Cabriolet: The Ferrari 250 GT Wanna-Be

Fiat 850 Spider – Reminder of a Happier Day (Cohort Sighting)  Perry Shoar

1969 Fiat Abarth 1000: The Little Mouse That Roars   PN

1969-1985 128: The Fiat W Must Remember   P.Shoar

1970 Fiat Dino Coupe: A Delectable Fastback

1974 Fiat 124 Sport Spider: My Dad’s Last Toy

1980 Brava (131)  David Saunders

1985-89 Regata: Free Of Brio   William Stopford

Ford (Germany & UK)

1949 Ford V8 Pilot & 1961 Ford Consul (CC Capsule) Roger Carr

1955 Zephyr Mark 1: Ford Builds The Chevrolet Cadet (Storage Field Classic)

1956 Ford Squire: For The Man With A Load On His Mind

1964-1967 Taunus    Robert Kim

1971- 1978 Capri: Ponycar Reborn

1975 Cortina 1600XL: The Swiss Army Knife Car  Roger Carr

1985-89 Merkur XR4Ti: Too Close To The Sun  William Stopford

1988 Merkur (Ford) Scorpio: Nice Landing, Wrong Airport


GAZ-21    Stanislav Alexeyev

GAZ-24 Volga   Robert Kim

GAZ-13 Chaika   Paul N


DeTomaso Turbo: An Exotic Baby Turchia


1959-1961 Mark IX   GGHo6

1960 Jaguar XK-150S (Drive Report)  Jason Shafer

Jaguar XK-E Series II Coupe   Dave Skinner

Jaguar Mark X – Curvaceous Coventrian Causes Confusion   Perry Shoar

1973 XJ 12: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

1974 Jaguar XJ12L – The White Whale   Tom Klockau

1975 XJ-6 C (Coupe)   Paul N

1979 XJ6 Series III: Pininfarina Redux

1986-94 XJ6 (XJ40): Beauty Is A Beast  William Stopford

1995 XJS Convertible: T-Bird Substitute (My CC)


Jensen Interceptor: The Anglo-Italo-American Mashup

Jensen Healey: Care To Take It For A Really Long Test Drive?


Lada Niva: From Russia With Lada Love

Niva Pickup Truck

1988 Samara   David Saunders


5 Liter: May the Force Be With You


1971 Espada S2   Jim Cavanaugh


1967-1969 Flavia Coupe   R. Kim

Fulvia Coupe (Capsule)  Roger Carr


Automotive History: Sorry, No Full Liters


1977 Esprit S1: Colin Chapman Takes Up Oregami


1957-1960 3500 GT – The Italian Thunderbird M. Spencer

1984 Biturbo Si: Sexy, Immobile

1986 Biturbo Spyder: Do You Feel Lucky?


1951-1962 Mercedes 300 (W186&189): The Adenauer Mercedes, A Timeless Classic  PN

1963 230SL: Big Shoes To Fill

1966 250SE Cabriolet (W111): The Classiest Mercedes Of Them All?

1966 250s (W108): Cadillac Und Lincoln Kaput

Mercedes 300SEL (W109) – Trying To Make Sense Of The Magic Number “300″  Don Andreina

1970 220D: Ride In Teutonic Luxury (With 65HP)

1973 450 SE (W116)   Jason Shafer

1977 450 SEL 6.9: Deutsches Heavy Metal

1985 Mercedes 300D Turbodiesel: More Than A Fashion Statement  Perry Shoar

1987 560 SEL (W126): The Flagship Of The Eighties  Brendan Saur

1983-1993 Mercedes 190 (W201)   Perry Shoar

1989 300 TE: Still A Classy Alternative (W124)  Brendan Saur

Mercedes E-Class (W124): The Best Car Of The Past Thirty Years   Paul N

Mercedes C-Class (W202): What Are You Good For?  Perry Shoar

1995-2004 MB100/MB140: Kim Chi Sauerkraut   William Stopford

1995 S320 (W140) Over-Engineered To The Point Of Excess   Brendan Saur

1996 -2003 W210 E-Class: Mercdes’ Deadly Sin #2   N. Tate

1996 S600 Coupe V12 (My CC)  Steve E.

1998-2005 M-Class (W163)   Brendan Saur

2003 ML 350 (W163) Mercedes’ Deadly Sin #1   Gerardo Solis

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG: The Least Desired AMG? (Future Classic)  Gerardo Solis

2011 GL450 4Matic (COAL)  Jim Klein

2014 CLA250 4Matic (Driving Impressions)  Brendan Saur

Mercedes Trucks

1959-95 Mercedes L-Series Trucks   Robert Kim

L319D Camper Van: The Globe Trotter (Capsule)   Paul N

207D (T1) And Other Vintage Mercedes Vans  Paul N


FMR Messerschmitt Kabinenroller  Paul N


1950 MG TD: I Was Retro Before Retro Was Cool

1958 MGA: The Almost Great Leap Forward

1960 MGA 1600 Coupe–The Allegory of Hope   Aaron65

1967 MGB: To B Or Not To B

1968 MGC GT: Woulda’ Shoulda’ Coulda’ Had The Rover V8

1972 MGB GT: Early Adopter

1972 Midget MkIII: Small Pleasures

1993 R V8: The Ultimate Classic MG


Moskvitch 2142 Prince Vladmir   Paul N


Ro80: The Tragic Automotive Goddess   PN


1960-1963 Kapitän (P2) – Der Deutsche Buick  PN

1966 – 1973 Opel Kadett B – It Dethroned the Volkswagen

1968 GT: Jutta’s Daily Driver

1968 Kadett Rallye 1900: The European GTO Which Up-Ended The Old World Order

1969 Kadett: Buick Dealers Really Sold These?

1971 Opel 1900 – Wild Ascona  Joseph Dennis

1973 Admiral: This Could Have Been The Seville   PN

1975 1900: What The Vega Could Have Been

1975 Manta (With 3.1 L V6)   Paul N

1978 Kadett (C) City Berlina: The German Chevette   David Saunders

1978 Rekord 2.0S (E1)  And Rekord History    Paul N

Opel Ascona C: The Genuine European J Car   PN

1984 Senator (Road Test)    Richard


Panhard: Back To The Future (Illustrated History)

Panhard Dyna Junior Roadster: How Did You End Up Here Like This?

Panhard Dyna Z: The Lowest Priced Six Passenger Car In France! (Cohort Sighting)  Perry Shoar


Peugeot History: The early years (1899 – 1939)   PN

1937 302 Art Deco Peugeot   R Carr

1948 202: The Baby Chrysler Airflow   Paul N

1951 203 Former Race Car: World’s Fastest 203?  Dawid Botha

403 Sedan and Cabrio: The Beginning of the Pininfarina Era   PN

1969  404: The CC Holy Grail Is Found!

1967 404 Cabrio: My Heart Throb Spotted In Eugene     Paul N

404 Coupe: Franco-Italian Elegance  PN

504 Sedan: One Continent’s French Mercedes and COTY Is Another Continent’s Most Rugged vehicle Is Another Continent’s POS   PN

504 Coupe: The Peak Peugeot Experience   PN

504 Cabrio: The Best Looking French Car Ever?   R Carr

504 Dangel 4×4   PN

1971 304 – A Rare Survivor, But Well Done   PN

304 Cabrio: You Look So Rich!  P. Shoar

604: Overachieving Underachiever   PN

1975 604 Test Drive: The “French Mercedes” Hits The Road, Softly   Richard

305 Break GL: The 505’s Little Brother   PN

1988 405 S: Rare Then, Rarer Now

405 Wagon : We Don’t *Have* To Conquer Africa     Gerardo Solis

1989 505 Wagon: The Last Of The World’s Greatest Wagons

The World’s Greatest Wagons: Peugeot 203, 403, 404, 504, 505 – An Illustrated History

205: The Most Significant Car of the 80s?   Roger Carr

1994  205: Unexpected Greatness

406 Coupe: Last of an Elegant Line  Roger Carr

1999-2010 607: Le Bateau Magnifique   William Stopford

2006-10 407 Coupe: Polarizing Pug   William Stopford


2002 Piaggio Ape Three Wheeler


1965 Porsche 356SC   Aaron65

1969 912   Dave Skinner

1973-1974 914 2.0: Entry Level Porsche 1.0       Robert Kim

The 911: Immortality Attained?

Porsche 928: The Future Of Porsche, Twenty-Five Years Too Soon  Paul N

1985.5 944: The Unconventional Daily Driver  Brendan Saur

1986 944 Turbo: VW’s Loss Is Porsche’s Gain  Tom Klockau

1987 924 S: The Affordable Porsche, Round 2   G. Solis

911 SC (with Honda CRX): Doubly Graced

1991 Carrera 4: Messing With Perfection  Perry Shoar


Estafette Van (“Hi-Boy”)    Paul N

R4  The First hatchback   PN

R4   David Saunders

1963 Caravelle S: A Francophile’s Underdog, Musty Smell Included In Purchase Price   Aaron65

1966 Caravelle    Jim Grey

R17 Coupe: Hidden Treasure

R10 Sedan: When Being A Better Volkswagen Isn’t Good Enough

1973 R16:     Roger Carr

1979 Renault 5GTL: Style Pioneer  Roger Carr

1980 Renault Master: Does What It Says On The Tin    Roger Carr

Fuego   Paul N

1983 – 1986 R5 Turbo II – Le Monster Car   D. Skinner

1986 Renault Alliance: Patina Royale

1987 GTA: An Alliance Of A Different Stripe

1988 Medallion (R21) The Last One Running In The US? Paul N

2001 Avantime – Renault Builds A Citroen  G. Solis


Silver Cloud Series 1 (Capsule)

1982 Corniche Convertible: The Creme de la Creme

Rootes: Sunbeam/Hillman/Singer

1966 Hillman Super Minx – Rooting For Rootes

Sunbeam (Hillman) Imp: The British Corvair

1964 Singer Gazelle:”Motoring’s Most Elegant Experience”

1964 Rapier Series IV: A Saucier Minx

1968 Sunbeam Alpine GT Coupe: The British Barracuda

Sunbeam Tiger: The Other Cobra    Paul N

1970 Sunbeam Arrow: With Stereotype Defying 325,000 Miles

1975 Humber Sceptre Estate   R Carr

Rover/Range Rover/Land Rover

1969 2000TC: The Very Advanced (But Mostly Forgotten) Rover 2000TC   David Saunders

1971 Land Rover Series III SWB: Need To Go Anywhere? No Problem!

1985 Rover 3500 (SD1)     Roger Carr

1993 Range Rover Classic Vogue: Before The Gold Rush

1993-96 Rover 600: What Price Chrome and Wood?   William Stopford


Saab: The Eulogy   Paul N

1966 Saab Sonett II V4: A Noisy Little Footnote To Automotive History  Paul Niedermeyer

1968 Saab 96: Healing The Emotions, If Not The Company

1970 95 Wagon: Saab Shows Ford How To Make The Shortest Three-Row Wagon

1970 Saab 95 Wagon (Outtake)

1970 96 V4 Sedan  Robert Kim

1971 99   Roger Carr

1973 95 Wagon   Tom Klockau

1991 Saab 900: The Quintessential Saab (Capsule)  Brendan Saur

1992 900 (Capsule)  Jim Grey

1997 900 SE Turbo Convertible: As Good As It Gets  Brendan Saur

1997 9000 CS Aero: The Square Saab  Brendan Saur

2011 9-4X  (Capsule)  Brendan Saur

2011 9-5: Born From Buicks?  Brendan Saur


1956 Aronde (90A): French Training Wheels

Simca 1000  The Franco-Italian Baby Corvair   Paul N

1966 Simca 1301: The Conventional But Good Looking Simca   Roger Carr

1971 Simca 1204: 1971 Small Car Comparison No. 2


2004-06 ForFour  William Stopford

Smart ForFour in Japan JB


Steyr 380 Bus: Austrian Love Bus   PN

Steyr-Puch 500: A Small But Grand Finale To Austria’s Automobile Industry  PN

1972 Pinzgauer   GGH06


Tagora: Never A Chrysler, Nearly a Peugeot   Roger Carr

1982 Talbot-Matra Murena 1600   R.Carr


603: This Could Have Been The First Post-War Cadillac

613   Jason Shafer


1957-61 Victor F-Series: The British ’57 Chevy (Storage Field Classic)

Victor 101 Super (FC)   David Saunders

1961-72 Vauxhall Victor – Luton Salutes The Victor   Roger Carr

1966 Envoy (Vauxhall) Epic  David Saunders

1978 Cavalier Sports hatch   Roger Carr


Volga GAZ-21 – Coming Out Of Hibernation

GAZ-24 Volga: The Near-Immortal GM B-Body Of Russia


Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen

1946 Volkswagen Type1: The Beetle Crawls Out Of The Rubble

1957 VW 1200: The Beetle Takes America by Sturm   Paul N

1961 Transporter    Paul N

1962 Beetle Canadian Standard: Another Canadian Market Oddball

1962 Type II Single Cab Pickup   Ed Stembridge

1965 Deluxe Microbus “Samba”: Tinnibus

1966 VW 1300: The Best Beetle Of Them All

1968 VW Automatic Stick Shift   Jeremiah Birnbaum

1968 Baja Bug   Dave Skinner

1968 & 2012 Volkswagen Beetles – Kids These Days  Joseph Dennis

1969 VW Type 3 Fastback – In Good Company   Actually Mike

1970 Karmann Ghia: The Fairest Volkswagen Of Them All

1971 411: Searching For Its Niche   Eric703

1971 Super Beetle: 1971 Small Car Comparison No.5

1971 Beetle Carbriolet: Can I Take It Hiking?   Paul N

1973 Formula V Beetle Special Edition   Ed Stembridge

1974 412: VW’s Deadly Sin #1

1974 Thing (Type 181): We Hardly Knew Ye

Brasilia (Capsule)   Robert Kim

1975 Rabbit/Golf Mk1   Paul N

1979 Scirocco: Irreplicable, Although VW Keeps Trying

Jetta Mk 1: Slap A Big Butt On The Back For Those Damn Amerikaner!

1980 Pickup (Caddy)   Dave Skinner

1982 Scirocco Mk 2: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Italian Designers

1983 Rabbit/Golf GTI: When Fun Hopped Across The Ocean   Eric703

1985 Golf/Jetta Mk2 – Ready, Steady, Golf   Perry Shoar

1986 Cabriolet: What Women Want   Jim Cavanaugh

1986 GTI   (COAL)   Jim Klein

1986 Golf: 360,000 Miles And Still Towing The Boat   PN

1987 Fox (Gol)   Jim Cavanaugh

1988 Vanagon Westfalia: Slow, Expensive, And Loved The World Over

Vanagon Syncro (T3): So Misunderstood    Paul N

1990 Passat Wagon (B3): Practicality Uber Alles

1990 LT 4×4 Westfalia: The Vanagon Synchro’s Gnarly Globe-Trotting Big Brother (And The Ultimate Niedermeyer-Mobile?)

1993 Eurovan (T4)   Tom Klockau

1995 Getta GL Mk3    Jim Klein

1996 GTI: How Did They Get Rid Of The Fahrvergnugen?  Jim Klein

1997 Polo 1.6 Automatic  J.Dutch

2002 Passat W8   Paul N

2003 Golf: What Makes You Think You’re Something Special When You Smile? (My CC)

2012 VW Touareg TDI Lux (COAL)  Jim Klein


PV52 – Solid And Dependable With A Touch Of Glamour

Volvo Duett – The Most Versatile And Practical Volvo Ever

122S  The Cult of the Amazon   Paul N

1964 Volvo P1800S – Transcending Time, Distance And Fashion

1965 Volvo 1800S – Cleared For Takeoff  Joseph Dennis

Volvo PV444 and PV544 – I Roll, Starting Here

1967 Volvo 1800S – Safe Flights, Everyone  Joseph Dennis

1968 122S: Forty Years With an Amazon   AmazonRay

1970 P1800 E    Jim Cavanaugh

1972 Volvo 142E – Another Brick In Eugene

1972 144E: Volvo’s Blueprint For The Next Thirty Years

1973  1800ES: Gone But Not Forgotten (My CC)

1975 164E: The Anglo-Scandanavian

1978 245DL: The Quintessential Volvo

1980 Bertone Coupe: Lost In Translation

1982 244DL: Best Value Box

1984 240GL: Sensible Luxury

Volvo 740 GLE Turbodiesel (Capsule)   Robert Kim

1989 740GL Wagon: Mom’s Jinx (My CC)

1990 740 Turbo (COAL)  Jim Klein

1990 780 Turbo Coupe: An Exotic Automobile For A Practical Consumer  Brendan Saur

1990 780: Rectilinear Luxury By Bertone

1991-1998 940/960: Playing It Safe Brendan Saur

1993 940: Dignified Luxury  Brendan Saur

1993 240 Sedan: Will The Last 240 Turn Out The Lights Please?

1993 850 GLT: Divergent Evolution

2001 C70 Convertible: The Sexy Swede

2016 XC90: It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Day, It’s A New Life (Driving Impressions)  Brendan Saur


1988-1991 Wartburg 353 1.3    Paul N


The Joke’s On U.S.

1990-91 Yugo Cabriolet