Chris Graham spotlights the BMW E21 3 Series; a model that spawned tremendous success for BMW and a new class of car for the popular motoring world. Buy yourself a slice of history using our full guide E21 3-Series.

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Although I had originally planned on purchasing a Porsche 996, which could not be more different from my ultimate purchase, for primarily financial reasons I decided to test drive a 2005 Jag XKE at the same dealership (a corrupt milieu in which I don't normally like to do business). I had long ben an admirer of the undeniably gorgeous XKE, particularly the AJ34 variant with the excellent 4.2 engine that had replaced the 4.0 in the bay at launch. Certainly I would still like a 911, and if funds allow I would opt for a 996 Turbo, which I'm certain is still one of the best bargains out there. I mean, sure, I'd buy 993 Turbos all day long if I had 200k to spend on that iteration; but in terms of bang for buck, the 996 Turbo is unparalleled. But I digress. Knowing that I wouldn't be going home with the 996, I decided to take a crack at the XKE, and crack it was indeed. I was instantly hooked. I couldn't drive the car enough. I couldn't look at its wonderful lines enough, elegant lines that harken back to the E-Type exponentially more than the XJS before it, whose aesthetics I had never been crazy about and therefore had never seriously pursued the model. The only Jag on my radar prior had been the X100 XJR, the last XJR to in fact look like a proper XJ; the 1998-2003 variants are utterly gorgeous, so much so that I was blind to the XKE of that same vintage. Thank goodness I finally took notice, and subjecting myself to the standard sadomasochistic dealership experience (I had traded in a 1986 Mercedes 560SL, whose values have spiked in spectacular fashion over the past decade; however, my SL had often been a 4th car and was unfairly neglected; it looked rather stunning in champagne with beige leather, but frankly it needed close to 10k in maintenance to bring up to snuff; nevertheless, the dealership is asking 15k for my paltry 5k trade-in value, but the hard top couldn't even be removed because the cranking mechanism needs recalibration--add to that an HVAC overhaul, at least 3 oil leaks, including RMS, need for water pump, wheel bearings, new steering rack...and the list goes on; don't get me wrong, it was still low-ball for an aesthetically sharp, driver-caliber SL, but to bring that baby up to snuff, to bring it up to a condition as immaculate as that of the 2005 XKE, I really didn't do too bad). Digression, wow, that's no doubt my motif for the day, so I will get back to the XKE experience thus far. I have yet to recover the build sheet, so to speak, which I typically do with all the pre-owned collectibles (future and bona-fide) and exotics, although I did not do it in this case. That said, the exterior color is this lovely slate metallic blue sort of hue, the interior leather a somehow incredibly well-kept oatmeal. The 996 would have been a departure from my history of GT ownership, the XKE of course firmly falling into that category, yet I was up for the challenge of a manual tranny daily driver despite my concerns about the shifting becoming tiresome in slow or, worse still, gridlock traffic situations. So really ending up with the XKE was about as close to fate as I'll allow myself to believe. It has been an absolute pleasure to drive and whether "sport mode" is placebo or a "thing" as the kids say, it is absolute bliss to engage sport mode and fly top-down up my road of choice, especially at night, the cool spring air flowing through my quasi-pompadour hair (make fun if you like, but I'd admit to rocking a mullet just the same, as I'm endlessly grateful for having a full, thick head of hair at 45). I would certainly like to experience the visceral excitement of driving an XKR and its additional 100hp and lb-ft and its whirling supercharger at speed. And appealing as that sounds--and just as likely as ending up with an example given my history of going all in when I become obsessed with a particular marque--I like the idea of having a naturally aspirated power plant with nearly 300hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, figures that are def nothing to sneeze at. My concern is that the noise of the supercharger, as aurally rewarding as it may be, would interfere with that wonderful 4.2 V8 finally coming to life at speed, and "at speed" in terms of 90mph+. What I will likely end up doing is an installation of the Mina Gallery cold air intake, tube, and muffler delete exhaust system and those big robust and aggressive round tips that are an option among 3 styles of exhaust tips. That sounds just about perfect, actually. In the meantime, I'm going to continue piling on to the mere 89k miles that were on the beast when I drove off the lot.
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Buying Guide Navigate the confusing world of Eighties and Nineties Bentley to put the best on your driveway. A lot of car for the money, but buying shrewdly doesn’t get any more important. Words Richard Dredge. Photography John Colley.

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The forecast? Sunshine and more throttle. You can get a DB11 with a V8. But that’s missing the point.

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Getting away from it all, Bentley style Wildly inappropriate timing, but you’re not going to say no to life with a Conti GT.

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How does one improve a ’1959 Cadillac? It’s a question few have asked, and even fewer have legitimately answered. Legendary designer Chuck Jordan left little stylistic meat on the car’s bones. One could make the case that changing one is a bit…sacrilegious. That’s why Randy Wilcox left his largely alone for the first 15 years he owned it, choosing to update it mechanically instead. He swapped in a 500c.i. V8, a 700R4, and a 9-inch and had the interior trimmed in leather. So dedicated to the design was Randy that he refreshed the stock Dusky Rose Poly. “It’s kind of a salmon-pink color,” he explains. Air ride and some 18-inch wheels made the only external changes. Words: Chris Chilton. Photos: John Jackson.

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A handicap doesn’t have to be a deterrent. If someone has the determination and support to try something new, anything is possible.

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Before this scene-stealing turbo Mk2 project, Kenny Stas was never really into modifying cars. But the tuners down at the local car wash turned his head, and before long he was elbows-deep in the drama of it all… Words: Dan Bevis. Photos: Robin Lagaisse.

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A potent mix of Eighties brawn and modern tech, John Mitchell’s 600hp Corrado is an all-weather adrenaline rush built to withstand the worst the UK’s road network can throw at it. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: Tony Matthews.

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Jag XJ6 Chevy V8 - If your six pot Jag goes bang and your mate has an unknown V8... Seeing old Jags being banger raced convinced Joe Brooks to save one, but he didn’t intend to restore it, after all they didn’t come with a Chevy V8. Words Mike Renaut. Photography Matt Richardson.

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When the nights draw in and the snow starts to fall, what do you do? Stick some cocoa on and snuggle up under a blanket? Not Christo­ er Åström – he’s spent those long winter nights crafting a unique and spectacular E21. Words Dan Bevis. Photos: Mattias Olsson.

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Complete Wankel. Dan Hargrave’s BMW 316 was greatly improved by ­ tting a smaller, higher revving Mazda rotary engine and the conversion was straightforward – but not simple. Words Mike Renaut. Photography Matt Richardson.

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Stealth Fighter - Subtly styled and seriously powerful F80 M3. With its subtle styling enhancements and sexy satin wrap this M3 can sneak about under the radar without arousing any suspicion, but that S55 under the bonnet has been treated to some serious upgrades and this F80 packs a serious punch. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Ade Brannan.

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Coupé De Grâce 740whp supercharged S54 Z3 M Coupé. They might call the Z3 M Coupé the ‘clown shoe’ but with a monster 740whp from its heavily enhanced supercharged S54, this ferocious machine is no laughing matter. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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Wild JDM-styled BMW E46 M3. With its ultra-aggressive Japanese performance-inspired styling, this hardcore E46 M3 most definitely goes against the grain, which is exactly what makes it so good. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Patrick Lauder.

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Dripping with raw aggression and with a massively modded turbocharged S52 pushing out a monster 605whp, this full-on E36 M3 is an absolute beast. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Daniel Piker.

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Gorgeous E30 320i on air. With its obscure paint option, super-slick bay and race car interior, this bagged E30 is a riot of detail; what’s more, it’s an exercise in taking the path less travelled and making some truly unexpected choices… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Ronald Veth.

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Take a classic E28, add an S38, top with a turbo and wrap it up in a discreet package and you have yourself the perfect retro sleeper. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Deniss Podnebess.

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Six steps to buying a Jaguar XJ This smart saloon offers cracking value, even now that prices are climbing. Words Richard Dredge. Photography John Colley.

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40 years on, and with no sign of a modern successor, we head out for a drive in BMW’s mid-engined unicorn, the M1 – and unearth the world’s biggest hoard of M1 parts. Words Peter Robinson. Photography Steffen Jahn.

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Those spinning triangles inside the 13B rotary engine make for some really tasty power – and when you throw bridge-porting and a huge single turbo into the mix, things start to get really spicy… Words: Joe Partridge. Photos: Martin Wall.

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Amazing new flagship 911 lands in main dealer showrooms

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This soft-windowed 911 S Targa has been sympathetically rebuilt and boasts history as colourful as its zesty paint job… Words Dan Furr. Photography Dan Sherwood.

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This stunning 13,500-mile 728i might be 40-years old but it does a stellar job of reminding us why the E23 7 Series was so popular... Words: Simon Jackson & themarket.co.uk. Photography: themarket.co.uk.

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‘Unprecedented’ is a strong word banded about with startling regularity. It’s commonly used by journalists to elicit extreme reactions from their audiences when, in truth, the series of events being referenced can usually draw parallels with another. The current global public health crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, however, really is unprecedented, affecting each and every one of us in a number of different ways, no matter who we are, where we live or what we do for a living. My hope is that you, our loyal readers, remain free from harm and that, before long, we’ll be exchanging stories at rescheduled Porsche meets about our experiences of self-isolation or town-wide lockdown.

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With a part-electrified R32 drivetrain putting out more than 1000hp, JP Performance is laying down the gauntlet for a high-tech new decade in car culture. Game-changer? Absolutely. Words: Alex Grant.   Photos: Martin Hillmann.

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If the forward-hinged bonnet doesn’t pique your interest, the presence of a BMW M Power engine certainly will. This is one build which keeps striking with surprising body blows, over and over… Words: Dan Bevis. Photos: Matt Woods.

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It all started with a Citroën Saxo 1.0 when he was 17. And like it was for so many of us, Mark Shepstone could see a future beyond that low-powered first car, a future that incorporated the feature car project of his dreams…Words Daniel Bevis. Photography Steve McCann.

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When we buy our first cars, we all dream about building something that’s cool enough to bag a magazine feature someday. But for Korrakot Buachan, simply dreaming wasn’t quite enough… Words Daniel Bevis. Photography SerialOne.

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Tony Ludovico’s is the only Alfa-Romeo Alfa 6 2.0 6C in the UK. Words and photography Paul Hardiman.

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