Bob Jr Harper - our specialist in post-war BMW cars
Grand Designs - design legend Tom Tjaarda rates our style choices of the year, including Aston Martin DBS, Citroën SM, Jaguar XJC, Buick Riviera and Mercedes-Benz 280CE C123. Here are five designs lauded at launch and celebrated as groundbreaking ever after. Grand Designs: Tom Tjaarda rates our style choices of the year. We bring together five coupes at sundown to argue their case for style supremacy while Tom Tjaarda adjudicates - who will be the winner come the dawn light? Words John Siminster, Tom Tjaarda. Photography Tim Andrew.
What is a clutch? A clutch as fitted to a motor vehicle is a mechanism by which the vehicle mechanically connects the spinning engine to the transmission to transmit the power produced through the gearbox to the wheels.
Turbochargers aren’t universally popular but the truth is they work well at developing more power, and as BMW is now using them in all its engines it’s worth knowing the basics. Words: Simon Holmes. Photography: BMW.
Fiat 850 Grand Prix. Pocket rocket by Francis Lombardi. The Jewel Francis Lombardi’s stunning interpretation of Fiat’s production 850 Coupe Story by Ruoteclassiche/Fulvio Zucco, Photography by Ruoteclassiche and Lucie Immagini.
Tech Guide. We take a closer look at exhausts. The problem with the exhaust is that the only part owners ever really see is the last two or three inches – the rest of it is unseen and generally uninteresting. Sadly manufacturers know this so the car’s exhaust is usually always built down to a price and not up to a specification – welcome to the world of marketing.
Far from being a dinosaur of a past decade, the 12-year-old model (it is about 1988 year – Drive-My remark) 1988 BMW 635CSi E24 remains a superb package, and now BMW has improved it still further by fitting the 735i E32 M30B35 engine.
BMW's M6 E24 flagship costs £34,000 and tops 150 mph but, at a glance, looks no different from the company's £7000 cheaper 635 CSi. The image may be underplayed; the ability, however, is huge.
Bavarian elegance E24 BMW 635 CSi. Latest version of BMW 630 Coupe E24 range, announced with 3 ½ -litre version of six-cylinder engine July 1978, with manual only gearbox. Original E24 630 and 633 replaced 3.0 CSi coupe at Geneva 1976; 633 CSi only available in Britain with automatic transmission since 635 launch.
Biggest BMW so far tends more to chauffer-driven comfort than to sporting tradition. Performance average for class, but remarkable economy. Over-light steering and under-damped ride are minor disadvantages. Very fully equipped.