- FeaturedBMW E28 club The second 5 Series generation E28 featured highly refined body design, better streamlining, greater safety and enhanced motoring comfort. The range of engines was unprecedented: 4- and six-cylinder petrol engines, the 525e designed for maximum fuel economy, the 24-valve dohc power unit of the M5 and 6-cylinder diesels with and witho...ut turbocharger. 5-speed transmission became standard from 1983 (previously optional) and there now also a 4-speed automatic transmission.
1981 – 1988 5 Series E28
BMW 518, 1981 – 1984 M10 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 520i, 1981 – 1988 M20 6-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 92 kW (125 hp) Cat. 95 kW (129 hp)
BMW 518i, 1981 – 1987 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 77 kW (105 hp)
BMW 525i, 1981 – 1987 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc 110 kW (150 hp)
BMW 525e, 1981 – 1988 6-cyl. ohc 2693 cc 92 kW (125 hp) Cat. 90 kW (122 hp) Cat. 95 kW (129 hp)
BMW 535i, 1984 – 1988 6-cyl. ohc 3430 cc 160 kW (218 hp) Cat. 136 kW (185 hp)
BMW 528i, 1981 – 1988 6-cyl. ohc 2788 cc 135 kW (184 hp)
BMW 535i, 1985 – 1987 6-cyl. ohc 3430 cc 160 kW (218 hp) Cat. 136 kW (185 hp)
BMW 524d, 1986 – 1987 6-cyl. ohc 2443 cc 63 kW (86 hp)
BMW 524td, 1982 – 1987 M21 6-cyl. ohc 2443 cc
- FeaturedClassic Porsche 911 - Surveys owners, repair and operation of 911 news stories and page model, sales and much more in our club fans and fans of the legendary series cars Porsche 911. All about 911-901, 930, 964, 993, 996 and new era 997 and 991-series.
If you're buying a used 911 as an investment, send me your address so that I can a...rrange a visit from the boys. Investors who never drive their 911s bring a word to mind. That word is 'pimp'. As 911 diehards, the boys don't like pimps, so when they arrive, make sure your engine is still warm, the exhaust system is making that tinkling noise and there is evidence in your tyres of some recently accomplished brisk cornering.
All 911s, from 1963 to this afternoon, share a characteristic 911 'feel', but that varies greatly in degree. Bog-standard used Coupes from the late 1970s or 1980s once delivered the goods for sensible money but they might demand some restoration work now.
Choosing a 911 is such a very personal matter. Just go for what you really want, get the best straight car you can find and look after it. Reliability is legendary but repairs can be costly.
My choice is currently the 993 Carrera 2 Coupe of 1993-98. Its predecessor, the 964, was respectable but dull. The 993's different, agile feel makes it terrific to drive and good ones go for less than £30,000 - this week, anyway.
It's the last air-cooled 911 model but so what? Later models lost nothing by being water-cooled. No, pick a 993 for its exhilarating agility, and its price.
A friend of mine paid £26,000 for a superb 1994 993 Carrera 2 in late 2013. He loves it, whether he's tootling about the shops or on a 300-mile blast through the remote Highlands of Scotland, where it truly excels. And that's no more than it deserves.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS
1973 // £500,000
The eternally great, ultimate development of the original 911 concept, it combines high performance and low weight with inch-perfect precision handling. Superb but the price of this model now, sir, is officially‘through the roof'. If you buy one, promise us you will use it.
On an autumn day in 1972 the salesman from Porsche GB came to visit our house. 'We're making a special car,' he told my father. 'Only 200 will be built, and we're offering them to our best clients first as demand is sure to be strong.' They built more than 1500 in the end, and demand was so great that, instead of management having to use them as company cars to use up unsold stock as expected, Porsche sold out the first batch of 500 immediately and had to build two more series.
Why the fuss? Because the RS is so much more than the sum of its parts. It was derived from the relatively humble 2.4S, but with flared rear arches and wider wheels (a 911 first), bored-out engine (at 2.7 litres Porsche's biggest road car motor to date), a rear spoiler (another first, and not just for Porsche, so initially illegal in some markets) and, last but not least, weight-loss that took the RS under the magic 1000kg in 'lightweight' trim.
The result: 150mph, 0-60mph in 5.0sec, handling to die for (and you would if you lifted off mid-comer) and a string of victories on every continent including rallies, Le Mans and the Targa Florio. Oh, and you can drive it to the shops.
Mine's been in the family for 42 years and has never once 'failed to proceed'. Beat that, Enzo...
Porsche 911 GT3 (997-series, generation II)
2009-12 // £80,000-120,000
The 997-series Generation II cars were terrific in their time and the naturally aspirated 997 GT3 was a hugely powerful, seriously fabulous machine, subtly better in fast corners than previous GT3 models.
A classic in waiting - bound to be a sound long-term investment.
Any brand new 911
2015 // From around £75,000
Admit it, they are absolutely brilliant. If you don’t want one, you should. Buy it, keep it, service it properly. One day, it will be a classic but, meanwhile, enjoy a few happy decades driving it. The best of all worlds.
- FeaturedCitroen SM Group, owners, foto, test drive, engine, body and other
CITROËN SM MORE THAN A DS IN DRAG
In its day the Maserati-powered Citroën SM was one of the greatest GTs around and the choice of numerous GP drivers, such as the late, great Mike Hailwood, because of their speed and comfort. But, like the DS on which i...t is broadly based, you either love or hate the idiosyncratic SM and if you’re the former expect to pay £30,000 (actual model and year makes little difference) for a cracker, although you can buy one for a third of this, especially in France. And like our XJ-S, you largely get what you pay for with a cheap ‘bargain’. More
- FeaturedJensen Interceptor and FF fans club
JENSEN INTERCEPTOR MIDLANDS MARVEL ON THE MOVE
The Interceptor suffers much the same stigma as the XJ-S and is also taking an age to truly make it as a classic – but at least it’s getting there at long last, as prices are highlighting. The Birmingham Ferrari is not only a fine GT bu...t one of the simplest super cars to maintain thanks to its old school make up which includes lusty if thirsty American Chrysler V8 engines (earlier 6.3 considered most thoroughbred plus some were manual).
Sports hatch-style makes for practicality plus there’s a rare but odd looking coupé. With good specialist support the time to buy is now before prices really start to climb but there’s a lot of dross around so beware and don’t buy the complex 4x4 FF unless you really want one.
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- BMW E30 Club - Thirtieth series BMW - was the second generation of cars of middle class automotive brand from Bavaria. These machines have a wide range of engines and body styles. Even during the life of the conveyor this machine has earned the title of the cult. And now having passed the test of time and has a huge range of kilometers and miles fa...ns and avid owners. Our club dedicated to everything that is connected with this model and its numerous modifications. Namely operation, test drives, repair and tuning of course. Tuning E30 is now a whole industry, even say more - it's a real industry and enthusiasm of thousands of fans of the famous thirty. Our community brings together owners and enthusiastic amateur trio of second generation all continents and countries. All communication in our outdoor club is in English as a universal means of communication.
Welcome - E30 with love and forever!
Like the E28 5 Series, the second-generation 3 Series E30 concentrated on the consistent improvement of a successful concept. With improved styling, technology and equipment levels, the 3 Series offered a wide range of engines for all customer demands. From 1983 all models were also available with four doors. In 1988 the 324td introduced the first-ever electronic diesel injection system, and newly developed four-cylinder units replaced the engines that had proven their merits millions of times over 26 years.
1982 – 1991 E30 3 Series Saloon 2 doors and 4 doors
BMW 316, 1982 – 1988 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 316i, 1988 – 1991 4-cyl. ohc 1596 cc Cat. 74 kW (100 hp)
BMW 316i, 1987 – 1988 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc Cat. 75 kW (102 hp)
BMW 318i, 1982 – 1987 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 77 kW (105 hp) Cat. 75 kW (102 hp)
BMW 318i, 1987 – 1991 4-cyl. ohc 1796 cc Cat. 83 kW (113 hp)
BMW 318is, 1989 – M42 1991 4-cyl. ohc 1796 cc Cat. 100 kW (136 hp)
BMW 320i, 1982 – 1991 M20B20 6-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 92 kW (125 hp) Cat. 95 kW (129 hp)
BMW 323i, 1982 – 1986 M20B23 6-cyl. ohc 2316 cc 102 kW (139 hp) 110 kW (150 hp)
BMW 325e, 1983 – 1988 M20B27 6-cyl. ohc 2693 cc Cat. 90 kW (122 hp) Cat. 95 kW (129 hp)
BMW 324d, 1985 – 1990 M21 6-cyl. ohc 2443 cc 63 kW (86 hp)
BMW 324td, 1987 – 1990 M21B24 6-cyl. ohc 2443 cc 85 kW (115 hp)
BMW 325i, 1985 – 1991 M20B25 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc 126 kW (171 hp) Cat.125 kW (170 hp)
1985 – 1991 E30 325iX Permanent four-wheel drive, central power divider, viscous locks.
BMW 325iX 1990 – 98 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc Cat. 125 kW (170 hp) 126 kW (171 hp)
1982 – 1990 E30 3 Series Baur Top-Convertible
With the introduction of the new 3 Series, Baur again offered a Convertible model with rollover bar. Then, in 1986, BMW themselves introduced a brand-new fourseater Convertible. The elaborately constructed roof was easy to operate and disappeared completely into a com - partment behind the rear seats.
1986 – 1993 E30 3 Series Convertible
BMW 318i Convertible
1990 – 1993 4-cyl. ohc 1796 cc 83 kW (113 hp)
BMW 325i Convertible 1986 – 1993 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc Cat. 125 kW (170 hp) 126 kW (171 hp)
BMW 320i Convertible 1986 – 1993 6-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 95 kW (129 hp)
1988 – 1994 E30 3 Series touring
Another variant in the E30 3 Series was the dynamic and luxurious Touring with the same wheelbase but a completely different rear end. This car came with petrol and diesel engines as well as four-wheel drive.
BMW 316i touring, 1991 – 1994 4-cyl. ohc 1596 cc 74 kW (100 hp)
BMW 320i touring, 1988 – 91 6-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 95 kW (129 hp)
BMW 318i touring, 1989 – 1994 4-cyl. ohc 1796 cc 83 kW (113 hp)
BMW 325i touring, 1988 – 1993 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc 125 kW (170 hp)
BMW 325iX touring, 1988 – 1993 M20B25 6-cyl. ohc 2494 cc 125 kW (170 hp)
BMW 324td touring, 1988 – 1993 M21 6-cyl. ohc 2443 cc 85 kW (115 hp)
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- BMW E21 3-series Club
After the launch of the 5 Series in 1972, the reorganisation of the model numbers continued with the first E21 3 Series models. From 1977, the redesigned two-door sports Saloon with its new body style was available for the first time with a newly-developed smaller six-cylinder engine.
BMW 315, 1981 – 198...3 4-cyl. ohc 1573 cc 55 kW (75 hp)
BMW 316, 1980 – 1983 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 316, 1975 – 1980 4-cyl. ohc 1573 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 318, 1975 – 1980 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 72 kW (98 hp)
BMW 318i, 1979 – 1983 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 77 kW (105 hp)
BMW 320, 1975 – 1977 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 80 kW (109 hp)
BMW 320, 1977 – 1982 6-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 90 kW (122 hp)
BMW 320i, 1975 – 1979 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 92 kW (125 hp)
BMW 323i, 1978 – 1982 6-cyl. ohc 2315 cc 105 kW (143 hp)
1975 – 1983 3 Series Saloon
1977 – 1982 3 Series Baur Top-Convertible
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BASE PRICE $33,000*-$64,195
BODY TYPE Sedan, hatch, wagon
A once-great sport sedan that’s lost its way
In addition to new headlights and subtle sheetmetal work, there are two other notable ...changes to the 3 Series lineup: The 335i becomes the 340i, a name change brought about by the addition of an all-new turbocharged inline-six engine, and a plug-in hybrid called the 330e replaces the ActiveHybrid 3. All 3 Series models now get the Sport Line package as standard equipment. Buyers wanting serious performance should try out the raw and aggressive M3.
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/255-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.0L/320-hp/330-lb-ft turbo I-6; 2.0L/181-hp/280-lb-ft t-diesel I-4; 3.0L/425-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo I-6; 2.0L turbo I-4 + elec, 250 hp*
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety NHTSA: 5 Stars
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50%
BMW 4 Series/Gran Coupe/M4 - A coupe version of the 3 Series.
BASE PRICE $42,845-$74,895
BODY TYPE Coupe, Convertible, hatch
If the 4 Series is the coupe version of the 3 Series, why is there a four-door 4 Series? Because the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe that combines style and utility with a hatchback body and a sultry sloping roofline. The rest of the lineup, which includes the balanced 428i, the new 435i ZHP Coupe upgraded with M Performance parts, and the venerable M4, all have two doors. The turbo-six in the 435i has been updated, and the model will henceforth be known as the 440i.
2.0L/240-hp/255-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 3.0L/320-hp/330-lb-ft turbo
I-6*; 3.0L/425-hp/406-lb-ft twin-turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 6M; 8A; 7-sp twin-cl auto
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 50
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- BMW Neue Klasse - production 1962–1977 Owners and tuning Club
The BMW New Class (German: Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by German automaker BMW between 1962 and 1977. The New Class ensured BMW's solvency after the company's financial crises of the 1950s and established the identity of BMW automobiles as... sports sedans. The term New Class referred to the 1.5–2–liter class of automobiles from which BMW had been absent since World War II.
The New Class began in 1962 with the 1500, a new automobile with a new engine. The 1500, and all subsequent New Class cars, had a unit body, fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and semi-trailing arms at the rear, front disc brakes, and a front-mounted four-cylinder M10 engine.
Initially a series of four-door sedans, the New Class line was broadened to include the 2000C and 2000CS two-door coupes at the high end in 1965 and the 1600-2 two-door economy sedan at the low end in 1966. The 1600-2, later renamed the 1602, was itself expanded into the 02 Series 1600 and 2002. Using the engine and suspension of the original four-door design in a smaller and lighter two-door unit body, the 02 series, especially the 2002, caught auto enthusiasts' attention and established BMW as an international brand.
Replacement of the New Class line of cars began with the upscale 2000C and 2000CS coupes, which were replaced by the six-cylinder BMW E9 starting with the 2800CS in 1969. The New Class four-door sedans were replaced by the larger BMW 5 Series in 1972. The 02 Series was replaced by the BMW 3 Series in 1975, except for the economy 1502 model which continued until 1977.
The “New Class”: 1500 – 2000, 2000 Coupé.
These modern four-door midsize Saloons had 4-cylinder in-line engines featuring an overhead camshaft, McPherson spring strut front axle, semi-trailing arm rear axle and disc brakes at the front. The large model variety was due to different engines and power ratings.
NEUE KLASSE (1962-1977)
Arguably the single most important model in BMW’s storied 100- year history, the Neue Klasse sedan — made in various guises and sporting various displacements from 1962 through 1977 — came after the 700 saved the company. Rather than a rear-engined, aircooled economy car, the Neue Klasse ticked the boxes of what we think about a BMW sedan to this day: unitized body and chassis, front-engined, rear-wheel drive, MacPherson front struts, semitrailing arms in the rear, coil springs all around and disc brakes up front. It was a recipe for creating the sports sedan that could handle without beating up its passengers. Under the hood of every Neue Klasse, right up to the very end, was a version of BMW’s M10 OHC four-cylinder engine, a powerplant that motivated everything from the 2002 to the 320i and even spawned a Formula 1-winning derivative.
2002 – 02-Series (1967-1975)
If the Neue Klasse marked the invention of the sports sedan, the two-door 2002 (itself part of that New Class lineup) bridged the gap between such an animal and the dedicated sports car. Indeed, rivaling the outright speed around a road course that many contemporary sports cars could muster, the 2002 inspired a legion of sports car afi cionados to consider a BMW.
Writers waxed poetic, BMW’s sales— particularly in the USA — surged, and those in the know would flash their round headlamps at each other when passing. While not nearly as quick as the muscle cars of the day, a well-driven 2002 could be hustled around corners faster than any of them. With the sporty, fuel-injected 2002 Tii, BMW put even more hustle into its winning formula. With just over 400,000 made, many 2002s remain, continuing to be enjoyed on back roads and road courses alike by their drivers.
BMW 1500, 1962 – 64 4-cyl. ohc 1499 cc 59 kW (80 hp)
BMW 1800, 1963 – 68 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 1800 TI, 1964 – 68 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 81 kW (110 hp)
BMW 2000, 1966 – 72 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 74 kW (100 hp)
BMW 2000 tii, 1970 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 96 kW (130 hp)
BMW 1600, 1964 – 66 4-cyl. ohc 1573 cc 61 kW (83 hp)
BMW 1800 CS, 1968 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1766 cc 66 kW (90 hp)
BMW 1800 TI/SA, 1965 4-cyl. ohc 1773 cc 96 kW (130 hp)
BMW 2000 TI/tilux, 1966 – 71 4-cyl. ohc 1990 cc 88 kW (120 hp)
1962 – 1972
BMW 1800 TI
BMW 1800 TI/SA
BMW 2000 TI/tilux
BMW 2000 tii
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Launched to replace the old CS strain (which are becoming hugely sought after), the 6 Series E24 was bang in tune with the mid 1970s in terms of styling and driving, although it’s said that these later cars lack the sporting edge of the original coupés. What you get as compensation are lusty straight-six engines (2....8-3.2-litre), a less skittish chassis for more secure handling, a roomier cabin and strong value for money. Top model is motorsport-aimed 635CSi but all are worth buying so long as rampant rust hasn’t got there first.
A brief history of the E-24 6-series coupe
A high-end two-door luxury sports coupe dubbed the 'Bavarian Ferrari,' the 6-series is considered by many to be the most aesthetically pleasing BMW of all time. Just 86,219 units were built between November 1975 and April 1989. About half of those came to the United States.
During it's production, many changes were made internally and externally,though to the untrained eye, the outward appearance of the E-24 coupe remained constant.
Initially the bodies were based on the E-12 5-series platform, the earliest being built at the Karman factory and shipped by train to BMW for assembly. This quickly became a problem and by 1977 everything was done in Munich. The original 630CS was carbureted and had a 4-speed gear box which remained until 1978 when the 5-speed replaced it.
1979 brought the end of the non-injected fuel system and indtrodued the first computer management system. Also available at this time was the 'economy' version 628 CSi and the introduction of the ABS braking system as an option.
The E-12 platform remained until mid-1982 when the change to the E-28 5-series platform was indroduced. With a much improved suspension, engine, interior and a computer-based engine management system, the new 6-series also got subtle body changes: the front fender flairs were increased and the antenna moved from driver's front fender to passenger rear.
A 4-speed automatic was an option in 1983 and this was also the last year of production of the 633 CSi.
The BMW ///M cars were first introduced in 1984, available only in the European models. It wouldn't be until 1987 that a US version M6 was produced for the American market. Also in 1984 airdams became standard equipment with recessed, rectangular fog lamps.
1987 was the only year for the US-specific L6 model. A 'luxury' 6-series that had all leather interior including headliner and dashpad, rear A/C with cooler and was available only as an automatic.
In 1988, the world-wide bumpers replaced the euo and US bumpers and made all the cars look the same. Airdams now had flush curve-edged fog lights as well.
April 6, 1989, the last E-24 coupe rolled off the assembly line.
During it's production, there were several 'specialty' models built. German tuners Alpina, Hartge, and Schintzer made high-performance models adding their own engine parts, suspension, wheels, interiors and more. Some of these were turbo-charged.
In addition, many dealers offered a convertible conversion as an option at purchase (or after) and though there is no number as to how many of these were made, several still survive.
More information on the history and numbers of cars can be found through the links above.
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BMW 8-Series E31 1989-1999 // £4000-£20,000
This big coupe is arguably one of BMW’s most elegant productions. It’s low, wide and looks almost timeless. Although V12 M70/M73 models are more powerful and tempting, the V8 M60/M62 makes a lot more sense.
If you fancy a modern classic with all the benefits (and pitfalls), then BMW’s glutinous E31 8 Series of the 1990s is for you. A glorious GT that comes as a V8 but is never better than in magnificent V12 form, you can pick both up for buttons. And that’s the problem – because many were and run on a shoestring by 3 Series owners with ideas above their station! There’s lots of expensive electronics to go wrong, and they usually will due to previous neglect. Top buy is the 850CSi but most owners know their worth.
BMW 8 SERIES E31 SPENDTHRIFT SUPERCAR
Like its German relation the mighty Porsche 928, BMW’s super suave 8 Series never really received the plaudits it genuinely deserved when launched over 20 years ago. Initially it was M70 V12-powered before an equally good 286bhp V8 M60/M62 (840i) came and joined the range. Like the 928, this German is most at home when long distance touring but the 380bhp, 5.6-litre CSi is as good as many established super cars. The Beemer’s complexity means maintenance and repairs can easily outweigh the car’s real world value because you can pick one up for as little as a few grand even though you’d be mad to!
Shortly after eight BMW 8-series E31
It was one of the stars of the IAA 1989: the BMW 8-Series Coupé. Based on the 7 Series (E 32) made especially the courageous design of the 4.78-meter-long luxury liner that fans of the brand. The flat silhouette, the spectacular pop-up headlights and the many body details were competitors Mercedes-Benz W126 Coupé and Jaguar XJS seem like from another planet. The design revolution continued in the interior: A shapely, clear lined dashboard surrounded the passengers who made themselves comfortable on new integral seats. That the giant was built for two, had no appreciable trunk and was unreadable, the customers of the first hour did not bother - it already likely that the first built twelve-cylinder had his trouble with the two-ton BMW out of the 7-Series E32. However, the performance was not bad. The later model with 326hp and five-speed automatic could rather convincing. It was only with the 5.6-liter of the CSI and the six-speed manual entered the 8 into the circle of the sports car. Today these distinctions hardly play a role. Especially the imaginary as entry-level engine V8 models (4.0 and 4.4 liters) have a special charm, but they have more than the classic exhaust note, while the twelve-cylinder rather confident with refinement. But the budget determines the model. Inexpensive are still 4.0 times liter 840i and 850i. For the rare CSi, the 326hp 850C or the 4.6-liter V8 car is already too late. They have already started their pricing soaring.
Model: BMW 8 Series (E 31)
Power: 4.0-5.6-litres gasoline engines; 286-380 hp
Construction period: 5 / 1989-5 / 1999
No. of items: 30,621
Recommendation: If the shape in the foreground represents, is served i well with the standard 850.
Techies take the CSI with all-wheel steering.
Both V8 are suitable for everyday use.
Do not: Buy Worn basic models and try to restore. Also of CSI should stay away, unless they are cheap.
Repair Reserve: EUR 5,000 should have at
His start. Because parts are expensive and repairs sometimes.
Value forecast: CSi and the two late.
Twelve cylinders are already expensive, but continue to grow, 840i and 850i expected something need until a measurable rise in prices recorded can be.
- VW Golf first generation Club - 1974-1983
Volkswagen entrusted the job of styling the Beetle’s replacement to ItalDesign. Giugiaro’s touch worked: more than six million MkIs were sold.
In the wake of GTI, which have long favor with enthusiasts, Golf 1 wiser attract more and more people who want a nice and easy daily dr...iver. Even with small taillights (until August 1980) or small bumper (before September 1978), the debut GLS combines charm of the seventies and practical aspects thoughtful. With reversing lights, the fuel cap lockable and interior well equipped (full instrumentation, headrests, center console ...), it makes life easier and is entitled to the "big" engines (9 and 8 HP) the normal range. With the added bonus of assisted brakes. The most difficult is to find a copy or lowered or altered. More
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History BMW E36/7 Z3 four-cylinder. The Z3 is nearly 20 years old now and prices are low but we reckon it’s the four-cylinder model that actually offers the true vintage sports car experience…
The Z3 was the affordable roadster with a BMW badge that ev...eryone had been eagerly waiting for and it finally arrived in the UK in late 1996. Its super-smooth, sleek looks were attached to underpinnings from a 3 Series, although at the rear the Z3 borrowed its axle from the older E30 rather than the E36.
Compared to modern cars the Z3 may have seemed a bit basic but the standard specification for 1996 was actually pretty decent. All Z3s came with power steering, central locking, ABS and electric mirrors, seats and windows. However, the foldaway fabric roof was manually operated and covered only by a tonneau cover whilst the very earliest cars didn’t actually have a radio unless the option box was ticked, although this soon changed. An electric roof and heated seats were also on the options list and worth having. At first, there was only one engine in the lineup and that was the four-cylinder, 16-valve 1.9-litre – again shared with the E36. It was a strong unit that put out a decent 140hp and 133lb ft of torque to go with it and came connected to a five-speed gearbox, although less than year later a four-speed automatic version was added to the options list.
Six-cylinder versions soon joined the range and in late 1999 the four-cylinder model received a new engine. Confusingly, it often became listed as a 1.8, although it now featured a different 1.9-litre engine. This time it was an eight-valve that produced 118hp and 132lb ft of torque. The power decrease inevitably led to a performance decrease and the automatic gearbox was no longer available.
In 2001 a Sport version was released with larger wheels, Sports seats, a better interior and M Sport suspension, plus an LSD. However, the 1.9 engine was phased out completely in 2002, marking the end of the four-cylinder cars.
The Z3 was a curious departure for BMW, being something of a hybrid of different 3-Series generations. The chassis is largely derived from that of the second-generation ‘E30’ model, while the electrical archictecture and engines are from the later ‘E36’ model and the internal development code for the Z3 is ‘E36/7’.
Like its competitors, the Z3 was inspired by the MX-5 and its retro styling harked back to the era of the original 328. The Z3 was initially available only with four-cylinder engines, but the addition of the 2.8-litre straight-six created a quick and slightly unruly car in the mould of the TR6. Things were subsequently made even livelier, not to say completely terrifying with the adddition of the 286 bhp M3 engine to create the M Roadster. The E30’s semi trailing arm rear end was barely up to the task of controlling the power and without any electronic traction aids the Z3M was a kind of German TVR.
As far as the cooking Z3 goes, all are very practical cars and if you want six-cylinder power then the 2.2-litre 170 bhp unit makes the ideal compromise for its refined nature and reasonable economy.
- Citroen CX owners and fan Club. Citroen CX Safari 1975-91 //£3000-6000
Not as expensive as a DS but just as dramatic-looking, especially in (now rare) Series 1 form, and able to carry 6ft loads. Late examples available with 2.5-litre 138bhp petrol and 95bhp / 120bhp turbodiesel engines.
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