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Mercedes-Benz SL Pagoda Roadster

posted by on 22 February 2012 in Hindsight

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The Gullwing SL may be the most recognizable Mercedes of all time, but the understated second-gen W113 roadster is the one that defined the SL as we know it today. We drove a pristine ’69 to see why. More…

Volkswagen Corrado

posted by on 21 February 2011 in Hindsight

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A walk down memory lane with one of Volkswagen’s most interesting products, the Corrado coupe. More…

Rambo Lambo – Lamborghini’s Insane LM002

posted by on 24 January 2011 in Hindsight

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The Lamborghini LM002 is a creature of automotive folklore, the four-wheeled equivalent of Bigfoot. Rare indeed, but if you know where to look, it will actually pose for the camera all day long, as did this bright red example for us. More…

Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

posted by on 3 January 2011 in Hindsight

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Before the BMW M3 made it to our shores, Mercedes-Benz showed us how a four-valve head could totally transform a humble four-cylinder German compact into a proper sport sedan. Behold the 190E 2.3-16. More…

1995 Volvo 850 T-5R

posted by on 11 November 2010 in Hindsight

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When Volvo dropped the 850 T-5R on us back in 1995, its 150-mph top speed was thoroughly impressive for a family sedan. We drove a low-mile example to see how well its mojo has aged. More…

Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 SE

posted by on 1 July 2010 in Hindsight

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When Audi bought Lamborghini in 1998, it set to work correcting a couple decades worth of wrongs. The one car that combined the best of the old Lambos with a bit of solid German engineering was the Diablo VT 6.0 SE. It also happens to be one of the rarest. More…

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

posted by on 3 June 2010 in Hindsight

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The 280SE is an unexpectedly modern-feeling cabriolet, especially considering that its W111/112 chassis code dates back to August of 1959, when the first “fintail” sedan appeared. But the truth is, the W111 was a truly modern car. More…

Saab 99 Turbo

posted by on 15 April 2010 in Hindsight

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When Saab bolted a turbocharger to its eccentric little 99 sedan way back in 1977, vehicles that offered practicality, safety, comfort, economy and performance all in one package were especially rare. Saab’s cars had most of those qualities, but the 99 Turbo changed everything for the little company. More…

Looking Back on Volvo’s Quirky 1800ES

posted by on 29 October 2009 in Hindsight

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Are we car geeks always wrong, or do we love weird things simply because they’re weird? Car lovers buy wagons over crossovers; we beg for diesels when manufacturers insist no one wants them. And we seem to be the only ones who love shooting brakes, that odd genre created for the landed gentry of England. More…

Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

posted by on 3 January 2000 in Hindsight

When it comes to compact German performance machines, one name — M3 — stands above them all in terms of street cred. Even my Toyota-driving grandmother knows of the Bimmer’s legend and might even forfeit her death grip on the left lane to let one by. Four generations strong, each more astonishing than the last, […] More…