Hyper-advanced for its time and unbeatable on the track, the 328 featured innovations such as independent front suspension, a tight and light body that fully covered the chassis/mechanicals and headlights which were integrated into the front metal for better aerodynamics. All this techie-kit would have been less meaningful without some power. The horses were derived from the 2.0-Liter straight-6 that powered the earlier 327, only with improved breathing. These engineering advances allowed the hot-looking 328 to dominate racing in the late 1930s, including an overall win at the Mille Miglia (in the light-weight aluminum/magnesium bodied 328 Mille Miglia Coupe pictured above) with an average lap speed of 103.4mph and a top speed of 139mph! Considered by many to be the first modern sports car, we just totally, totally want one. … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 328 Roadster and Coupe
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Now the sad part — no one bought any. Only 412 503s saw the nightlight of garage (at about two to one, coupe to convertible). Count von Goertz and his GI buddies (thankfully) did such a good job kicking Prussian ass, that no one in the former-Fatherland was in the market for a car that literally cost more than their house (about $175,000 when new in 2006 dollars). BMW's plan to get back to its pre-war self (think luxury, think sporting, think 328) floundered and the company was sentenced to producing one-door bubbles for the next half-decade. In both design and intent, the 503 is the archetype for all subsequent 6-Series models. Think Farago will let us stick one in the Fantasy Garage? … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 503 Coupe and Convertible
If a police department in rural North Carolina wrecks their police car, where are they more likely to find parts, from a car made by the big three with a dealership network established for decades or from a niche manufacturer using German luxury-car mechanicals? It just never made sense. … [Read more...] about Is Carbon Motors Dead?
Ford turbocharged its autonomous ambitions earlier this month by forming a new alliance with Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest automaker, to develop self-driving cars. VW agreed to contribute $2.6 billion to Argo, giving that autonomous startup a $7 billion valuation. The move has vaulted Ford and VW into the pantheon of self-driving leaders along with Waymo and GM Cruise. … [Read more...] about GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit