CHROME IS THE COLOUR. THE WOLSELEY HORNET, 1961.

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CHROME IS THE COLOUR. THE WOLSELEY HORNET, 1961.

The Wolseley Hornet was proud to wear the name of a renowned British car brand, but more than anything it was a Mini. Its extended boot, creating a sedan profile, lends it a very distinctive – and “very British” – appearance. Like its close relative of identical construction, the Riley Elf, it is one of the most sought-after and rarely spotted variants of the classic Mini. » read more

SHE’S THE ONE.

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SHE’S THE ONE.

The BMW R 27 was a classical single-cylinder motorcycle built for a world where money was tight and two wheels had to suffice over the still widely unaffordable four. The R 27 had all the tools for the job and laid on a comfortable ride, it was equally at home transporting commuters to work and holiday-makers to more relaxing destinations, it drank little fuel and could take plenty of punishment. Companions for life don’t come much more unassuming. The R 27’s compelling skill-set also endeared it to municipal authorities and police forces. » read more

IN WITH THE NEW.

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IN WITH THE NEW.

The BMW 1502 first appeared as production of the 02 Series was winding down – and thrived as a basic model alongside the new 3 Series. It extended the huge success enjoyed by the 02 for a further two years and for many people became their first BMW. » read more

THE GARAGE SILVER.

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THE GARAGE SILVER.

It is the perfect amalgamation of great talents. The quality and luxury of a Rolls-Royce fused with a superlative power unit. In 1998, the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit was superseded by the Silver Seraph – with the majestic V12 from the BMW 750iL under its bonnet. Its design succeeded in bridging the divide between the past and the new millennium. The newcomer had a sophisticated look yet was still instantly recognisable as a Rolls-Royce, and not just courtesy of its imposing radiator grille crowned by the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. » read more

BELLA FIGURA.

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BELLA FIGURA.

The design and finished bodies for the successor to the BMW 503 were the work of no lesser hand than Bertone, the legendary Italian coachbuilder. The new BMW 3200 CS was a wonderfully elegant touring coupe with a superb engine under the bonnet and an interior that was downright luxurious. It also offered a glimpse of the bright future packed with fascinating new technology to which the worlds of fashion and design appeared irresistibly drawn. » read more

A SALOON WITH FIRE IN ITS BELLY.

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A SALOON WITH FIRE IN ITS BELLY.

The BMW 1800 was a car many people had been waiting a long time to see; here was a quick and spacious saloon for all the family. And in TI guise it turned into quite the sports car – one with a neat side-line in winning races. The Neue Klasse range of models filled a gap in the market and allowed BMW to draw a line under some troubled times. » read more

SMALL, AND ALL THE BETTER FOR IT.

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SMALL, AND ALL THE BETTER FOR IT.

Small on the outside but astonishingly roomy on the inside, the BMW 600 was a miracle of space. The body was shorn of all superfluous overhangs. And on its launch in 1957 it represented a solid new option in the hotly contested small car class. This was a time when many people were looking to buy their first car as an expression of their newly won prosperity. » read more

OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD.

The arrival of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud in 1955 heralded the dawn of a new era. This was the first time the company had built a complete car – i.e. the chassis and the body were both in-house productions. But the classical coachbuilders were in no hurry to exit stage left. Instead, they came up with a delicious counterpunch to the appetite for undue haste: a two-door Drophead Coupé. Based on the Silver Cloud, it was born of dedication to tradition rather than slavery to fashion, a handcrafted one-off of the most exquisite quality. » read more

YOU’LL GO FAR, MY SON.

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YOU’LL GO FAR, MY SON.

Back in 1980, the BMW R 80 G/S was not only the company’s first enduro model, it was also the founder member of a whole new class. The original touring enduro was a bike for leisure-time enjoyment that didn’t need to be wrestled around and was a consummate performer in any environment. Tight city traffic, the open road and scenic tours over gravel and unsurfaced tracks were all part of its repertoire. The G/S was the ideal poster boy for a fresh new attitude to life. And it won the Paris-Dakar Rally at the first attempt. » read more

LICENCE TO DREAM.

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LICENCE TO DREAM.

James Bond has always had been a man of exceptional taste – with a licence to drive what others only dream. In the Bond film The World Is Not Enough, the BMW Z8 made an unerringly dependable and achingly desirable side-kick for 007 Pierce Brosnan in his fight against a fresh string of adversaries. Back in civilian life, it wasn’t long before the powerful two-seater was gracing the roads as the most otherworldly of stars. » read more

A GIFT FROM THE MOTOR SPORT GODS.

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A GIFT FROM THE MOTOR SPORT GODS.

The E30 BMW M3 was a master of road and race track alike. At first glance just another version of the practical second-generation 3 Series Sedan, it revealed the full depth of its talents when key met ignition, the high-performance engine let loose and crowed-pleasing corners passed under its tyres. The original M3 went on to become the most successful touring car of all time. » read more

THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER.

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THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER.

The end of the First World War in 1918 put the brakes on a German aircraft industry still very much in its infancy. To survive, manufacturers had to find something new to make – and fast. BMW turned its attention to the motorcycle, which it duly redesigned from the ground up. » read more

THE POWERFUL GLIDER.

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THE POWERFUL GLIDER.

There is a long tradition of eight-cylinder engines at BMW. And of combining powerful machines with compact body variants. One such unit hailing from the BMW 7 Series ensured the 540i was a truly exceptional representative of the 5 Series clan. » read more

TWELVE ANGRY CYLINDERS.

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TWELVE ANGRY CYLINDERS.

Back in 1992, the BMW 850CSi was as good as it got. Here was an elegant coupe of the luxury class riding a wave of unflinchingly exquisite engineering. It represented a statement of intent for customers looking to treat themselves to something a little special. Today the 850CSi is a collector’s item of considerable exclusivity and rarity that commands a large and enthusiastic following. » read more

SUCCEEDING THE SUCCESSOR.

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SUCCEEDING THE SUCCESSOR.

With its predecessor having enjoyed enormous success, the E36 had a tough act to follow. Produced from 1990, the third-generation 3 Series dared to take the leap into the new millennium. Not only was it bigger, there were also more models to choose from offering even greater variety. Now inching into rarity, this familiar friend deserves a closer look. » read more

THE ITALIAN JOB.

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THE ITALIAN JOB.

Why have the best of one world, when you can plunder the talents of several? It may hold a British passport, but the Rolls-Royce Camargue owes its design to Italy and its name to a part of France. This was an elegant coupe that spoke to a new group of buyers keen to give their chauffeur the day off and lap up the luxury from behind the wheel. » read more

REVOLUTIONARY.

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REVOLUTIONARY.

First, you need to have the idea. It’s tough to reinvent something that’s been around for a long time. And delivering mobility in scenarios where space is limited certainly requires ingenuity. Enter the Isetta and C1, which explored new avenues with unique concepts and an approach that was radically different – revolutionary even. » read more

DIXILAND.

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DIXILAND.

The BMW 3/15, more popularly known as the “Dixi”, was BMW’s first car. It was a huge success because it tuned into the mood and needs of the times: i.e. it was small. Its roots were British and it bridged the gap to the arrival not long afterwards of some very sporty and deliciously elegant siblings. Fast forward to the present day and it still commands an enthusiastic fan club. » read more

MODERN TIMES.

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MODERN TIMES.

“Change or be changed” is an unwritten rule that applies to the car industry arguably more than any other. However, when you’re dealing with the best in the world, change has to mean more than just the odd tweak here and there. The 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow pulled off the trick of renewing its component parts while remaining true to itself. » read more

A HEAD OF STEAM.

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A HEAD OF STEAM.

It was the response to a market experiencing an unprecedented lust for performance. The R 90 S was not only the most powerful series-produced BMW motorcycle (in terms of horsepower) yet launched, it also sported a modern, trailblazing design. The impressive success of the R 90 S pointed the way for others to follow. » read more

THE COP CAR EXTRAORDINAIRE.

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THE COP CAR EXTRAORDINAIRE.

Once spotted, never forgotten. As police inspector Benno Berghammer, aka the Bulle von Tölz, Ottfried Fischer brought character, humour and Bavarian quirkiness in spades to the eponymous TV series. And his car was suitably atypical as well. The BMW 635CSi possessed the size, power and presence to hold its own alongside a star of screen-hogging stature. But why did it have only one front seat? » read more

A HEAD FOR AIR.

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A HEAD FOR AIR.

Convertibles were dead and buried, safety concerns playing a major role in their demise. But then they rose from the ashes in reinvented form, and people loved them more than ever. The BMW 325i Convertible from 1986 stoked the fire, with its gorgeous looks and almost radical commitment to roof removal. » read more

THE SUN WORSHIPPER.

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THE SUN WORSHIPPER.

21 years on from its launch, the BMW Z3 is well on the way to classic car status. So why not treat yourself to a timely slice of roadster deliciousness. » read more

LESS IS MORE.

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LESS IS MORE.

The BMW 700 Coupe stole customers’ hearts with its lower roofline. A sporting profile made it an affordable dream for rally and circuit drivers who also wanted to drive it to work during the week. » read more

A MOUNTAIN LOVE AFFAIR.

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A MOUNTAIN LOVE AFFAIR.

The BMW M Coupe is a full-blooded sports car – a driving machine in the classical mould, a model of pared-back purity. We had the car, now all we needed was a road sufficiently well stocked with corners. Join us for a test drive to the Concorso d´Eleganza Villa d’Este over one of the most beguiling Alpine routes of them all, the San Bernardino Pass. » read more

MIGHTY ATOM.

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MIGHTY ATOM.

The Mini is, without doubt, one of the most important models in motoring history. It’s cool, and classless. And it’s enduringly youthful – in character and in how it makes you feel. But the best thing? There’s one for every taste and every pocket. » read more

OH LORD, WON´T YOU BUY ME.

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OH LORD, WON´T YOU BUY ME.

One of the sportiest sedans on the road back in the day – and now arguably one of the coolest classic cars around. » read more

ROLLING INVESTMENT.

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ROLLING INVESTMENT.

Remember the wave of hype surrounding the stock market flotation of Deutsche Telekom and Infineon in the late 1990s / early 2000s? Were you one of those who ploughed their savings into faceless share certificates now worth barely a quarter of their original value? If back then you’d chosen to put your money into a cool classic car instead, you’d be sitting pretty right now. Not that you’ve missed the boat, not by any means… » read more