Nobody would have predicted that the military surplus Mercedes Geländewagen would end up a coveted luxury item, but that’s what it’s best known as today. This particularly true in the USA, where the truck’s best-ever…
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Alpine Fire Brigade: Volkswagen LT 4X4
Hundreds of thousands of VW LT vans were built over the truck’s lengthy lifespan – 1975 to 1996 – but just 1,250 of them were the lifted, go-anywhere 4X4 models. LT stands for “Lasten-Transporter,” loosely…
The Little Prinz
A true comeback kid, the NSU Prinz, with its raucus, 26-hp 583-cc air-cooled twin and crash four-speed, started arriving at stores in the spring of 1958.
Almost an M: 1987 BMW 535iS
The BMW 5-series first appeared in 1972, picking up the baton from the Neue Klasse sedans that had reinvented BMW in the 1960s. Like the Neue Klasse, that original 5, the E12, was also a…
1993 was nearly Audi’s nadir in the U.S., and for awhile it looked like the brand might not stick it out. At the time, the company was struggling to move 12,000 units a year in…
Born on the Neckar: NSU-Fiat 500 Weinsberg
NSU-Fiats were German versions of regular Fiats, but occasionally they produced something truly unique. The 500 Weinsberg was cooked up at Heilbronn as a luxurious and bespoke Nuova 500.
The Classic Type 3 Squareback
By the late 1950s Volkswagen was keen to expand beyond the Beetle but not eclipse it. That new car, furtively tooling around the Black Forest in prototype form, was the VW Type 3.
All’s Rad: BMW 325iX
Some months ago, we looked at the BMW E30 Touring, noting that the all-wheel-drive E30 325iX was worthy of its own story – and here we are with Anthony R.’s excellent iX. 325iXs are rare,…
Saving the best for last: Volkswagen Scirocco 16V
The basic bones of the Volkswagen Scirocco were over a decade old by the time of the 16-valve version, but the 16V was definitely a case of saving the best for last. The fastest factor…