It must have been an odd sight – a miniature Corvette sitting in a showroom across from herds of loaded Buick land yachts, but the Opel GT was a success for Opel and for U.S. Buick dealers.
Posts tagged German Cars
Mercedes W111 250SE Coupe: The Finer Things
Even in the long evolution of Mercedes-Benz style, few cars have looked as timeless as the W111/W112 coupes. They were designed 60 years ago, but they don’t look like a car of 1960. The coupes…
Gallery: Avants Classics on the Green 2021
Today we’ve got some highlights from the Avants: Classics on the Green show, held at Chateau St. Michelle winery. We’ll be adding more to our gallery from Classics on the Green 2021 as we process…
BMW Z1: The Ultimate Dreaming Machine
The tall sides and wedge shape may say “eighties,” but the BMW Z1 still looks like the future even 30+ years after it broke cover. Z is for zukunft – German for future – and…
Auto Union 1000S: First and Last and Always
The four linked rings are most associated with Audi today, but they originated with Auto Union. The “Union” was an agglomeration of four German companies – Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer, that came together under…
Shaping Safety: Béla Barényi and the “Fintail”
Mercedes were purposefully meant to be timeless in the eyes of Daimler-Benz’s chief engineer Fritz Nallinger, but including the subtle fins on the new Heckflosse sedans forever linked the W110, W111, and W112 designs (collectively…
Reversal of Fortune:
Audi A4 Mk1
In 1992, Audi struggled to move less than 15,000 cars in the United States. Ten years later, it moved more than 85,000. Although Audi reinvented its entire lineup in that time, one car more than…
O.G. G-Wagen: Mercedes 460-Series Geländewagen
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…
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.
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.