In 1979, the inspired German automotive inventor Günter Artz created a puzzle on four wheels: Is it a Mk1 Volkswagen Golf or Porsche 928? After having spent his summer holidays in the unusual car as a boy, Dino Pannhorst didn’t rest until he was able to buy it back. (Image: Classic Driver)
The early 1990s weren't kind to supercars. The lucky ones, some might say, folded before they got off the drawing boards, but the ones with some serious backing arrived to muted fanfare or few buyers, or had to live to see their aspirations dialed down a few notches.
The Jaguar XJ220 was among the latter, debuting in 1992 after several years in development. Jaguar itself had sustained damage in the process, navigating the early 1990s in a cautious manner, but it never lost sight of its goal to build a supercar of its own. (Image: Historics Auctioneers)
When it comes to automotive marques, AMC is not exactly a household name, and likely unknown to anyone born after the demise of the company. American Motors Corporation was wheezing along on financial fumes when Renault acquired a major interest in 1979. By the time AMC was renamed Jeep Eagle in 1988 and finally absorbed by Chrysler in 1990, its best years were long since behind the brand.
What used to be America’s No. 4 carmaker began in 1954 as the coming together of Nash and Hudson to represent the largest corporate merger in American history.
For a long time, Formula 1 teams have talked the talk when it comes to the significance of the 2022 season in terms of the chassis regulations reset and the need to produce a strong car as a firm foundation for the new era of rules. But now that the season has started, they must walk the walk and ensure they are not tempted into prioritizing short-term gains.
While some teams have delivered on their expectations, albeit based only on the limited sample set of one grand prix weekend’s worth of data, others have fallen short. For those not at the level they hoped for, some tough decisions will have to be made about how they allocate their resources.
Few vehicles evoke a lineage of refined luxury like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The SL can trace its roots back to the groundbreaking 300SL that Mercedes sent racing — with success — in the 1950s. Fast and beautiful, the original SL was a technical triumph, with direct fuel injection and a space frame that necessitated those iconic "gullwing" top-hinged doors. A less overtly sporting SL (despite the SL name flowing from "Sportlich-Leicht," which translates to "Sport Lightweight"), followed, though it continued to deliver unmatched class and, later, a distinctive "pagoda" hardtop. And then came the R107-generation SL-Class in 1971, which would cement the SL's silver-spoon status through an incredible 18-year production run.