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1974 BMW 2004 SA

We trace the roots of the 2004, which represents the first line of BMWs built specifically for the South African market, and which was based on the Gias 1700.

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Road test 1974 Bitter CD

For one entrepreneur, the lure of Italian beauty with American power was not enough: it needed German build quality, too. The result was the Bitter CD.

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First-gen model 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 930 test versus rare 1989 3.3 Turbo LE 930

How different are the first 911 Turbo and the last-of-line 930 LE, a UK-only runout model limited to fifty units in 1989? We hit rural Suffolk and sample fantastic examples of both...

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1974 Monteverdi Berlinetta

The Basel-based supercar-builder Monteverdi was long shrouded in mystery After a lifetime of dreaming about it, Marc Sonnery finally gets to drive its definitive GT: the Berlinetta.

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1974 AMC Javelin AMX

Many American cars in this country during the Sixties and Seventies were imported by members of the US Air Force, but what’s become of them all? This AMX is a rare survivor. Brought over by a young lady in the USAF and later customised, it’s had a very interesting life, as Zack Stiling discovers…

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Citroen DS - Divine inspiration - or from another planet?

Whether the Citroen DS took celestial inspiration or landed from another planet, it is one of the car world's greatest aesthetic achievements — and more. Car designer Peter Stevens, aesthete and commentator Stephen Bayley and Octane's own Glen Waddington discuss.

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First production car with driver and passenger airbags 1974 Oldsmobile Toronado

While airbags have been an almost ubiquitous safety feature on cars since the 1990s, their origins can be traced back to American engineer John Hetrick in 1952. In the spring of that year, Hetrick, his wife and his seven-year-old daughter were out for a Sunday drive in their 1948 Chrysler Windsor. Cresting a hill, Hetrick encountered a rock in the road and swerved to avoid it.

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European-spec 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI

With a nod to hippy psychedelia, Porsche’s colour palette in the late 1960s and early 1970s was as wild and edgy as they come, complementing evolutions in the 911’s styling and engineering. This early Carrera 2.7 ticks all the boxes. What’s more, it could be yours…

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1974 Guyson E12

It was a car that was literally and figuratively created by accident. Guyson International MD, Jim Thompson, was a keen hillclimb racer. However, for all his apparent skill behind the wheel, even he couldn’t stop his V12 Jaguar E-type from connecting with something immovable one dark and stormy night in 1973.

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1974 BMW 2002 Restomod

When a nostalgic enthusiast brought his ailing BMW into Yves Decan’s Belgian workshop, he wanted a 1970s street racer. Looks like he got it.

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1974 Purvis Eureka Sport

It was an act of rebellion. Nothing made in Australia could match the exotic, space-age-looking exterior of the Purvis Eureka shown at the 1974 Melbourne Motor Show. The Eureka name came from Founder Allan Purvis, a determined man who — the story goes — was told that it would never make it past Australian Design Rules. Like a red flag to a bull, Purvis took a chance on the fiber-glass sports car to show that a small local operation could overcome both the bureaucracy and critics of the kit-car industry with a truly desirable unique product.

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1974 Fiat 124 CC Sport Coupe ‘Rally’

Looking for all the world like a works rally car – and driving like one too – this clever custom Fiat 124 Coupe in fact borrows from the 124 Abarth Spider Rally playbook

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1974 Datsun 240Z

Follow-up to the lithe 240Z had to face the challenge of extra ballast

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Cosworth YB-powered turbo 1974 Ford Capri 3.0S Mk2

With the help of his friends, classic Ford fan James Walden has put together a YB turbo-powered Mk2 Capri with a show car finish…

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1974 Bolwell Nagari Convertible Mk VIII

This Series 8 Bolwell Nagari came to George May some thirty-four years ago. In fact he rebuilt it from a wreck. A young George put so many new parts into the car that it might have been easier to start from scratch. Since then it has never been in an accident, has never had a respray, and has never been driven in the rain.

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