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Thunder and Lightening 361bhp BMW M3 CSL E46

The BMW E46 M3 CSL is the pinnacle of the fourth-gen 3 Series range, but iconic as it is, there are some areas where it fell short, and the owner of this M3 set out to build himself the ultimate E46 that would surpass even BMW’s own effort.

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1967 Glas 3000GT

The zenith of car production by BMW’s near-neighbour could have been the flagship for all of Bavaria, says James Elliott.

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JOSH SWEENEY

‘The BMW-Glas V8 has a distinctive appeal with a sporty yet classic vibe. Attention to detail in both exterior and interior design elements is what sets apart iconic vehicles and contributes to their timeless fascination.’
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1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Frua Spyder

After a singularly determined restoration, this Maserati A6GCS by Frua won Best of Show at the 2023 Concours of Elegance. James Elliott drives a super-rare 1950s deity.

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1981 Alpina B7 S Turbo E12 vs. 1984 B7 Turbo E28 and 1991 B10 Bi-Turbo E34

As Alpina builds its last BMW 5 Series remix, we sample three of Buchloe’s legendary turbocharged autobahn annihilators.

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1974 NSU Ro80

Pete Adams is an engineer. We arrange a drive in an NSU Ro80 that engaged his brain as much as his senses.

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2024 Porsche 911 Sport Classic 992

A may be a mishmash of parts, but this doesn’t stop the new 992 Sport Classic from being a highly desirable celebration of all things 911...

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1968 Iso Rivolta GT (340)

Patination state. A ‘weathered’ 1960s Italian hybrid GT might not be most people’s choice as an everyday family classic, but engineer Peter Fareham is not most people.

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OLIVER BROOKWELL

‘I found the Iso Rivolta really interesting. I'd never heard of one before and something about a V8-powered Italian muscle car is just cool. I really liked the lines of the body, and the lacquered, ageing paintwork really suits the car and tells a story.' Oliver s photography accompanies James Elliott s words on this article.
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1946 MG TC

Purely by chance, one man became obsessed with record-breaker Goldie Gardner. Then his MG TC came up for sale...

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1935 Jensen White Lady

The Jensen brothers of the West Midlands became famous for their GT cars, but the story began with the 1935 White Lady – newly restored to its former glory.

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Targa Florio Austin-Healey Sprite - Mystery of the radically evolved BMC racer

This ‘frogeye’ Sprite was an early works rally car that was later much-modified to compete on the Targa Florio, Circuito del Mugello and at the Nurburgring.

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1966 Ferrari 330GTC

Take a rookie concours entrant, an obsessively restored Ferrari, a curious Octane editor and set them loose at Salon Prive. James Elliott reveals all.

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I'm more used to chasing rally cars through the wilder parts of the world, so jumped at the chance to photograph exotica on the Salon Prive Tour, keeping the Ferrari 330GTC in my viewfinder as it made its way through the Cotswolds with Octane editor James Elliott at the wheel.' Ferrari 330GTC at Salon Prive
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1934 Aston Martin MkII

Since this incredibly original 1934 Aston Martin MkII was dragged out of a barn, a year-long operation to preserve it is has been completed. Time to revisit.

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1948 Buick Super Sedanet

This Buick had lived in South Africa and Holland before it was acquired by Mark Hatton, who has driven it all around Britain and to France. And it’s the perfect car for long-distance touring, as he tells Zack Stiling…

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2011 BMW M3 GTS E92 4.4-litre

Ok, so the wing on the back, BMW Individual Special Fire Orange paint, big, black wheels and so on were going to attract a certain demographic, but still I was a bit bewildered by how many thumbs-up signs came from young lads. And then a neighbour told me that her 14-year-old son knew the M3 GTS from Forza. A computer game, apparently.

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