The Volkswagen Beetle needs no introduction. But it does deserve a farewell. And that, after 80 years in production and more than 23 million cars sold, is exactly what this story is. Because as of later this year, the Beetle will be no more.[Read more…] about Volkswagen Beetle: Saying Goodbye After an 80-Year Production Run
The Mazda MX-5, when it was unveiled in February 1989, struck a chord with both press and public audiences alike. It proved so popular, in fact, that 11 years later it was awarded the heady title of the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car by Guinness World Records.[Read more…] about Automotive Reincarnations: MG MGB Roadster and Mazda MX-5
Exactly when the genus ‘Hot Hatch’ came into being is a point that will be debated for as long as there are cars on the road. There is one particular model that’s more widely recognised as the originator of the breed than any other, however, and so it simply has to be the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 that sits at the far end of our hot hatch timeline. First shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 1975, the Golf GTI is hot hatch genesis.[Read more…] about Evolution of the Hot Hatch: from Golf GTI to Fiesta ST
Plenty of commentators will have you believe that ordinary folk have been priced out of the classic car market; that all the good classic cars are now stupendously expensive, and that if you want an affordable, dependable old car that’ll put a smile on your face, you’re out of luck.[Read more…] about The Modern Classics Still Going for Bargain Prices
The arrival of a new Porsche 911 is always major news in the automotive world, not least because it signifies the continuation of a car that first appeared in 1963. Common to all is an unconventional rear-engined layout, excellent performance, and admirable practicality for a thoroughbred sports car. In this article we are going to look back at the history of Porsche’s most famous model. To find out more about the very latest 911, don’t miss our story about riding in a prototype Porsche 992.