Tag Archives: 3-series

Lexus IS300: More Than Just Another BMW

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Quick! Name a decent-handling, rear-wheel drive, four-door sedan with an inline-six engine and a proper three-pedal 5-speed manual transmission. Nope. Not that. Care to guess again? Continue reading

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Next? 1980-1987 Alfa Romeo GTV6

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One thing I want for the next silly old car is something I don’t see a lot of. The previous installment of “Next?” – the Audi Coupe Quattro – certainly fits that bill. I’m not sure I’ve seen another one on the road around here. That’s one of (the many) things I liked about my BMW Bavaria: There just aren’t many around, anywhere, and I never saw another at the local Cars and Coffee. Old E30 3 Series are common by comparison. Indeed, I see a couple on my daily commute. Continue reading


Living Classified Ads: What’s for Sale in Essen (that we can’t get at home)?

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So it’s press day at Techno Classica Essen here in the sunny Eastern Bloc-era grey concrete jungle that is Essen, Germany. As promised in yesterday’s comments, one of my first jobs here at the show was to report back on the interesting cars for sale. Specifically, cars that are interesting to us that were either a) never for sale in the US, or b) are so incredibly hard to find in the States that you’re better off buying them here. Bear in mind as I discuss prices that this is the first day, so all of the cars carry the obligatory classic car show markup. Real selling prices should be expected to be lower. Significantly lower.

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