•February 4, 2014 • 1 Comment
The Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 (six-cylinder and four-cylinder versions of the same chassis, respectively), produced from 1968 to 1976, was the predecessor to the modern-day E-Class. Often overlooked today in favor of such models as the W123 (its popular immediate successor) and the upmarket W108 (with which its production overlapped), the Stroke Eight or Strich Acht has nevertheless attracted a small but devoted following. Friends, business partners, and W114 owners multiple times over Shaheen Karimian and Lindsey Stengle of Niche Motoring talk to us about their appeal.
MCB: Why the W114?
NM: To us, the W114 strikes the perfect balance between the old school, chrome bumpers and hubcaps-era Benz and what is considered a “modern” vehicle. They are a forgotten model in the classic Mercedes lineup and deserve some love. Cars and parts are still readily available and cheap compared to the bigger models in the range. W114s also feature Benz’s famous feeling of quality. Door action is incredibly precise and classically vault-like.
•January 29, 2014 • 5 Comments
This has always been a good read. The synopsis:
[Journalist Brock] Yates was approached by the [Daimler-Benz] factory to write promotional literature about the [Mercedes-Benz 450SEL] 6.9. He agreed, but under the condition that he could list the car’s faults as well as its positives. Daimler-Benz agreed in turn, and Yates was given a US-spec 6.9 to drive from Manhattan to the Road Atlanta grand prix race track in Georgia (source).
Some choice bits:
…In driving parlance, a brisk pace on the highway is sometimes described as 5/10th, while a flat-out, no-holds-barred lap of a race track is measured at 10/10ths…
…At 120 mph, I slipped open the sun roof and made a lap with the radio playing. This was perfectly practical in terms of wind noise and general listening pleasure, but I shut the sound off and went back to work, fearing that a music-induced lapse in concentration might bend some very expensive sheet metal…
…The car rolled into the pits and aside from a slight, completely normal hissing sound as the hydropneumatic suspension readjusted itself, the 6.9 was behaving as if nothing had happened – much like a strong, young thoroughbred after an early morning exercise…
Read all of it here.
•January 28, 2014 • 9 Comments
We think that the Honda S2000 – produced from model year 2000 to 2009 – is destined to become a classic. Respected by driving enthusiasts the world over as much today as they were when first introduced, we suspect they will only increase in esteem with the passage of time. And while we’re usually a proponent of a car’s stock wheel-and-tire setup, we like owner Rick Flores’ example – a lot – for the way its delicious BBS RXes fill out the Honda’s wheel arches. It just looks the business, doesn’t it?
MCB: Why the S2000?
RF: Going into my search for a car I knew I wanted the car to be five things: a) exceptionally sporty, as well as a good platform for modification, b) reliable enough to not leave me stranded wherever I needed to go, c) rare enough to turn heads, d) easy enough to work on with hand tools and basic mechanical skills, and e) rear wheel drive. I had a preference for something with an open top and a naturally-aspirated engine. Naturally, my short list included cars like the Porsche Boxster, the BMW Z4, and the Honda S2000. Projected running costs nixed the Boxster, and poor performance compared to the S2000 nixed the Z4. There was only one car for me.
•January 22, 2014 • 2 Comments
A Jaguar XJ220LM, Schupann 962C, and a Mazda 767B – or more specifically, the sight of these cars being street driven – will pretty much do the trick.
•January 21, 2014 • 13 Comments
Unmolested Mk2 (and Mk1) Golf GTIs that haven’t been badly modified are rarer than, well, fill in your favorite cliché here. Tim Stemmann is lucky enough to own one such example, and we suspect his tale will sound familiar to many. If the following images don’t instantly make you want one, then nothing will. Read on to learn and see more…
Like so many of you, I have loved cars since I was little, especially cars of the ’70s and ’80s. Some of my all-time favorites are classics like the BMW E30 M3, the Peugeot 205 GTI, and the Porsche 964 911. But I lost my heart to another car brand. I am a VW guy and the car I wanted to own for many years was an old Golf GTI.