10 Classic German Sports Cars Every Gear Head Should Drive At Least Once

10 Classic German Sports Cars Every Gear Head Should Drive At Least Once

classic cars They may not be as powerful, safe or comfortable as modern cars, but there is something undeniably special about them. Take the Ford Mustang, for example. Beautifully designed, focused solely on producing heaps of power, the old muscle car from the ’60s is one of the most incredible Mustangs ever. The new S650 Mustang may be faster and more technologically advanced, but it has lost some of the spirit that the old Stangs had.

Today we’re going to cover some of the coolest Europeans sports cars since when. They’re fun to drive, look great, and oftentimes, come with exorbitant fees tied to their pedigree…but then again, many would argue that modern cars are just a waste of money. Let’s get into the most valuable cars ever that come from Europe.

10 Porsche 356 Coupe

The Porsche 356 was built between 1948 and 1965. Throughout its life, there have been four different generations of the 356, mostly hardtop coupes, but some that have been topless Speedsters as well. While the rear-mounted powertrains on the different 356 models varied in power output and displacement, all were Volkswagen flat-fours.

These engines weren’t that powerful because they only put out a maximum of 95 horsepower. However, that doesn’t mean it was a slow car. Because the 356 weighed a feather (about 1,700 pounds), had its engine tucked into the rear, was rear-wheel drive, and only came with a manual transmission, its performance was entirely dependent on the driver. She may not have had much straight-line speed, but around the track, the Porsche 356 shined.

9 Audi Sport quattro

The Audi Sport Quattro was never meant to exist. The only reason it saw the light was because of the FIA ​​rules that Audi must adhere to to compete in a Group B rally. We are thrilled that the base has been around since we now have the priceless and intimidating Audi Sport Quattro.

Audi was one of the first automakers to introduce a turbocharged engine in an all-wheel drive car, and a front-wheel drive – what a powerful engine. The first generation Sport Quattro was powered by a 197-hp 2.1-liter turbocharged and five-cylinder engine, and later produced 217 hp.

8 Porsche 550 Spyder

The Porsche 550 Spyder will go down in history as one of the most beloved and feared cars ever built. After all, some speculate that James Dean’s Porsche 550 is responsible for his death. But this is a story for another day.

The 550 was barely road legal. It tipped the scales at just over 1,200 pounds, had no roof, no safety measures in place, and its 1.5-liter flat-packed four-cylinder engine sent all its power to the rear tires. dangerous? yes. cheerful? definitely.

7 BMW 3.0 CSL

The BMW 3.0 CSL is also called the Batmobile, and it doesn’t take much to figure out why it got its name. It had some pretty daring physical modifications done to it when fitted with the aerodynamics package. These improvements included a monstrous rear spoiler, some subtle and intimidating front fins, and even a second wing mounted just above the rear window.

However, not only was the 3.0 CSL something to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors, it could hold its own around the track as well. Under the hood is the extended, telescopic 3.2-liter straight-line 3.2-liter bonnet that produces 203 horsepower and 211 pound-feet of torque.

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6 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

Believe it or not, in the past, Mercedes-Benz used to build a variety of cars that aren’t exclusively focused on luxury. Here is the best example of this, the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. A road-going version of an actual tracking car. Just like the Audi Sport Quattro we talked about, the CLK GTR was also a special homologation, but that was a tad more ridiculous.

Only about 25 road legal models of the CLK GTR were built, and they sell for incredible prices nowadays. Each of them boasted the same 6.9-liter V12 that was also found in the Pagani Zonda (except for the SuperSport). Its engine produced a whopping 631 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque. As a result, the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR can reach 60 mph from a stop in less than 4 seconds and reach a speed of 199 mph.

5 BMW 328 Roadster

From an unruly supercar, we’re transitioning to a classic sports car, the BMW 328 Roadster. The 328 Roadster was only built between 1936 and 1940, so only 464 units were produced. Its styling may not be anything like the modern Bimmer enthusiast we’re used to, but it still has the iconic kidney grille also found on modern BMWs and a traditional six-line engine.

This 2.0-liter six-cylinder engine may have put out just 79 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque, but the Touring Coupe still managed to win the Mille Miglia back in 1940.

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4 Opel GT

In the late ’60s and ’70s, muscle cars like the Pontiac Firebird flooded the auto scene and a slew of other cars built by brands that no longer exist. Italy has used its expertise to build some exotic sports cars made by brands like Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. German manufacturers did not have a large presence in this segment of the automotive world, but the Opel GT changed that.

The Opel GT was a lightweight, rear-wheel drive sports car that took advantage of a front-engine design to prioritize the driving experience over anything else. Sure, it was only powered by a compact, 100-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but the Opel GT combined it all to create what we can only call magic.

3 BMW E30 M3

There have been six generations of the BMW M3 so far, and no matter how you slice the pie, the E30 M3 stands tall above the rest. Instead of using a six-cylinder engine or even an eight-cylinder engine, the E30 M3 had a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood.

The first few engines of the E30 M3 were able to squeeze up to 197 horsepower out of its four-cylinder engine, while the Sport Evolution was able to put out 235 horsepower. Today the E30 M3 is considered one of the best cars ever, and we highly recommend choosing one. Be warned, these are rather precious today…

2 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is as great a sports car as it is a work of art. It’s given the name “Gullwing” because of the iconic gullwing doors that exposed the cockpit by reaching into the sky. The powertrain that was located near the front axle was great, too.

That engine was a great 3.0-liter straight-line engine, which produced up to 240 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque and was also mated to a four-speed manual transmission. We like to drive one of these because it’s so low to the ground, as wide as a boat, and has such venerable notes.

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1 Porsche 930 Turbo

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is undoubtedly the most vacillating circuit weapon to leave the Stuttgart plant, but there is one Porsche that has been quite the killer… Widowmaker. With a name like that, you already know it’s best to be careful with your heavy right foot. Widowmaker was the nickname given to the Porsche 930 Turbo.

The first 911s ever had the Turbo badge, and since the tough, turbocharged cars are still in their beta phase, the 930 Turbo tends to lag a bit behind the stern. Often. At the rear of the 930 is a flat-bottomed 3.3-liter turbocharged engine with 300 horsepower and more than 300 pound-feet of torque. The only way to evoke its power was via a 4-speed manual as well. And you guessed it… The 930 Turbo was rear-wheel drive, and traction and stability control were nowhere in sight.

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