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Newsletter 40/2022


Actually, we wanted to launch “radical zero” this week, our page that deals exclusively with e-mobility. Which we will also label nicely as such, because it is clear to us that a not insignificant part of our readership does not want to deal with e-cars – those who don’t want to, don’t have to, she and he see it at first glance. For all our love of the old metal and the finest current combustion engines, we do it “anyway”, these electric cars, because you can’t get around them anyway, and besides, we are absolutely technology-open as well as technology-interested. In the past two years, we have driven a lot only with electricity, we know the problems, we are also correspondingly critical, but we will try to pass on our competence and our experience. We wanted to start all this, i.e. “radical zero”, with an exclusive driving report of the BMW i7. But the embargo doesn’t fall until 6 November. Those who can read are clearly at an advantage.

Anyway, “radical zero” is coming, probably next week.

We did have a big thing last week, anything but Stromer, namely the “Gran Turismo Collection”, which will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in London at the beginning of November. Over the years, a definitely enthusiastic collector had amassed a wonderful collection of 18 cars, which he now wants (or: has to?) get rid of in one fell swoop. At first glance, we were blown away – at second glance, a little calmer, because not everything that goes under the hammer is really great. We then compiled our own personal list of our favourites – and would like to invite you to do the same. Our story will certainly serve as good inspiration:

The dream collection?

Last week we also drove something like our dream car. The Maserati Quattroporte V8 3.2 Evo is also much more in line with our budget. Once again, this is a little love story about a car that has received far too little love in its career.

Experience Maserati Quattroporte V8 3.2 Evo (1999)

We were allowed to drive another future classic, a Mercedes-Benz 500 SL from 2002. We didn’t have quite as much fun with the Daimler as we did with the Maserati mentioned above, but when you look at the price, you have to consider this product of German engineering.

Experience Mercedes 500 SL (2002)

There are our collections. If you don’t know what to do, you can spend hours there. For some cars we simply add new pictures and information, like the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 with chassis number #9113600388 or the Lamborghini Miura P400 with chassis number #3769. But sometimes we also write a little story, like for example here:

BMW 507 – #70059

By the way, the best way to find out what’s going on in our collections every day is to visit our classics page on Facebook.

No, we won’t be covering every new indicator or software update from the automotive industry in the future. Instead, we will continue to cover only what interests us, what gives us pleasure, what is exceptional. And the new Maserati GranTurismo must be mentioned here. Not only because it comes with both a petrol engine (Nettuno!) and an electric engine. But above all because Maserati has amazed us in recent months – what is happening in Modena is as surprising as it is pleasing.

Maserati GranTurismo (2023)

And we also have a nice story to tell about the new Alpine A110 R. The new model is quite radical – and a bit unlucky.

Alpine A110 R

Finally, there was a conversation with Matt Windle, the boss of Lotus. The English brand, which is not short of wild stories, is once again in a state of upheaval.

In conversation: Matt Windle

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