As Longtime Readers know, I have an inordinate fondness for sports cars of yore, and especially ones of my misbegotten and largely wasted youth. The Alfa Romeo Spider, Austin Healey 3000 and the little MGB GT, to name but three, were all the objects of desire in my younger times, and it’s easy to see why:
However, if I were asked today which sports car of the pre-1975 era I would like to own today, unchanged, it would probably be a car of which I knew nothing at the time, probably because I was only about 3 years old. Yes, I speak of the impossibly-sexy BMW 507 of the late 1950s:
I know, this is the car which nearly bankrupted BMW, but that’s all ancient history. The fact of the matter is that the 507 embodies almost all my list of desirable features: a small 3.0-liter V8, adequate acceleration and top speed, and of course matchless good looks, all in a neatly-sized package of simple yet tasteful design.
It was also more reliable than any of the later sports cars I alluded to above, which satisfies another of my must-have features. I’d even take the soft-top cabrio:
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This was the Sunday post which went AWOL on me. Once again, my apologies.