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H ans-Jörg Götzl on robust roadsters: 'With your hair flowing through everyday life.'

There are quite a few contemporaries for whom a roof over their head causes almost physical pain while driving. Understandable, because a completely closed sheet metal shell not only keeps wind and weather away from the driver, but also a lot of sensory impressions - the smell of freshly mown meadows, for example, of damp earth or, even that, of snow, the rise in temperature when entering a town , the immediate expressions of life of the engine or the rustling of the airstream.

Anyone who wants to enjoy all of this every day as rustic and genuine as possible can hardly avoid the MGB. The small two-seater can be described as the archetype of the British roadster and is as reliable as a Beetle in its home country. That in turn seems a bit optimistic, but with proper care a good MGB will never leave its driver completely in the lurch.

With its 95 hp four-cylinder, it can still be swept across country roads today, the gnarled chassis supports sporting ambitions with stoic accuracy. 386,961 copies were made between 1962 and 1980. Cast-iron connoisseurs choose the variant before 1967 with unsynchronized first gear, or at least before 1970, because then the hood still has to be built up like a tent roof and thus only comes out of the trunk when the weather is really bad.

If you want it to be more comfortable, faster if necessary and, if you may, even more foolproof, you should choose the Mercedes 280 SL from the R107 series. In any case, the luxury roadster is superior to quality issues, but its best feature is its versatility. With the 280 SL, the driver is always well dressed - whether on the hunt from Land’s End to John O’Groats or in fine thread in front of the opera. However, solidity on wheels also has its price: You should invest a good 18,000 euros if you don't want to be on the road in a specimen of dubious origin on hardware store rims.

The Mazda MX-5 is significantly cheaper and, with prices starting at 3000 euros, is actually a bargain. The Japanese are the legitimate heirs of the MGB - with the outstanding characteristic that they are hardly broken even with the least possible care.

Drifting is easier with just a few cars, and operating the convertible top was so easy that the driver uses every opportunity to feel the wind -even if he doesn't have any hair on his head.

Alf Cremers on the popular small car zoo Beetle, Duck and Mini: 'They were oldtimers when they were new.'

Two generations of novice drivers owe unforgettable experiences to them: the first vacation trip for two, wonderfully unreasonable trips like breakfast to Paris or midsummer night to Sweden. The duck, beetle and mini, although perhaps only built in 1990, have been oldtimers for 20 years - and they are far more original and antiquated than a BMW 2002 or a Mercedes 230 Strichacht. In the interior, the modesty prevails in the past, only a speedometer is used for orientation. As simple as their equipment is their technical concept, which in all cases cannot deny a certain ingenuity.

A small car designer has to be creative. Alec Issigonis helped the Mini, still baptized Austin Seven in 1959, with the transverse engine and front-wheel drive recipe, which is popular in all classes today, to achieve unsurpassed space economy.

Ferdinand Porsche designed a robust and comfortable Volkswagen for a constant speed of 100 km /h on the new highways. Thanks to high-quality components such as a smooth-running four-cylinder boxer and the supple torsion bar suspension, it was in no way primitive.

This is different with the duck, it ennobles the simple automotive life to enjoyable savoir vivre in the form of a comfortable convertible in spe. The rustic specification from Citroën designer André Lefèbvre called for a sack of potatoes and a basket with eggs to be carried across the vastness of the French cultural landscape at a travel speed of 60 km /h. Scrambled eggs were not allowed, hence the unsurpassed soft suspension.

Beetle, duck or mini - they are all original and suitable for everyday use. Because they benefit from the large network of their fans and specialists. There are no spare parts worries in these Hätschel circles, and the maintenance costs are hardly worth mentioning.

The choice is not difficult, cars can hardly be more different. The utterly solid trust that a 66 VW 1300 with its body, predicate 'German workmanship' and the cozy roar of its boxer engine inspires, is unique. The road holding of the Mini, which even takes sharp corners without releasing the accelerator and whose long-stroke accelerates vigorously, is unique . The duck is neither sporty nor solid. It just makes you happy - when the two-cylinder boxer purrs happily, the roll-top roof is open and the streets are lonely.

Heinrich Lingner on sports cars suitable for everyday use: “Style and originality at a low price.'

Sports cars don't necessarily have to be suitable for everyday use. However, a certain utility value is certainly beneficial to a longer relationship. In other words, the sports car should offer reasonably suitable rear seats, and its luggage compartment should accommodatemore than one tool kit, a warning triangle and a jump start cable are sufficient. All this is available in the Alfa Romeo GTV 6.

Although the six-cylinder GTV is displeasing with all sorts of dreary plastic add-on parts, the brilliant engine and the excellent handling of the transaxle coupé easily make up for it. Unfortunately, the construction time of the GTV still falls in an era in which rust prevention at Alfa was handled rather nonchalantly.

The abundance of offers on the classic market is correspondingly small. In addition, many cars were executed by young stokers, because the six-cylinder is extremely resentful of a lack of care. On the other hand, the engine shines with good performance and acceptable consumption values. It is not in vain that it is still being built today, although it will be replaced by a GM engine in the near future. One more reason to get a sports car with the last real Alfa engine.

A Ford Capri of the third series is much less demanding. The brave V6 from the Ford kit can hardly be killed. Only the rust gnaws heavily on the shapely coupé body. For many years the Capri suffered from an image that easily undercut that of the Manta B. Fortunately that is over today. The Ford Coupé is a stylish youngtimer, with good performance and a precisely defined self-steering behavior: it oversteers as soon as you pull out of a parking space. Finding a good copy is not that easy. The days when perfectly preserved cars from first hand pensioners were in the advertising paper are unfortunately long gone.

The problem does not exist with the Porsche 944. It is available in sufficient numbers on the used market. Even versions with a G-Kat and from manageable previous ownership rarely cost more than 5000 euros. For the strong S2, up to 10,000 euros are due. The beefy large-piston four-cylinder shines with rich torque, low consumption and durability. However, the 944 owner has to come to terms with the dubious image of the cheap Porsche. Unfortunately, this does not apply to the maintenance costs. Maintenance and parts prices hardly differ from the 911. But a Porsche doesn't always have to have a rear engine.

Bernd Woytal on SUVs : 'On all fours through the everyday swamp.'

Your good star on all roads ', this is the slogan that Mercedes advertising copywriters wrote past the G-Model. Because the off-road vehicle presented in 1979 preferred to break openly through the bushes rather than to follow obediently given paths.

The fact that the rustic star carrier was mainly driven on dust-free slopes by its owners increases the likelihood of finding a still usable specimen today, because this car, like its all-wheel drive brand colleagues, is an interesting alternative if a limousine, sports car or convertible is not offer enough individuality.

Especially the early representatives of the G-Class now have theYoungtimer scene conquered. However, rust bothered them more than their younger descendants. It is advisable to take a close look at the window frame and rear area before buying. It is not possible to clearly state which motorization is preferred.

In any case, the diesel versions are more expensive, have a certain consumption advantage, but are more reluctant to move. The fact that they last longer than the somewhat faster gasoline engines does not apply across the board. After all, Hannes Wahle from the Mercedes G-Club cracked the 300,000 kilometer mark with his 280.

If the G-Model is too sluggish for you, you may feel more drawn to a Jeep Cherokee - the sports car among all-terrain vehicles, so to speak. For an off-roader, it is quite flat, which gives it advantages in terms of consumption and top speed. After all, thanks to the power steering, the Ami, who is manageable and surprisingly willing to climb, reaches over 170 km /h with the recommended four-liter six-cylinder engine.

This puts a Land Rover far in the shade. With its four-cylinder engine, the rustic Brit is only marginally faster than a shifting dune, but offers everything that makes an off-road vehicle of real shot and grain. It is an eye-catcher of the first order, remarkably uncomfortable, offers a lot of space, at least in the 109 version, and the driver overlooks the traffic like a lord of the castle looking through the tower window of his lands.

Good specimens are rare - even the younger ones that come from Series III and have a fully synchronous transmission. The attraction of all these cars is of course the off-road adventure.

But if you want to dig your way through the mud legally, you should use the driving events of the 4x4 clubs.

Malte Jürgens on Citroën CX, Alfa Romeo Giulia Nuova and BMW 528i: 'The daily vacation from everyday life.'

Not only heads of families look after them, but also Youngtimer lovers who prefer to treat themselves to a reliable bastion against the mainstream hustle and bustle instead of the modern compact car: A spacious, four-door limousine from the seventies - this practical stylish furniture ideally combines the pleasant with the useful.

20 years after the DS, Citroën launched the successor: in 1975 the CX came. Windy and comfortable, it still carries many of the technical genes of its predecessor under the sheet metal. These include the hydropneumatic suspension, the range of engines, which is limited to four cylinders, and the single-spoke steering wheel. The push-button brake, which lacks the familiar operating standards, such as a palpable pedal travel, takes getting used to. After the engine has been switched off, the body sinks to its minimum level, but during operation the driver can lift the CX pneumatically with one hand - for owners of very steep garage entrances, Citroën is sometimes the only optionCar brand.

Those who are not satisfied with the engine output of 75 to 115 hp from the early years will find the additional pressure that gives CX driving sportiness in the GTI built until 1988 or the Turbo with up to 166 hp. The price for this: 16 or 17 liters per 100 kilometers are the average.

Anyone looking for a four-door sedan with a spacious trunk among the children of Italian parents will find an exciting alternative to the CX at Alfa Romeo.

The Giulia Nuova, which was built from 1974 to 1978, leaves it with the two relatively small four-cylinders with 1.3 and 1.6 liter displacement, but shines with a lifted front section, equal-sized round headlights, wooden decors in the interior and a pair Additional instruments on the center console.

In terms of running behavior, the smaller engine is the more harmonious drive, but in terms of performance with 87 hp, it is a bit far removed from the up to 103 of the 1600s.

Anyone looking for the performance of a Porsche 911 in a four-door mid-range sedan may be happy behind the leather steering wheel of a BMW 528i. The Bavarian six-cylinder engine is already legendary: It generates 184 hp, which accelerates the 528i up to 212 km /h.

The chassis is comfortably tuned, the slight tendency to oversteer appeals to sporty, ambitious BMW drivers. The quality impression? High class.


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