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2016 BMW M2

2016 BMW M2

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

In 2014 BMW replaced the 1-Series as its premium subcompact in America.  The new holder of that job was the 2-Series. The basic idea here was a coupe or convertible with four seats and rear drive. There were two subseries, the 228i with a turbocharged four and the M235i with a 320-bhp turbocharged inline six.

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz SL 300 one of the 15 best-looking cars of all time?

Consensus is overrated. No one walks into a nice restaurant planning to poll the establishment’s other patrons in order to determine what to eat. Likewise, no one can tell you what you think is beautiful.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e in Atlas Cedar Metallic (a $700 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 BMW X5 xDrive40e

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 185

Fuel used: 5.2 gallons

1978 Dodge Aspen, Best-Looking Cars of 1978

1978 Dodge Aspen

Confession: I have a very hard time separating what I think is good looking from what I thought was cool—at least when it comes to cars from the late Seventies and early Eighties.

2017 BMW 230i

2017 BMW 230i in Valencia Orange (a $700 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 BMW 230i Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 205

Fuel used: 8.4 gallons

2018 BMW M550i

2018 BMW M550i xDrive in Mediterranean Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 BMW M550i xDrive

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 77

Fuel used: 4.7 gallons

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix, Classic Ads From 1976

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix

While many advertisers latched onto the Bicentennial hype surrounding our nation’s 200th birthday, automakers largely did not. Sure, there were several red, white, and blue-themed special-edition trim packages available (mostly as 1975 models), but otherwise the automakers were largely mum on the subject.

2017 BMW M240i in Melbourne Red Metallic, 2017 BMW M240i

2017 BMW M240i xDrive Coupe in Melbourne Red Metallic (a $700 option)

2015 Audi Q52017 BMW M240i xDrive Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 366

Fuel used: 16.6 gallons

1975 AMC Pacer, Classic Ads From 1975

1975 AMC Pacer

Despite the crushing blows of unleaded gasoline, catalytic converters, and ungainly 5-mph bumpers, 1975 was not actually a boring year, automotively speaking.

Teen Performance Driving School, Teen Defensive-Driving School

The author’s daughter queued up for an emergency-lane-change exercise at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

Like most parents, my wife and I are always looking for ways to give our daughter a leg up in life. We closely monitor and support her scholastic, athletic, and volunteer endeavors, we’re openly concerned about her general health and welfare, and we make a point of finding time to chat with the kid about life in general. My daughter would tell you that we’re pests, but she knows our hearts are in the right place.

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