These “Year in Review” pieces seem to come more and more quickly with each passing year. It’s terrifying, to be honest. Just a “few short months” ago, it seems as though 2019 rolled in. I announced 10 successful years of StanceWorks, the dawn of Protomachine, and was fresh on the feet of my latest build, the ’31 Ford Model A that debuted at SEMA ’18.
In 1973, the world was blessed with Europe’s first turbocharged production car: the BMW 2002 Turbo. With 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, it was an absolute riot to drive, and paired with low production numbers, it is undoubtedly a true collector’s piece. Only 1,672 were built, making it an incredible machine to see in any garage, period. Commanding prices well over $100,000 as we approach 2020, it means they’re few and far between.
In 1987, Car and Driver Magazine set out to find the fastest street car in America. In that same year, the Ferrari F40 proved to be the first-ever production car to break the 200mph barrier; however, urban legends told of street machines that could hang and beat it. It was at the dawn of the horsepower wars, and the exchange rate of 500 ponies in 1987 is as daunting as 1,000 in 2020.
Today, we reflect on one of our all-time favorites, and lift a high-resolution shot out of the archives for the latest StanceWorks desktop wallpaper. This time, it’s the PTG E36, as celebrated by our complete article from October, 2012. Be sure to check it out by clicking here, and if you’d like to save this wallpaper in full-res, simply right-click and save-as.
After Cars & Coffee Irvine’s departure many years ago, there’s been a hole left in weekend mornings ever since. It was the originator, so to speak, and given the cars it managed to bring out on even the gloomiest of Saturday mornings, nothing has compared in the years that have followed. That’s not to say, however, that no one has tried. Up and down the coast, groups have made varying efforts to bring car enthusiasts together.