The best German Sports Cars through history
While the country best associated with the phrase “sports car” is Italy, it may surprise you to know that Germany is a close second. German automotive manufacturing began in the 19th century and have been known for decades for their quality, innovation and perfection.
BMW produced a fantastic sports car back in the mid to late 1930’s, the 2 litre BMW 328. A very popular car with a long line of golds, yet only 464 were ever made. It was to take until the BMW 507 produced in 1956 for BMW to produce a similarly sucessful sports model.
Mercedes are better known for their luxury cars with their motto “The best or nothing” setting the bar very high. However in the 1950’s Mercedes produced the Mercedes 300 SLR, winner of the 1955 World Sportscar Championship season, yet in its decade of production only 3258 were produced. The latest offering, the SLS AMG offers another example of what Mercedes are capable of.
Audi are a company known for their innovative designs and have had considerable success in racing and off road racing. One of the most formidable four wheel drive touring cars of the 1980’s has to be the Audi Quattro Turbo. More recently, Audi have had considerable success with various versions of the Audi TT and their latest offering, the highly priced Audi R8 Quattro sets the standard in German supercars.
Since 1948 Porsche have been producing sports cars to a very high caliber, some of which now have cult status. With the 550 Spyder and Speedster in the 1950’s giving some indication of what was to come. It took until 1964 for Porsche to break the mold with the iconic Porsche 911 which slowly evolved into the 912, then its successor the 914, the 924 and finally the 928. Even Porsche’s later offerings, the Boxster and the Cayenne have become highly sought after.
Finally Volkswagen have produced several notable sports cars the first being the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Renowned as the slowest sports car of its time, in every other way it was a true sports car. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Bugatti Veyron, the fastest production car in the world. Designed in Germany and envied by all.