Even as a BMW guy, I find it hard to argue that no marque competes with the history and heritage of Porsche. Some carry more power, and others carry more prowess, but it seems as if nothing quite symbolizes the ethos of the quintessential “sports car” quite like the German crest from Stuttgart.
By the end of the 1950s, BMW was in financial shambles. The German market had turned away from motorcycles, and the marque’s cars were struggling to turn a profit. The 501, 503, and 507 were simply too expensive, and the Isetta – BMW’s “economy car” of the day – didn’t have the margins to support the company. To bring the company back into the black would take a “hail Mary” of sorts, and luckily for us, the BMW Neue Klasse was born.
There’s a group of guys over in Germany focused on the artistry of the air-cooled automobile, and with each photoset that they toss into my inbox, I’m more and more impressed by their vision and taste. As evidenced by a number of Porsche builds that have graced the pages here on StanceWorks (911T + 912), the gents at Rooshers have a knack for air-cooled automobiles. They approach each build with a unique perspective that balances between two ends of the spectrum.
It’s been quite some time since we last photographed Emily’s 128i. For me, it’s been years since I’ve got out and shot a car for no other reason than to shoot, but with a new camera in hand, and with Emily wanting some updated photos of her admittedly gorgeous car, it was as good an excuse as any. We found a tried and true parking garage, posed the car, and enjoyed the last moments of fading golden light.
Discovered in a barn in 2003 as a nearly stripped chassis, this ’58 Lister was what most might consider “total rubbish.” Initially fitted with a Jaguar engine in 1961, it was blown up during testing at Willow Springs, bringing the car’s career to a quick and concise end. It was whisked away to storage, where it sat and was stripped, contributing parts to other cars over the decades, steadily heading towards its own demise.