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2000 BMW 330Ci Clubsport Manual E46/2

When BMW collector Matt Swanborough wanted a track day toy he didn’t need to think too long and hard about which model ticked all the right boxes...

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25 Years Porsche 911 996

Watercooler moment 25 years ago, the Porsche 996 attempted to replace the iconic 33-year-old 911. We drive the bargain Carrera 2, ultra-reliable Turbo and collector-grade homologation GT3RS to see whether they make great classic buys today.

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If you think the water-cooled 996 is still the new kid on the 911 block, this issue will change your perspective


The generational effect on which cars we perceive as classic compared to those merely secondhand is something I’ve talked about before. Probably more than once in over two decades on Classic Cars, so forgive me if I appear to be repeating myself, but celebrating the 996 generation of Porsche 911 as it reaches a quarter of a century makes me feel classic myself. I remember testing a 996 Carrera 4S when it was new, and joining the long queue of journalists to simultaneously praise its huge ability while bemoaning the passage of the air-cooled flat-six engine, compact dimensions and other 911-defining characteristics. As we saw them. Would the new water-cooled wonder ever be revered by enthusiasts not just when new, but at every step of its journey through secondhand status to bargain performer and eventually classic old age?

Well here we are, regarding the 996 in much the same way as we did the SC and Carrera 3.2 of the Seventies/Eighties back then – an affordable entry point to the 911 experience, but not looking or feeling quite dated enough for universal classic acceptance. Well we know what happened to those cars, as buyers too young to be inspired by Sixties chrome started chasing dream machines of their formative years. And now the 996 has set off on the same path, enthusiasts not just settling for them as the only affordable 911 option, but increasingly targeting them out of pure desire.

Certainly the entry-level Carrera 2 still represents the most affordable entry ticket to the 911 cult, but as Sam Dawson concludes, that doesn’t damn it with faint praise. After a day exploring the joys and limitations of the intense and collectable GT3RS, the crushingly quick but greatvalue Turbo and a simpler Carrera 2, you might be surprised by the car he could most see himself owning.

And our special celebration offers even more to complete the 996 picture, including an interview with successful GT racer Jörg Bergmeister, plus sections on its role in film, tuning and more. Enjoy the article.

GT3RS, 911 Carrera 2 and Turbo makes the case for 996
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2000 Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA Concept

The SLK/SLC Roadster is sorely missed from the Mercedes-Benz range, having been a part of the line-up since the R170 generation’s introduction in 1996

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463bhp 1JZ-GTE engined 2000 BMW 328Ci E46/2

Logan West creates his take on the ultimate driving machine — A 1JZ-packing street-legal slider

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2000 BMW 330Ci Clubsport Automatic E46/2

Without the visual marker of an M badge, the E46 330Ci Clubsport flies under the radar of the general populace: everyday thrills, delivered with subtle panache.

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2000 BMW 728i Automatic Sport Individual E38

When Matt Swanborough was driven to his father’s sickbed at speed in a brand new E38 7 Series the model earned a special place in his heart. This 728i Sport Individual is a direct result of that day...

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2000 Jaguar XKR 4.0 X100 - the secrets of a former press car revealed

When Sue Hedley bought an Jaguar XKR 4.0 in 2002, little did she realise that the 2000 coupe had previously been a press car, appearing in several magazines including our predecessor. We revisit the metallic blue GT and talk to Sue about her two decades with the car.

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2000 Rolls-Royce Corniche V

As a former official dealer who’s had countless Rolls-Royces pass through his hands, John McGlynn is particularly fond of this Corniche V, a car that represents a special kind of finality.

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Air Lift and Rocket Bunny Pandem widebody kit 2000 BMW 325Ci E46

Phil Moore may be ‘just an average dude who likes cars’ but, as this Soul Red widebody E46 demonstrates, his modifying prowess is anything but average…

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2000 MGF 1.8i

While the MX-5 was under secret development at Mazda, over in Longbridge MG was looking to the future. Antiquated Sixties-rooted sports cars had given way to hot hatches, but Roy Axe’s design team was tasked with dreaming up a halo model to reintroduce the idea of an MG sports car to the buying public.

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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor R170

The R170 Mercedes-Benz SLK is another German recession-baby. Its big-brother R129 SL was considered one of the finest cars in the world upon its 1989 launch, retaining R107 deportment while adding Corvette-like sportiness.

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