Our favourite vintage German cars

Look through this selection of classic German cars that have got our motors revving over the past year

German engineering is famous across the world for its precision and reliability. No wonder there are so many good vintage German automobiles still around and in such fantastic condition.

But while the engineering might be legendary, it’s the design that has a special place in our hearts – with the timeless curves of a Porsche 911 and the unmistakable Mercedes gull-wing doors.

Here is a list of the best vintage German cars we’ve seen in the past year…

This misunderstood masterpiece

Our favourite vintage German cars

When a legendary car-builder like Dean Jeffries customises a stunning car such as this Carrera GS, you had better sit up and take notice. The unusual, noseless design might be disarming at first but, when you stop to really appreciate it, we think you’ll agree it’s a real traffic-stopper.

Our favourite vintage German cars

1950 Custom Porsche

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Gull-wing doors – need we say more?

Our favourite vintage German cars

If there was ever a car worthy of a double-take, it’s this 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The low swooping bonnet, low grill and gull-wing doors make us weak at the knees, especially when they’re coated in that deep black paint.

Our favourite vintage German cars

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

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John Surtees' BMW 507 Roadster

Our favourite vintage German cars

We don’t know about you but, if the late John Surtees CBE – F1 and Grand Prix motorcycle world champion and all-round racing legend – deems a car good enough to own it, we think it will more than meet your expectations of an everyday motor. The fact this 1957 BMW 507 Roadster is a thing of beauty also helps…

Our favourite vintage German cars

John Surtees' 1957 BMW 507 Roadster

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The most underrated BMW ever made?

Our favourite vintage German cars

Created at a time of real crisis for BMW, this 2000CS helped turn the company into one of the icons of performance and luxury we know and love today. Admit it – you probably couldn’t name the model if it passed you by, and that’s a wrong we are trying to right.

Our favourite vintage German cars

BMW 2000CS

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