Our latest video in a long while, this is the first of two parts chronicling Argentina’s premier builder of hand-crafted automobiles, Pur Sang. The small company is based in Paraná, a city northwest of Buenos Aires. This first part looks at Pur Sang’s most popular work, an exquisite reproduction of the Bugatti Type 35, and the heritage behind Ettore Bugatti’s magnum opus.
It was a decade ago that GM imported the Holden Monaro from Australia and badged it as the Pontiac GTO. The Monaro-GTO did bear similarities to the classic GTOs of the 1970s, being based on a plain-jane midsize coupe and sporting a high-output V-8. Nevertheless, the GTO met lackluster reviews, complaints centering on its heaviness (3,700 lbs.) and drab design. GM tried to spiff up the GTO for ‘05, installing a 6.0 L V-8 (up from 5.7) and hood scoops. It wasn’t enough—the GTO ran for one more year before getting the axe. It’s generally considered a collectible today.
A digital rendering a modded E21 E-Series. Though the E30 is defined as the classic, the venerable BMW 3-Series originated with the E21 in 1975. BMW manufactured E21s for eight model years in strictly coupe form with the option of a Baur cabrio conversion. The engine range was entirely I-4, going from a meek 1.6 L to a still-modest 2.4. No “M” model was ever produced.