The gathering at Legends of the Autobahn at the Nicklaus Club golf course attracted a medley of German machinery during the peak of Monterey’s Car Week.
Everything from full on race cars to wagons were displayed to spectators of the event, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see many rarities in the flesh.
The marquees at this event were Mercedes, Audi, and BMW – the latter celebrating it’s 100 year anniversary at Laguna Seca this weekend, only miles away from the Nicklaus Club.
I’m sure this is just one of the owner’s many single purpose BMW 2002s.
An Opel Kadett in showroom condition sits alone as there was no Opel Car Club of America in sight.
Ah, the simpler days when an automatic was considered a fine luxury.
Unheard of by most in America, Alpina makes an appearance as a glorious B7 Turbo.
The face of the car that started the turbo four sensation.
The beautiful 8 series sits with it’s eyes wide open.
British Racing Green painted valve cover? In MY German BMW?
The M car that started the sports sedan craze of the 80s and 90s, the e28 M5 with it’s inline 6 derived from the much more exotic race-bred M1.
An E30 M3 Evolution oozes the best of the 80s box fender trend.
This quirky rear engined, 40 hp BMW 700 lacks the trademark kidneys, but makes up for it with cuteness.
The almost unheard of 2000 Tilux is a snapshot of European’s rally past.
A matte brown M6 Gran Coupe at the Michelin stand looks futuristic next to these classics.
This poor Quattro is Stück at this golf course instead of the track it belongs.
Everyone knows that GTS stands for Giant Trunk Spoiler, right?
The E30 M3’s nemesis, and Senna’s favorite Mercedes, the 190E 2.3-16 with a tuned 4 cylinder by Cosworth.
The Bavaria, from those Bavarians in Munich.
I have never heard of this car before.
Everyone knows 80s carbon fiber is infinitely more cool than modern carbon fiber.
The legendary E30 M3 in DTM spec raced by Steve Soper in the 80s. This is a personal favorite.
The rare Hennarot M3 next to a more contemporary Zinnoberot version.
The M3 LTW, a legend for it’s wing and overall lightness.
The M1, the Procar that started it all.
The unicorn of Western shores, the E30 Touring.
I remember this LeMans car from Gran Turismo 4, I almost bought it but I got the Audi TDI LeMans car instead. I sort of regret it a little.
A car that shouldn’t exist, but I’m so glad it does: The LeMans V12 X5.
A Hennarot widebody 2002 Touring. That’s all I need to say.
The BMW M5 Touring, for when you need to pull illegal street drifts on the way to the grocery store.
To end, a 3.8 E9.