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Fiat 124 Spider Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Fiat-124-Spider-Old-And-New-L.jpg|Fiat 124 Spider Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The iconic Fiat convertible turns 50. It crossed decisive decades of the past century with a touch of elegance and sportiness to present day. It was California Dreamin' back in 1966, and not by chance the model's exciting new evolution was presented in Los Angeles in 2015. Today, its style embodies the timeless beauty of its predecessor while remaining true to its real self and is setting out to fascinate a new generation of fans.

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201617 Jun

Skoda-vRS-S.jpgSkoda’s rich sporting and performance history reaches a historic milestone in 2016 with the 15th anniversary of the vRS brand in UK. Since the first Octavia vRS arrived in showrooms back in 2001, Skoda has continually developed the vRS range; adding more power, performance and excitement to cars wearing the famous three letter badge.

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201608 Jun

Volvo-850-T5-R-S.jpgThe Volvo 850 was the car that changed everything a front-wheel-drive Volvo with a five-cylinder transverse engine. It was the result of the Galaxy project, which got its name because it was aiming for the stars. The 850 series achieved great success in the field of motorsport, and was the first car from Volvo available with AWD.

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201618 Apr

Mercedes-Benz-SLK-R170-S.jpg‘Innovative’ and ‘attractive’ were the buzzwords when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the SLK (R 170) 20 years ago at the 66th Turin Motor Show. The premiere of this compact, two-seater sports car at the end of April 1996 caused a sensation. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz was offering a small roadster positioned below the SL. At the same time, the vehicle set new standards in pioneering engineering and technology.

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201607 Apr

Skoda-Octavia-S.jpgOne of the most successful model series in the automotive world made its debut 20 years ago. In 1996, Skoda Auto presented its Octavia saloon for the first time to international media representatives. Over the following two decades, the Octavia became a worldwide hit and is still the traditional Czech automaker’s best-selling model. The vehicle has been instrumental in the successful development of the Skoda brand.

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201611 Mar

Skoda-1000-MBX-S.jpgThe Skoda 1000 MBX De Luxe turns 50. The elegant two-door celebrated its debut at the International Motor Show in Geneva in March 1966. The spacious five-seater with rear engine and rear wheel drive was launched into series production in the October of the same year. The model represented the pinnacle of the 1.0-litre class in its day.

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201622 Jan

Mercedes-Benz-F100-S.jpgThe Mercedes-Benz F 100 research vehicle celebrated its world premiere 25 years ago. Never before had the designers and engineers realised so many new ideas and innovative solutions in a single vehicle. At the same time, with all its technology, the vehicle was a forerunner of today's connected car, of which the latest Mercedes-Benz standard-production vehicle is the new E-Class.

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201622 Jan

Carl-Benz-S.jpgThe birth certificate of the automobile bears the number DRP 37435. For that was the reference under which the patent on a as-powered vehiclefiled by the Mannheim engineer Carl Benz on January 29, 1886 was registered with the German Imperial Patent Office in Berlin.

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201505 Oct

Merc-History-Targa-Florio-1-S.jpgThe Targa Florio was the decisive contest in the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. Under tremendous pressure to succeed in this, the final race of the season, Mercedes-Benz finished first and second with the 300 SLR, just enough to win the World Championship. This was a triumph that allowed the Mercedes star to shine more brightly than ever before.

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201501 Oct

1904-Calcutta-Car-Rally-S.jpgThe first ever automobile arrived in India 1897. It was owned by a Parsi gentleman in Bombay by the name of Jamsetji Tata who also founded the Tata Group. A year later three more cars were shipped to Bombay, all of them bought by Parsis.

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201529 May

Mille-Miglia-1955-Mercedes-Benz-S.jpgSome 60 years after Mercedes-Benz triumph at the Mille Miglia, three of the greatest heroes of the thousand-mile race in 1955 are returning to the route between Brescia and Rome: together with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing car, Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Stirling Moss and Hans Herrmann are remembering the 1955 race at this year Mille Miglia event, which is being held between May 14-17, 2015.

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201512 May

BMW-3-Series-History-S.jpgFirst unveiled at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW 3 Series has since developed into both the brand most successful model range and an international bestseller. Among the key milestones along the way has been its success in pioneering a new category of vehicle and becoming the world top-selling premium car. The BMW 3 Series was launched to replace the already legendary BMW 02, and is now set to enter its sixth generation.

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201520 Apr

Peugeot-204-Berline-S.jpgFifty years ago a car was launched that heralded the birth of the stylish, high quality small cars that Peugeot is famous for today. We take front-wheel drive cars for granted now, but half a century ago they were out of the ordinary, revolutionary even. That meant the 204 was at the forefront of automotive innovation when it was revealed to surprised Peugeot dealers in Paris on April 22, 1965.

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201424 Nov

BMW-X-15yrs-1-S.jpgIt all started with an X. This letter was first used as a model designation for a BMW automobile as early as in the mid-1980s to indicate that it featured four-wheel drive technology. 15 years further on, a complete BMW X family has developed from the pioneer of a new vehicle category.

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201401 Apr

Skoda-1000-MB-S.jpgThe Skoda 1000 MB is now 50 years old. The compact car made its debut on March 21, 1964, as the successor to the former Skoda Octavia. As the first Skoda with rear wheel drive, a rear engine and unibody construction, the Skoda 1000 MB is a milestone in the nearly 119-year history of Skoda. In its heyday, the four-door model was one of the best vehicles in the one-litre class and set new standards in terms of comfort and performance.

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