If you’re on the hunt for a small, nimble daily runabout, then forget all the boring super minis on the market, and instead go for this eye-catching Urban Green 2003 BMW Z4. Not only is this car specced to perfection with that glorious paintwork pairing marvellously with its beige interior and soft top, but hiding underneath this Z4’s hood is a silky-smooth 3.0-litre straight six connected to a manual gearbox. Sure it may not have an M badge on the boot, but this ‘standard’ Z4’s softer ride and ultra-low mileage of just 19,650 miles only adds to its daily drivability. Even better, it comes with a matching hard top for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. So, instead of driving a boring hatchback, why not make this Bavarian stunner your daily for 2023?
Super Fly supercar
The Lamborghini Diablo was a top pick in the CD office for cars to watch in 2023, so we simply had to share this stunning 1993 Diablo finished in Super Fly Yellow. Not many cars could pull off such a vibrant shade, but this Diablo would simply look unnatural in anything less saturated. Marcello Gandini’s final production Lambo seems to look better with each passing year, and this example is in fabulous condition, showing just 21,003 miles on the odometer. With a 5.7-litre V12 behind your head and a manual gearbox to row through, we couldn’t imagine a better supercar companion for your European road trips this year.
This sinister roadster is a 1989 Mercedes 560 SL that has recently been fully restored to absolutely impeccable condition. What started out as a rather demure Smoke Silver over Beige SL has been transformed with period-correct OZ Racing AMG Aero wheels as well as a genuine AMG bodykit, resulting in one of the meanest looking convertibles we’ve ever seen. Normally black over a bright red leather interior might not be our cup of tea, but there’s no way we would turn down a ride in this menacing Merc. Unusually for an R107, this SL has also been fitted with a six-speed manual, making it an incredibly enticing driver’s car indeed.
Home on the road
You may be thinking the CD team had one too many glasses of mulled wine over the Christmas period, but we think this 1980 VW Karmann Safari is as cool as they come. One of only 500 ever made, this VW remains in outstanding mostly original condition and shows just 29,826 miles on the clock. It’s believed that less than five similar models exist in Europe, so if you’ve been dreaming of taking your friends or family on the ultimate 1980s-themed road trip, you could choose no better ride than this. It may only have 65 horsepower, but at least you’ll certainly have plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
The 944 is another car that seems to age like a fine wine, and this black-on-black 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup is one of the rarest variants of Porsche’s transaxle sports car. This example competed in the single-make Porsche Turbo Cup France race series that started in 1987. Piloted by André Bourdon, this 944 Turbo finished runner-up in its maiden season before taking home gold the following year in 1988. Powered by a 290hp turbocharged four-cylinder, this track-ready 944 boasts a Matter roll cage, Recaro buckets, a MOMO performance steering wheel and Bilstein suspension, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to compete in historic Motorsport in 2023.