Cars with soul
Charming, exciting, quietly brilliant: the cars you don’t expect to love... Any we've missed?
Posted: 25 Mar 2013
Widely thought to be the best-engineered motor car ever. "As well-made as some cathedrals," according to May. Driven across Botswana by Captain Slow, and yet it survived even JC's tender ministrations. Still colossally popular in Northern Africa. The later W124 was terrific too.
Years produced: 1977-1985
Country of origin: Germany
Fun fact: The earliest 2.0-litre diesel models made barely 50bhp