"Mercedes-Benz": Carl Benz - tinkering in his Mannheim, Germany, workshop - gave the world its first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Over one-hundred years later, the company bearing his name is still one of the world's most innovative automakers. From the first single-cylinder motor-wagon, to elegant town cars for wealthy industrialists in the 1920s, and futuristic Grand Prix racers in the 1930s, Mercedes carved out a niche as the builder of the best cars possible. Its sport custom-bodied road cars from the 1930s command over $5 million dollars at auctions today. Find out how a company can maintain its status as one of the truly great cars for over 100 years. "BMW": BMW started out as a builder of aircraft engines, before moving to motorcycles and finally, cars. Its aircraft engines set speed records in the '30s and its sports cars were stylish, elegant and fast. The horizontally-opposed engines on BMW's motorcycles caught the eye of the U.S. Government and this led to Harley Davidson being ordered to copy them for wartime use. After the war, BMW fought to reclaim it statues as a producer of world-renowned sports cars and motorcycles. Today, its clear that this company has carved out a place among the builders of unique and fast vehicles that many proclaim are the "ultimate driving machines." From sports cars to luxury cars, from foreign elegance to domestic muscle, "Great Cars" offers an in-depth look at the world's fastest, most expensive, most exciting and most unusual automobiles, along with the people who loved and created them. From past to present, come hit the road with "Great Cars".
"Tribute to Fangio" Vintage Featurette, Bonus "Great Cars" Episode: "Silver Arrows", "Million Dollar Mercedes", Jay Leno Introduces The Maybach, "Classics on The Road", Historic BMW Newsreels, "75 Years of Motorcycles", "BMW in The 70s".
|Studio Name:||Gaiam America|
|DVD Release Date:||05/07/2013|
|Run Time (in minutes):||180 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Digital Sound|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.45|
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