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There is no denying the 2018 Tesla Model 3's importance. It is intended to be Tesla’s volume-seller, the car that will hopefully make luxury electric cars more accessible to more people, especially when the long-promised $US35,000 version hits the market. It is the key to Tesla’s future, the source of many of its struggles this year, and an EV—hell, a car, period—truly unlike any other.

Does Bullitt still matter? Fifty years since it came out, is the detective thriller -- oozing with Steve McQueen's quiet, simmering brand of cool and famous for its groundbreaking centrepiece car chase scene -- relevant to the young buyers the Ford Mustang once had a monopoly on?

After a hot lap of San Francisco in the Ford Mustang Bullitt, I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter, because this car is an instant classic in its own right.

"It was like a bomb," Albert Biermann told me, describing one of the more, uh, experimental settings for the Hyundai Veloster N during its testing at the Nürburgring. Biermann runs Hyundai N, coming off of his old job running the alphabetically-adjacent BMW M. If anyone knows how to make a fully-realised performance car, it's Biermann and his team. But you don't get a well-polished car without it being rough at first, and I wanted to know how rough things had been.

Take the religious following of air-cooled Porsche 911s, then reduce that to the community of folks who are evangelists for the four-cylinder 912, and you've got a group of seriously passionate people. Like most passionate people that I've met, they want to bring you into the fold and show you why whatever it is they love deserves attention.

It wasn't long before we crossed what had been the East German border, the prow of our borrowed black Rolls-Royce cutting a clean line through arterial highways out of Berlin. Highways turned into two-lanes, two-lanes into little village streets, until we pulled into an unassuming edge-of-town industrial lot. On a far building, on a corner, stood a little Porsche crest. This is the home of one of the most secret cars in the world, a hidden product of two men in a fit of reciprocating and all-encompassing madness.

When the United States was on the bottom rung of The Great Depression, looking for a foothold, desperately clinging onto any shred of hope, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created The New Deal. Hand over hand, rung by rung, we sprung forward with innovative programs like The Tennessee Valley Authority, which still rests in my backyard today. No one got rich working a New Deal job, but it put a dollar in your pocket every day, and gave people a sense of pride. It wasn't much, but it was yours, it was honest, and you earned it.

Admit it: you've done this at least once. Curiosity on Craigslist has led you to search for one of the internet's most loved -- some would say overhyped -- used cars, the E30 BMW 3 Series from the 1980s and early '90s. And then you found a truly beautiful one. And then you saw that one letter at the end of its numerical name that serves as an instant disqualifier: e.