Some say this early M3 is probably among the most fun BMWs of all time. There are 2 sides to every story – and why BMW built this Bimmer bomber has two schools of thought. One version says BMW built it in response to the Mercedes-Benz 2.3 16V and another says it was a response to the newly published FIA Touring Car Championship rule book. We favor the later as the truth.
BMW engineers actually took a different path than you might have expected. They didn’t take a street car and tweak it they took a race car and made it street legal. So you get sort of a frankenbimmer with parts from some pretty exotic BMW products lurking under the hood.It is said to have a Formula 1 engine block and an M1 head. Now that’s rarefied stuff. These early M3s are alive. They twitch, rattle and snort but that keeps the driver totally engaged. Today’s featured M3 hails originally from Japan! It was imported legally and exempt from DOT & EPA regs because of its age. Read More
Not too much was written about this one by the seller so we have to go by what we see in the photos. And what we see, we like. At least it would warrant further investigation if we were in the market. It is a 1967 Westie so it came from Germany equipped with the camper stuff. Remember, VW couldn’t get enough of these out of Germany so the local distributors had camper equipment installed on standard panel or passenger vans. This one looks to be box stock and in great condition. We like the pop top version of the older campers where the pop goes vertical. Read More
It appears one of our readers actually laid eyes on the SL and had some negative comments. Let’s assume the reader is correct. It emphasizes the need for an experienced pre-purchase inspection from JewelorJalopy.com or any other reputable service. We spoke with the seller who seems like a nice man and probably doesn’t know the extent of the troubles his car may have. Original post follows:
We feature as many nice Pagoda SLs as we find particularly cars that are off the radar screen of the masses. That means cars that are not on eBay or Craigslist…yet. Since we bought our rally car project Mercedes, we’ve been members of the Mercedes-Benz Owners Club and it is a good one. They are very well-organized and their monthly magazine is among the best. Same for the website and that is where we found today’s featured SL. Read More
The VW Thing had a rather limited run here in the states. The Type 181, known in the US as The Thing, shared its mechanicals with Volkswagen’s Type 1 (Beetle), its platform with the pre-1968 Microbus and its concept with the company’s renowned Kublewagen, which had been used by the German military during World War II. VW sold many 181s to NATO as an interim model during the development of NATO’s Europa JEEP Concept vehicle. The civilian version was a bare bones beach buggy in the US and a more capable mode of transport in 3rd world countries with poor roads. Read More
Some of the world’s greatest cars are happy accidents. The BMW 2002 is one of them. Helmut Bönsch, BMW’s director of product planning, and Alex von Falkenhausen, designer of the M10 engine, each had a two litre engine installed in a 1600-2 for their personal use. When they realized they had both made the same modification to their own cars, they prepared a joint proposal to BMW’s board to manufacture a two litre version of the 1600-2. Read More