To me it’s always a bit interesting to talk about people’s motivations in getting a particular car, especially so when that car is a classic. For example, consider my Audi GT versus a Quattro. These days, if you can find one a mint condition Audi GT will set you back around $6,000 – $8,000 for the very best examples we’ve seen. However, that amount may get you a wreck of a Quattro, but likely not a particularly drivable example. In terms of driving experience, the GT is out of the box 90% of the Ur-Quattro experience for 90% plus of the time. Brought to a show, many non-Audi folks could probably not tell them apart. Yet, in terms of value gap, the iconic Quattro far outstrips the classic GT. We see it in other areas, too – for example a 73 911S versus a 77 911S, a E28 535is versus a M5, or even a 325is versus an M3. If you’re smart with your money, choosing the lesser example may not get you the headlines, but stretching your budget to get into a less serviceable iconic car is not likely to bring you more happiness, only more headaches. Take the two 2002s we have here; a freshly rebuilt, ready to roll 2002Tii and a somewhat tired, restoration ready 2002 Turbo:
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The way this car is described makes me want to be friends with the seller. Since he’s owned several CSs, including two Batmobiles, he wanted to create one “ultimate”, which meant comfortable seats and functioning A/C – along with all of the other bells and whistles that make authentic Batmobiles stand out. Of course, he had a lot of the parts just kicking around his collection, so upgrades were easy! This car definitely has plenty of curb appeal, and seems like the perfect candidate (taking a plebeian 2800CS) and converting it to the low and aggressively-winged tribute car that it is. The Alpina wheels compliment the wild proportions the flares and air dam create, and the fresh M30 should keep things entertaining for a long time to come.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1971 BMW 2800CS Batmobile Tribute on eBay
While BMW was a well-known name throughout Germany in the 1960s thanks to their prolific motorcycle history and pre-War exploits in the Mille Miglia and other sports car races with the 328, outside of Germany they remained fairly unknown in the 1960s. Indeed, in the late 1950s or early 1960s, if you asked someone to identify where the kidney grills belonged in Britain, they’d probably point you towards the BMW-derived Bristols of the day – straight copies of some of the first post-war BMWs, right down to the grill. So in the 1960s and 1970s, BMW went racing to try to spread the reputation of their engineering out of motorcycles or perhaps some veiled World War airplane references with their “New Class” sedans. It was independent tuners like Schnitzer and Alpina that first really started to get the small sedans noticed in Touring classes. While the large coupe based upon the New Class design wasn’t raced much in its day – efforts instead focusing on the smaller, lighter and similarly powered sedans – it’s none-the-less exciting to see a 2000CS that has been modified in the style of the period racers:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 BMW 2000CS on eBay
Despite all the uproar surrounding E30 M3s and their astonishing rise to collectability, the Alpina varieties seem to remain somewhat obscure, if not sedentary. It’s shocking to me, because anything Alpina-blessed is usually rarer and far more exclusive, and in most cases, a performance-enhanced version of the stock car it is based on. Take, for example, this 1987 C2 2.7 available in the U.K. It’s got everything you could want in an E30 – rare sport cloth interior, Alpina steering wheel and alloys, more aggressive stance, etc. And in the words of the seller, “It’s bored out to 2.7, gas flowed head, mahle pistons, Alpina camshaft, Alpina ECU, Alpina suspension, Alpina exhaust and the awesome body kit.” Even better is knowing it left the factory as a 325is, and then went straight to Alpina for the upgrades – with only 159 made, one of the chosen few.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 BMW Alpina C2 2.7 on PistonHeads
While we usually don’t like to show cars that are not at least good examples of the respective marques that they represent, occasionally some oddballs pop up that are just too good to pass up. Today is such a case, with two unique vehicles popping up on Ebay that rarely get seen at all. Unfortunately, both are in need of a fair amount of work, so depending on your comfort level I wouldn’t really consider either of these cars a turn key, collector vehicle as they stand. However, with the right about know-how, determination and a fair amount of work I think both of these cars could be resurrected to their former glory; certainly, both would bring smiles at shows wherever they went. Let’s look first at the rare duck of the two, the Bitter SC: