Thursday, April 19, 2007

I drove the car to Colorado for the BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club of America 2005 Holiday Tour. Here it is with some of the other BMWs during the trip.

1967 BMW 2000CS For Sale (sold 7/07)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sunday, April 8, 2007

A Description of the Car, Part Two

I purchased the car in the spring of 2005 from Peter Sliskovich, aka “the Coupe King,” a well-known Southern California BMW coupe collector/restorer/parts seller. Peter is a doctor whose hobby is BMWs and he has partnered with Carl Nelson of LaJolla Independent on projects. Peter did the interior, the engine rebuild, and installed many new suspension and steering parts. The car was in Peter’s collection for many years before he sold it to me.

When I bought the car I had it shipped to Don Dethlefsen at the Werk Shop to have a proper comprehensive body and mechanical examination. Don did a number of things to put the car in proper running order. After I drove the car home to Minnesota, I continued to sort out and fix any mechanical issues, i.e. cleaned and repaired the radiator, rebuilt wiper motor, new heater control valve, new electric fuel pump and fuel line. I’ve spent about $8,000 on the car since I bought it. The car is stored winters at Classic Auto Storage, a heated dry car storage facility in Minneapolis.

The summer before last, I drove the car to Colorado for the 2005 Holiday Tour. This car accompanied about a dozen other classic BMWs over five mountain passes, putting about 3,500 miles on the car in all types of weather and conditions. It ran perfectly. The car may be seen in some of the Colorado Holiday Tour photos on the BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club of America web site.

[See below for part one]

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Description of the Car, Part One

This car has a completely new interior. The doors, rear sides and seats are black vinyl. The black vinyl hat shelf is the original black diamond pattern. The wood has been refinished in high-gloss instead of the original matte finish. The effect is very dramatic. A return to the matte finish would be relatively easy if you wished to. The white headliner and charcoal carpets are new.

The radio is the original Blaupunkt AM converted to an AM-FM stereo with ipod connection. The dash speaker is new along with two rear speakers located in the front bulkhead below the back seat. The speakers are protected by black metal grills.

The exterior color is wine red. It was resprayed in the early 1990s. The paint is not of the highest quality, but from a few feet away it looks wonderful. This car, with its red color and clean, elegant lines, is a real attention grabber. I hear comments from other drivers and pedestrians whenever I drive it.

There is no evidence of rust. The only evidence of an accident is a repair to the nose of the car just ahead of the roundel on the hood. The rubber moldings are half original and half new.

The brightwork is original and complete, including the aluminum rings for the wheels.

The engine has been rebuilt and now has dual Weber carbs. It has excellent compression and runs strong and smooth.

Monday, March 5, 2007