Yes, yes, yes — we all know the 507 is the ultimate in post-war BMW hotness. And we'll get there. Before that time comes, we'd like to direct your eyes and brains to another Bimmer designed by the same dude, Count Albrecht von Goertz. All you really need to know about von Goertz is that the good Count had a significant hand in the Nissan Silvia 1600 Sports Coupe, the Toyota 2000GT, the Datsun 240Z and something called the Porsche 911. Oh, and he also fought against the Axis powers as a member of the US Army and was so into hot rodding that he had a shop in LA where he chopped Ford As and Bs. Sadly, one of the Count's greatest designs is his most overlooked, the BMW 503. More sexy precision after the jump. Advertisement The 503 not only debuted simultaneously with 507 at the 1955 Geneva Auto Show, but underneath they were basically the same car. For obvious reasons, the svelter 507 stole said show, but not for the 503's lack of trying. Like all of von Goertz's work, both the … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 503 Coupe and Convertible
When people think of post-war BMWs, the first car that comes to mind is the funktastic three/four-wheeled Isetta. But the 502, known as the "Baroque Angel," came first. Available as a sedan, a coupe and a cabriolet, we're more smitten with the 4-door. Not only is the best looking of the trio, but, well, suicide doors uber alles. Plus, it looks like a Jaguar with a VW Beetle grafted on top. More cool, it featured Germany's first post-war V8; an all aluminum baby that clocked in at just 2.6-Liters (later bored out to 3.2). Sadly, they were hella expensive and most Germans were flat broke. Hence, bubble cars. The "spiritual predecessor" to the modern day 5-series also ran La Carrera Panamericana. We love that. Make the jump for more old school Bimmer action. Advertisement 1954 BMW 502 [conceptcarz] Related:Spy Photos: BMW 135ti [Internal] … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: The BMW 502
Introduced to the world for the 1936 Olympics, the BMW 328 was an (almost) instant classic that went on to dominate the world of motor racing for the next half-decade. But like the "in your face, master race" that Jesse Owens gave Hitler and friends by winning four gold track & field medals, the 328 harbored an un-Aryan secret; it was designed by a Jew. The gorgeous 328 was in fact designed by Kurt Joachimson, a Hebrew brother from another mother who had created the first sporting BMW, the 315/1 Roadster. Credit for the 328's sporting lines went to a man who wasn't hired by the Bavarian Motorwerks until after the 328 went out of production (and other times wrongly attributed to Fritz Fiedler — only it wasn't Fritz). Despite the ugly history, the 328 is one of the most beautiful and important vehicles ever conceived and executed. More after the jump. Advertisement Hyper-advanced for its time and unbeatable on the track, the 328 featured innovations such as independent … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 328 Roadster and Coupe
If your car was on fire, would you consider running around and yelling “HELP! HELP! My car is on fire? Does anyone have diarrhea and can shit-squirt the fire on my car away?” No? Well, perhaps you should, because languid streams of raw sewage does seem to work for putting out a car fire, as we can see in this Russian video of a BMW being extinguished by lazy arcs of liquid waste. Is the result better than if the car had just burned down, though? I’m not certain. According to Russia Times, this miserable nightmare happened in Samara, when the BMW X6 had some sort of engine fire. I suppose luckily—in the absolute most generous sense of that word—a sewage tanker was nearby and able to lend a hand: I can’t imagine what that liquid feces must have smelled like as it contacted the piping-hot metal of the burning car, and there’s something about the languid, low-pressure, chunky brown stream of that fetid broth that just makes this even worse. … [Read more...] about Burning BMW Extinguished With Gushing Liquid Shit
The 2010 BMW 760i and 760Li, the automaker's two flagships will now offer new eight-speed gearboxes, 544 HP 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12s, and sub-5.0 second 0-to-60 MPH acceleration. And all this for a base price of only $136,000. It's a peculiar form of excess that doesn't see a standard 2009 BMW 7-Series as sufficient for transportation. Though appropriate for a Transporter-esque Advertisement The BMW 760i shares the same dimensions as the vanilla 7-series, making it the driver's choice. The 5.5-inch longer 760Li is the more appropriate choice if you're more likely to end up, Indonesian diplomat style, riding in back. The price may be steep but there's no shortage of features, so click on the next photo see the full details on what 1,360 Benjamin Franklins buy you in today's economy. [BMW via BMWBlog] The New BMW 760Li Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement … [Read more...] about 2010 BMW 760Li: V12 Power For A V12 Price
The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe E30 says it has a “salvage history” but secondarily lists it as having a clean title. That seems pretty fishy, but could their pricing acumen potentially make up for the sleight? If you have ever watched any of those big auto auction shows you likely know that their stock in trade is the rarest of the rare. They love cars that are only one of three in a particular color with a specific engine/trans combination. Those unique editions of otherwise mass-produced cars can bring serious bank. Advertisement Yesterday we looked at a 1990 Chevy Beretta Indy Pace Car Commemorative Edition, which represented just 1.5% of that year’s total Beretta production. In the Indy Pacer Car’s case, however, that exclusivity seemingly did not equate to desirability and at an $8,500 asking, the tidy-’90 fell in a massive 88 percent Crack Pipe loss. Hey, here’s another question: have you ever dated someone who has … [Read more...] about At $5,995, Will This Survivor 1991 BMW 318i Convertible Survive Our Scrutiny?