Archive for August, 2014

Golf Yellow – 1971 BMW 2002

August 28, 2014

Over here, we’re big fans of the safety colors used in the early 1970s, especially by most major German manufacturers. Colorado orange, Inca orange, and Agave green were quite popular on BMW 2002s, but there were also some rarer safety colors like Mint green and Golf yellow. So whenever a car in one of the rare colors pops up, it’s an automatic feature candidate here. And while recent studies have been inconclusive about whether certain colors actually correlate with a reduced accident rate, these cars do evoke an era where manufacturers were making a first collective step towards improving occupant (and pedestrian) safety. Check out this 1971 BMW 2002 for sale for $4250 in Portland, OR.

1971 BMW 2002 left front

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Cheap German Stick – 1987 BMW 528e

August 28, 2014

The E28 BMW 528e (and the eta-engined E30 cars) were always considered the poor relations of the more sporty 325i, 533i and 535i cars. But while the eta engines are not particularly rev-happy, they are starting to gain appreciation for their low-end torque which, in the world of 65mph speed limits, and urban driving, matters more than horsepower. On the bright side, the eta-powered cars were also found to have their best fuel efficiency ratings when drivers held the throttle wide open when accelerating from a stop, so if you like flooring it, here’s an excuse to do so. Check out this 1987 BMW 528e for sale for $800 in Vancouver, WA.

1987 BMW 528e right front

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Happen-Stance – 1967 MG 1100

August 26, 2014

With all the effort “kids these days” are putting into stancing their cars (lowering on coil-overs, stretching too-small tires over too-wide wheels, and more), you’d think some would have figured out stance happens – nature is already doing the job for them. Cars with unusual suspensions like the Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, Citroen DS, and the ADO16 British Leyland products all have suspensions that, after 40-50 years, are prone to failure. This sets them down on their bump stops, giving them that cat-dragging-its-belly-on-the-ground look. Were they to pick up one of these cars, all they’d need to add is some wide tires on small diameter, deep-dish wheels with crazy camber and presto! For a halfway-done stance project, check out this 1967 MG 1100 for sale for $1500 in Lancaster, CA.

1967 MG 1100 right front

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