By / 22 Oct 2014
Before Germany produced performance sedans, four doors were utilitarian, soulless appliances for transporting more than two people at a time; a disposable machine that announced, “I give up.” Sure, there were Detroit straight-line ponies good for a burnout but never designed to run at Nardo.
/ 20 Oct 2014
German manufacturers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz have churned out many of the most notable sporty four-doors, packed with the style and performance you’d expect from the more expensive sports car models of their line ups. By the late ‘80s, a myriad of German sports sedans had been produced and refined, yet some clearly outshined others...
Between founder and co-owner Steve Beck, along with partner Chris Toppenberg, they’re closing in on a collective century of automotive knowledge. While both men have a longstanding relationship with BMW, and with the shop’s focus on that marque, a morning spent by Petrolicious uncovered that Checkpoint Automotive is much, much more than a simple BMW repair shop.
By / 1 Oct 2014
Commonality and exceptions are everywhere. Although the following vehicles may seem wildly different from one another they are alike in two respects: All of them were produced at least a quarter of a century ago wearing the badges of German manufacturers.
At the BMW Museum the exhibition doesn't begin in the building, but on a small plaza out front because there's always some action taking place, whether it's a check-point for a classic rally or some car from the collection is basking in the sun. Moreover, when you finally enter to purchase a ticket, it only becomes more impressive because standing guard is the legendary 1972 BMW E25 Turbo, designed for the 1972 Munich Olympics by Mr. Paul Bracq.
By / 27 Aug 2014
Technically, this tiny bubble-car can fit eight people, and is like a mullet. How so? It can seat two behind its refrigerator style door (business up front)...and a bartender and five patrons on its included bar trailer (party in the back).
/ 19 Aug 2014
Putting the M5 in for a service actually led me to the 318i. The mechanic I found was a senior member of the BMW Club in Brisbane and chatting with him one day he mentioned that he had to get rid of one of his cars because he'd bought a new X5. I didn't think much about it but when I decided to buy a daily-driver to commute to work, I called him, saw the car that weekend and bought it on site.
That’s right, folks: long before the “xi” models of the E46 3-Series generation, or the “xDrive” E90 cars, or the current models, which are called something like “xDrive28isDrive,” BMW made an all-wheel drive E30 3-Series. They didn’t make many of them, and they all went to up-and-coming yuppies in Colorado.
/ 24 Jul 2014
The goal was to keep the car simple and period correct, but also to add some touches that don't make it come off as another semi-restoration. Under the hood, the 2002 remains mostly stock except for a 32/38 Weber carburetor and E21 radiator. With all the influences throughout my life, car-wise, I've tried very hard to avoid from what everyone else does.
/ 16 Jul 2014
Mr. Mo Faraz, the designer behind the art, uses this platform to share his ideas and knowledge with other enthusiasts and owners like himself. He has owned a handful of vintage cars himself, including an Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT, a BMW 2002, and a BMW E9 CSi, and has used his experiences with these cars to formulate the inspiration behind his designs.
By / 16 Jun 2014
Evolution models were never imported in the U.S., yet this is an EVO2 right here in the U.S.! Aside from the obvious visual tweaks it's quite special on several other fronts too: only five hundred were ever built, all with 217 horsepower and that funky “dogleg” Getrag five-speed.