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The Bavarian Experience

BMW perfected the sports sedan. This simple concept, a winning blend of practicality, performance, stealth, and comfort is something we take for granted today, with competitors from across the globe selling their best imitation Ultimate Driving Machines. Somehow, though, none seem to be able to capture the elusive BMW feel, a magic mix of control weighting, feedback, and response—it’s difficult to quantify exactly what makes a Beemer so special, but if you’ve ever driven one, you understand almost immediately.

 

The month of June, 2013 is The Bavarian Experience - a Petrolicious original series of videos and articles celebrating BMW heritage.

Vintage Beemer Twin Brochures Make Us Want to Ride

Vintage Beemer Twin Brochures Make Us Want to Ride

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Jun 2013
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When riding a motorcycle, the buffeting wind, vibrating drivetrain, and the combined sounds of each come to totally dominate the senses—the man/machine interface is just that much purer, stripped to its bare essence. It’s a highly addictive feeling, and one many of us are inclined to enjoy as frequently as possible, which right now in the beginning of summer is quite often, fortunately.

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Ironically, The Market for Happiness-Bringing E9s Remains Depressed

Ironically, The Market for Happiness-Bringing E9s Remains Depressed

By Alan Franklin / 28 Jun 2013
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This pillarless coupe arguably represents the Zenith of GT cars from a Gran Turismo golden age—there’s nothing on four wheels built since that approaches the E9 for sheer elegance and pitch-perfect style. When the E24 was released in 1976, E9s were dumped en masse in favor of the newer coupe, and as a result fell into less than sympathetic hands.

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Jack's Toy Is a BMW Isetta

Jack's Toy Is a BMW Isetta

By Petrolicious Productions / 26 Jun 2013 / 14 Comments Read More

If you are local to Southern California, chances are you may have run into Jack Charney, his 1957 BMW Isetta, and his one-of-a-kind sweater. This particular Isetta has a story, one that started when Jack purchased it new in 1957, and after feeling the regret of selling the car, nearly 20 years later, Jack found himself led him back that very same car.

M1 Was BMW's Game Changer

M1 Was BMW's Game Changer

By Alan Franklin / 24 Jun 2013
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If I were to describe a wedge-shaped, mid-engined supercar styled by Giugiaro, built largely by hand in Italy and based on a Dallara-designed chassis, you’d be forgiven for picturing some sort of Lamborghini prototype or limited production model, but you’d be wrong. Though much of the BMW M1 may have been built and penned in Italy, it remained at its Teutonic core a very German automobile.

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2002 Turbo Ads Show Off the 1970’s Fastest Shoebox

2002 Turbo Ads Show Off the 1970’s Fastest Shoebox

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jun 2013
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Introduced in 1973, the BMW 2002 Turbo used a version of the tii’s four but with a lower, 6.9 compression ratio and a KKK turbo. This combo was good for 170 HP, 180 torques, and a 0-60 MPH time of 6.9 seconds—supercar territory in the early seventies. With only just under 1,700 ever built, the Turbo’s scarcity and insane, uber-shoebox style make it one of the most special Beemers to ever roll out off the production line.

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Read the Greatest BMW Review of All Time

Read the Greatest BMW Review of All Time

By Adam Kaslikowski / 19 Jun 2013
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BMW has not always been a member of the upper echelon. Once, they were a small German car manufacturer struggling to crack the all-important American car market with their new car. The 2002 was good, better than good really, but what BMW needed was a local—an inside voice that could speak our peculiar interpretation of English and tell the unwashed masses about the values of the 2002. They could not have possibly done better than David E. Davis Jr.

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BMW's Grown-Up Bubble Car Saved The Ultimate Driving Machine

BMW's Grown-Up Bubble Car Saved The Ultimate Driving Machine

By Alan Franklin / 17 Jun 2013
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In 1957 Bayerische Motoren Werke were on the brink of insolvency. They nearly didn’t make it. One millimetric skip away in the time/space groove there exists a place where you are you, I am me, and nearly everything is the same, but BMW doesn’t exist—there’s no such thing as a sports sedan, no M3, no M5, no driver’s limo Seven Series. Fortunately for us on this side of the groove, they’re still around, 10 generations deep into making the best driving mass-market cars on the planet.

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Blank Canvas BMWs Inspire Intriguing Art

Blank Canvas BMWs Inspire Intriguing Art

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Jun 2013
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The very first Art Car was a 3.0 CSL commissioned by French racer and art auctioneer Hervé Poulain, painted by famed mobile artist and metal sculptor Alexander Calder in 1975. Poulain drove the car in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour, and the huge publicity it gained caused a stir among both the art community and within BMW themselves, who recognized a fantastic and unique promotional opportunity.

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BMW’s Gorgeous 328 Steals the Sunlight

BMW’s Gorgeous 328 Steals the Sunlight

By Alan Franklin / 13 Jun 2013
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The 328 is the car that embarked BMW on a path to greatness, and the Mille Miglia is where it earned its stripes. The 2002 and the driver’s sedan revolution it sparked, the 3 series, M division, decades of international racing glory, all of it begins with the original 328 of the 1930s—it is the genesis of the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. The 328 wasn’t particularly radical in its engineering, but was more than the sum of its somewhat conventional parts.

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Brazilian Collector Shares the Story of His Beautiful Alpina 2002Ti

Brazilian Collector Shares the Story of His Beautiful Alpina 2002Ti

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 Jun 2013
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Henrique, a Brazilian enthusiast and Petrolicious reader, curates a wonderful collection of machines with his father and a good friend. Of the many fantastic old cars in their stable, a gorgeous Alpina 2002Ti is among our favorites. Below, he shares his thoughts on the old racer, his collection, and the burgeoning enthusiast scene in Brazil.

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There Are No Substitutes for a BMW E30 M3

There Are No Substitutes for a BMW E30 M3

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jun 2013
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There are no substitutes for an E30 M3, and for Gabor Mester, no ordinary M3 would cut it. Gabor had his heart set on the specific M3 that started him down the path of BMW: a car that belonged to the parents of a childhood friend. Walking through his friend's garage one day and spotting this M3 instantly turned teenage Gabor into a car guy, who from that day forward took every opportunity to see and even wash the car. The dream of owning it came true after many years (and a bit of convincing).

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The E30 M3 Carried the Torch of 1980s Driving Bliss

The E30 M3 Carried the Torch of 1980s Driving Bliss

By Alan Franklin / 10 Jun 2013
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The E30 M3 is a car with more attributes than miles on the average ’91 Tercel, a similar level of practicality to that gormless pod, but with a desirability factor perhaps four trillion times higher… apples to waffle irons, I know, but it illustrates a point. What made a now-near-three-decade-old car, based on an everyday sedan, brilliant though the standard was, into one of the best handling cars ever built for use outside of the confines of a racetrack? In a word, homologation.

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