Pick of the Day: 2000 BMW Z8

The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition
The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition

Every once in a great while, a large automotive manufacturer really shows what it can do and builds a limited-production model that is the best car the company is able to produce. The automaker is not limited by either marketing or cost constraints, and gets to build a very cool car.

Some that come to mind are the Dodge Viper, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. These are all great cars, but my all-time favorite is the BMW Z8 sports car, built from 1999 until 2003. This was a revelation for BMW, a car that looked back at everything that was truly great in the company’s history and combined that with what is exceptional about what they do now. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 BMW 630 CSI

The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States
The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States

If you are like me, you are always looking for the next big thing in collector cars. There are a number of cars that fit into that category, but one of the best European classic car deals on the market today and one that may well see an increase in value this year is the BMW 6-Series coupe.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1977 BMW 630 CSI with its original Burgundy paint and tan-leather interior, according to the Los Angeles dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

BMW reveals 4 prototypes as it celebrates 30 years of M3

BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos
BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos

In 1986, something called the Internet Engineer Task Force held its first meeting; plans were announced for a tunnel (the “Chunnel”) beneath the English Channel; the National Football League adopted “instant replay;” Microsoft went public; the local Oprah Winfrey Show went coast-to-coast; Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault; “Phantom of the Opera” premiered.

And BMW introduced the M3. Continue reading

British Motor Museum celebrates BMW centennial

Even more BMWs expected at the celebration this year | museum photo
Even more BMWs expected at the celebration this year | museum photo

What is expected to be Europe’s largest centennial gathering of BMWs is scheduled for August 14 when the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire plays host to the BMW Car Club National Festival.

Tom Caren, Show Manager for the British Motor Museum stated
“The BMW Festival is a fantastic family day out,” Tom Caren, museum show manager, said in a news release. “To mark this special anniversary year we will be organizing plenty of additional activities to entertain visitors. Seeing so many BMW’s on display from different decades is a brilliant spectacle to see”

More than 800 BMWs of all vintages turned out for the festival last year, and many more are expected for the centennial celebration. In addition to the show field, the event will include a “driving arena” and a special display where 100 cars will form the figure “100” for an aerial photograph.

Pick of the Day: 1988 BMW M5

The BMW M5 was one of the performance highlights of the 1980s

The 1980s gave us many great things: New Wave music, iconic TV shows, the modern action movie, Patrick Nagel artwork. But more than anything, the ’80s gave us sports and performance cars that actually performed. One of the most-significant and best-performing cars of that era was the BMW E28 M5.

The Pick of the Day is this 1988 BMW M5, a black beauty located in Lawndale, California. Continue reading

LeMay-America’s Car Museum celebrates BMW centennial

Volunteers 'spruce up' the museum's BMW Isetta for display | LeMay-America’s Car Museum
Volunteers ‘spruce up’ the museum’s BMW Isetta for display | LeMay-America’s Car Museum

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will host an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bavarian Motor Werks starting this weekend. “Propelling a Century of Innovation” – a subtle nod to the company’s origins as an aircraft-engine manufacturer – features landmark cars and motorcycles from throughout BMW’s history. Continue reading

Clarion’s 1974 BMW 2002 earns $125,000 for cause close to the heart of Barrett-Jackson

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1974 BMW 2002 | Nicole James Photos

From the very beginning, Barrett-Jackson has helped make significant contributions to benefit all sorts of charity. However, at the company’s 14th annual Palm Beach auction this weekend, the $125,000 spent on a 1974 BMW 2002 went to a charity very close to the auction house’s heart, the Barrett-Jackson cancer research fund at the TGen foundation.

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BMW restored by Clarion to benefit Barrett-Jackson cancer fund

The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds
The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds

A sharp little 1974 BMW 2002 “resto-mod” that will cross the auction block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale next month in Palm Beach, Florida, has a lot of hope and promise riding on its short wheelbase.

The BMW coupe is the first project completed by Clarion Builds, a restoration initiative created by the Clarion Corporation of audio-system fame, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit cancer research at the Translational Genomics (TGen) Research Institute based in Phoenix. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1981 BMW 320i

The 1981 BMW 320i is apparently a well-preserved original
The 1981 BMW 320i is apparently a well-preserved original

Last week, the Pick of the Day was the car that put BMW on the map with enthusiast drivers, the 2002. These were great cars and they sold scores of them. But the car that was the real breakout model for BMW was the 320i.

The Pick of the Day is a 1981 BMW 320i advertised by a dealer in Kentwood, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 BMW 2002

The 1971 BMW 2002 is an earlier and more-desirable round-taillight model
The 1971 BMW 2002 is an earlier and more-desirable round-taillight model

Since I just returned from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, and one of the many things celebrated there was the 100th birthday of BMW, it seems most appropriate that a classic BMW should be Pick of the Day.

The car a 1971 BMW 2002 advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading