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

Pick of the Day: 1997 BMW Z3

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1997 BMW Z3 listed on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Mazda Miata took over the early ’90’s as a moderately priced two-seater sports car and had huge success in the U.S. So much so that other automakers were quick to respond with their own versions of the two-seater roadster. BMW developed the Z3 to satisfy the demand, and the cars were produced from 1996 through 2002.

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Pick of the Day: 1980 BMW M1

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1980 BMW M1

Hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports-car racing is the iconic, mid-engine BMW M1, considered to be the one and only exotic supercar ever built by the Bavarian automaker. The E26 M1 is among the rarest BMW models built with a total of 453 produced. Of those, 399 were designed for street use and the rest were built for the sole purpose of racing.

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Eye Candy: German car shows on Monterey peninsula

Porsche 912s at the entrance of the Porsche Werks Reunion |Bob Golfen photos
Porsche 912s at the entrance of the Porsche Werks Reunion |Bob Golfen photos

German car fans have something to cheer about during Monterey Classic Car Week: Two enjoyably relaxed events on Friday that celebrate the solid, innovative automobiles from Deutschland.

For the second year, Porsche has its own standalone car show, the Porsche Werks Reunion, organized by the Porsche Club of America along with a gaggle of vintage-Porsche clubs. Previously, PCA teamed up with the other Germanic show, Legends of the Autobahn, but split away to hold the all-Porsche event last year. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1986 BMW 325ES

The BMW 325ES features a deep and dramatic front spoiler
The BMW 325ES features a deep and dramatic front spoiler

Something that is heard quite a lot lately in the classic car community is that all the good deals are gone. Many of us fondly remember when you could buy an early Porsche 911 for $10,000 and an E-type Jaguar for as little as $7,500.

Sadly, the days are over for buying those icons of the 1960s for that little money. It does not matter if there is ever a market correction, the cheap old days for those cars and others of that era are over. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 BMW M5

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The high-performance sedan: the 1988 BMW M5

Known as an unassuming high-performance sedan, the 1988 BMW M5 is considered a pioneer in its class and legendary in BMW motorsports history. The car seemed to come out of nowhere, beating Ferraris while holding the title of being the fastest production sedan of its time. Continue reading