Baurspotting has featured La Jolla Independent before in posts about the 1600 Baur convertible that they have, but this article is directly from their own blog a few years ago.
Tags: BMW, BMW Classics, Katy Perry, New York Times
I usually try to keep the blog informative and a worth-while read, but we have had a few exciting things happen over the past couple of weeks that I’d like to share.
The New York Times ran an article featuring what is the first 3.0csi to be ‘restored’ by their Classic Center in Munich. They contacted me to go over the press release and get more information about the restoration of these incredible cars. Unfortunately the restored 3.0csi was fitted with an automatic transmission, which is probably the worst thing you can do to any ‘coupe’. I’m a little skeptical about this ‘restoration’ as there are still countless numbers of parts that BMW refuses to re-produce for the 3.0cs. BMW did a similar restoration back in the early part of the decade on a BMW 2002tii and touted the car as ‘new’ as all parts used were right out of the box. This was a blatant lie. I saw that car in person in Monterey in 2006 and Carl and myself made a list of over 20 parts and handed it to the BMW reps and told them to send us 50 of each. We’re still waiting. In any case, an interesting article:
Katy Perry’s representatives visited our shop a few weeks ago to borrow the BMW 1600 convertible for her new video for the song ‘Teenage Dream’ which is currently atop the charts at Billboard Magazine. The video was released this week, and fortunately, the convertible is seen and used throughout most of the video. It is the only 1600 convertible to ever be built and imported for the US Market, and it looks great in the video. Hopefully this will spawn a whole new group of 2002 fans of a younger generation. The video can be seen on MTV.com, here’s the link:
Take care and Enjoy!
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