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Archive for December 30th, 2011

30
Dec
11

Project E28: Fire up the LANDSHARK

Show me a blue vinyl and corduroy interior and I’m powerless to resist.  Yes,  it’s happened again.

Whilst not even looking for another car, I accidentally bought this E28.  All the usual excuses apply: It was local, there was nothing on the TV and I was able to lay my hands on the pound notes to seal the deal there and then.  So, fate…or something then.

The finer details are as follows: It’s a 518i which is good for all the reasons my 316i was good: Fuel economy and light (relative) weight meaning it will be the perfect long distance motorway cruiser. It’s in original condition having been owned by a bank, used by the bank manager, and then given to him as his retirement gift.  It’s got every BMW service stamp from day one and is not far off immaculate. It was the test drive that sold me;, it’s perfect mechanically (having just had a massive overhall including a clutch/ fluids etc.), the loudest sound it makes is the injectors ticking.  It needs a couple of small blebs doing, a rear bumper and erm, that’s literally it.

I want to keep it OEM so am after a set O-G BMW style 15s or similar and of course it will be getting wound down on a set of coilovers I already have in the pipeline.  Still, don’t get too excited just yet; I’m taking a bit of time with this one as I have the luxury of it not being on the road or needing to be until I’m ready.  I’m aiming for March/ April and the better weather.   Should be a great cruiser for summer.  FIRE UP THE LAND SHARK.

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30
Dec
11

From the Archive: BERG 2011

30
Dec
11

Summer’s Gone (and so has the 924)

Country houses and ’80s GT cars. I had it all.

I’m still not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but the 924 has changed hands twice since I sold it and it now lives with a guy I work with; I see it EVERY day.