Tuesday, October 29, 2013

15k: 3 Paint Jobs And A Funeral: 1969 BMW 2002 Cobra, Repeat Offender

Cars get picked up by new owners, painted and re-sold all the time; some are professional middlemen, others are simply folks who enjoy the restoration, but get bored and move onto the next project when done.  As a result, we often see the same car again and these repeat offenders sometimes get a new paint job, but to see a single car with three different paint schemes within one calendar year...that is odd.  Find this 1969 BMW 2002 built on a tube frame chassis and Ford V8 powered, former Jalopnik NPOCP feature in blue, former DT feature in turd/olive and now covered in a classic BMW motorsports livery and bidding for $13,500 on ebay with 2 days to go in Lubbock, TX.  Tip from Scooter who says he saw it on germancarsforsaleblog.com

This is indeed an odd rags to riches story for what is essentially a tube frame Cobra-kit car with a BMW 2002 body hung on top.  The multiple paint jobs cover a Ford 5.0 V8 with 5-speed manual gearbox, Ford 9inch rear end, all supported by a bunch of welded together pieces of square tubing.

A little history before we get to far into the current configuration, this car was featured in Feb 2013 on Jalopnik's daily Nice Price or Crack Pipe feature written by Graverobber and in blue paint received a resounding 67% crack pipe defeat.  At least one person saw potential in this blue bomber and picked it up and it looks like he had some extra Army tank paint sitting around.

The second time this car appeared was on the very pages of this fine website, and was a seller submission feature from Oprah85 on ebay who wanted something on the order of $10k for the now H&P Brown Sauce on top of Avocado (probably a tasty combo) classic.  The new paint wasn't universally loved (as seen in the comments on this site and on BringATrailer's feature of this same car a few days later)..but...once again...someone thought it was worth some cash.

Today, the "2002" (I use that term loosely) is covered in a classic BMW motorsport white base with light blue/blue/red stripes covering the entire body. The current seller is none other than CNBC's Car Chasers who buy, fix and flip cars for a living in what is essentially a US copy of Wheeler Dealers. The seller (1momentum) doesn't admit the Car Chasers link in the ebay listing, but a quick look through the feedback history reveals references to Jeff and cars that have been on Car Chasers.

While the smurf paint was lame, the milk chocolate on key lime was polarizing, this white with classic BMW colors is positively fantastic.  Finally, this Mustang based Fauxbra kit car masquerading as a BMW actually looks like a BMW.

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  1. Are these really all the same car? The mind spins.

    That body kit needs to be killed with fire once and for all.

    1. Yup...check out the license plate, interior, side pipes and front light bar. Nuke it from space, just to be safe!

  2. I'd rather this: http://hooniverse.com/2011/02/11/not-the-v8-you-were-expecting-bmw-2002-with-a-buick-215/

    1. I didn't say it was going to be cheap. Things that are worth it are rarely easy to come by. I would gladly spend double for something a bit less offensive to the senses. /oldmanrant

  3. Drive a stake through it.........jeez

  4. I can confirm that it is indeed going to be on Car Chasers, or at least was purchased for the show.

  5. Clearly trying to mimic the 3.0 CSL but coming up short. Although, if the same treatment was done to an E30 M3, it would get double the asking price...

  6. Here's what I said when it was a brown and green machine:

    "The rear coils appear to be nearly coil-bound at this current ride height. I’m fairly certain that for a car to be fast, it must transfer its power to the ground in such a way that the tires actually have grip.

    Just because one can weld and has a sixth-grade knowledge of how vehicles work does not mean one should partake of an endeavor such as this.

    I always make fun of the Midwest and Northeast for their abominations, no doubt the product of excessive consumption of beer/whiskey in a garage filled with spraypaint fumes, but this one proves to me that California is also filled with people who should be banned from welding shops.

    Next time, just build it in Forza"

    Here's what I'm going to say now:

    They're "Dzus" fasteners, not "Zeus" fasteners. Gods obviously don't exist, because this car still does.

  7. Barnabus SnooblefritzOctober 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Heh, you can see the chick from Car Chasers (Jeff's wife?) reflected in the sideview mirror in this picture:


    Agreed that this thing is an abomination and likely should have never been born. "Custom engineering" in the worst way possible, but a cool idea at its inception even if the execution is lacking. And hey, at least it's a lot easier on the eyes now. I'm sure someone out there will just *have* to have it.

  8. This car is listed in catalog for the Leake auction in Dallas this weekend. With no photo.

  9. The seats don't match! They don't match! Doesn't anyone else notice this? I must be taking crazy pills!!


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