Classic Car Watch
German Classics

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

August 1, 2012
By Scott Lewis

If you have been following this column, you are aware that I was getting serious about buying a classic. So I took a more serious approach to the cars listed here as examples of what I would like.

Well, I spent all my money on my son's car. That leaves me starting over with saving up. It will be at least a year before I can buy something.

That means I will take this a little less seriously... again.

I was at my local Cars and Coffee car show and saw a cute BMW 2002. It looked good from across the parking lot, but not so good up close. I spent some time talking to the owner. The car has some semi-serious rust issues, but it is mechanically sound. He added late model seats, aftermarket A/C, and engine and suspension mods. He says he drives it a lot more than the Z3 M Coupe he owns.

I was inspired. And this column was supposed to follow what inspired me. So let's take a quick look around for some 2002s or any other German classics I can find.

1976 BMW 2002 - $12,000

Description: Fully renovated BMW classic that is also a fine daily driver. Factory TII long block engine has 35,000 since installation. Upgraded to include weber carb, K&N filter, custom header, aftermarket exhaust system. Drive train runs smooth and quiet. Body has had a full stripped down, professional prepped with a show-quality repaint in Fyord Blue Metallic to match the original paint. The interior has been fully redone to include carpets, seats, leather steering wheel. All gauges operational. New Retro 1 stereo with iPod and flash card inputs; new upgraded speakers. Car has factory air but the compressor needs to be installed and the system recharged ( all parts are included) to be operational.


Found: 8/1/2012

Comments: This car looks to be in the best condition of the ones I found. But it is from further up north, so we have to be worried about rust. And this is a car that does not have its original engine. That is actually fine with me. I would want to tweak on a car like this to make a decent canyon carver out of it.

1976 BMW 2002 - $10,000

Description: Regret to have to sell but need a vehicle for more highway use. This 2002 is not perfect but is in excellent shape. New brakes. New air conditioning system. New Radio/CD player. Regularly serviced. Runs wonderfully, passes emissions and burns no oil. Car cover and new molded dash cover included.

Source: AutoTrader Classics

Found: 8/1/2012

Comments: This is just about perfect. A 2002 that is not perfect, but is not to far gone. This car was in Arizona, so I would hope for a rust free car.

1974 BMW 2002 - $12,900

Description: 1974 2002 tii Euro version- All interior instruments are in German and metric. The best part about the Euro version is there is no US emmission controls to suck away horsepower and no 'ugly' plastic impact bumpers. The front and rear bumpers are the original chrome with small rubber bumperettes. Atlantik Blue (previously Malaga) Paint done by original owner in Japan. I believe I am the 3rd owner. About 90k miles Interior is original and in pretty good shape. Old blaupunkt radio works. Very little rust. Improvements/Maintenance (all done in the last 2 years... new tii wheels, new Vredestein tires (top of the line V-rated) made in Holland, New heavy duty sway bars (awesome), replaced rear Bilstein shocks, new brakes and lines all around, new drive shaft, new radiator, new wheel bearings, recalibrated fuel injection, rebuilt top end, new head gasket. This car is SAFE and reliable. Daily driver for years and constantly maintained. Serious inquiries only. Sorry about the glare on the pictures, it was a sunny day and my iphone couldn't handle the reflections well.

Source: Auto

Found: 8/1/2012

Comments: I like the idea of the tii with its fuel injection. Might make for a more reliable car. But this car came from Japan. I think of that as a red flag. No problem... I am just seeing what's out there for the time being.

1973 Porsche 914 - $12,900

Description: Offered here is a beautiful classic German sports car. This 1973 Porsche 914 has absolutely no rust and all panels are straight and solid. It is finished in Guards Red (painted five years ago) and the 1.7L 4-Cylinder engine is outfitted with Dual Weber carbs and chrome K&N filters. The car remains a great driver and sounds/looks nice with dual chrome tip exhaust. All surfaces have been gone over and remain in great condition.

Source: GR Auto Gallery

Found: 8/1/2012

Comments: I don't know much about the 914... except they are very VW like. And the 1.7 engine is a VW engine. So that means live with it.. or upgrade to the 2.0 engine... or a 6. Either way... I like this car. It looks very clean and seems reasonably priced. I could see buying something like this next year.

1977 Porsche 911 - $14,750

Description: 1977 Porsche 911SC Sunroof coupe, 5 speed manual transmission, solid floor pans, owned by a German mechanic for the last 7 years, mechanically sound.

Source: Beverly Hills Car Club

Found: 8/1/2012

Comments: How could I not include a 911 in a list of German Classics. I wanted to stay under $15,000 (the original price range for this column... back in 200). So here it is... a 911SC. I really like the look of this car. I could seriously consider it.