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Have you ever been forced to look back ??
#1366384 Thu Jun 25 2020 12:09 PM
Joined: Feb 2001
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Master Gabster
I picked up a copy of the car and driver magazine this morning, BTW I subscribe which is a mistake. In the current is a critique of cars past. It brought back memories when I first saw a 1968 BMW 2002 sedan. I was living in Huntsville, Ala. finishing my last Army tour. I had my MGA in a tire shop to replace the old Goodyear bias-ply tires that had hydroplaned me off of a mountain road when I was coming back from the airport after dropping my wife off to fly back home after spending the summer with me. It was an awaking. I took the MGA to a tire shop and had a ser of Michelin X tires out on. While there a the BMW 2002 pulled in I fell in love with it then and there and over the years I have lusted after one but never sought to own one. The article listed all of the advantages of having one even though somethings were mandated by US regulations, like the 2000 cc engine because the European version would not the US smog regulations. That engine was slated for a heavier sedan so it gave a lively performance in the 2002. Well like Woody woodpecker says, 'that all folks'.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366410 Thu Jun 25 2020 03:19 PM
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Shop Shark
I was stationed in Germany (Bavaria - home of BMW) in the late 60's. The 2000 Tii (not imported into the U.S.) and the 2002 were the hot - hot cars of the day. They were like the 409 Chevy's of Germany. One of my detachment colleagues had a 1968 (I thought it had 4 1bbls). What a great machine. One day he took it up to 110 mph, reached down with his fingers on the brake pedal: it stopped on a dime in a straight line; super impressive. My greatest regret is that I did not buy one when I got back to the states in 1970 (I bought a 350-300hp chevelle, 4 speed, dual exhaust, buckets, etc.). I really wanted a 2000 Tii which had four doors (3 kids), but I could have been talked into a 2002 (my wife is German so that would have been a slam dunk). I should have never sold the chevelle and certainly would not have sold the BMW.
don

Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366460 Thu Jun 25 2020 11:05 PM
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Extreme Gabster
Boy Ron, you sure do have some strange tastes in automobiles. That MOPAR was
bad enough.....now a 1968 BMW 2002 sedan? Totally lacking in body style.
How'd you ever get sucked into buying a Stovebolt with her sexy curvy body
lines????
Denny G
Sandwich, IL

Last edited by Denny Graham; Thu Jun 25 2020 11:06 PM.
Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366469 Fri Jun 26 2020 12:21 AM
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Just lucky I guess. thumbs_up. I buy what I like I have had ford trucks ford cars, MOPARs, European sports cars, German touring sedans. Vw. Then I lusted after a Volvo p544 when I cam back from Viet Nam.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366633 Sat Jun 27 2020 11:26 AM
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Unrepentant VW Lover
To each his own, Denny. BIG 2002 fan here. I had a '69 2002. Had always loved that car since I was in high school and my sister and I drove a borrowed one around the streets of Montreal late at night with no working lights ... So about 20 years ago, a friend gave me his. He had set it up for autocross (front end redone for comp, bilsteins, discs, engine out of a 312 (?) etc, etc). The mechanicals were all top notch and the car handled like nobody's business (hey, I'm a truck guy -- what do I know about sport cars???) but it did need a little body work ... I guess he campaigned it as a sleeper ... and it was painted John Deere Yellow from rattlecans. But man was that car a blast to drive. Peggy made me get rid of it finally. I have to admit a fondness for German cars. I especially miss that 2002 and wouldn't mind owning another one (restored this time ...). I do not miss my '70 Chevelle convertible (that Peggy and I went on our first date in), but I *do* miss my '69 2002. I also miss my '59 VW, but that's another story ...


John
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When tomorrow comes..."


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Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366638 Sat Jun 27 2020 12:22 PM
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:thumbs_up. Thankfully I don't miss my past cars or I would start a collection. The first car I bought was a 1957 VW but I wanted a bug-eyed sprite but my father vetoed and he was right. The other vehicle I had fun with was my brother's VW bus when we visited him Hawaii back in 1981. John will know this. We would take Pali Highway when you got rolling in it you would shift down for speed up the mountain and all it did was make more noise and less speed. But it was fun.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366644 Sat Jun 27 2020 12:52 PM
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Re: Have you ever been forced to look back ??
WE b OLD #1366649 Sat Jun 27 2020 01:32 PM
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Only two cars I really wish I had hung on to. 1966 Oldsmobile 442, red with black buckets. First time I took it to the Drag Strip I twisted the drive shaft. Man that sucker had some torque. Second was a 1963 GMC Carryall (Suburban for the Chevy guys) with the 305 V6 and automatic transmission. It was a like new survivor. Absolutely would not pass a gas station.
I’ve had a lot of fun cars over the past 55 + years and did my best to get everything out of them that they had to give.


Martin
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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
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