This one is a recent find that’s pretty special to me, as its 1:1 doppelganger is the reason I love BMWs.
When I was a little kid, my dad had a 1972 Bavaria, dark blue over brown, on steel wheels with factory dog dish caps. I loved that car, and clearly remember crying when it was sold, even though I was only 4. I’ve wanted one of my own ever since. I almost bought an identical car a couple of years ago, I had the cash in hand on my way to buy it and got cold feet due to some rust problems. Now I wish I’d done it, that one ran great. When my dad had his Bav, grandpa had a ‘74 2002. So you see, I never had a chance.
The E3 was first sold here in two flavors, the 2500 and 2800, with the 2500 being a bit of a stripper model with a smaller 2.5L engine (remember when BMW’s nomenclature actually had a mechanical basis? Pepperidge Farm remembers). That changed in 1971, when at the behest of BMW importer Max Hoffman, BMW was persuaded to put the 2.8L in the stripper car to make the Bavaria, a properly sporting family sedan, perhaps the first. This combination sold so well that it replaced the 2500/2800 altogether, and received a bigger 3.0L in 1972. The loaded versions became the 3.0S, but the Bav was the factory hot rod to have. In fact, they were faster than the E9 coupes, which were heavier due to more complex construction and a more luxuriously appointed interior.
This model is of a 2500, but it’s as close as I can get in scale form to dad’s old car without doing a custom so I’m really happy I found it. It’s by Schuco in 1/43, my first by them, and with the exception of the too-large wheels (alloys as were often found on the E9 coupes) and slightly odd headlights it’s really nicely done. And it was only $6!! Can’t beat that.
Oops... A little too hot rod, I guess...
unbelievable commercial money grab Valentines day all.