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    Firstly a belated congratulations to Bob Harper on buying his E3! Bob kindly sent me the reference to the #BMW Car issue where the E23 was reviewed a couple of years ago – I was toying with the idea of buying one but then a child came along and I had to postpone. However, last year my family only need one main car, having an F11 daily drive and a petrol E60 523i it was pretty obvious that the E60 needed to go (with the exorbitant tax we pay in Ireland) – the idea of the E23 resurfaced in my head.

    I found one last November, agreed a trade-in for my E60, and took possession of the 1994 #BMW-E23 732i this Spring. The car had a restoration in 2001, it has a good maintenance record – I have added a sports steering wheel with new leather. There are still a few small niggles to tease out, but the car is great fun to drive. Much effort is required to turn the wheel but the sound of the engine is amazing and I’m very happy with my purchase – I just wanted to share it! Lastly I wanted to mention that I enjoy every issue, especially Bob’s sometimes polarising rants, which in fact make common sense to me!
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    BMW E46 M3 SMG Issue

    / #BMW-M3-SMG-E46 / #BMW-M3-E46 / #BMW-M3-SMG / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-SMG / #BMW

    I thought I’d write in with a query about my car to see if anyone has any suggestions – or if BMW Car’s resident expert, Andrew Everett (my favourite writer), has any thoughts?

    I have a #2005-BMW-M3-Convertible-SMG-E46 with the #SMG-transmission and approximately 80,000 miles. It has had the usual issues associated with these cars but I still love it – once you’ve learned how to drive with SMG I strangely prefer it to a manual.

    It’s had the boot floor reinforced, the Vanos system rebuilt at Mr Vanos in Darlington (www.mrvanos.com) and the dreaded SMG problem (almost) fixed. The gearbox decided it didn’t want to choose every gear when asked so I drove it to my local BMW dealer recently in Cumbria (used for over 30 years). They looked and diagnosed the hydro-electrical actuator as the problem, unfortunately after this was replaced it still didn’t ix the issue. The detent springs on the gearbox were then replaced and finally gears could be selected with a final bill of £4500. I drove it home and all seemed almost fine with life.

    I only use my M3 for longer journeys. After two weeks of it not being used, for the first five minutes first gear was met with some vibration and reluctance for drive to engage. As if the clutch or flywheel were not being engaged properly. All other gears were fine. This problem was not there before the initial SMG problem (the original clutch and flywheel were not replaced). After a few miles the problem disappeared and taking of in first gear was totally fine. I’m not an aggressive driver, I’m mechanically sympathetic to my car and the SMG selector is always left in the middle setting. As for Sport mode... I enjoy having my licence too much so it’s never used.

    I again left the car sitting for a couple of weeks and was met with the exact same problem with first gear. Before I return to my BMW dealer (and yet another bill) I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on this issue?
    • This could be a few things.... We spoke to ex-BMW Master Tech Barry Sheward at BMR Performance (www.bmrperformance.co.uk). Firstly, you need to be takThis could be a few things.... We spoke to ex-BMW Master Tech Barry Sheward at BMR Performance (www.bmrperformance.co.uk). Firstly, you need to be taking this back to the dealer that did all the work as it’s clearly not right. For £4500 we guess it’s had either the actuator on the gearbox replaced or the SMG pump under the inlet manifold/airbox – or both. If it’s on the original clutch then this may be the problem – even if the clutch plate still has meat on it, it could be dragging on the gearbox input shaft splines due to a build-up of dirt on the clutch release fork, the plastic pivot and the metal release bearing sleeve will all be very well worn by now. The release bearing wears a groove on it and can stick. The flywheel should be alright at 80k.
      The first thing is to get the fault codes read – these need to be proper BMW codes and not just generic P codes, the clutch should be bled through twice as well. If no fault codes are showing then it is bound to be a mechanical wear issue, and a new clutch with all the parts mentioned above need replacement; clutch kit, clutch fork, release bearing sleeve and plastic pivot pin.
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    BMW CELEBRATES ART CAR 40TH

    BMW Group Classic has celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car with a new photoshoot – conducted by a competition winner found on Instagram...

    NEWS - BMW CLASSIC

    / #Andy-Warhol / #BMW-M1-Andy-Warhol / #BMW-M1-E26 / #BMW-E26 / #BMW-M1-Group-4 / #BMW-M1-Group-4-E26 / #BMW-M1-Andy-Warhol-E26 / #BMW / #BMW-M1-Art-Car / #BMW-M1-Art-Car-E26

    BMW has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic BMW M1 designed by Andy Warhol. The winner of last year's “Shootout 2018” social media contest, Stephan Bauer, won the chance to photograph BMW Art Car Number Four having competed against five other photographers. The group submitted their best classic BMW shots via Instagram, 29-year old Bauer from Germany then won the chance to create a number of images as part of his exclusive photoshoot.

    The 470hp BMW-M1-Group-4 was famously painted by Warhol via brush in less than half an hour, the artist stating: “I love this car. It’s more successful than the artwork."

    The BMW-M1 made its sporting debut in the #Procar-Series and entered the annals of Pop Art history at the same time. Warhol said that the speed at which he completed the task was a direct reflection of the nature of the subject matter – a very fast racing car.

    “I attempted to show speed as a visual image. When an automobile is really travelling fast, all the lines and colours are transformed into a blur,” Warhol said at the time.

    Soon after the last brush stroke had been applied, the BMW M1 took to the track for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. The number 76 machine was driven by legendary German driver Manfred Winkelhock, Frenchmen Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot, the trio took the Art Car to second place finish in class – sixth overall.

    Bauer's contemporary shoot took place in an old factory building in Cologne where he created images juxtaposing the brightly coloured Art Car and the dour grey of the abandoned industrial structure. A later outdoor photography session used laser search lights to shroud the M1 in a mystical light. BMW has shared the shoot on the Facebook page and on Instagram Account of BMW Group Classic.
    • “I love this car – it’s more successful than the artwork,” commented Andy Warhol after he famously painted a BMW M1 racecar in 1979. Now, 40 years la “I love this car – it’s more successful than the artwork,” commented Andy Warhol after he famously painted a BMW M1 racecar in 1979. Now, 40 years later, the priceless piece of rolling art has been impressively showcased by a rather persuasive young Instagrammer…
      Last year, BMW Classic held a photography competition on Instagram, the winner of which would be granted the opportunity to exclusively shoot one of its cars out in the wild. The spoils ultimately went to the 29-year-old Munich-based automotive snapper Stephan Bauer, who, we’re pleased to say, is no stranger to Classic Driver.





      Seizing the chance to create something truly special, Bauer miraculously persuaded BMW Classic to bring arguably its most significant exhibit, the BMW M1 painted by the renowned American Pop artist Andy Warhol 40 years ago, to an abandoned old factory in Cologne. The resulting set of photographs is astonishing and portrays BMW’s fourth Art Car in a manner we’ve never seen before, aided by Bauer’s bold, high-contrast style and the soft golden sunlight pouring through the building’s myriad windows.

      It took Warhol less than half an hour to paint the Group 4-spec M1, the artist later remarking that his speed was a reflection of the statement made by his subject. A short while after it was completed, Hervé Poulain, Manfred Winkelhock and Marcel Mignot drove the car to sixth overall in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. Congratulations Stephan – what a fitting way of casting new light on a priceless automotive treasure in this, its 40th year.
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    1973 BMW 3.0CSL ‘ #Batmobile ’ £165,000

    Genuine ‘Batmobiles’ are be few and far between; this lookalike offers an accurate compromise, says Richard
    There’s a common misconception that every BMW 3.0CSL came bedecked with spoilers, fins and a stripped interior. Many owners, especially British ones, opted for more subtlety. That was the case with this car, now for sale from a private collection. Its conversion from Series II CSL to ‘Batmobile’ spec was done during a restoration using, according to the vendor, genuine BMW Motorsport parts. The attention to detail included conversion from right- to left-hand drive. It has covered under 500 miles since.

    Finished in Chamonix White with BMW Motorsport striping, care has obviously been taken to make this look as accurate as possible, with the full quota of add-on aerodynamic and weight-saving parts. Exterior condition is mostly excellent. Corrosion is absent, save for what looks like a minute stain at the rear of the left-hand side sill cover. On the other side, the right-hand side sill cover doesn’t quite fit flushly because of a loose securing screw. The left-hand rear edge of the bonnet also doesn’t sit quite as snugly as it could when closed. Up close, there are a few minor marks on some of the side trim and black-painted rear bumpers. The chrome wheelarch trims are all superb.
    Behind the Alpina wheels, only the nearside pair show any minor rim scuffing.

    Tyres are Bridgestone Turanza T001s, 205/55 R16 91Ws up front with wider 225/50 R16 92Ws at the rear, all from 2013 and looking healthy. The underbody looks to have been comprehensively sealed. Inside, the cabin is very tidy, although it shows more ageing signs than the exterior.

    With 67,679km (42,054 miles) on the speedometer, it has obviously been looked after but not over-restored so that it loses any patina. Thus the wood shows some some wear, mostly around the extremities by the doors. There’s a gap in the centre console for the radio, just waiting to be filled by a period Blaupunkt or Becker. Apart from the clock, all of the controls, gauges and warning lights work and behave as they should. The seats – leather with corduroy inserts – look nearly new.

    On the road, the BMW behaves impeccably. There’s no roughness, the idle is smooth and the temperature needle stays resolutely at the centre of its travel once it reaches working temperature.

    Gear selection is easy throughout, with a surprisingly light clutch, and the steering feels tight and accurate with no play. As docile as the CSL is around town, the car comes alive when let loose on a faster road – it surges forward with no hesitation. Fortunately, the brakes are very sharp; they pull the car up quickly, without any veering to one side.
    Sadly when the owner responsible for the restoration passed away, the history went AWOL. However, this car bears all the marks of a very good 3.0CSL where the ‘Batmobile’ additions have been performed to a high, authentic standard. And it’s up for considerably less money than you’d pay for an original ‘Batmobile’.

    CHOOSE YOUR BMW 3.0 CSL E9

    1 Production of the homologation ‘Leicht’ BMW E9 began in 1971, under the 3.0CSL designation. Lightweight steel and alloy body panels, Plexiglass rear side windows and a stripped-out interior saved 200kg over the standard 3.0CS.

    2 After 169 cars, the second series came out in 1972 with a fuel-injected 3003cc engine in place of previous 2985cc twin-carburettor unit. There were 500 rhd and 429 lhd examples.

    3 The third series (1973-1974) saw engine capacity increased to 3153cc, and aerodynamic aids added. On road cars, these were often supplied unfitted in the boot for owners to fit. All of these 110 cars were left-hand drive.

    4 The fourth series (1974-1975) brought down the curtain on the E9 3.0CSL, with just 57 made.

    Car #1973-BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-evocation-E9 / #1973 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-evocation-E9 / #1973-BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW /

    Price £165,000
    Contact Private seller, Letchworth, Hertfordshire (07860 264932)
    Engine 3003cc sohc straight-six, M30 / Bosch electronic fuel injection
    Max Power 200bhp @ 5500rpm
    Max Torque 200 lb ft @ 4300rpm
    Performance
    0-60mph: 7.3sec;
    Top speed: 134mph
    Length 4658mm
    Width 1676mm
    Fuel consumption 17mpg

    Interior shows age-related wear but no over-tired trim pieces ‘Batmobile’ aero parts are supposedly genuine BMW items.
    The basis is a second-series E9 CSL, so it has a 3003cc straight-six.
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    CAR #2020-BMW-Z4-M40i-G29 / #BMW-Z4-M40i-G29 / #BMW-Z4-M40i / #BMW-Z4 / #BMW

    REPORT
    £49,050 OTR/£51,985 as tested/£591pcm

    WHY IT’S HERE
    Can Supra DNA lift BMW’s sports car from the Boxster’s shadow?

    DRIVER

    It’s difficult to talk to anyone about the #BMW-Z4-G29 without the Toyota-Supra-A90 soon crowbarring its way into the conversation. The debate about whether the two should share parts so flagrantly is raging, of course, not least between two of TG telly’s own. I’m with the dating show host rather than the racing driver, though. A sentence I never thought I’d type. Sharing engines, gearboxes and electronics is far and away the easiest way to cut costs and enlarge profit margins. Doing so has enabled both BMW and Toyota to launch some very accomplished sports cars at a time when the market and its increasingly tight emissions regs might suggest such things are unwise. I suspect having the Supra to worry about as an in-house rival made the German engineers up their game, too, as I can’t remember any of the Z4’s predecessors driving this keenly. Few cars’ aggression ramps up so tangibly through their Sport modes.

    That parts sharing also came in handy for my first go in the Supra, which jammily took place on the full layout of Circuit de la Sarthe, shortly before the Le Mans 24 Hour grid rolled out for its warm-up laps. Hopping in a car whose dynamics I’m familiar with by proxy was exceedingly welcome, then, and moments after prodding the starter button I was hitting an indicated 158mph down the Mulsanne Straight amid five of the better minutes in my life.

    The Supra’s not the only car to share vital organs with the BMW, though, and I’ve also tried the new Morgan Plus Six this month. A stonking 500kg lighter than the Z4 and with none of its electronic safety nets, it’s a loud, boisterous, intoxicating thing to drive. Anyone thinking Toyota went soft by borrowing a BMW engine needs to try it in a British lightweight with all the nannies removed. Paddy’s right. Parts sharing really isn’t so evil.

    SPECIFICATION
    Engine 2998cc, 6cyl turbo, RWD
    Max power 335bhp
    Max torque 369lb ft
    Weight 1610kg
    0–62mph in 4.6secs
    Max speed 155mph
    33.2mpg, 165g/km CO2

    + GOOD STUFF
    A warm fuzzy feeling from seeing ‘my’ car on primetime Sunday night telly

    - BAD STUFF
    I’ve had my head turned by a much wilder Morgan with the same powertrain

    MILEAGE: 7650 OUR MPG: 34.0
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    Come on, that can’t be all you’ve got So far, the Z4’s proved less than the sum of its parts. But we’re going in hot pursuit of the thrills that must lie beneath. By P Taylor / #BMW

    Here’s a second chance to make a first impression. When I first drove the Z4 at its launch in October last year, it was a good car but not an exciting one. It felt more like a saloon that happened to have two seats and a soft-top than a spinetingling sports car. I’ve been wondering if I judged it harshly, especially after enjoying driving its closely related, co-engineered Toyota Supra platform-mate recently. Now the Z4’s got an entire British summer (and a bit of autumn too) to argue its case.

    The Z4 range starts at £37,115 for the 20i model, with a 196bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, or £40,815 for the same engine hopped up to 256bhp in the 30i. This car, however, is the range-topping Z4 M40i, with a musclebound 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six under its stubby bonnet.

    Compared with the rest of the range, the M40i also gets larger 19-inch wheels (with tyres essentially the same as those fitted to the current M3/M4), adaptive dampers (optional on 2.0-litre cars) and an active diff, as also fitted to the Supra. Less dynamic niceties include electrically adjustable seats with leather-meets-alcantara upholstery and extra aluminium trim compared with lowlier models.

    Our car’s also got a fancy paintjob, the optional Frozen Grey II metallic matt paint priced at £1880. In addition to the paint there’s a further £3450 of options: the £900 Visibility Package (adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam assist); the £750 Comfort Package (heated steering wheel, wind deflector, keyless entry and start, and a through-load serving hatch from boot to interior); and the £1800 Technology Package (head-up display, Harman Kardon surround-sound speaker system, wireless phone charging, rear-view parking camera and automatic parking assistant).

    So many of the ingredients are there for a truly great sports car – engine set back for a 50:50 weight distribution, short wheelbase for agility, wide track for stability, clever diff and great throttle response by any standards, not just for a turbocharged engine.

    Maybe a bit of extra soak-time will help the Z4’s true character shine. I’m looking forward to getting to know it again over the coming months, and finding out if it can thrill as well as cosset.

    The Z4 has traditionally been more about sun-dappled boulevard cruising, rather than being a car to inspire an early alarm and the long, twisty way to work. Here’s hoping this one’s both.

    Great throttle response by any standards, not just for a turbo engine

    #Frozen-Grey paint will set you back a cool £1880

    Car #2019-BMW-Z4-M40i / #BMW-Z4-M40i-G29 / #2019-BMW-Z4-M40i-G29 / #2019 / #BMW-Z4-G29 / #BMW-Z4 / #BMW-G29

    Month 1
    The story so far
    Soft-top Supra twin with big-chested straight-six, short chassis, clever diff. Equivocal reaction at launch; it has six months to set us straight

    + Great throttle response; refinement; everyday usability
    - Odd proportions; is it exciting enough?
    Price £49,185 (£53,865 as tested)
    Performance 2998cc turbo straight-six, 335bhp,
    0-62mph 4.6sec
    Max speed 155mph (limited)
    Efficiency 33.2mpg (official), 31.3mpg (tested),
    CO2 165g/km
    Energy cost 18.3p per mile
    Miles this month 299
    Total miles 4746
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    STOP THE PRESS / #1990-BMW-325i-Sport-E30 / #BMW-325i-Sport-E30 / #1990 / #BMW-325i-E30 / #BMW-325i-Sport / #BMW-E30 / #BMW /

    A BMW that’s more than a bit of all white

    How about this for some old-school 1980s cool – a white BMW 325i Sport. Well, it’s a 1990 car, but still... It’s up for grabs with Anglia Car Auctions at its 24 August sale – but this is more than just any auction car. Firstly, 20% of the hammer price and all fees will be donated to the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.

    Secondly, it’s a car that ACA themselves have gone to town on. The camshafts and cambelts were replaced 200 miles ago, and the bodykit carefully removed and any problems with the body addressed (again only using original BMW parts) before being put back together again. ACA estimates that £20,000 has been invested in the car. Its paperwork includes the original service book, receipts and MoTs. It was stored between 2007 and 2012, and its mileage stands at 110,825 miles. The car is being sold with no reserve; so a chance of a bargain, a greatcondition car and you’re doing some good. Definition of a guilt-free purchase? More details at angliacarauctions.co.uk
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    Book your flights to Portugal now / #BMW-M3-Convertible-E30 / #BMW-M3-Convertible / #BMW-M3-E30 / #BMW-E30 / #BMW

    RM Sotheby’s has announced a special single collection sale with all cars at no reserve. The 130-car Sáragga Collection sale on 21 Sept in Comporta, Portugal will feature an eclectic mix ranging from a Maserati Royale to several 911s and this BMW-M3-Convertible-E30 . rmsothebys.com
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