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  •   Paul Hardiman reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Brightwells June sale #1989 / Z1 / #BMW-Z1 / #BMW-M20 / #M20B27 / #M20 / #BMW-Z-Series / #BMW-Z-Series-E30 / #BMW / SOLD FOR: £ 25,000

    It seems like the Z1 has been on the cusp of going up in value for many years now and we’re somewhat surprised that they’ve not attracted investors and collectors in greater numbers. This example had covered just 53,000km (approximately 33k miles) and had a large history folder packed full of receipts and invoices. At £25,000 it looked like good value for money.
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  •   Martin Buckley reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    The #Claus-Luthe . This talented stylist created some beloved BMWs by David LaChance. Photography courtesy of BMW. For his creation of a generation of handsome, though conservative, designs in the 1980s and ’90s, Claus Luthe has the admiration of many knowledgeable BMW fans today. In fact, he’s responsible for the styling of many enthusiasts’ favorite BMWs: the 3 series 1982 and 1990, the 5 series of 1981 and 1987, the 7 series of 1986 and the flagship #BMW-8-series / #BMW-E31 coupe of 1989.

    That would be enough for any designer’s legacy, but Luthe has another major credit: the hugely influential NSU-Ro80 , the star of the #1967-Frankfurt-Motor-Show and the winner of that year’s European Car of the Year award. Even more impressive, the Ro80 was the first design that Luthe could claim was entirely his own. Luthe was born December 8, 1932, in Wuppertal, in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia district. He was the second of five children, the son of a cabinetmaker. His father was conscripted into the Wehrmacht, and died on the eastern front in 1944; Luthe was 11.

    He had wanted to become an architect, like his older brother, but instead became apprenticed to Karosserie Voll, a Würzburg coachbuilding firm, working on bus designs. As a young man, he was a great admirer of Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell at GM. “I loved the show cars they did,” he told the magazine BMWcar in 2003. “You know, I used to spend hours drawing them from photos in the car magazines. That’s what inspired me to study to become a car designer and modeler.” After six years with Voll, he got a job at the German branch of Fiat, where his major contribution was to restyle the nose of the Fiat 500 for the local market.

    In 1958, Luthe made the jump to NSU in Neckarsulm, where his first major task was to style the Prinz 4, the second generation of the company’s rival to the Volkswagen Sedan. When NSU launched the world’s first rotary-powered production car, the Spider, it wore a body styled by Luthe. The Ro80 project was a reflection of NSU’s high aspirations, meant as a direct competitor to Mercedes-Benz. Luthe had a free hand in the styling, and created a legend. With its low nose, high tail, airy greenhouse and clean lines, this aerodynamic wedge influenced designers everywhere. Unfortunately, the sedan was let down by its Wankel powerplant, and the cost of warranty claims led to the company’s takeover by VW.


    Wolfsburg inherited both Luthe and one of his last designs for NSU, the K70 sedan, which became VW’s first front-wheel drive car. He designed the Audi 50, which was the basis of the firstgeneration Polo, and laid the groundwork for he 80/90/4000 cars. He was recruited by BMW in 1976 to succeed Paul Bracq as chief designer. His old bosses at Audi were unhappy, but Luthe had the opportunity to significantly expand BMW’s design studios, adding 70 positions to what had been a 30-member team.


    His first work would be to finish up the design of the secondgeneration 5 series, the E28. The press criticized it for its lack of daring, but Luthe was unapologetic about his careful approach. “We do not have to create models that are radically different from the ones they replace,” he told BMWcar. “To maintain our tradition, we do not need to design ‘way out’ designs. The important thing to keep in mind is to make sure there is continuity from the old model to the new model.” Under his guidance, boxiness evolved into elegance and refinement, and BMW sales soared. On Good Friday 1990 came a shocking turn of events: Luthe stabbed and killed his 33-year-old son, Ulrich, after an argument. Ulrich, the first of Claus and Gertrude Luthe’s four children, had become increasingly addicted to alcohol and pills; the stabbing was the culmination of years of conflict. Luthe was convicted of manslaughter, but was not required to serve his full 33-month jail sentence.

    After Luthe’s release, #BMW offered to take him back, but he instead chose to retire. In his later years, he was a valued member and enthusiastic supporter of many #NSU-Ro80 clubs. Luthe died in Munich on March 17, 2008.
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  •   Matt Robinson reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Schnitzer’s Essen-tial delights / #AC-Schnitzer / #BMW / #2016 / #BMW-150d /

    AC Schnitzer has supported the Essen tuning show for a long time and generally brings something wild to the party – and this year was no exception. True, its grey #BMW-1-Series hatch might not have looked like a show stopper, but if you looked closer it was right up there with its more extreme machinery. Under the hatch’s bonnet Schnitzer has managed to shoehorn in the triple-turbo diesel from the M50d and once this 3.0-litre diesel has been breathed on by Schnitzer’s techs it develops a healthy 400hp at 4000rpm and a monstrous 590lb ft of torque at 2500rpm. That makes it good for a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 80-180km/h (50-112mph) time of just 7.9 seconds – that really is quick!

    Obviously this headline-grabbing machine was there for a reason, and that was to promote Schnitzer’s array of styling, suspension and engine modifications for the face-lifted 1 Series which are available for both the SE and M Sport machinery. Schnitzer didn’t stop at the 1 Series, though, as it also had the face-lifted LCI 3 Series on display and while the changes for the serial production car might not have been radical, Schnitzer has developed a new range of parts to suit the subtly altered Three. As you’d expect there’s a new range of styling parts, many of which can be ordered in carbon as well as moulded polyurethane.

    Power upgrades are available for virtually all models, with only the new 340i and 330i still in development, and some models see some pretty impressive gains – such as the 316i which has been boosted from 136hp to 204hp, and the 320i which now offers 245hp, up from 184hp. There’s a choice of either racing suspension (height adjustable, bump and rebound adjustable, 30- 40mm lower), sports suspension (with 25-30mm lowering) and a spring kit too. As you’d expect there is also a full wheel programme with alloys ranging from 18-21-inches in diameter.

    Last, but by no means least, was the Schnitzer Falcon, based on the X6. This wide-bodied bruiser won’t be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no doubting its road presence. Power outputs vary depending on engine, but Schnitzer has upgrades ranging from a 309hp 30d to 650hp for the X6M.

    If you’re interested in the official AC Schnitzer program then check out www.ac-schnitzer.co.uk or if you’re outside the UK, www.ac-schnitzer.de.
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  •   Louise Woodhams reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Mixed #Euro-NCAP bag / #2016 / #BMW /

    In the latest round of safety tests two BMWs were tested – the all-new X1, and slightly oddly the Z4 which must be coming towards the end of its natural life cycle. Naturally enough it was the #BMW-X1 which scored the better of the two machines, ending up with a five-star rating – the highest possible overall in Euro NCAP’s rating system. Overall it scored 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 74 per cent for pedestrian safety and 77 per cent for its safety systems such as stability control and autonomous braking.

    The older #BMW-Z4 was only rated as a three-star vehicle scoring 69 per cent for adult protection, 61 per cent for children, an excellent 91 per cent for pedestrians but a lowly 49 per cent for safety assist functions, mainly as it lacks autonomous emergency braking, lane and speed assistance.
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  •   Louise Woodhams reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    / #2016 / #BMW / Two million and more

    As we went to press at the tail end of 2015 BMW was celebrating another bumper year with the #BMW-Group ’s production network posting new record highs for the 2015 business year. Due to the high customer demand and the launch of numerous new models, such as the new #BMW-7-Series / #BMW-G11 , the international plant network has shown an excellent capacity utilisation – the two-millionth car rolled off the assembly lines back in November. And 2015 marks the fifth time in a row that the company’s German plants have produced well over one million vehicles a year.
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  •   Louise Woodhams reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Schmiedmann #BMW-N54 and #BMW-N63 turbo upgrades / #BMW-N63-Schmiedmann / #BMW-N54-Schmiedmann / #Schmiedmann / #2016 / #BMW

    Developed in collaboration with Turbo DK, these new turbo kits from Schmiedmann are designed to take your BMW’s performance to the next level. The #N54 turbos (for 35i models) feature a 42/60mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a 41/47 turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush to eliminate wastegate rattle, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 550hp.

    The #N63 turbos (for 50i models) feature a 48/68mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a bigger turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 800hp. Both turbo kits offer 100 per cent OEM installation.

    Price: N54: £1904.07; N63: £2385.07
    Contact: www.schmiedmann.co.uk
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