another very interesting car

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I started seeing this car on the roads here about a year ago. I knew exactly what it was because I owned an E9 in the distant past. But this thing was extensively modified, obviously. Once I caught glimpse of the roll cage I figured it was someone’s track car.

Finally, one day last September, I was turning out onto A1A when he rolled past. I hustled to catch up and pulled alongside to yell something, but he was turning left into an Autozone. I spun around and got into the parking lot and parked next to him. Really nice guy driving, he opened up the hood and told me to check out the car while he went in and got some parts.

So I see it‘s badged as a 6.0CSR, and there’s a V8 where normally there would be an inline six. Body work is very well done. I’m fumbling to take a few pics, but mainly just drooling. Those injectors alone are just… art?

So here’s my pics and I’ll be back to tell the rest of the story.

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When the owner came out of the store, I asked him how he got a BMW V8 punched out to six liters. He smiled and said, “it’s not a BMW engine”. But it’s got BMW valve covers, I responded. He grinned a little wider and said “yeah, that was a lot of work“.

Then he did the big reveal. It’s a restomod - CS body sitting on a C5 Corvette everything else. He said he had been worried that BMW purists would be offended, but that hadn’t happened. On the contrary, almost all loved it. The work is so well done, it’s hard not to like. All the fender box work is steel, not composite.

Later I did a little research and found his business’ website. The car has an incredible backstory - it was built for a movie (which ended up not being made). He had found a used up, rusted out 1970 2800 CS and got a C5 roller chassis somewhere. Complete story here. Be sure to scroll down to bottom to see build gallery.
 

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Hmmmm. BMW, huh? The question needs to be asked, so it might as well be me:

Do the blinkers work, or is it like every other Bmer around and it's a guessing game as to figuring out when the driver is changing lanes?
 

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I love this car. It's what I'd think a BMW if it were made by americans would look like.
 

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Just to be fair I'd also like to see what a classic american muscle car would look like if it were made by Europeans.
 

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When I looked at the website, I saw it was for sale. I told my wife, and got immediate side-eye and “don’t get any ideas”.
 

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Cool, cool car. I think the best anti-theft device is the removable steering wheel. You just take it into the Walmart with you.

We probably need a separate thread for "I chased a cool car so I could look at it and talk to the owner" posts. I chased an Abarth 750 GT a half mile to a Starbucks, once.
 

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Cool, cool car. I think the best anti-theft device is the removable steering wheel. You just take it into the Walmart with you.

We probably need a separate thread for "I chased a cool car so I could look at it and talk to the owner" posts. I chased an Abarth 750 GT a half mile to a Starbucks, once.

It has a manual transmission which is also an anti-theft device:cool:

“I chased….” would have been a much better thread title. I’ve been on the receiving end of that when out in our M2. I wish I had been driving it the day I caught up to the 6.0CSR. I’d love to have photos of them side-by-side.
 

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Really cool. Does he take it to driving days at a local track? (Sebring, Moroso, etc.)

Good question, but I didn’t get around to asking. I’d imagine its seen a track. The owner has been in car biz for a while. I was explaining to him why a BMW lifer like me was out driving a Boxster, and he said “that’s ok, I ran a couple of Porsche dealerships”.

OTOH, I met a young man who had one of those Camaro LT1 (or whatever they call the track car version). First thing I asked him was “what’s your fastest lap at Sebring?”. He didn’t know what I was talking about. I left him with advice to get some instruction pronto, before he killed himself or others in that car.
 




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