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AFTER/DRIVE considers whether the BMW E30 M3 is the most overhyped classic.

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Did you know that the BMW 3 Series Touring had its origins in a wrecked E30 3 Series sedan? BMW engineer Max Reisböck created what became the prototype for the first 3 Series Touring based off his desire for a larger and roomier car, by way of a $14,000 budget, a friend’s garage, and a wrecked E30 sedan.

The story about the invention of the BMW 3 Series Touring and the beginning of the lifestyle touring. Engineer Max Reisböck wanted to go on vacation with … CONTINUED

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Here are 10 interesting facts you may not know about the BMW M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol.

BMW M3: E30 and E92 GTS by XCARFilms

04/25/2013 at 11:00 AM
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XCARFilms takes a look at two M3 models, from two different decades – the E30 M3 and the E92 M3 GTS.

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The BMW Group celebrates the tenth anniversary of the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom. To mark this occasion they are dedicating a special exhibition in the BMW Museum to legendary Rolls-Royce automobiles.

The special display of RR will be of one year – from March 21st – to the end of March 2014 – the BMW Museum will be displaying 15 of the most outstanding Rolls-Royce automobiles under the title “Strive for Perfection”: from the first Silver Ghost dating back to the 1910s through to … CONTINUED

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We had the good fortune to attend the Techno Classica car show in Essen this past weekend. BMW had a HUGE display(again) this year. What I always love about BMW’s display is that they bring their old classic cars from BMW Classic while they also invite the “creme dela creme” BMW car clubs thru out Germany, to come out and represent the brand. I think this is what makes this show special for me. Members from the various BMW car clubs are on hand to … CONTINUED

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At the inaugural fair of Paris Photo at LA’s Paramount Pictures Studios, BMW is proud to present the M1 BMW Art Car by Andy Warhol, created by the pop artist in 1979, as well as rare making of footage of this work. Originally raced in Le Mans, Warhol in his own words meant to “give a vivid depiction of speed. If a car is really fast, all contours and colors will become blurred.”

Since 1975, prominent artists from throughout the world have designed BMW automobiles of … CONTINUED

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Marc Norris’s Bavarian Workshop has rolled out countless projects across its three decades of existence…but none quite like the M2.

Based off a mid-Seventies 2002, Norris reworked the classic coupe to utilize the E30 M3′s hardware–most notably, the E30′s chassis and 2.3 L inline-four. The combination of BMW’s defining classic and the “holy grail” of M3s has resulted in a four-wheel wonder.

So check out the video and see that wonder for yourself.

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Check out some photos of this beautifully restored E30 325e with the S52 E36 M3 engine.

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Czech artist Andy Reiben was commissioned by DyCom Group, a BMW Dealership in the Czech Republic to create this F30 3 Series Art Car, which is expected to join the previous 17 official BMW Art Cars.

“Fluidum” is the name of his creation and it features a candy/psychedelic paint scheme with portions which glow in the dark. This is what Reiben has to say about the philosophy behind his design:

“I wanted to abstractly express passion and dynamism and therefore each part of the body is different … CONTINUED

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Ashley Rodriguez, an amateur train photographer, has owned over 15 E28s in her lifetime. As a former trained BMW tech, she has spent her time buying and fixing various 5-Series models. She has owned every E28 model available, and as a lover of rare things, she now has her dream car, the M535i.

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With the 2 Series coupe set to make its debut later this year (production begins in November), BMW may be sending out teaser signals with this recent video.

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The Wye Dean rally in a Ratty BMW 325i, by Chris Harris.

We Tour the Maybach Fahrzeuge Museum

02/24/2013 at 1:45 PM
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We take a tour of the Maybach Museum, by site moderator Dackelone (David):

I must say I am not really a MB man. I am into BMW’s as you all know by now. But I have been hearing about this Maybach museum for quite some time now… and when I heard they have a special exhibition of Glas cars on display (only) until 05. Mai 2013. I just knew I had to go!

The last time I saw some Glas cars was at the BMW Museum. Here … CONTINUED

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Via XCAR: BMW only ever made one proper supercar: The M1. It’s a slice of rare automotive legend and one that we had to have a deeper look at. Caution: features porno music and velvet.

When you think of 70′s supercars you tend to think of Lamborghinis and Ferraris – big, wedgy things that make a lovely noise and go very quickly indeed. You don’t tend to think of BMW, do you?

We can’t blame you for that. It’s a brand that isn’t really synonymous with … CONTINUED

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Well…. I have been meaning to go to this small museum for quite some time. Everyone always told me how nice it is. And it is/was!! Finally last weekend I was in the Stuttgart area and decided that I must go for a visit! A fellow 1Addict Bob (Smellthebeans) and I went on this adventure to visit the Boxenstop Museum. Tübingen is less than an hour’s drive away from say the Porsche or MB Museum or downtown Stuttgart. I would highly recommend visiting any of … CONTINUED

Video: The First BMW 3 Series. 1975.

02/07/2013 at 9:15 AM
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Per BMW: The first BMW 3 Series followed the successful and sporty BMW 2 Series in 1975. It is the beginning of a success story, that continues to present day. This is how it began.

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Bet you never saw an Isetta like this before! Well, neither have we. The three-wheel Isetta was never much of a performance vehicle, until now…

What you see here is more engine than car, featuring a 1959 Isetta essentially strapped onto a superchaged Chevy V8 502 cubic inch engine putting down 730hp, with just two gears on its manual transmission. Forced induction is handled by a BDS supercharger and the powertrain also features twin Holley 750 CFM double pumper carburetors, and Zoomies exhaust headers that shoot … CONTINUED