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Mille Grazie Tesoro -Esty et 02princessLisa


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A recent 2002 forum entry as regards 02 Princess Lisa's blog set me thinking. Many BMW owners give their cars names, anthropomorphizing them. I myself have never done this, however, my love for and obsession with the BMW M 10 motor, dates back to early childhood ( I remember riding in the back of a BMW 1800 Tisa at age 4) and is a deep-seated passion. I thought of Lisa's name for her car, Tesoro, and recognized it for Italian for -treasure. (also honey, Darling and terms of romantic endearment) It comes from the old French Tresor and also correlates with the Latin word  thesaurus, meaning storehouse or treasure. That she treasures her 2002 so very much, and bestowed such a romantic name pleases me. I subsequently went and enjoyed Lisa's  perspective and blog. Her BMW has incredibly plush velour seats. Oh that engine bay! Such dedication. I also note that she utilized a BMW 2000 Ti steering wheel, the same one which originated on the BMW 1500 of 1963. It has a more elegant, black and chrome appearance, and also the BMW roundel symbol contains the seraphs, a mark of the earlier style  dating back to the 1930s. I also noted that Esty has a similar steering wheel on her BMW. I thought about this, and realized that the earlier more elegant steering wheel design probably appealed more to women. As I looked over Estys car, and the beautiful colorized interior, a greater sense of appreciation for that early steering wheel, and Estys sense of style struck me. My first car was a BMW 1800 with that same steering wheel, and I recently found a photo of myself and that car, which is my first self portrait, taken with an old Argus ( Argus is also notable as the name of brave Odysseus' dog, the only one that recognized him when he returned home after 15 years of adventure) 35mm camera. After that I discovered a wrecked BMW with a mangled aluminum 1800 Tisa steering wheel in it. I begged for, and received the wheel, and pestered my dad into helping me straighten it out. We placed it on the  red BMW 1800,( which was later to become my first car) when I was 12 years old.   I never would have thought about this, had I not read princess Lisa's blog. Her blog  also inspired to go out and purchase an entire gallon of por 15 paint, in order to help preserve my 72 911, and old BMWs.  If you have not examined the blog section, as yet, you should. There are unbelievable things, such as Alpina mechanical fuel injection systems, so beautiful I could cry , Looking at them makes me feel like a heathen who has sadly neglected his M10 engine and it's surroundings.  The recent tête-à-tête over princess Lisas  blog made me want to hear more stories, about everyone's BMW. Recently Ben directed me to an article about his BMW 2000 touring, which had belonged to his dad. Ben's story is authentic, and heart wrenching as it brings back so many memories of childhood, and beloved father's, -perhaps more poignant for those of us who have been orphaned by times inexorable march.  

I feel grateful for this community of BMW lovers, and a sense of belonging. Esty, and yes her carpet makes my car look beautiful, and Princess Lisa have given me a deeper sense of perspective from my own usual testosterone poisoned view.  I have included a picture of the steering wheel which set me to thinking about this issue. I also included a picture of Princess Lisas steering wheel, and fully encourage the community to check out her, and other blogs, as they provide a greater sense of depth, and nuanced perspective on not only the car, but it's owner.  Yes, both are treasures to be appreciated. Mille Grazie Esty and Princess Lisa.  cheers, Peter

 

 

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Mille Grazie to you Peter! Thank you so much for your kind words and your enthusiasm. I'm very touched that my restoration has motivated you to continue your endeavors for your 02 and other classic cars. 

 

And thank you for following Tesoro's build. I find that the information I post is helpful for anyone trying to do the same. 

 

Here's to Tesoro and other 02s around the world!  :)

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Nice post. My car goes by Dieter. From what I understand a PO gave it that name. It would not have been my choice, but when I bought the car, the name came with it. For those that are interested in one of these steering wheels, 16 hours to go (not mine, but very, very nice):

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-1800-1600-Steeringwheel-Neue-Klasee-ALPINA-2002-Tii-Turbo-HARTGE-/181629838428?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a49fb645c&vxp=mtr

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Nice post. My car goes by Dieter. From what I understand a PO gave it that name. It would not have been my choice, but when I bought the car, the name came with it. For those that are interested in one of these steering wheels, 16 hours to go (not mine, but very, very nice):

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-1800-1600-Steeringwheel-Neue-Klasee-ALPINA-2002-Tii-Turbo-HARTGE-/181629838428?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a49fb645c&vxp=mtr

 

That steering wheel doesn't have the serif "BMW" ,,, doesn't look too original .. but could be a good buy for someone who wants that horn ring. :-)

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The original "SELFIE" is priceless!

That selfie reminds me on how there was a long thread on the E28 forum on the "owners of the car" and most people would post who they were and what not.. Do we have that here? 

 

I may or may not be George Costanza with the body of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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