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NE1 ever heard of Auto Europa? W. Hollywood BMW...

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I got this license plate frame from there. After thirty years, dealers change hands, go out of business, relocate, drop/add lines.

It's couple thousand miles away, or I'd just drop by.



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but I can't tell you exactly what is at that address offhand. It ain't a BMW dealer, but I'll pass by in a little bit and report back.

Zipper is now Beverly Hills BMW on Wilshire.


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...then you're talking about a major player in the southern California sportcar scene in the 50s, 60s and 70s, with Porsches driven by guys like Ken Miles at Pomona and Riverside.

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URL: http://www.heritageclassics.com/

I guess that's why they changed it to Beverly Hills.

Same thing happened with Vasek-Polak, which is now South Bay BMW.

As for your address, I thought this was the case, but I wanted to make sure: That address is now a dealership called Heritage Classics. Check out http://www.heritageclassics.com/

I don't know where they get the cars or how good the restorations are, but you really have to walk through their show room to believe it. DB5s, E-types, 250GTs, every fantasy car from the 50s and 60s (and some more recent) you can imagine. Since I can't afford them, I like to believe they are all perfect.


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early '70s, and it wasn't Zipper, who was a few blocks to the west on Wilshire. Many of the BMW dealers back then were tiny. I have the 1974 BMW Service book that came with my '74, and it's a fun read of the California dealers. I'll post the list in another post.

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Alhambra: Helane Motors Inc.

Bakersfield: Fred Clad Imports

Berkeley: Weatherford Motors Inc.

Beverly Hills: Zipper BMW Inc.

Concord: Import Motors

Costa Mesa: Roy Carver Inc.

Fresno: Weber Motors Fresno

Glendale: Tom Ray BMW (where my '02 is from)

Hermosa Beach: Vasek Polak BMW

Huntington Park: Four J

La Habra: Bob Mclaren's BMW

Long Beach: C. Bob Autrey Motors

Los Angeles: Hyde Park Motors (the original Alpina guys?)

Los Angeles: Hoffman Motors Corp.

Merced: Rudi's German Car Service (Service)

Mill Valley: Millvalley Imports (SIC)

Modesto: Rupell's Imported Car Service Inc.

Monterey: Fred Snook's BMW of Monterey

Oceanside: Continental Motors

Palo Alto: H&E German Car Sales & Service

Pasadena: Trans Ocean Motor Co. Inc.

Reseda: Reseda Imports (I forgot all about these guys)

Riverside: Bavarian Imports Inc.

Sacramento: Ed Jaksich BMW Inc.

San Diego: BMW of San Diego

San Francisco: German Motors Corporation (Sales/Service)

San Francisco South: Peter Pan Motors

San Jose: San Jose BMW Sales & Service (only one with both car and motorcycle credentials)

San Leandro: Weber Motors Inc.

San Luis Obispo: Jayro Enterprises

San Rafael: BMW Autozentrum

Santa Ana: Crevier Motors

Santa Barbara: Overseas Motors Limited

Santa Clara: B&B Foreign Car Center

Santa Cruz: Bavarian Imports

Santa Monica: Ocean View Motors

Santa Rosa: Automahl Inc.

South Lake Tahoe: Pardee Volkswagon

Torrance: Marty's Foreign Motors

Van Nuys: BMW Auto Center

BMW didn't get top-billing from many dealers.

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Looks as if Auto Europa was gone by 1974. Maybe Otto Zipper bought the franchise and moved to Beverly Hills?

Anaheim - Schneider Motors

Bakersfield - Barnett Car CO.

Belmont - Bel-Camino Motors (ha-ha!)

Berkeley - Leif Lindzen Motors

Culver City - Culver Car Co.

Downey - Tom Hubert Imports

El Cajon - TNT Toyota & Triumph (!)

Fairfield - Riviera Motors

Glendale - Jonny Lall, Imported Cars

Grass Valley - Nevada County Imports

LaFayette - Marvin Benn, Inc.

LaHabra - German Motors

Livermore - Import Car Sales

Long Beach - Bob Autry Motors, Inc.

-Glas Automobile Corp.

Los Angeles - Hoffman Motors Corp.

-Hyde Park Motors

Los Gatos - Ken Keegan Imported Cars

Manhattan Beach - Vasek-Polak

Mill Valley - Swedish Motors, Inc. (?)

Modesto - Ruppel's Imported Car Service

Monterey - Fred Snook's BMW of Monterey

Newport Beach - Bayside Motors

Oceanside - Continental Motors

Palo Alto - H & E German Car Sales and Service

Pasadena - German Car Sales and Service

Pomona - Inland Motors

Riverside - Adams Service, Inc.

Sacramento - Hans Auto Service

San Diego - Trenfel Rambler (?)

San Francisco - German Motors Corporation (Services)

-German Motors Corporation

South San Francisco - Peter Pan Motors

San Leandro - Harry Weber Motors

San Luis Obispo - Jayro Enterprises, Inc.

San Rafael - BMW Autozentrum

Santa Ana - Sport Car Center of California, Inc.

Santa Clara - B & B Foreign Car Center

Santa Monica - Ocean View Motors

Santa Rosa - German Motors Sales and Service

Santa Susana - Hart, Inc.

Van Nuys - Rinner-Klodt BMW Corp.

Visala - Foreign Car Center

West Hollywood - Auto Europa Car Service & Sales, Inc.

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(Ken M) is known as the man who killed Herman (Rinner), as they were arguing over a brake-job and Herman had a stroke and died on the spot (he was in his late '60s I think). Actually Herman had sold the dealership in the early '70s and opened an independent repair shop in Sherman Oaks where one of my friends apprenticed under Herman. He was a portly white-haired/mustached German who always had to lecture you on what a great mechanic he was. I never saw him turn a wrench. He must have knows something, as my friend, Dave Swanson, later opened his own shop and he knew his stuff. Weird thing is one New Years Day in the early '90s he too had a stroke and died. Dave was only 38. BMW mechanics be warned. My brother drove his first 2002 in October 1968 at Culver Motors.

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