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      Introducing FAQ Memberships   04/17/2017

      I would like to introduce everyone to the FAQ memberships. A fun way to fund the site and to contribute for those who are interested.    Everyone starts as a Solex Member.  This membership is free and not much visible is changing (I limited the personal message storage to 150).   Kugelfischer membership.  As a reward for your donation of $20.02 per year, you will not see any external advertisements, the site will look cleaner and run a bit faster. You will also get a couple of BMW 2002 FAQ Stickers.   Turbo Membership.  As a reward for your donation of $50.02, you will not see any external advertisements, the site will look cleaner and run a bit faster.  You will also get unlimited Personal Message storage, ability to create Private and Restricted Photo Albums. You will also get a couple of BMW 2002 FAQ Stickers and a Bottle Opener.   Alpina Membership.  As a reward for your donation of $100.02 per year, you will not see any external advertisements, the site will look cleaner and run a bit faster.  You will also get unlimited Personal Message storage, ability to create Private and Restricted Photo Albums, and an ability to upload Movies to the gallery. You will also get a couple of BMW 2002 FAQ Stickers, a Bottle Opener, and discounts on our accessories at the store.   There is also a fancy title that comes with each membership.  


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  • Gender Male
  • Location Oakland, CA
  • Interests Motorcycle track days, physical training, global travel, writing, reading, ethnic food, spending far too much money on cars & motorcycles...

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  1. Addition to My Collection

    VERY cool. Congratulations!! That is spectacularly beautiful, I love the colors, especially with the gold wheels...and the scream of that motor is just awesome! What are you planning on doing with it? Did it come with spares? Nice find and Happy New Year! COOP
  2. I safety-wired my pedal which worked great... COOP
  3. Vantage Motorsports on Fahey Street in Stamford, CT for the best I’ve encountered first-hand. http://www.vantagemotorsports.com/ I’m obviously assuming that you mean “most correct and nice resto work” over-and-out (as you say) as opposed to “I want filet mignon quality for hamburger pricing.” COOP
  4. Have you seen this?????

    Mad respect for Mr. Dixon...Serious talent and commitment. The execution and attention to detail really showcase his perfectionism. I also like how he says “alt-anator.” Must be a Michigan thing. Yvrclimber, it’s funny to describe this total reengineering of an automobile as an “upgrade!” COOP
  5. Santa Rosa Fires

    Dear Dave...Those pictures make my heart ache, my stomach turn and my skin crawl. I’m so sorry for your loss and I wish you strength and courage during these difficult times. I have friends and clients from the Coffey Park neighborhood of SR who also lost everything...except for the only thing that truly matters at the end of the day: Namely their lives. Take care of yourself, seek out the strength of your friends & family and here’s to the hope that some day you’ll have another ‘72 tii in a new garage. COOP
  6. Well aware of the “collectible” delineation, but Google research suggests that autos are not included and therefore subject to the lower (15%) rate...which still sucks. Yes, I got lucky in that (as the Bimmer article covered) I managed but didn’t pay for the major restoration of the car at Vantage in CT back in 1998. The price tag for that was $55K in ‘98 dollars. I’d be surprised if the seller of the BaT car has to worry about much, or any, CG given the extent and quality of the work performed under his stewardship. COOP
  7. Don’t remind me! I’m not going to screw around with those guys...I’m just going to grit my teeth and pay it, not worth messing around. At “least” the CG rate is “only” 15% but it’s still going to be a major hit. The only way to avoid paying CG (other than being paid with a brown bag filled with cash) is a “1031 Exchange” in which you have up to 2 years to purchase a vehicle of equal or greater value to the price of the car you just sold + enhancement expense. Same concept as rental properties... COOP
  8. This pretty much tells the whole dang story lol...If you keep clicking on a pic, you can zoom to the point that it's clear enough to read. Not trying to be flippant but I think that Bimmer told the story better than I can now after a long and disappointing work day! Happy to fill in any blanks that are not addressed in the article... BTW, apologies to everyone for hijacking the heck out of this thread...Originally just wanted to add my usual '02 cents to the whole "value discussion." COOP
  9. Something very sexy and racy...It’s called a “Patio 2000” and my Wife is heavily involved in the design concept... Once the mighty, COOP Seriously though, just gonna enjoy the M2 and the motorcycles for awhile!
  10. I sold my Baikal (originally Sahara)/Saddle ‘72 tii (sunroof car with 54K documented miles and reams of records going back to 1972) at Concours on the Avenue in Carmel this past August (an hour after it had won Best in Class) for a price that makes this result look positively tame. I had no plans of selling it and had never even mentioned to a single soul that I’d entertain a sale...but the price was an opportunity that I would have been stupid to pass on. Yes, I still miss her. I never saw this BaT car in person but it looked like a gorgeous car. My friend and OCD body-man, Roger Elle, who knew my tii intimately, saw this car at Legends and texted me “it’s a pretty straight car but not even in the same class as yours.” When I pressed him for further details, he said “the paint looks dead compared to your car, the interior isn’t nearly as nice, there’s no sunroof and it doesn’t have even close the provenance of your car.” That’s Roger, it sure looked sweet to me! Respectfully, I think that there are a few things that the “A-Fool-Is-Born-Every-Minute” contingent is missing. First, I think that some people are not grasping the enormous scale of wealth that we’re talking about with buyers who pay the top dollar prices. For the most part, they are not you and I, dear fellow FAQers. They are people to whom another $100K or so means NOTHING if they really want something badly enough. The European gentleman who bought my car recently spent a million dollars on the restoration of a 1953 Italian exotic, including nearly $100K to recreate a missing transmission (case, gears, synchros, everything). His attitude was that he might never encounter a tii as nice as mine and he wasn’t getting on a plane home without having secured it. By the way, he was/is no fool. He is a self-made success story worth hundreds of millions who builds global companies, not to mention an MBA who speaks 5 languages. He was 100% aware of the past precedents and “market value” (whatever that means) for tiis...and couldn’t care less, as long as my car was relocated ASAP from my garage in Oakland to his in Belgium. Another crucial consideration here is simple demographics. In general, the people paying the really big prices for these cars (and other cars of the late 60’s/early 70’s) were in college or grad school and broke when they were new. They lusted after these cars in their youth but couldn’t afford to buy them, not even close. Now, 40-50 years later, they’re hugely wealthy and can purchase whatever they want, in this case not only a car but an object that brings them instantly back to a nostalgic, romantic, magical reference point in their lives. That feeling is really what they’re paying for: They can’t be 20 again, but a showroom-time-warp tii can make them feel 20...and how do you put a price on that?! By the way, an interesting point about the factory, 2002 Turbo. Yes, they’re rare and cool...but some people don’t covet them nearly as much as they do a nice tii. First, they’re nowhere near as sweet of a pure, “driver’s car” and few people disagree about that. Second, their style is quite polarizing, with some finding them “period-awesome” while others view their riveted flares and loud graphics to be too flashy. COOP PS: A couple shots of my car below, the day that it sold. Sigh...
  11. Because at any given moment, what something rare and beautiful (market supply) is “worth” (market value) is determined precisely by how much one financially qualified buyer loves it and wants to possess it (market demand).
  12. 1976 911S 2.7L in original color, bought new by my Dad from Annis Morrill Porsche Audi on Rt 9 in Natick MA...and yes, I'm not feeling the Ansa exhaust system either... COOP
  13. Where do I put collant?

    I personally like to put them on with a pleated miniskirt, or sometimes just by themselves for a strong, first impression on job interviews... COOP