Your Weekly Mortality Reminder: Classic BMW Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

I realize this video is hardly brand new, but it’s one of the more jarringly tragic car videos I’ve seen since Cash for Clunkers ended. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust… classic 2002 to its of scrap. Every time I see a video like this, I remember why photos of non-restored classics on the street or in the junkyard are so cool: these cars won’t be around forever.

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  • OliverTwist OliverTwist on Feb 19, 2011

    Unfortunately, there have been many instances where the owners tried to sell the vintage classics for long time but received no bids or interests. A hapless guy wanted to unload his 1970 Cadillac Eldorado for long time. With no buyers queuing up for that land yacht, he took the Cadillac to the junkyard to qualify for the $500 voucher toward the purchase of newer vehicles. When the stingy buyers got wind of it, they magically appeared with lot of cash to rescue the Eldorado from the gnawing teeth. So the moral of the stoy: if you truly care about the vintage classics, snap them up as soon as they get listed in the classified ads.

  • Subifreak Subifreak on Feb 20, 2011

    I am having trouble with what the problem is with this video?? One of the ugliest B'mer's I can recall in decades hands down...I'd put the pieces back in the shredder to make em even smaller personally...

  • Tallnikita Tallnikita on Feb 20, 2011

    i'd pay $12-14K for brand new basic 2002. that would be so hot.

  • JustPassinThru JustPassinThru on Feb 20, 2011

    The 2002 is a classic; but that example looked a bit worse for wear. Sure, it would be great if every valued model could be carefully disassembled for parts; but the costs, the warehousing and labor, are often prohibitive. And how many 2002s are even left? The odds of anyone owning that one, finding a buyer for a door or trunk lid, is pretty low. That's the paradox of cars-as-art. If you use them, they wear and eventually are fully depreciated...worn out. If you don't use them, the money spent on them is wasted. So a car as a love-object is bound to disappoint.