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    lengnert
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    I like BMW’s now.  I used to love them.  My oldest brother bought a ’72 2002 in the early 80’s and I had a real love for that car.

    It was small, light, not highly powered but nimble, quick and just about as much fun as you can have in a car like that.

    AND IT LOOKED LIKE AND ONLY LIKE A BMW…. to me, at least.  Now, the uniqueness of even European vehicles are fading against each other.  There are some good looking BMW’s these days (the 6 Series comes to mind), but there is a blandness that has crept into the BMW line (if not necessarily an outright ugliness like during the Bangle years).

    So, I have a question and a challenge.

    The question: Like some of the American manufacturers that have used retro design themes to, mostly, success; would it behoove a European car maker like BMW to adopt a similar scheme with a true entry level, (fairly) inexpensive (starting low to mid 20’s..?), light, nimble sedan/coupe and style it (instead of in their less than impressive, to me, current design theme) with an unmistakable bent towards the 2002?

    And the challenge:  Who can take a pic (that I am supplying here, or a better one that yo can find) of a vintage 2002 and chop it into an updated and modernized “Retro-2002”?

     

    Here is the pic that one may start with:

    P.S.  OK, so apparently I cannot get a picture to post!  If anyone is up to the challenge, please feel free to use a pic of their own choosing.
    • This topic was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  lengnert.

    #11582

    MustangGuy
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    Here you go guy but I have to leave the chop to the experts here. :p

    #11588

    lengnert
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    Ahh, that is a great pic, ‘StangDude!! Thanks.

    I would love to see what could be done with that.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  lengnert.
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    lengnert
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    But…..  MustangGuy, you may still put your two cents into the original question.

    Do you think BMW could be successful with a new retro 2002 with the parameters above?

    I tend to think they could (hence the reason for me posting this thread).  Heck, I know they have the 1 Series, however it isn’t a truly entry level car (I realize it is an entry level BMW, but it is still a $30K entry!).

    Hell, the 2002’s actual dimensions are closer to a Ford Fiesta.  For $5-6K more than a Fiesta, BMW could make a retro 2002 and really ramp up interest in the brand, in my opinion.

    #13733

    GoBucksBeatBlue
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    Soooooooo it’s been a while since I’ve been around here (been busy with life).

    But here’s my chop…

     

    Let me know what you guys think!

    #13747

    kamikazeKID
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    :hellyeah:

    #13760

    lengnert
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    I will not tell a lie…. I like where you went with that GBBB!

    There is definitely a nice retro feel there in the flanks.

    I like how the more modern front end fits.  I do wonder if there could be a little ‘playing around’ on the front end with a morph of the old with the new…?

    #13774

    GoBucksBeatBlue
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    I was going to try to do more of a BMW M3 E30 style grill on there, but ended up going with a brand spankin’ new 2016 3 series front end.

    #13775

    lengnert
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    I was going to try to do more of a BMW M3 E30 style grill on there, but ended up going with a brand spankin’ new 2016 3 series front end.

    No doubt that I like how the new front clip “fit’.  In fact, I was surprised at how much I did like it. Well done.   🙂

    I was just curious what a fusion of the old and new on the front might look like…?

     

    #13776

    GoBucksBeatBlue
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    No doubt that I like how the new front clip “fit’. In fact, I was surprised at how much I did like it. Well done. :) I was just curious what a fusion of the old and new on the front might look like…?

    Oh trust me, it wasn’t easy getting that to fit on there. Had to tweak it a ton, basically the whole front part of the hood that “curves” down to meet the headlights/grill is fake, had to manually paint it in pretty much.

    And I wish I could’ve made the chrome trim going down the whole side of the car curve down in the front to meet up with the “point” of the headlight, but I just couldn’t get it looking quite right unfortunately  :unsure:

    #13785

    MustangGuy
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    Mad skills

    #13806

    lengnert
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    I can only imagine how much effort it took to make that front end look so clean…

    And thank you for the time it took.

     

    #13807

    lengnert
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    A quick opinion….  does anyone else (like me) like the way the 2002’s front end/grill area slopes from the belt line back slightly towards the front wheels?   Besides the twin kidney grill on Bimmers, that was a very distinctive styling treatment that always caught my eye well.

    #14341

    GoBucksBeatBlue
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    Yes! That’s one of the main reasons I really like the front end of the newer model Dodge Rams.

    #14393

    GRIMEYtheFATMAN
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    Yeah, the forward-canted look – it was one of the things that really set off the Charger vs the rest of the family sedans when it debuted in ’05…

    "Regardless of the question, the correct answer is usually 'a V8'..." - GRIMEYtheFATMAN

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