Near miss - Revcounter 432

By: Guy Allen

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Close shave is probably the kindest way to describe the situation, though there is just a hint of regret that we (or I) didn’t end up bidding on the Bimmer

You see, as I may have mentioned before, one of the biggest dangers in working on this fine family organ is the constant temptation being waved under your nose. It may be an auction, a classified that’s just come in, or you’re shooting a car and the owner casually mentions it might be for sale.

Then you go through the mental gymnastics of speculating on what it would be like to have the thing in the shed. My spectacularly patient wife has got to recognise the signs over the years. Muggins will be sitting there with a magazine or an iPad, displaying a picture of some unfamiliar transport of delight, and have that suspiciously vacant look on the dial. The lights are on, but there really is no-one home as I’m too busy imagining cruising down the highway with the latest acquisition.

Of course it’s human nature that I’m not imagining the just as likely scenario of lying under the sodding thing, by the side of the road, wondering where all the horsepower or electrickery has escaped to. And what’s that funny smell? Why is it leaking something that looks suspiciously like dinosaur vomit? Nope, it’s the curse of the car nut to only imagine the good stuff instead of the likely harsh reality.

The object of the latest fantasies was a BMW 7-series, with a relatively rare manual four-speed and it was up for auction. It was a bit tatty – the paint was tired, the interior definitely needed some tidying up, and it had about 250,000km on it.

I’ve owned a couple of 6-series from the same era, with closely-related mechanicals, and they don’t scare me as an ownership proposition. While they can swallow money in alarming quantities, there are ways to minimise the damage. And they’re very engaging cars.

But here’s the thing: we already have five cars lurking at home, plus a sixth – the project VK wagon – taking up space in my daughter’s garage. So we need another little project like we need an additional hole in the head.

However I instantly regretted the noble self-discipline when I saw the Bimmer go for a mere $1000. Maybe next time...


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