Here is my current love: Von Trapp

Of course this car needs a German name with a particularly good sound to it: Von Trapp also expresses the money-trap like qualities this Beamer was undoubtedly going to have, judging by the big plans I had for this ugly duckling...

Of course this car needs a German name with a particularly good sound to it: Von Trapp also expresses the money-trap like qualities this Beamer was undoubtedly going to have, judging by the big plans I had for this ugly duckling...

I managed to snag this noble-looking 70s BMW e9 locally, which was a great find as these cars are getting pretty rare. Although there are a number around, many are being hoarded in garages endlessly waiting for restoration - they come up for sale very infrequently. The ones that are decent go for a lot of money and are probably not the sort of car that would get the FBD treatment!

This is a 2800CSA, built in 1970 and it was still in the original Baikal blue metallic paint. The engine and automatic transmission were missing, the bodywork on first inspection was reasonable, except for the front floors and right-hand wing. And the boot lid was a mess. But it was all fixable.

The interior? Well, let’s say it had seen better days!

The journey

How is it going? Von Trapp is on the road!

I am currently enjoying driving Von Trapp. In the early days it is important to take the time to get the car bedded in, fix the last niggly rattles and fine-tune its ride.

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The engine

Clean sheet! Von Trapp came in the lightweight version. Not the CSL but the  no engine and tranny  version.

Clean sheet! Von Trapp came in the lightweight version. Not the CSL but the no engine and tranny version.

Bodywork

Karmann didn't believe in rust prevension ...... clearly!

Karmann didn't believe in rust prevension ...... clearly!

Interior

This might be a challenge.

This might be a challenge.

Reconstruction

Now we’re getting somewhere…

Now we’re getting somewhere…

The reveal...

Now I've finished her, you can see Von Trapp in her gorgeous full glory.

Now I've finished her, you can see Von Trapp in her gorgeous full glory.