Car of the Month Dec 2018



VIN# 2795011

History:  The BMW Targa was shown in prototype form at the Amsterdam Motor Show in early 1971 and became available that April.  There were examples for both LHD and RHD markets, although the numbers of RHD cars was small and production was halted early.  The final Targa models were completed in December 1975 after a production run lasting just over four years with 1963 LHD cars produced.

These cars had a more rigid structure than the full Convertibles thanks to a structural framework above the passenger compartment which was braced to the windshield header rail.  The conversion from standard 2002s was carried out by Baur, but numbers were restricted partly by the coachbuilders’ capacity, thus the Baur Targa was never officially imported to the US.  All Baur conversion work was done predominantly by hand and was therefore time-consuming.

Here is what BMW had to say in the 70’s, 2002 brochure.  “The body style blends the functional practicality of the BMW 2002 with the advantage of a well-designed convertible.  The plastic top can be removed with a few twists of the wrist and easily stored in the trunk.  The rear window is simply lowered behind the back seats.  The roll bar remains, in no way limiting the feeling of driving a convertible.  But its massive strength protects the passengers safely and reliably.  With this roll bar, BMW has added to the convertible concept an additional safety factor, which many open-car drivers of today would not want to be without.”

This example:  The Werk Shop did a complete, no two parts stayed together, high quality, show winning restoration on this vehicle for a Doctor in Dayton, Ohio.  The car can be considered factory new and was finished and delivered to him in 2004.  It is in perfect condition with only a few tweaks and a tune up needed for perfect performance.  It is a smooth, comfortable driver that we lightly modified with sport springs, shocks, exhaust and larger carburetor. The collector then added the strut stress bar which can easily be removed.  Health and retirement have forced the sale.

This award winning collectable is priced to sell at $125,000

Don Dethlefsen

The Werk Shop



1 thought on “Car of the Month Dec 2018”

  1. Not to nitpick, but the left rear bumper overrider appears to be a right overrider mounted upside down. IIRC, these are NLA so a used one may be the best fix.


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