I had a good response to my NSU parts-surplus dilemma – hopefully someone will be collecting a load in a week or two, so I’ve had a therapeutic few days sifting through all the bits. Meanwhile, I had lunch last Friday with car-design lecturer, stylist and BMW E9 coupé enthusiast Nick Hull, who keeps track of the surviving cars. He came over to The Engine Shed in his rather beautiful late-model 3.0 CSi with blue leather (above). We talked about the possibility of collaborating on an updated version of the BMW Coupés book I did 20 years ago, which is still one of surprisingly few tomes dedicated to these cars. A lot of new material has come to light on the E9s and Nick showed me how different the 2000 CS and 2800/3.0 panels were, even around the rear arches (not just the front wings and so on). He also gave me a name of the man who styled the coupés. I think that any new book would mean a rewrite rather than just an update – I wrote the original text when I was 19! Looking at my rusty 2800 CS, Nick told me that he knows of only nine others on the register.
After dropping off my Fiat 130 with Mark Devaney at Dino 2400 (he’s fitting a ZF four-speed auto – more details soon), I dropped in on the RM Auctions sale in Battersea Park to look at what was on offer. I would happily have driven home in the beautiful Facel II (above, unsold at £170,000!), and auction pundit Dave Selby gave me an insight into the true nature of the proceedings. Interesting…Since then, I’ve been reorganising my parts store and had a minor setback when shelves holding my Fiat 130 parts collapsed under their weight. Imagine the irony of Buckley being killed by a falling Fiat cylinder head.