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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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As many great columnists (not that I’m claiming to be one of them) have said over the years: it’s one of those opinionated days. Looking through the many, many car pics on file which haven’t yet been used, I’ve decided that this one is  — well, one of the cars I wouldn’t mind actually owning. It’s a 1972 BMW 2002 which I saw last summer at the Hemming’s Sports & Exotic Car show in Saratoga Springs. This is the car which BMW, after they’d gotten their feet wet with enthusiasts, jumped head-on into the water with. If only there was still a similar offering — a simple two-door sedan with a superb chassis and powertrain. No geegaws. No bells and whistles. Just an honest enthusiast’s car. A Driving Machine, if you will. Note the license plate frame: it’s from Hoffman Motors in Manhattan. Max Hoffman was the forward-thinking automobile dealer/importer who, in addition to BMW, brought  VW, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Fiat to North America back in the early 1950s. Read the New York Times story about him here. Click here for a Salon article on Hoffman’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed showroom, which was completed in 1955 and demolished a couple of months ago. Sigh.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know