Jalopnik road trips a 1970 BMW 2500 across the country


Jalopnik boss man Patrick George and skid-car lover Raphael Orlove recently spent a few days behind the wheel of a lovely vintage BMW. The car is a 1970 2500 and it was formerly owned by Road & Track word fornicator Sam Smith. He sold the car to a friend of Patrick and Raphs so it needed to shuffle off from the Pacific Northwest over to New York. Patrick and Raphael volunteered to handle the drive.
It’s always appears a bit daunting at first. The idea of a lengthy road trip in a machine with a handful of years piled on its back. While the mechanical bits are more simple than any modern thing, they’re also prone to breaking anywhere at any time. Having a car mechanically sorted is a nice feeling, but that doesn’t mean you’re not constantly worrying about every odd squeak or felt vibration.
Or dripping combustible fluid on hot headers, as was the case in my own old-school-cool road trip from a few years back.

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Head over to Jalopnik to read the full saga. It’s… fairly adventure free actually, and that’s a great thing in a trip like this with a car like that.
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One Comment

  1. I sold my ’81 Corvette project to an active duty Army guy that was stationed at Fort Hood in central Texas probably 3 hours from my home. He had a buddy drive down with him to pick it up, and I implored him to go rent a trailer given that I had not really even bothered to shake down any of the systems (engine, brakes, front suspension – aligned by eyeball, engine wiring harness, radiator, steering, to name a few) I had replaced or rebuilt with a proper test beyond driving around the block. He was undaunted and apparently completely tapped out for cash after the transaction. It evidently made it all the way there without issue.

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