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 |  Jul 20 2011, 11:30 AM

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Mike Burroughs is one of those BMW fanatics, but not in the sense that you might think. Rather than rocking E46 or E92 M3s, Mike’s all about the classic BMWs, having built the infamous E28 5-Series, dubbed “Rusty Slammington“, that unfortunately became a casualty when Burroughs’ garage burnt down. For some people, that would be heartbreaking enough to get themselves a dull daily driver, but Burroughs decided to go way back to his roots, finding this 1971 BMW 2800CS and making it his.

Thanks to a friend that spotted it on Craigslist, Burroughs headed down to Atlanta with cash in hand to purchase the 40 year old car. On his way to pick it up, the owner of the BMW classic warned him that it hadn’t been driven since 2004 and that it would take some serious work to get her back on the road. But to everyone’s surprise, the car fired right up and Burroughs had zero issues driving her back four hours to his home.

To add his own touch to the classic, Burroughs opted for a set of 18-inch BBS RS wheels that have been fully chromed out. He also purchased a CSL airdam to finish off the aesthetics. The result is a breathtaking BMW that is beyond classy.

GALLERY: Mike Burroughs’ 1971 BMW 2800CS

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[Source: Stance Works]

 |  Jul 14 2011, 4:55 PM

Everyone has seen old hippy van painted to the nines or cars with wacky paint jobs driving down the street but you’ve probably never seen cars like this.

This type of art became popular enough in the last few decades for art car shows to materialize. BMW has been involved in art cars since the mid-1970s getting Andy Warhol and Sandro Chia to paint a piece for the gallery. The first BMW art car was a 3.0-liter CSL painted by Alexander Calder in 1975. BMW canvases have included the M1, Z1, E34 and E36.

All 17 BMW art cars  can be viewed here!

Check out the video after the jump!

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 |  May 18 2011, 9:00 PM

BMW hasn’t ruled out the option of producing the 1M CSL, according to a UK BMW product manager. The unexpected success of the 1M and low production numbers have driven up the demand for the fast, light BMW.

The UK was only allotted 450 1M cars. 300 of them were already sold prior to its official launch. This is enticing BMW to look at another avenue of production: The CSL.

The current 1M Coupe makes 340-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine and gets an extra 37 lb-ft thanks to an overboost function. Paired with a 6-speed manual it can hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Plus, it weighs 77 lbs less than the factory 135i. A CSL (or perhaps GST) version would likely go further down the road to reduced weight savings.

[Source: BMW Blog]