Z Michael Käs recently transformed two BMW 1 Series with fiberglass body parts into cars that look similar to the BMW 02. A specially made carrier for the front mask, round headlights and the original turn signals provide the typical face of the brand icon. The sports sedan from the sixties is the model for the conversion based on the previous generation of the 1 series.
The car remains a BMW 1 Series even after the conversion. Maintenance can still be carried out by any BMW company. Mileage, consumption and insurance ratings are also retained. But not the weight: While the prototypes with GRP body were as heavy as the original, the production version with carbon will probably be lighter.
A conversion, not a simple copy
“We wanted not a simple copy of a historical model, ”says Michael Käs, Managing Director of Everytimer. The renovation should combine 'security, reliability and comfort at today's level' with a look that is reminiscent of the past. The 1 Series Convertible, built from 2008 to 2013, has ABS, ESP, six airbags, air conditioning and an electro-hydraulic roof. Technology that an 02 convertible doesn't have. The Stuttgart company Baur designed and built the original. No 2,000 pieces were made between 1968 and 1971, so the 1600-2 and 2002 convertibles are correspondingly rare today. For cars in good condition, Classic Analytics prices between 36,000 and 50,000 euros - depending on whether it's a 1600 or 2002. The prices for a 1 Series convertible that has run less than 100,000 kilometers are between 8,000 and 25,000 euros - depending on the engine and equipment. At Everytimer, the customer can determine which one should be.
Price: from 100,000 euros
Käs' company got rid of the 1 series for the conversionvisible sheet metal parts. Specially made brackets carry the front and rear panels. The seats come out and to the saddler. It covers the standard seats depending on the customer's wishes - for example with a Pepita fabric in the style of the sixties. Instead of the ETA logo, the saddler can also attach a monogram. The dials have a new background with a lighter scale, the steering wheel has an ETA logo instead of the BMW propeller and a serial number. The company can convert up to 30 cars per year. Two units have already been sold and deliveries will start in the summer.
An Everytimer 02 costs almost 100,000 euros if the base is a 118i. All other engines with which the 1 Series Convertible was delivered between 2008 and 2013 are also possible: The engine program at that time ranged from the 118 with 143 hp to the 135i, which comes with a performance kit to 326 hp.