For $10,500, This Bavaria Takes A Stance

You can drop the bass, you can drop your pants, and as today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW proves, you can also drop your Bavaria. This Internet famous blue bomb is seriously stanced, but does its price also need to be… well, you know.


With its massive 94% Crack Pipe loss, yesterday's 1978 Firebird Kammback illustrates that old saying about how the operation was a success, but the patient died. That beast was damn unique, but then again so is having a second head. Today we're going to have a bit of a palette cleanser, in the form of a 1972 BMW Bavaria that must be an environmentalist because it's trying to get in touch with the Earth.

You might remember the Bavaria from such decades as the Seventies, and as BMW's precursor to the 7-series in their eternal war with Mercedes and their S-class. Sold only in the U.S. under the name, the Bavaria was basically a 2500 sedan with the Neue Klasse 2.8-litre six dropped in. That Baron Alexander von Falkenhausen-designed SOHC hemi-head mill pumped out 192-bhp from the factory, and could be paired with either a 4-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic for people who hate fun.

In this 1972 edition, the stick rules. The car does too, having been fitted with custom Airlift struts and an AccuAir leveling system, it'll be able to win the office limbo contest at the holiday party even beating that woman from accounting who doesn't wear any underwear.

The air suspension obviously allows for a variety of ride heights from street traversing but low, to crazy camber no ant shall pass Earth scraper. Since a stanced ride is all about the relationship between car and wheel, you would expect the choice of tire mount to be well considered and that's just the case here with a nice set of 17-inch Impul Silhouettes.

Those shiny wheels work well with the night blue metallic paint and restrained brightwork. Out back you might lament the trunk space given up to the air suspension system, but of course the world is all about compromise. There's apparently no compromise however with the car mechanically, as the ad notes it runs great, having had a recent tune up and gaining a small number of parts (brake master, windshield) recently replaced.


The ad notes that the car has about 123K on the clock and that its builder and current owner - Shea - has put about 8,000 on it in the past year taking it to shows and apparently not to the store to restock his fridge. Do you want to meet Shea? Well, of course you do. Okay, so like most of us, Shea has put not just blood sweat and tears into his car but a lot of cash as well. And just like a lot of us, once he was done building and enjoying the fruits of his labor, he wants to sell it. And in Shea's case that means asking $10,500 for those very same fruits.

Now that we've met Shea and had an Instagrammed look at his slammed Bavaria, what do you say about his pricing acumen? Do you think that this BMW is worth dropping that much over? Or, is this a Bavaria with a Ba-very bad price?


You decide!


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It's on air. Calm down. And it's an incredibly good looking car, with few of the compromises typical of static stanced vehicles. It's also a Bavaria in great condition, and if you sold the wheels and air system, it would be almost a free car.