Simple question, what was it? Mine is a 1976 BMW 2002. Bought it dirt cheap in 2005 with some minor rust and cosmetic issues with the intention of painting it in my garage and driving the crap out of it. Started life green but ended up Little Mermaid blue rustoleum that I thinned out painted it the garage. Added some other odds and ends and I was still under $3000 for the whole thing.
Here is the transformation over about a year:
Cheap? Hmmm. Let me quantify that
- My first car I bought, a 1969 BMW 1600 in 1971
- Bought it for $1,600 [is this less than your outlay? NOT, in terms of real dollars]
- CHEAP!!! NOT, only German speaking persons could work on it at the time and cost me about $400 every time it drove by the MB dealership. As a starving scholarship student working Fry cook at night it was big bucks.
But I would have it again in a heart beat as it was very very fun when properly running.
as for dirt cheap: We on the USS Kitty Hawk, Jr. Officers, would swap back and forth each 6 month cruise, a deathtrap PINTO for $100 and a round of drinks which none whom controlled it, had any qualm of bashing its sheet metal....
damn thing would never die...that was a fun car.