Last time Motormessenger updated you on #ProjectBismarck, the battered old 523i was preparing to take up winter duties in lieu of the M3.
Despite being a heavy, rear-wheel drive automatic saloon, the old bus has been an excellent winter steed over gripless icy inner-city streets. It’s coped well with freezing winter mornings, ferried myself and friends across Scotland with ease and run faultlessly throughout. Sadly, by the time you read this, the land yacht will be onto its next owner.
With a change in holiday plans afoot for Summer 2017, the BMW became surplus to requirements. It was with reluctance that we put it up for sale earlier this month, but to our surprise, someone else wanted it as badly as we originally did – with it selling only three hours after it went up for sale.
So what are the abiding memories that can you take away from running a 19 year-old, rusty and battered saloon car as your daily?
For a start, it’s immensely satisfying to know that you’ve nothing to fear from other drivers. Someone hit your door? No problem, the paint is already marked. Got to stand on the brakes hard? It’s alright, the brake pads are only worth a tenth of the value of the car.
In today’s world, where even a mid-range Golf is touching £28,000, it’s refreshing to find that you can have perfectly serviceable transport for only a few hundred pounds. That’s if you don’t mind a few dents and the general appearance of a car that has spent its previous life in a pinball machine.
However, it’s not all bad news – Motormessenger will still be taking part in a roadtrip this summer down to the 2017 British Grand Prix.
Whether or not that will be in a new vehicle, though, remains to be seen.