It’s not that often that labors of love actually turn out to be incredible financial investments. Typically, if a car enthusiast has a second car or project car that they’re restoring and building, it’s done more for of the love of doing it and for the love of the car than for actual financial gain. However, this BMW enthusiast’s labor of love actually became an incredible investment.
Meet Bob Klemme, a Costa Mesa, California Native who bought a 1971 BMW 2800 CS for $5,000 just six years ago. When Klemme bought the 2800 CS, it had quite a bit of rust and needed a lot of restoration work. But he did as much of it himself as he could, helping to save the cost of paying a shop to do it. “I did everything to make it original,” says Klemme. “I took it all the way down to the nuts and bolts.” The body required sandblasting and a lot of rust removal and the interior need a lot of work.
However, the hardest part of the restoration was finding all of the peculiar original parts. Little things like the embossed emblem for the rear and the letter “C” for the rear badge. Things like that require many hours of scouring eBay and other shady parts of the interwebs. In total, Klemme put six years and hundreds of hours into his ’71 2800 CS, but it was all worth it for him, as the car has a special place in his life. “My dad had one,” He followed by saying “it is one of the most beautiful coupes ever made”.
An added bonus is that Klemme also has quite the collector’s item on his hands as well, a collector’s item that could fetch a lot more money that what he put into it, if he ever decides to sell it. Klemme had the car’s value estimated and it’s said to be worth up to $100,000. That’s one helluva an upgrade from the original $5,000 he spent on it.
Although, it’s not likely that he sells it any time soon, as he’s the kind of classic car owner that actually appreciates driving the cars. “I try to take it out at least once a month,” he says. “Everybody loves new cars. I love old cars.” Good on you Bob Klemme, cars like this deserve to be driven and not stuck in some collector’s garage.