Katy Perry, The New York Times, and La Jolla Independent BMW

I usually try to keep the blog informative and a worth-while read, but we have had a few exciting things happen over the past couple of weeks that I’d like to share.

The New York Times ran an article featuring what is the first 3.0csi to be ‘restored’ by their Classic Center in Munich. They contacted me to go over the press release and get more information about the restoration of these incredible cars. Unfortunately the restored 3.0csi was fitted with an automatic transmission, which is probably the worst thing you can do to any ‘coupe’.  I’m a little skeptical about this ‘restoration’ as there are still countless numbers of parts that BMW refuses to re-produce for the 3.0cs.  BMW did a similar restoration back in the early part of the decade on a BMW 2002tii and touted the car as ‘new’ as all parts used were right out of the box.  This was a blatant lie.  I saw that car in person in Monterey in 2006 and Carl and myself made a list of over 20 parts and handed it to the BMW reps and told them to send us 50 of each.  We’re still waiting.  In any case, an interesting article:

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/03/bmw-celebrates-new-classic-center-with-first-restoration/

Katy Perry’s representatives visited our shop a few weeks ago to borrow the BMW 1600 convertible for her new video for the song ‘Teenage Dream’ which is currently atop the charts at Billboard Magazine.  The video was released this week, and fortunately, the convertible is seen and used throughout most of the video.  It is the only 1600 convertible to ever be built and imported for the US Market, and it looks great in the video.  Hopefully this will spawn a whole new group of 2002 fans of a younger generation.  The video can be seen on MTV.com, here’s the link:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/katy-perry/549638/teenage-dream.jhtml

Take care and Enjoy!

Chris Keefer

La Jolla Independent BMW

2 Responses to “Katy Perry, The New York Times, and La Jolla Independent BMW”


  1. 1 glenn in encinitas August 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Just checked out the video- I’m sure Carl’s kids aren’t allowed to watch it yet! I heard of her, but never watched any of her videos. Will need to watch from now on!

  2. 2 Alex T October 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

    When I saw Katy Perry’s video, I fell in love with the 1600 instantly! Thank god the license plate on the video makes the car easy to identify!

    Literally 24 hours later I found a 1969 BMW 1600 cabriolet (replica) for sale in Palo Alto. It had the top chopped off and looked great! I was lucky enough to see it before anyone else and bought it right away.

    Now I need to take it to San Diego for some restoration advice!
    Such a cool car. I wish I had yours though!

    Alex from San Francisco


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