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Old September 21st, 2016, 12:15 AM
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This is very interesting. It could have been part of BMW's M52 project because the only known 2.8i prototype is also a 1995 NAS 90 in Coniston green. Perhaps they took this one to study for R&D.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 01:30 AM
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interesting that it didn't come with a belt rail for a soft top. Does it have the full cage or does it end just behind the driver/passenger?
well observed! It did have that but when putting things together, the restorer, a well known LR guy but unfamiliar with these rails didn't put them back on. It has a pretty useless studded softtop and I wanted to put on different studs like the ones used on boats but haven't come around to it.
it has the full roll cage.
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This is very interesting. It could have been part of BMW's M52 project because the only known 2.8i prototype is also a 1995 NAS 90 in Coniston green. Perhaps they took this one to study for R&D.
Thanks Andrew, I didn't know about a project M52. All I know is what they told me. Our car was used for homologation purposes for the German market but marketing of it would have been prohibitively expensive. so it was shelved. The car was put away never to be sold and getting it registered here took a long time and could only be done by LR themselves, not a private person.
As I mentioned when we finally got it it had 500kms on the clock.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 01:57 AM
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Did you replace the frame? Paint it apart?

Nuts to sell it.
it was taken down to the bare chassis which was blasted, repainted and sealed in and out
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Old September 21st, 2016, 05:33 AM
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What a fun thread to read... thanks for sharing this story, Paul!

How's this for utter speculation: a "big thinker" (Mr. Reitzle) takes what appears to be the second-to-last manual transmissioned, 3.9L NAS off the line and tries to continue its lifespan in a new market, knowing it's dead in America. Forget the company bean counters and government bureaucrats! That it doesn't work out because of cost is irrelevant. I wish there were irrational and emotional dreamers like him left at the top... then we might have a modern Microbus, Stratos, Bronco, Coupe Quattro... (and fewer Calibers! Again, speculating.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 07:30 AM
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This truck is so cool! GLWS!!! I hope this doesn't turn into some Nantucket truck or beach runner.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 07:50 AM
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What a fun thread to read... thanks for sharing this story, Paul!

How's this for utter speculation: a "big thinker" (Mr. Reitzle) takes what appears to be the second-to-last manual transmissioned, 3.9L NAS off the line and tries to continue its lifespan in a new market, knowing it's dead in America. Forget the company bean counters and government bureaucrats! That it doesn't work out because of cost is irrelevant. I wish there were irrational and emotional dreamers like him left at the top... then we might have a modern Microbus, Stratos, Bronco, Coupe Quattro... (and fewer Calibers! Again, speculating.

Well he did do another couple of not exactly coporate ones like the Z8. pretty much cult now.
Here are some fuzzy pics from 1997 when we had just gotten it. You can see it had a rear bumper, unlike the NAS pointed ones this one was straight. It rusted badly very soon and we deleted it.
Also the Borbet rims had plastic LR centre hubs which kept falling off. I still use them for mixing paint in. For my wife this was real luxury upgrade from her roadracing MGB which she drove on a daily basis. She found it quite relaxing to drive the NAS!!!
In case you wonder the car in the foreground in my 1961 S2 Continental Silver Spur which I had bought after a good year. Afew more early ones in the next post.
Thanks for your enthusiasm
Paul
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Old September 21st, 2016, 08:07 AM
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This truck is so cool! GLWS!!! I hope this doesn't turn into some Nantucket truck or beach runner.
Thank you.

truck's gotta do what a truck's gotta do. These are from 2000 just after we move to our current place. there was alot to do everybody had to chip in. Fun time though!
You can see the rear bumper here and the side steps of the same material also deleted.
And the bikini top with the rear roll bar taken off. it looks neat like that.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 08:29 AM
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Cool!

Very cool 90. I hope it ends up in good hands, but more importantly you don't regret selling. I know I did when I sold my first one.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 08:58 AM
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I wish there were irrational and emotional dreamers like him left at the top...
Elon Musk!

Very interesting thread. Thanks for sharing.
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