Beverly Hills, my old flame
Feast your eyes on my delightful 1975 450sl with 50,000 original miles. A real head turner, she was the first casualty in my quick slide down the financial ladder. I never drove her without receiving a compliment. She is happily bopping around historic Winchester Virgina, I hope she is happy. Behind Beverly you can just see the nose of Otto Bonn, my 1984 bmw 533i. Bought at a Police auction for $500 dollars, I was mad for this car. One of four thousand 533i's made, only available in the USA, this car was the fastest four door sedan in the world in 1984. It is recognized for leading the sports-sedan craze. Four disc brakes, 5 speed, 225 horsepower, wearing Michelin TRX radials specifically designed for it, what a delightful sleeper. Kabuki was just mad for this car. Not as luxurious as my Jaguar or as pretty as my Mercedes, Otto was just a delight to drive. One day as I cruised the beltway fast lane, ac on, kabuki blew a head gasket. I limped otto into a shopping center and called a tow truck. When the tow truck lifted the front end, pretty green anti-freeze ran out the chrome exhaust tips. "That probably is not good" kabuki thought. When I got my bmw home my brother said "Head gasket, piece of cake" and proceeded to spend a weekend or so replacing it. kabuki knows when his automotive skill level is exceeded, and does not try these type of activities. When rebuilding the engine my brother accidentally put the distributor in backwards. Had kabuki been driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo (shudder), their would be no story to tell. Unfortunately in the german automotive world such miscues are rarely forgiven. Things that should be moving up were moving down, and vice versa. Many many expensive german metal doo-dads met in the middle of the engine block with calamitous results. Unable to start dear Otto, and unaware of the meeting of the metals , kabuki had the bmw towed to a small, expensive, exclusive bmw repair faclity. They said 'Really, this is not the type of car to dump money into, get a little 3 series'. Kabuki replied 'Is it your money we will be spending here? No, then do as your are told'. It is important to delineate the worker bees from the queen, or no honey will ever get produced. Every couple of months kabuki stopped in and gave these worker bees a couple grand, and they continued on their merry way. Otto was in the shop for over a year. Kabuki spent over $8000 dollars to have any and every little thing replaced, refreshed, renewed - you get the picture. This car will never be worth $4000 ever, but kabuki was in love. Finally, 80% completed, kabuki took possesion of the germanic beauty. New brake system, hoses, belts, complete top end refresh, trany and clutch service, windshield, bumpers, no stone was left unturned. All otto really needed was a muffler and paint. AND THEN I GOT ILL. My beloved bmw sat in front of the house. When I retired and relocated to Winchester the bmw came with. I drove the Jag, drove the mercedes, bought the muffler for the bmw and placed it in the back seat.Sold the mercedes, then sold the jaguar, drove cars lent to me be relatives, still the bmw sat. Got some money, bought a Porsche, still the bmw sat. Moved next door (to my sisters) pushed the bmw next door. Received my late mothers' purple saturn station wagon, which kabuki drives today. When kaubuki drove cross-country the station wagon was in tow. My brother rescued the bmw after kabuki begged him to not allow such a lovely thing to be sold for scrap metal. Kabuki is sure that is what his sister would have done. Anyway, as of last month it was running, as of this week it went for a tour around my brother's neighborhood. I have told him how exciting that is to kabuki, and have given him full ownership to do whatever he sees fit. Because when you rescue a lovely thing you should receive a lovely reward. Don't you love a happy ending? Kabuki doesn't know what lies ahead for the beloved bmw, but the prospect of a bright future is now a distinct possibility. Happy ending, fade to black.