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Packing BMW’s dream machines from 75mph pre-war icons, to the 230mph supercars of the 21st century into an 80,000+ word book project, full of the finest original photographs, was a long held fantasy of author Jeremy Walton. His aim was to move his work from the earlier ‘Unbeatable BMW’ racing tales, to how it feels to drive the best of the best from BMW. All without relying on rehashing factory photographs and PR editorial.
As the project evolved, it became clear that there was just too much material to put into one book, without having to edit out way too much excellent material. Thus, Ultimate Drives became two books, with volume 1 featuring BMWs from the years 1937-82 and volume 2 models between 1983-2011.
BMW-Ultimate Drives (Volumes 1 & 2) is written by an independent author who has brought benchmark BMW work to a global audience since 1972, when a 24-hour motor race result in a BMW 3.0 CS changed his life.
The contents were hotly debated, the dream factor was deemed important. When worldwide celebrities like Elvis Presley buy BMW (a fifties 507 during his 1958-60 German military service), we thought you should know how it feels to steer such seductively rare combinations of V8 power and the coachbuilders art. So we have some ultra rare—handmade by the hundred—fifties star cars from 503 to 507 and sixties 3200CS, the latter previewing road and race versions of the elegant road (CS/CSi) and race (CSL) BMW coupés of 1969-75 vintage.
As you’ll see by whisking through the contents of Volume 1, Jeremy Walton and chief photographer William Taylor went for a bit of both, from affordable, to million dollar babies. Although BMW manufactured 15 horsepower Austin Sevens under license from the British in late 1927, desirability of the Dixi then BMW-branded machines shot up with the 1934 debut of the 315/1 sports 2-seater which gave the European establishment such a team–prize winning shock on Alpine rallies of the thirties. That simple but efficient 315 derivative led to the legendary 328 6-cylinders and 80bhp. These 2-liters became world class benchmarks from a debut Nurburgring victory. We have driven examples both as traditional open sports cars of shattering 21st century value to the underwritten but hugely significant 327/28 coupe, which was the glamorous forerunner to a line of postwar BMW coupés that continue today.
The Publishers Edition of BMW Ultimate Drives Volume 1 is a true collectors item. This edition is limited to just 100 exclusive copies. Each book has a book plate in the front of the book signed and numbered by the author Jeremy Walton, and the photographer William Taylor.
The book itself has the same content as the standard edition, but it is bound in a blue carbon fiber style material. All copies of this Publishers Edition come with a genuine BMW roundel fixed in a recess in the center of the front cover (shown). The pages are edged in silver-foil blocking and the book has a silver ribbon marker. Presented in a dark blue deluxe cloth covered clamshell presentation case, with silver-foil blocking title detail, this edition also includes a folded copy of the 24x24in launch poster that was produced for the launch of the book. The poster features the steering wheels of the 16 BMW cars that are featured in the book.
Ships from the US. International customers may incur customs & VAT fees.
Size: 12x12in (297x297mm)
100 copies signed and numbered by the author and the photographer, Jeremy Walton and William Taylor
Book: Silver blocking page edges, silver ribbon Marker
Book cover: Hard-back. Blue carbon fibre effect finish with genuine BMW nosebadge on front of book
Clamshell Presentation Clamshell Case: Cloth covered (black) with silver foil blocking text, folded BMW ‘Steering Wheel’ poster.