The 1600 and the 2002 were a divergence from the standard offerings of the time. If one wanted outright handling and tossability, the only options available were of the British variety and if the owner had anything larger than a coin purse, storage capacity was at a premium. Reliability issues aside, the Brit's roadsters were far from practical.
On the other side of the spectrum was American muscle. Since big and heavy didn't lend itself to handling prowess, what they lacked in the cornering department was easily made up for in with big displacement and big power.
But nothing was in between.
Enter BMW. Small, light, agile but with enough kick to put a grin from ear to ear on any enthusiasts face. Almost 40 years later it's still a competent driver, regularly found on autocross courses across the country, and continues to influence vehicle dynamics and design to this day.
A few more shots of Mr. Mitten's ride are after the jump.
If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for the RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.
HOW TO SUBMIT TO RR OF THE DAY:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!