Knoxville man searches for rare antique car stolen from his home

Knoxville man searches for rare antique car stolen from his home

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A Knoxville man is asking for the public's help in tracking down his rare antique BMW that was stolen from his home. (source: Bentley Marlow) A Knoxville man is asking for the public's help in tracking down his rare antique BMW that was stolen from his home. (source: Bentley Marlow)
"It's a 1975 BMW 2002, but what makes it so special is it's a Bauer custom," said Bentley Marlow. "Bauer was a customization house in Germany that turned about 1,860 of these cars into convertibles over 10 years." "It's a 1975 BMW 2002, but what makes it so special is it's a Bauer custom," said Bentley Marlow. "Bauer was a customization house in Germany that turned about 1,860 of these cars into convertibles over 10 years."
Marlow was borrowing the car when it was stolen from the driveway of his Mechanicsville home. Marlow was borrowing the car when it was stolen from the driveway of his Mechanicsville home.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man is asking for the public's help in tracking down his rare antique BMW that was stolen from his home.

Only 1,864 were made and just five ended up here in the United States.

"It's a 1975 BMW 2002, but what makes it so special is it's a Bauer custom," said Bentley Marlow. "Bauer was a customization house in Germany that turned about 1,860 of these cars into convertibles over 10 years."

Marlow was borrowing the car when it was stolen from the driveway of his Mechanicsville home.

"The car was my best friend's grandfather's car," said Marlow. "He'd always grown up around this car and had decided he wanted to keep it forever, so no money can replace that sentimental attachment."

Marlow last saw the car after parking it Sunday night around 10:00. When he went out around 8:00 the next morning it was gone. He says he never heard anything.

"To get the car to start, you really have to let it turn over for 15 to 20 seconds to allow the mechanical pump to circulate the gasoline," said Marlow. "So I really think if they had done that, it would have woken me up."

He fears that means it could have been a professional job and the thieves knew the car was a rare find.

"It was somebody that maybe had seen me out and about and followed me home because they knew what it was and in which case they probably pushed it down the driveway and onto a wrecker," said Marlow.

Knoxville police investigators say with no physical evidence left behind, there is little they can do. So instead, Marlow has taken to social media to try to get the word out.

"Fortunately the BMW 2002 community is a tight knit community and so message boards all around the country are on the lookout with pictures of the car and the VIN number," said Marlow.

Marlow has lived in Mechanicsville for about 10 years and says he's never encountered anything like this. He just hopes now someone may have information that can help bring the car back.

The stolen BMW has Tennessee plate AA90769. There is also a Euro plate on the front GC-7957-E

If you have any information or think you may have seen the stolen car you should contact the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212.

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