The post-World War II crisis in Europe was not a great period for BMW. The brand offered either large, expensive luxury barges – which weren’t as profitable as expected – or microcars powered by motorbike engines, which were already dated at the time and were slowly becoming a thing of the past. In order to prevent financial trouble of the company (even Daimler Benz pondered its takeover), the Germans set to work on a new middle-class model, which would still be comfortable and elegant, but also affordable at the same time. The result was the “Neue Klasse” – “New Class” series, thanks to which BMW recovered financially and established its market position and image.
The BMW 2000 was an enhanced and more powerful version. It was distinguished by a better equipped interior, new front (with rectangular headlamps in Europe and round ones in the USA) and restyled taillights. Initially the only available engine was a 100 BHP two-litre, but in 1966 the engine line-up was joined by 120 BHP a 2000 TI version.
The BMW Neue Klasse was universally praised by its style, performance, efficiency, comfort and handling. It was a much anticipated sales success and helped BMW recover financially. It was also successful in motorsport (having won the 24-hour endurance race at Spa several times). Numerous features were introduced in this car for the first time and were also used in many other BMW vehicles that came along subsequently. It is often said that the Neue Klasse defined brand’s character and set path for its development, whereas its heritage is still present in today’s products of the Bavarian giant.
Showing just 87,000 kilometers recorded, this beautiful French delivered example benefits from much restoration work to present the stunning BMW you see here. The 2000 Ti is offered with its original bill of sale and maintenance bills, and is very stylishly presented in Chamonix White with a navy velour interior. If you are looking for a rare and stylish classic with good performance and much usability, this is the car for you.