The BMW “New Class” Series of cars were introduced in 1962. These compact, well built and fun to drive cars became a benchmark for this type of car for decades to come. The 2002 variant, which was most famous in America, remains a cult car today. The excellent chassis featured rear wheel drive with fully independent suspension and front disk brakes. The fine four-cylinder BMW powerplant, in its final evolution as a two-litre, was most potent and tuneable, and the cars were well known for many racing exploits both in Europe and in the US.
BMW wanted to offer a more upscale GT type Coupe based on the “New Class” platform, so they turned to German coachbuilder Karmann to produce the bodies for the 2000 C series. The new Coupe was penned in house by BMW’s legendary designer Wilhelm Hofmeister, famous for the Hofmeister-Knick — the iconic upwards kink on the lower window-line of the C- or D-Pillar found on most BMW’s to this day.
The stylish new Karmann-bodied coupe bodywork, combined with BMW’s brilliant two-litre overhead-cam engine, made a compelling package and its sales were only hampered by its premium price. The 2000 C would eventually serve as the basis for the legendary BMW E9 coupes.
This lovely example is presented in white with leather interior and enjoys a manual gearbox. On file, there is evidence to be seen of its cosmetic restoration. These models were one of the most expensive BMW produced at this time and is now highly sought after. An opportunity definitely not to be missed.
|Auction||Legende et Passion May 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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