Lot 310 - 1968 BMW 2000CS
|Odometer reading||54 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,352|
The BMW New Class was a line of compact saloons and coupes produced between 1962 and 1977. It ensured BMW's solvency after the company's financial crises of the 1950s and went on to established the company's sporting credentials. Initially a series of four-door saloons, the New Class line was broadened to include the 2000C and 2000CS two-door coupés at the high end in 1965 and the 1600 two two-door economy sedan at the low end in 1966.
BMW decided to continue with a coachbuilt coupé, which they would use to introduce the two litre version of the M10 engine. The New Class coupé was built by Karmann and released in the summer of 1965. The styling of the coupé was based on that of the 3200CS, but had unique front end styling.
The two litre version of the M10 engine used a dual-carburettor system that delivered 120hp with either manual or automatic transmission while CS variant was available only with a manual gearbox.
The known history of this car begins with the acquisition by Sqn. Ldr. Kenneth James Nalson, known for flying Halifax bombers during the War. He appears to have owned it right up until 1981 where upon it passed to his son, Peter Nalson. It is thought that it was during his tenure that the colour was changed from factory Chamonix White to its current Triumph Saffron Yellow. It was then stored in a barn for the next 35 years until recently when it was been disinterred and recommissioned. It has undergone a complete engine-out rebuild with new clutch, rear-wheel cylinders and shoes and a full calliper rebuild for the front brakes. A new BMW exhaust has also been fitted as well as a balancing the prop and drive shafts. The body appears sound and the interior is excellent for the age. It runs well and comes with an MoT test certificate valid until the end of June, 2015. Indeed, with only 144 built in righthand drive configuration, it is reported that just six remain left on the road today, an interesting and rare sporting coupé in good order.
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