Lot 141 - 1958 BMW 600 Limousine
|Odometer reading||60,209 km|
|Estimate||£34,000 - £40,000|
The BMW 600 is a four-seat microcar produced from mid-1957 until November 1959. Partially based on the Isetta two-seater, it was BMW's first post-war four-seat economy car. BMW needed to expand its model range however they did not have the resources to develop an all-new car with an all-new engine. Therefore, it used the Isetta as starting point for a new four-seat economy car. As a result, the 600 used the front suspension and the front door of the Isetta. The need to carry four people required a longer frame, a different rear suspension and a larger engine. A new frame was designed using box section side members and straight tube cross members. The rear suspension was an independent semi trailing arm design; this was the first time BMW had used this system. The chassis had a wheelbase of 67" and the car was powered by a 582cc flat-twin cylinder engine from BMW's R67 motorcycle delivering just under 20bhp. A four-speed manual gearbox was standard giving the 600 a top speed of approximately 62mph.
Originally registered in Sweden in 1958, the vendor, who is a strong collector of microcars, saw the car advertised on the internet in 2010. Not having a 600 limousine in his collection, he promptly jumped on a plane (with two friends) to purchase the car. After concluding the transaction, Wayne Lee and his friends set about the long slow journey back to the UK. Armed with little more than a screwdriver and a blanket, they drove this BMW 600 all the way back to London. At a petrol station near Hamburg, they bumped into James Elliott of Classic & Sports Car magazine who promptly took a photo and published it in the following months' magazine (July 2010). The car made the trip to London with no hiccups and has been one of the stars of Mr. Lee's impressive collection. Presenting today in very good order throughout and driving as it should, this BMW 600 limousine is supplied with a V5C registration document.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.