- Mileage: 27,935
- Year: 1968
- MOT Expiry: June 2018
- Exterior Colour: Sahara Beige
- Interior Colour: Brown Vinyl
- Top speed: 110
- 0-60mph: 10.4
- BHP: 120
- Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1991cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
The BMW New Class was a line of saloon and coupés produced between 1962 and 1977. These models ensured BMW's solvency after the company's financial crisis of the 1950s and established the identity of BMW as the luxury and performance brand we know today.
The first New Class vehicle was the 1500, a 4-door compact executivie car with the new M10 (at the time called M115) OHC 4-cylinder engine. In 1965, the 2000C and 2000CS luxury coupés were added to the range. German coachbuilder Karmann built the cars for BMW from the summer of 1965 until 1969. They were based on the New Class platform and introduced the 2-litre version of the M10 4-cylinder engine, and replaced the 3200CS as BMW's flagship model in 1965. The New Class coupés were replaced by the E9 coupés, which were based on a stretched 2000CS chassis using a 6-cylinder engine.
Out of the 13,691 2000CS and 2000Cs produced for the worldwide market, a total of just 148 CS coupés were made in right-hand drive for the UK market. All RHD vehicles were originally imported into the UK as LHD. They were then converted to RHD by BMW GB at the Portslade import premises in Sussex, before being distributed to the dealer network. This accounts for some of the minor trim differences with each car over the period they were sold.
The low number of UK cars can be easily understood when you consider that a brand new 2000CS cost an eye-watering £3,365; at the same time you could have bought a Jaguar E-Type 2+2 for just £2,245.
UK right-hand drive, Blaupunkt radio and speakers, Electric front and rear windows, Wing mirrors, Sunroof, Adjustable front head restraints, Front seat belts, Rear central armrest, Electronic ignition, Front driving lamps, Intermittent screen wipe, Boot carpet, Glove compartment, Cigar lighter, Ash tray, Spare wheel, Toolkit, Hubcap removal tool, Spare keys.
This glorious pillarless coupé is finished in the classic BMW colour of Sahara Beige. The meticulous restoration of this rare RHD example was carried out in the mid-nineties and took two years to complete. The body was completely stripped and re-metalled where necessary. Then, with all glass out and components removed, it was fully repainted to the very high standard in which it remains today. The coachwork retains a superb finish throughout, free from any unsightly blemishes or corrosion; the trim is in fine order too and is largely original. The bumpers present with an excellent mirror shine having been renewed during restoration. Photographs taken during the restoration process are present in the history file.
The cabin space is positively charming. The finish is to a really high standard even on very close inspection, having also been subject to a full refresh. In the previous owner’s quest for perfection the interior was re-upholstered using original fabrics, including the headlining. The dash was dismantled and even the wooden fascia was stripped and re-varnished. The carpets were renewed and still appear fresh, and the boot area also remains particularly clean and tidy.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 1991cc 4-cylinder M10 sports twin Solex down-draught carburettors and produces 120hp. During restoration the engine was stripped, re-machined and converted to run on unleaded fuel. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via the 4-speed manual gearbox, which was also taken apart and given all new seals. Electronic ignition was installed for ease of use, and in 2014 the rear silencer was replaced.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 14-inch wheels remain in very good order, correctly finished with smart polished embellishers and the original BMW hubcaps. The appropriate tool for removing the centre caps is present in the boot along with the spare wheel, jack and tool roll. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Continental tyres although the spare is wrapped in a period Michelin XAS. New Bilstein shock absorbers were fitted front and rear in 2015.
This 1968 2000CS has seen just four owners from new. The previous keeper, an avid collector and restorer of historic BMWs, carried out the restorative work with numerous photographs detailing the process. It was MOT’d on completion in May 1996, and hasn’t skipped a beat since then. Every MOT certificate from that date is present along with nineteen past tax discs.
Over the years the car has been specifically featured in several magazines, including BMW Car and Classic & Sports Car. As such a rare and exquisite example it was also photographed and referenced for the Hot Cars publication by International Masters Publishers. The car’s extensive documentation includes all these special features along with other period publications and the original BMW book pack. All handbooks are present and correct.
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